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This is outrageous!!
NBC un-plugs Kucinich from Presidential debate
Re-writes criteria to exclude candidate with ’dissenting’ positions -- Less than 44 hours after NBC sent a congratulatory note and an invitation to Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to participate in the Jan. 15 Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas, the network notified the campaign this morning it was changing it announced criteria, rescinding its invitation, and excluding Kucinich from the debate.NBC Political Director Chuck Todd notified the Kucinich campaign this morning that, although Kucinich had met the qualification criteria publicly announced on December 28, the network was “re-doing” the criteria, excluding Kucinich, and planning to invite only Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and former senator John Edwards.The criteria announced last month included a fourth-place or better showing in a national poll. The USA/Gallup poll earlier this month showed Kucinich in fourth place among the Democratic contenders. CLIP
"Analysts at the Election Defense Alliance (EDA) have confirmed that based on the official results on the New Hampshire Secretary of state web site, there is a remarkable relationship between Obama and Clinton votes, when you look at votes tabulated by op-scan v. votes tabulated by hand:
Clinton Optical scan 91,717 52.95%
Obama Optical scan 81,495 47.05%
Clinton Hand-counted 20,889 47.05%
Obama Hand-counted 23,509 52.95%
The percentages appear to be swapped. That seems highly unusual, to say the least."
"Matthew had told me that according to Earth monitors in Nirvana, the votes would be rigged so different candidates would win in the primaries. The Illuminati choice is Hillary, but they want to vary the winners to keep the most popular ones, as reported by mainstream media, under Illuminati control. By November's elections enough truth about the candidates and the rigged vote count will be out in the public so that what's happening now won't be influential."
- Suzanne Ward (email@example.com) 11 January 2008
"State of the World 2008 finds growing evidence suggesting that the global economy is now destroying its own ecological base," the report's authors said. In order to stave off "economic collapse at the global level," the study's authors call for "major reforms of government policy to steer investment away from destructive activities such as the extraction of fossil fuels and toward a new generation of environmentally sustainable industries." In fact, 27 leading American corporations, including Dow Chemical, General Motors, and Xerox, have joined joining many U.S. states and municipalities in demanding that the federal government pass stricter legislation regulating greenhouse gas emissions. But many analysts suggest that a global economic transformation will require sustained action not only from policy makers, but also from entrepreneurs, investors, consumers, and manufacturers.
- Taken from Environmental Action Driving Global Economy - Report (Jan 10)
"You are spiritual Beings that wield a mighty power if you did but know it and use it. These are times when your concentrated efforts to visualize success will immensely help achieve it. Carry those who represent your aspirations in your thoughts, and see them surrounded in the powerful white light. Send them your love and it will truly make a difference. It will help deflect the dark energies and negativity that will thrown at them. These courageous souls that have stepped forward in the Light will become the focal point of much discussion, and you will need to cut through the rhetoric and lies that will be leveled against them. As always be intuitive and do not allow others to muddy they waters of truth."
Freedom of Speech and H.R. 1955 pt. 1 (9 min 44 sec) ABSOLUTE MUST WATCH!!! Freedom of expression and any form of political or even social dissent will be stamped out in the US if the Senate agrees to this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wJsovPRTEM
Though the authors of H.R. 1955 would likely deny that the bill could be used to crack down on free speech and legitimate political opposition, the talking heads on the main stream networks have made it very clear that they would like this kind of legislation to do just that. Can H.R. 1955 be used to silence the voices of dissent? Let's have a look. Recommended by Larry Stell (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "There is pending legislation in the US that would criminalize speech on topics the government deems "threatening." The law is called H.R. 1955. It goes by the Orwellian name: "The violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism prevention act." It quietly passed the House by a 404 to 6 vote and at least one Congressman admits voting for it without reading it. Language in this bill makes it theoretically possible for government agents to shut down sites like Brasscheck TV by claiming that the information we share *may* insight violence. Here's how I need your help... Few Americans even know of the existence of this legislation let alone know what's in it. The Internet can change that - and your help is needed. Please go to the site, view the video, and if you are a YouTube member (it's easy to join) rate it, favorite it, and post a comment. Frequent viewings and frequent posts help. With enough activity in the next 24 hours, we may be able to make this one of the most popular news videos of the day and raise the profile on this very important subject. "
Check also: THOUGHT CRIME BILL HR 1955 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeZdaF5Oln0 and read this ignominious bill for yourself at http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/bills.text/110/h/h1955.pdf
Homeland Security Finalizes National ID Card Rules (January 11, 2008) http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108E.shtml
Washington - Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver's licenses in the next six years under ambitious post-9/11 security rules to be unveiled today by federal officials. (...) The American Civil Liberties Union has fiercely objected to the effort, particularly the sharing of personal data among government agencies. By 2014, anyone seeking to board an airplane or enter a federal building would have to present a Real ID-compliant driver's license, with the notable exception of those older than 50, Homeland Security officials said. The over-50 exemption was created to give states more time to get everyone new licenses. By 2017, even those older than 50 must have a Real ID-compliant card to board a plane.
Ron Paul On Aaron Russos' America Freedom To Fascism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBOIZmuP1P8
Ron Paul On America Freedom To Fascism with Aaron Russo discussing national id cards the I.R.S. and federal reserve. OUTLINES THE TRUE PURPOSE H.R. 1955: TO PREVENT ANYONE FROM OPPOSING A FULL-BLOWN POLICE STATE.
9/11 Planes Flew Directly Into Secure Computer Rooms In Both Towers http://www.rense.com/general80/comprooms.htm
(...) The two airplanes that struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11 flew directly into secure computer rooms in both buildings. Is that simply a coincidence or were the computer rooms equipped to play a role in the crime?Were there homing devices, for example, in these rooms that guided the planes to their targets? Were there pre-placed explosives or Thermite on these floors to destroy the evidence and assist with the collapses?Let's look at the evidence. CLIP
Ron Paul Info BLITZ on January 26, 2008 http://www.seektress.com/infobomb.htm
In response to the ever increasing marginalization of the Ron Paul for President 2008 campaign message by the so called Main Stream Media, the exclusion of Ron Paul from participating in FOX's forum in New Hampshire on January 6, and the general continued disrespect for WE the PEOPLE's airwaves.... We are hereby calling upon Ron Paul supporters around the world to create on January 26, 2008 a Ron Paul Info BLITZ!
Cops applaud presidential candidate (January 7, 2008) http://www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/0108/0108copspaul.htm
While most of the politicians vying for their party's nomination for President of the United States pay lip service to the nation's law enforcement officers, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is actually doing something to earn the respect and gratitude of America's cops, according to many police officers and organizations.For example, the American Federation of Police -- with well over 100,000 members -- recently praised Ron Paul for introducing a bill that would help cops obtain topnotch body armor that would withstand rounds fired from most firearms. Rep. Paul's bill -- HR 3304 -- would amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide for a tax credit to law enforcement officers who purchase their own body armor."I urge all police officers and concerned citizens to contact their congressmen and ask them to support Rep. Paul's bill," said Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wise, president of the American Federation of Police. "I would also like to applaud Congressman Ron Paul for his support and forward thinking in trying to help make law enforcement officers across our nation safer each day," said Wise. (...) In addition, Congressman Ron Paul believes that the Second Amendment is "not about duck hunting." It is an individual right that is guaranteed. He stated that he believes it is about the citizenry having the ability to restrain tyrannical governments and would be dictators.He believes the Second Amendment is about self-defense from criminal attack and from governments that break away from the chains of the Constitution. According to a poll conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, more than 75% of the nation's police officers agree with Rep. Paul's stance on gun ownership including private citizens carrying concealed weapons for personal protection. CLIP
Obama And His Warmonger Cabinet The Changing Face Of WWIII (1-7-8) http://www.rense.com/general79/obam.htm
Presidential candidate Barak Obama -- main announced project so far: BOMB PAKISTAN - Obama's main foreign policy guru -- Zbigniew Brzezinski. Main project: THE DESTRUCTION OF RUSSIA - the surest path to World War III. Mark Brzezinski, son of Zbigniew, former Clinton NSC official and top Obama advisor. Architect of the 2004 "people power" color revolution/coup in Ukraine. Main project: THE DESTRUCTION OF RUSSIA. Top Obama advisor and ex Asst. Secretary of State for African Affairs, Susan Rice. Main project: BOMB SUDAN Top Obama terrorism advisor Richard Clarke, former terror czar of the Clinton and Bush administrations. Main project: originating the official myth of 9/11. - Obama's top Middle East adviser, Dennis Ross, former Middle East negotiator for Bush and Clinton. Main project: play the Arabs against the Iranians to perpetuate Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. RESULT: A WORLD CATASTROPHE WORSE THAN BUSH. DON'T BE DUPED BY OBAMA AND HIS CABINET OF WARMONGERS
2008 presidential charade promises deepening of government criminality and expansion of war (Jan 10/08) http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2824.shtml
Every election in modern US history has been a criminal manipulation, choreographed and rigged by political elites and performed by hand-picked elite puppets, each backed by their teams of corrupt war criminals, intelligence/security advisors and think tank assets. The 2008 affair will be no different.It is time once again to dispel the mass insanity and unfounded hopes as another fresh election hell ensues. There will be no savior, no end to the continuing world crisis, and absolutely no change." The monsters behind each candidate - As the American public once again gets swept up into another beyond, ridiculous carnival over which presidential personality is most likeable," which preselected puppet makes a better speech, etc., there is little or no attention paid to the individuals behind each candidate; the forces that are pulling the strings, and actually setting the geopolitical agenda. The Washington Post has provided a complete list of each puppets respective masters," which must be studied line by line: The War Over The Wonks: A list of national security and foreign policy advisors to the leading presidential candidates from both parties - This list holds the key to the central issue: war. As the names reveal, every major candidate (the favored puppets with any real chance of being selected) fronts for agendas set by current and former neoconservative and neoliberal security officers and politicos, members of the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, and apparatuses such as the Heritage Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Brookings Institution, AIPAC, the Hoover Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, and others. Some of the most nightmarish individuals who walk the earth today can be found behind the candidates, as follows: CLIP
Can the Vote in New Hampshire be rigged? - Recommended by Larry Stell (email@example.com) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiiaBqwqkXs
From: BlackBoxVoting: One man's private, sole source company programs 81% of the election in New Hampshire, 100% in Connecticut, almost all of Massachusetts and most of Vermont. Never before seen video of the under-the-radar elections contractor John Silvestro as he tangles with master security expert Harri Hursti. MUCH MORE ON THIS BELOW IN "Clinton Received a 4.5% Boost In "Diebold" Towns" etc.
The Winning Ticket: Hillary and Diebold in 2008 By Mike Whitney http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19050.htm
Something doesn't ring true about Hillary's "upset" victory in the New Hampshire primary. It just doesn't pass the smell test. (...) The primary was stolen. End of story. Now, it's our move.
Will Your Vote Be Counted in 2008? Electronic Voting Machines and the Privatization of Elections (Jan 10,08) http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/10/will_your_vote_be_counted_in
With less than a month before Super Tuesday, every vote counts. But will every vote actually be counted? One-by-one, states across the country are finding critical flaws in the accuracy and security of electronic voting machines. We speak with Clive Thompson, the author of a New York Times Magazine cover story titled Can You Count on Voting Machines? CLIP
The Voter ID Fraud http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108F.shtml
Garrett Epps writes in The Nation: "There's a war on across the country over who will be allowed to vote in 2008. One of the key battles in the election was fought on January 9 before the Supreme Court."
Road to the Greenhouse http://www.peta.org/feat/greenhouse/index.asp
PETA's outrageous new political parody takes the idea of greenpolitics to a new level. Don't miss the action as this year's crop of prize vegetables-including Celery Clinton, Fruity Giuliani, Broccoli Obama, and Dijon McCain-debate the hottest issue facing our country today: Isn't it time that we gave peas a chance?
Ron Paul Vs. Mike Huckabee and John McCain - American soldier speaks out on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI0keH8sKHs
"They Deem Him Their Worst Enemy Who Tells Them The truth" - PLATO -- Recommended by Antares (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "View this fast before it's taken down again!" "This war is about profiteering and money!"
On Rejecting "The System" (09/01/08) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19032.htm
(...) This being the case, the number of millionaires in the world swelled to 8.7 million. Meanwhile, is there any mystery about whatever most of them are trying to do rather than spread their wealth in service to humanity or improvement of the natural environment? No. Instead of promoting widespread benefits, they are, for the most part, striving to become billionaires (called "kleptocrats" in a related Wikipedia citation below as they are thievishly parasitic on the body politic). Indeed, many are wildly successful in achieving this objective. 'The number of billionaires around the world rose by 102 to a record 793... and their combined wealth grew 18 percent to $2.6 trillion, according to "Forbes" magazine's 2006 rankings of the world's richest people .' In addition, their group has been expanding steadily. All the while they, also, command vast stores of resources (obtained through their purchasing power), manipulate their governments (through lobbies and other means) and control others (via military might and other kinds) to keep everything solidly behind their acts of racking in ever more dollars and possessions, including huge tracts of land and factories, for themselves. The flip side to this situation is that US jobs are disappearing overseas to second and third world countries in which the populations are paid measly salaries of ~ a dollar a day for their hard work. Moreover, these laborers will get fired if they dare to complain about their income, work conditions, or other aspects of their jobs. Furthermore, they are, for the most part, easily replaced as there often exists the condition of large unemployment in their locations. Therefore, they'd better, meekly and gratefully, do as they're told by management. Meanwhile, the goods that they produce are sold to eager consumers in first world countries, consumers whose own economies are crumbling due to a growing deficit of work at reasonable wages. For example, one in five Americans now lives on less than seven dollars a day according to fairly recent US census figures . All the same, it is primarily the near poor, who give the most to charities -- not the middle and upper classes. It is because they are almost poverty struck and know the degree that being so can be horrendously grim to the point of being even life threatening. CLIP
Credit Card Debt Soars as House Prices Plunge http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010908B.shtml
Dean Baker, writing for The Center for Economic and Policy Research, reports: "The current rate of house price decline will destroy $2.2 trillion of wealth this year. The Federal Reserve Board reported yesterday that credit card debt rose at an 11.3 percent annual rate in November after rising at an 8.5 percent rate in October. By comparison, credit card debt rose at a rate between 2 percent and 4 percent from 2003 to 2005."
How a credit crunch may hurt the world economy (Jan 10) http://real-us.news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080110/wl_csm/o2008credit_1
The old watchword in buying real estate is "location, location, location." But troubles in the US housing market have rippled outward to become a problem without borders. Now the health of banks has become one of the biggest financial uncertainties for 2008. The risk: that a cutback in lending will restrain an already cooling world economy. For now, economists say that no full-scale credit crunch has arrived. But the end of the US housing boom has caused billion-dollar losses for banks in places like New York, London, and Frankfurt, Germany.That has consequences for borrowers. After years of relatively easy lending worldwide, the general trend now is toward tighter conditions: Loans are growing more expensive and harder to get. Here's a rundown on the credit challenge, and how it may play out this year: (...) But she says a pessimistic scenario is also possible, if global economic growth decelerates more than expected. That could push down prices of many assets real estate, stocks, and more. Bank losses would multiply, and lending would be curbed more sharply. The downward pressure on asset prices could come partly from investors such as hedge funds if they are forced to "deleverage," to sell assets to cover losses on other investments made with borrowed money."It's like a lake where parts of the ice are very thin" for the economy to keep skating on, Packard says. CLIP
US could spark global fall - UN (January 10, 2008) http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23031893-12335,00.html
THE apparent US economic slowdown could trigger global recession this year and stymie years of robust growth in Asia and Africa, the UN said."The major uncertainty for 2008 now emanates from the US economy," according to the world body's World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008. "A further slowdown in the world's major economy will hit many of the poor nations hard, as it will slow world trade and put an end to the boom in commodity prices that benefited them over the past years," it said. The report said the economies of Japan and Western Europe, already operating near production potential, were not capable of taking up the slack. "The domino effect of a US recession would be to knock down export growth from China, Europe and Japan, in turn reducing their demand for exports from developing countries," it said.The report forecast that the world economy would grow at 3.4 per cent this year, down from 3.7 per cent in 2007 and 3.9 per cent in 2006.It stressed that world growth was "robust and broad-based" last year, with more than 100 economies posting 3 per cent growth of per capita output or more.It said developing economies and those in transition boosted their share of world trade from 35 per cent in 2000 to over 40 per cent last year. "Remarkably, economic growth in Africa strengthened in 2007 to near 6 per cent," the report said. But it cited "a clear and present danger of the world economy coming to a near standstill" linked to the housing slump in the US and the subsequent credit crunch as high-risk borrowers defaulted on mortgage payments. "The ongoing housing downturn in the United States became much more serious in the third quarter of 2007, with the meltdown of sub-prime mortgages triggering a full-scale credit crunch that reverberated throughout the global financial system," the report said. In addition to the US subprime home loan crisis, where billions of dollars have been lost on mortgage-backed securities, other factors feeding fears of a global recession include the sharp decline of the US dollar and a gloomy outlook for the US labor market. The report noted that while central banks in major economies had acted to alleviate the financial stress, these measures "do not address the root causes of huge imbalances" between financial surplus nations, such as China, Japan and major oil-producing nations on the one hand and deficit countries such as the US on the other. The UN said a realignment of exchange rates was one way of addressing global imbalances, although it could lead to a loss of confidence in and a run on the dollar. The report instead recommended economic stimulus through stronger demand in countries with large savings and current account surpluses, such as China, Japan and oil-exporting countries.
Recession may already be here (January 10 2008) http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/09/news/economy/recession/index.htm?postversion=2008011004
Economists shift from wondering if there will be a recession to asking if the U.S. economy has already shifted into reverse. -- NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The question for many economists is not if the U.S. economy will fall into a recession. It's whether it already has. The formal recognition of a start of a recession probably wouldn't come for at least six months if not more than a year, as official judges from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) pour through various economic readings. But top economists from two of the major Wall Street firms - Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs - say recession is likely already here.The tipping point for both economists was the report released last Friday that showed a sharp jump in the unemployment rate in December, coupled with little growth."Friday's employment report strongly suggests that an official recession has arrived," wrote David Rosenberg, North American economist for Merrill, in a note this week entitled "Recession a reality." CCLIP
Bush Visits His Odious Saudi Friend http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108P.shtml
Amitabh Pal writes for The Progressive: "How do you punish the principal global purveyor of fundamentalist Islam, someone who backed the Taliban and continues to harshly suppress political freedoms, women and religious minorities? If you're President Bush, you reward him with a state visit, of course!"
New York Mayor Bloomberg Weighs 2008 Run http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011008O.shtml
Sara Kugler reports for The Associated Press, "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has quietly been polling and conducting a highly sophisticated voter analysis in all 50 states as he decides whether to launch an independent presidential bid, associates said Wednesday."
Taped Voices May Not Have Come From Iranian Boats http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011008R.shtml
Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl for ABC News report: "Just two days after the US Navy released the eerie video of Iranian speedboats swarming around American warships, which featured a chilling threat in English, the Navy is saying that the voice on the tape could have come from the shore or from another ship."
Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108J.shtml
Gareth Porter reports for Inter Press Service, "Despite the official and media portrayal of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz early Monday morning as a serious threat to US ships from Iranian speedboats that nearly resulted in a 'battle at sea,' new information over the past three days suggests that the incident did not involve such a threat and that no US commander was on the verge of firing at the Iranian boats."
Doubts grow over Iranian boat threats (January 11, 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,2239119,00.html
Pentagon climbdown over 'you will explode' video· Mystery remains over where voice came from.
Doubts intensified last night over the nature of an alleged aggressive confrontation by Iranian patrol boats and American warships in the Persian Gulf on Sunday, after Pentagon officials admitted that they could not confirm that a threat to blow up the US ships had been made directly by the Iranian crews involved in the incident.Several news sources reported that senior navy officials had conceded that the voice threatening to blow up the US warships in a matter of minutes could have come from another ship in the region, or even from shore. The concession came on the day that a formal American complaint was lodged with Iran over the incident, and just 24 hours after President George Bush, on tour in the Middle East where he will be discussing policy towards Iran, warned Tehran to desist from such aggression and said any repetition would lead to "serious consequences". CLIP
'A Heartbeat Away' From War With Iran and Pakistan (January 9, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7761
As the American people amuse themselves with the illusion that they have any say in the way they are presently governed, our rulers are moving toward war. Two recent incidents underscore the imminence of this prospect. The Iranian "provocation" in the straits of Hormuz has set the stage for a new "crisis" manufactured wholly by the War Party, the rationale for which is uncritically accepted by our passive "mainstream" media. We are expected to believe that five minuscule speedboats "menaced" the USS Hopper, a destroyer armed with missiles; the cruiser USS Port Royal; and the USS Ingraham, a frigate. That's rather like five gnats "menacing" a trio of elephants. (...) The commander of one of the U.S. warships has been quoted as saying that they were "a heartbeat away" from opening fire on their Iranian tormentors, and that just about sums up the chances of an armed conflict breaking out we're an incident away from going to war with Tehran, and there is every indication that the administration is marshaling its forces, political and diplomatic as well as military, to launch an assault before Bush leaves office.This latest incident also underscores the significance of the recently-passed Kyl-Lieberman resolution, which Hillary Clinton voted for, that designates the Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization. The Iranian navy has withdrawn from the Gulf, and it is the Guards who constitute Iran's first line of defense. American warships and troops in the area are therefore empowered and even encouraged to engage in "hot pursuit" of these alleged "terrorists" and embroil us in a conflict that will make the Iraq war seem like the "cakewalk" it was supposed to be. (...) More evidence of America's aggressive intentions comes in the form of news reports of U.S. plans to intervene more directly in Pakistan (...) In any case, recent events and especially this ominous Middle East trip, which you can bet has little to do with a "peace plan" ought to make us all very nervous.
Drones on the Rise in the US for Surveillance (January 10, 2008) http://www.NewsTarget.com/022482.html
Drones are now on the rise in the US for local, federal and private use. Taser International, the company that supplies American police and military forces nationwide and is being funded by our taxes, has announced development of a flying drone version of their hand-held electric shock Taser gun which administers 50,000 volts via two wires shot into a victim (...) A Military Technologies Conference in Boston last year unveiled 'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAV) "that are well suited for urban warfare", according to an article in Military and Aerospace Electronics. These small, portable flying weapons can operate in groups and "prowl cities looking for terrorists". "The all-electronic weaponry could be remotely controlled by a human operator, or could operate autonomously in a hunter-killer UAV configuration..." says the sales director of the private company that develops these micro-UAVs.Their company profile lists "various payload and sensory technologies with our unmanned aircraft. Deliverable systems are available for autonomous or remotely piloted unmanned [vehicles] for military, law enforcement, civil, media, surveillance, scientific and research applications."(...) "In a scene that could have been inspired by the movie "Minority Report", one North Carolina county is using a UAV equipped with low-light and infrared cameras to keep watch on its citizens. The aircraft has been dispatched to monitor gatherings of motorcycle riders at the Gaston County fairgrounds from just a few hundred feet in the air (close enough to identify faces) and many more uses. Egging on Congress and the FAA are manufacturers of UAVs, who see a lucrative market in domestic surveillance and aerial photography.""It is quite easy to envision a future in which (UAVs), unaffected by pilot fatigue, provide 24-7 border and port surveillance to protect against terrorist intrusion," said Mike Heintz on behalf of the UNITE Alliance which represents Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. "Other examples are limited only by our imagination."Blackwater Worldwide, the paramilitary group contracted by the Bush Administration in Iraq and the US, also announced plans to produce unmanned surveillance airships.
The "Good Good War" Is A Bad War By John Pilger http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19041.htm
John Pilger describes how the invasion of Afghanistan, which was widely supported in the West as a 'good war' and justifiable response to 9/11, was actually planned months before 9/11 and is the latest instalment of 'a great game'.
US to Send 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan (How many more innocent civilians will perish?) http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7214517,00.html
The Pentagon is preparing to send at least 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan in April to bolster efforts to hold off another expected Taliban offensive in the spring, military officials.
Illegal logging and road building threatens tigers and tribes of the Heart of Sumatra http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/28861
Field investigations in central Sumatra have found that the home of two tribes of indigenous people and endangered elephants, tigers and orang-utans faces being split in half by the construction of a legally questionable highway for logging trucks servicing one of the worlds largest paper companies.The investigation, by WWF Indonesia and other scientific and conservation groups, also found the crucial Bukit Tigapuluh Forest Landscape threatened by illegal logging, clearing for plantations and other roadbuilding much of it linked to operations of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and its partners.The forest is one of the last large forests in Sumatra, boasts some of the richest biodiversity on earth and is one of Indonesias most important habitats for numerous species. It is the location of a successful conservation project to reintroduce orangutans, which now reside in a part of the landscape that is proposed for protected status but is already being cleared by APP-affiliated companies, the report found.Clearing for the highway, which allows logging trucks easier access to APPs pulp mills in Jambi Province, appears to have taken place after APPs forestry operations in neighboring Riau Province were halted due to a police investigation of illegal logging. APP partners have cleared an estimated 20,000 hectares of natural forest in the Bukit Tigapuluh landscape, with some clearing appearing to be in violation of Indonesian law.With its high conservation values, the Bukit Tigapuluh Landscape should be protected and thus all natural forest clearance in the area has to be stopped, said Ian Kosasih, WWF-Indonesias Forest Program Director. (...) Part of the area being cleared is in a proposed Specific Protected Area that serves as habitat for about 90 Sumatran orangutans recently introduced into the area for the first time in more than 150 years. Unplanned and illegal road building is especially devastating to such areas, opening them up to poaching, illegal settlement and plantation activities and undermining the viability of indigenous communities. CLIP
Grass biofuels 'cut CO2 by 94%' (8 January 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/7175397.stm
Producing biofuels from a fast-growing grass delivers vast savings of carbon dioxide emissions compared with petrol, a large-scale study has suggested. A team of US researchers also found that switchgrass-derived ethanol produced 540% more energy than was required to manufacture the fuel.One acre (0.4 hectares) of the grassland could, on average, deliver 320 barrels of bioethanol, they added.Their paper appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The five-year study, involving 10 farms ranging in size from three to nine hectares, was described as the largest study of its kind by the paper's authors. (...) "We were able to take this information and put it into this model and able to come up with a very real-world estimate."The energy inputs required to produce the crops included nitrogen fertiliser, herbicides, diesel and seed production. However, he added that as there were no large-scale biorefineries in operation, the team did have to estimate how much bioethanol such a plant would be able to produce in order to calculate the net energy gain. "Right now, the Department of Energy is co-funding the construction of six biorefineries in the US. These plants will be completed around 2010, and will be above the pilot plant scale." Although the process to produce ethanol from switchgrass was more complex than using food crops such as wheat or corn, the so-called "second generation" biofuel could produce much higher energy yields per tonne because it utilised the whole plant rather than just the seeds.Carbon cutsThe team also calculated that the production and consumption of switchgrass-derived ethanol cut CO2 emissions by about 94% when compared with an equivalent volume of petrol. Burning biofuels releases carbon dioxide, but growing the plants absorbs a comparable amount of the gas from the atmosphere. CLIP
When Will Global Warming Reach a Political Tipping Point? http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/011108EA.shtml
Sierra Magazine says that although historically the environment has not been a top election concern, in a recent poll that asked voters how important global warming will be in their vote for US president in 2008, more than half of respondents answered "extremely" or "very."
Environmentalists Target Airlines Over Oilsands Fuel http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/011008EC.shtml
The Canadian Press: "One of the largest environmental groups in the United States wants to ground the growing use by American and Canadian airlines of fuel derived from Alberta's oilsands."
Corn... fuel... fire! U.S. corn subsidies promote Amazon deforestation (January 8, 2008) http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/28859
Amazon deforestation and fires are being aggravated by US farm subsidies, claims STRIs staff scientist William Laurance. According to Laurance, whose findings are reported this week in Science (December 14), a recent spike in Amazonian fires is being promoted by massive US subsidies that promote American corn production for ethanol. The ethanol is being blended with gasoline as an automobile fuel."American taxpayers are spending $11 billion a year to subsidize corn producersand this is having some surprising global consequences," said Laurance. The US is the world's leading producer of soy, but many American soy farmers are shifting to corn to qualify for the government subsidies. Since 2006, US corn production rose 19% while soy farming fell by 15%. The drop-off in US soy has helped to drive a major increase in global soy prices, which have nearly doubled in the last 14 months. In Brazil, the world's second-largest soy producer, high soy prices are having a serious impact on the Amazon rainforest and tropical savannas."Amazon fires and forest destruction have spiked over the last several months, especially in the main soy-producing states in Brazil," said Laurance. "Just about everyone there attributes this to rising soy and beef prices."High soy prices affect the Amazon in several ways. Some forests are cleared for soy farms. Farmers also buy and convert many cattle ranches into soy farms, effectively pushing the ranchers further into the Amazonian frontier. Finally, wealthy soy farmers are lobbying for major new Amazon highways to transport their soybeans to market, and this is increasing access to forests for loggers and land speculators. Laurance emphasized that he was not the first person to suggest that US corn subsidies could indirectly harm the Amazon. "But now we're seeing that these predictions-first made last summer-are being borne out. The evidence of a corn connection to the Amazon is circumstantial, but it's about as close as you ever get to a smoking gun."
Tata reveals world's cheapest car (Jan 10, 2008) http://tinyurl.com/2dlspa
NEW DELHI - For millions of people in the developing world, Tata Motor's new $2,500 four-door subcompact the world's cheapest car may yield a transportation revolution with as great an impact as Henry Ford's Model T, which rolled off an assembly line one century ago. The potential impact of Tata's Nano has given environmentalists nightmares, with visions of the tiny cars clogging India's already-choked roads and collectively spewing millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the air. Industry analysts, however, say the car may soon deliver to India and the rest of the developing world unprecedented mobility. (...) Tata initially plans to manufacture some 250,000 Nanos per year. That would be about a quarter of all cars sold in India last year. The emergence of the Nano has fueled a host of concerns. With developing countries like India and China putting more and more cars on the roads, it has created a greater demand for fuel, contributing to sky-high global oil prices. India consumed nearly 120 million tons of petroleum products in 2006-2007, according to the Petroleum Ministry, up from 113 million tons the previous year. And the idea of such a low-cost vehicle has environmentalists petrified, conjuring images of traffic jams at midnight, hours-long commutes and rolling clouds of pollution.Chief U.N. climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri, who shared last year's Nobel Peace Prize, said last month "I am having nightmares" about the car. CLIP
Tata to Sell Nano for $2,500; Targets Indian Families http://tinyurl.com/367685
(...) "The global race to get a cheap, fuel-efficient car is on furiously,'' said Rajan. "As long as the design looks good and the safety standards are met, then there will be thousands of hungry buyers.''Renault SA, France's second-largest carmaker, is in talks with Pune, India-based Bajaj Auto Ltd. to build cars that may cost about $3,000, and Renault would eventually export such vehicles to the U.S. and sell them for $5,000 with modifications, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said Oct. 26.Tata's car could "jam cities'' and raise pollution, according to the Centre for Science and Environment, which has led a campaign for cleaner air in New Delhi. Average vehicle speed in India's capital has dropped to 15 kilometers an hour in 2002 from as much as 27 in 1997, it said. "As congestion builds up and vehicles slow down, emissions increase up to five times,'' it said on its Web site.
'No clear trend' in forest loss (8 January 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7175617.stm
Data on tropical forest cover is so poor that we do not know if the forests are declining, a study has found. Alan Grainger from the UK's University of Leeds examined UN analyses going back almost 30 years, and found that "evidence for a decline is unclear". Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), he proposes a global forest monitoring system. The UN admits there are problems with the data, but says tropical forests are certainly in retreat. Dr Grainger is not so sure. "People have been assuming that forest cover is shrinking," he told BBC News, "and certainly deforestation has been taking place on a large scale." But, he says, there is also evidence that in some countries, forests are expanding spontaneously. (...) Despite these difficulties, she believes the assessments have shown clearly that tropical forest cover is declining."We saw this clearly for example in the 2000 assessment, where we undertook a remote sensing survey of tropical countries and it was very clear there had been a decline during the period 1980-2000." (...) "What is happening to the tropical forests is so important, both to the peoples of tropical countries and to future trends in biodiversity and global climate, that we can no longer put off investing in an independent scientific monitoring programme that can combine satellite and ground data to give a reliable picture," he said. Political initiatives to tackle climate change have renewed the interest of some western governments in tropical forestry. If richer nations are to pay poorer ones to protect forests - a concept which appears likely to form a centrepiece of a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol - monitoring changes in cover will become a high priority.
Excess Ozone Chokes Plants, Accelerates Global Warming (January 10, 2008) http://www.NewsTarget.com/022481.html
The chemical known as ozone may be making a much more significant contribution to global warming than scientists had previously thought, according to a new study published in the journal Nature."Ozone could be twice as important as we previously thought as a driver of climate change," said study co-author Peter Cox.Ozone occurs naturally in the upper atmosphere, but is produced in the lower atmosphere when sunlight strikes industrial pollutants such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen oxides.Scientists have long known that ozone is a greenhouse gas, trapping radiation within the atmosphere and leading to rising global temperatures. But the new study suggests that ozone may have a much more significant climate impact by adversely affecting plants' ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.According to the researchers, high concentrations of ozone and carbon dioxide damage plants' ability to engage in photosynthesis. This weakens the plants, causing their stomata (pores in the leaves) to close. In turn, this reduces that amount of carbon dioxide or ozone that the plants are able to absorb. CLIP
2007 SECOND WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD - Northern Hemisphere Temperature Highest Ever (Jan 10, 2008) http://www.earth-policy.org/Indicators/Temp/2008.htm
With the record for 2007 now complete, it is clear that temperatures around the world are continuing their upward climb. The global average in 2007 was 14.73 degrees Celsius (58.5 degrees Fahrenheit)the second warmest year on record, only 0.03 degrees Celsius behind the 2005 maximum. January 2007 was the hottest January ever measured, a full 0.23 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous record. August was also a record for that month and September was the second warmest September recorded. (...) The year 2007 fits into a pattern of steadily increasing global average temperature, with the eight warmest years on record all occurring in the last decade. (...) Although 2007 did not post a new record high, the year stands out as being extremely warm despite several natural factors that usually cool the planet. El Niño conditions in the southern Pacific tend to increase the global average temperature, and yet the second half of 2007 saw the opposite developa La Niña, which would usually depress global temperature. This is in stark contrast to conditions in 1998, the third warmest year, when temperatures were boosted around 0.2 degrees Celsius by the strongest El Niño of the century. In addition to the moderate La Niña, solar intensity in 2007 was slightly lower than average because the year was a minimum in the 11-year solar sunspot cycle. The combination of these factors would normally produce cooler temperatures, yet 2007 was still one of the warmest years in human history. This strongly suggests that the warming effect of increased greenhouse gas concentrations is now dwarfing other influences on the Earths climate.The impact of the exceptional warmth in 2007 was especially apparent in the Arctic, where several feedback mechanisms amplify the effect of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. Summer sea-ice extent in the Arctic Ocean shrank dramatically to a new low, 23 percent below the previous 2005 record. This opened the Northwest Passage for the first time in recorded history and prompted a scramble to claim large swaths of the newly exposed Arctic. CLIP
Rapid and Decisive Solution of the World Energy Crisis and Global Warming (Dec 2007- Slow download) http://cheniere.org/articles/index.html
The present energy paradigmthat one must almost always consume fuel and dirtily provide EM energy and powerhas failed. Applying it has causedand thus cannot solvethe escalating world fuel crisis, hence the escalating energy crisis, and its accompanying and escalating global warming, climate change, and biospheric pollution crises. Catastrophic national economic collapses and more intensive global changes are looming, with additional severe drought and water shortages, and increasing changes and violence in climate and weather. Yet the worldwide demand for energy rapidly escalates while the worlds fuel shortage is also rapidly increasing. (...) We need a prompt and massive shift to a new energy paradigm that provides the necessary energy without consumption of fuel, taking the energy freely from the energetic vacuum/spacetime and thus producing no dirt. We must have it and implement it as rapidly as is humanly possible. (...) We urgently need a Manhattan-type energy from the vacuum project to produce and implement the new energy paradigm area. CLIP - Recommended by Susan M. LaFleur (email@example.com" who wrote: "Retired Col. Tom Bearden is a scientist. Listed in Whos Who, working with other scientists to produce devices whose product is clean free energy for the world. Here, he puts out a scientific paper to the world, and seven solutions (in the middle of the paper) to end our energy crisis quickly and cheaply and without the use of wind turbines, solar energy, and the like, which is not the solution."
High degree of resistance to antibiotics in Arctic birds (11-Jan-2008) http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-01/uu-hdo011108.php
In the latest issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, Swedish researchers report that birds captured in the hyperboreal tundra, in connection with the tundra expedition Beringia 2005, were carriers of antibiotics-resistant bacteria. These findings indicate that resistance to antibiotics has spread into nature, which is an alarming prospect for future health care.The scientists took samples from 97 birds in northeastern Siberia, northern Alaska, and northern Greenland. These samples were cultivated directly in special laboratories that the researchers had installed onboard the icebreaker Oden and were further analyzed at the microbiological laboratory at the Central Hospital in Växjö, Sweden.We were extremely surprised, says Björn Olsen, professor of infectious diseases at Uppsala University and at the Laboratory for Zoonosis Research at the University of Kalmar.We took samples from birds living far out on the tundra and had no contact with people. This further confirms that resistance to antibiotics has become a global phenomenon and that virtually no region of the earth, with the possible exception of the Antarctic, is unaffected. (...) Our findings show that resistance to antibiotics is not limited to society and hospitals but is now spreading into the wild. Escalating resistance to antibiotics over the last few years has crystallized into one of the greatest threats to well-functioning health care in the future.
The political arena of life is where the first stirrings of a change in the peoples consciousness is being registered. You are seeing first hand a movement away from the old paradigm, and the manifestation of a new one that is breaking the mould that has held you back. Against your normal experiences of political maneuvering and the backing given to the Illuminatis choice, what you are seeing is nothing short of miraculous and has sent shock waves through their dark supporters. There is a long way to go yet, but the signs for a dramatic change of direction are there. It will as usual get nasty, when all attempts are made to stop the success you are currently enjoying. Beware of the character assassination that will inevitably take place, but will not alter the eventual outcome.
Dear Ones, you are at last making your opinions count where they make a vast difference, by your choice of candidate. The media have been aware of your discontent for quite some time, but have deliberately ignored or played down your reactions. With or without them, you are starting a momentum that will escalate into a mountain slide of demands for change. The publicity that the media have denied you has not prevented people worldwide noticing what is taking place. They too are going to be supportive of those who seek change for the people of your planet, and that will bring fear to governments elsewhere who cannot hide their own dark deeds or agendas.
Your government has always been aware that people power would in the end decide their fate, and their panic is reaching new levels as they seek to prevent your ultimate success. Now is the time for much care and attention to their moves to bring a halt to the election process, as they will resort to any covert operation that will do so. You have called for change for a long time, and peace across the world is high up in your expectations once the old regime and its policies are removed. For our part we are allowed to intervene, inasmuch we can protect you from attempts to create an incident that would lead to Martial Law. We are monitoring all of those who would unleash such draconian measures upon you, and are well aware as to what is planned.
Our orders are twofold, and first and foremost it is to ensure that this time your elections do finally result in an honest and true outcome. Secondly we keep you on track so that regardless of what happens, there is no lasting effect to your progress where Ascension is concerned. We represent the highest office and councils that oversee the destiny of the people of Earth, and we are not going to let you down. We experience no doubt whatsoever as to the outcome, and fear has no place in our thinking or actions. We know that you have already achieved the victory you seek, and it simply remains to await its manifestation.
You are spiritual Beings that wield a mighty power if you did but know it and use it. These are times when your concentrated efforts to visualize success will immensely help achieve it. Carry those who represent your aspirations in your thoughts, and see them surrounded in the powerful white light. Send them your love and it will truly make a difference. It will help deflect the dark energies and negativity that will thrown at them. These courageous souls that have stepped forward in the Light will become the focal point of much discussion, and you will need to cut through the rhetoric and lies that will be leveled against them. As always be intuitive and do not allow others to muddy they waters of truth.
The world is going to be in a state of chaos for a while, as the ramifications of what is taking place becomes apparent. Those in power never give it up easily, but see that the spreading changes are inevitable and that their positions will become untenable. People are waking up at an unprecedented rate, and initially as you have already seen they are not always prepared to wait for democratic and orderly change. The direction of Man is not readily understood by the vast majority, but that will not prevent the New Age from coming into your lives. The choice is stark, as it is one of utter destruction unless this opportunity is grasped to lead Man onto a new path of Light. The leaders that are up to this task are ready and waiting for their call, and it is up to you to ensure they are appointed.
The Galactic Federation has specific orders that still allow for your freewill to determine your individual future, and nothing will prevent the pathway opening up for those who desire to complete their time in this cycle of duality. You have worked diligently and kept your focus on your goal, and you will not be denied your success in these end-times. In the greatness of the Love of the Creator for all mankind and life of all types, provision has been made for their continuing evolution. Some species are already leaving Earth, and many souls have also contracted to do so as their lives have provided the experiences they needed. There comes a point when it no longer serves any purpose to overstay your time, and you are released from your bonds to Earth.
Do not be worried or unduly concerned about the effect of the changes, as they cannot avoid some degree of instability and uncertainty. For many they see no further than what is before their eyes, and much love and kindness is needed to assure them of the future. The voice of those who are enlightened is essential to balance the fear, that is being created by those who expect a violent and disastrous end to this cycle. You are in a completely different phase to that which was visualized over the last century, and you have lifted up to a new level that has overcome the path of the apocalypse. It is you have who changed your destiny through your awakening to the Light.
I am SaLuSa and have come again at such a critical time where everything is in the balance, yet is heading for a victory for the Light. See beyond the daily happenings, and note the move towards a new expression of life that leaves the old ways behind. Freedom and peace beckon and that is what your thoughts should be upon. The months will pass as quickly as ever, and you will be in for a roller coaster of a ride, and we shall be forever with you. Be assured there can ultimately only be one outcome your unmitigated success and upliftment in Love and Light.
From: Stan Penner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Peace Now or Never!
Date: 8 Jan 2008
Violence causes dehumanization, and, as we all know, a lot of violence is happening in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in many other places on this planet of ours. In a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, young Calvin questions his father, "Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?" Calvin's Dad has no answer. Killing people, soldiers or not, can be extremely difficult. A soldier wrote home, "It's so hard when I am up close. When I see the faces of the people, I can't bring myself to kill them. But when I am farther away just shooting artillery shells then I can do it, as long as I don't see their faces." Sad to say, young men, and now sometimes women, too, often not past their teens, are expected to be hardened killers. As George McGovern, during his 1972 presidential campaign put it, "I'm sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars in which young men do the dying." Or let's listen to some words from the book Soldiers by John Keegan, et al., "Old soldiers never die, but ninety-nine soldiers in a hundred are pitiably young, and they die in their millions, without beginning to guess why it is that life asks that of them." Who speaks for them? MOTHERS OF THE WORLD, DON'T ALLOW THAT! SPEAK UP! Don't let your children die in their millions, and when they're pitiably young yet, and, according to Keegan, most don't even know why they're fighting, killing, and dying. Make friends with mothers in other countries than yours, join Mothers Against War (M.A.W.) and other like-minded groups, let your politicians know that you want international disagreements settled without the horrors of war (As Winston Churchill put it, "To jaw, jaw, is better than to war, war.), etc., etc. Fathers, of course, too, should speak up but if fathers can't, or won't stop wars, maybe the women will. When Dan Rather was on a hospital ship off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, he went into the hold of the ship and heard only one word from the lips of those wounded young soldiers, some with multiple amputations. What was the word? you may well ask. It was "Mother." As Dan Rather puts it, "None called for father, or for doctor or nurse. Only mother." Mothers, the world over, are you listening?
P.S. Editor: Dan Rather's words are from "THE CAMERA NEVER BLINKS TWICE" by Dan Rather with Mickey Herskowitz in a Reader's Digest book "Today's Best Nonfiction."
"As far as I am concerned, war itself is immoral," Omar Bradley, U.S. five star general, known as the "GI's" general, and field commander of 1.3 million men in World War II.
"A memory of fallen comrades whose deaths show there is absolutely no glory in war."
- Val Werier, former soldier and now editorial writer (Winnipeg Free Press)
"More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?"
- Eve Merriam
All the arms we need are for hugging.
- Author Unknown
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- Jeanette Rankin
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
- José Narosky
The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
- Henry Fosdick
The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
- Omar Bradley
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
- William Westmoreland
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, "A Declaration of Rights"
To kill a man is not to defend a doctrine, but to kill a man.
- Michael Servetus
If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people.
- Tony Benn
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
- Otto Von Bismark
War hath no fury like a noncombatant.
- Charles Edward Montague, Disenchantment
If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons.
- Pope John Paul II
A day of battle is a day of harvest for the devil.
- William Hooke
O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it.
- Mark Twain, "The War Prayer"
Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!
- Helen Keller
The loud little handful will shout for war. The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first. The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and they will say earnestly and indignantly: It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war. Then the few will shout even louder. Before long you will see a curious thing: anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it... Next, statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain
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I don't intend to sound off alarm bells, but the question does need to be asked, as we have seen signs of this in the past, such as in Ohio during the 2004 general election. I just spent the last two hours putting together a spreadsheet of the Democratic results of the NH primary for each town with almost all but a few towns reporting, and the results were somewhat surprising. (Note: This is also without including nearly 2500 write-ins due to time constraints.)
I say "somewhat" because some people will say this entirely foreseeable. What the informal statistics show is that Hillary Clinton received a 4.5% boost in towns using Diebold voting machines compared to towns that didn't. Meanwhile, Obama was hurt in these towns showing a 2.5% decrease in the Diebold towns.
One thing to note before looking too much into these statistics is that the Diebold machines were concentrated in the less rural areas. I say less rural, because there really is no "urban" areas in New Hampshire. This then begs the question as to whether rural voters really were more likely to vote for Obama than Clinton.
The possibility of election fraud is even more important considering the predictions heading into NH primaries. All the polls were showing Obama with at least a 7 point lead over Clinton, with a few showing a double-digit lead, which is no surprise considering Obama's win in Iowa over Clinton who placed third in the caucuses.
I don't have enough information or time to compare this data with anything else. No matter what, the results were still significantly closer than the blow-out that was predicted. Does this show election fraud? Right now I'm not sure, but the possibility definitely remains and must not be taken off the table.
Update: Some more statistics from the data shows that Obama in non-Diebold towns garnering 38.7% of the vote to Clinton's 36.2%. The results in Diebold towns show the exact opposite: Clinton with 40.7% of the vote and Obama with 36.2%. Not only are the positions swapped but the informal statistics have the second place candidate holding 36.2% in both cases, which could easily be a pure coincidence. What doesn't make a lot of sense to me right now and this could be a mathematical mistake on my part is where Clinton got the extra 2% of votes in Diebold towns. All the other numbers almost exact for every candidate, even Edwards who received 17% of the vote in Diebold towns compared to 17.6% in non-Diebold towns. That still doesn't make up for the extra 2% vote Clinton is receiving when she leads in certain towns compared to when Obama has the lead. More through...
Ron Paul Votes Not Counted In New Hampshire District (January 9, 2008) http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/january2008/010908_not_counted.htm
Major allegations of vote fraud in New Hampshire are circulating after Hillary Clinton reversed a mammoth pre-polling deficit to defeat Barack Obama with the aid of Diebold electronic voting machines, while confirmed votes for Ron Paul in the Sutton district were not even counted.
99 Ways to Steal Elections: The Story of John Fund and Ron Paul (January 9, 2008) http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2008/01/99-ways-to-steal-elections-story-of.html
(...) The Corporate types who have worked so diligently to ignore the only real Republican running in this primary made a mistake. They thought that they could use their Diebold Machines to steal the primary in New Hampshire for John McCain and it would be believed. No one is buying it. According to Sally Castleman of Election Defense Alliance every county where a hand count was done came in exactly as predicted by Zogby. Where Diebold was in control we see what happens. Sally is getting me more information; stay tuned. CLIP
Bad News from New Hampshire (2008-01-09) http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/29950
The news from the "Live Free or Die" state was bad. It was bad for peace and the anti-war movement (such as it is), and it was bad for progressives and progressive issues in general.The two candidates who won, John McCain on the Republican side, and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, are both fervent supporters of the Iraq War and of American militarism. Clinton talks of permanent US bases in Iraq. McCain says the US will be in Iraq for a century. What could the voters in New Hampshire be thinking?As for progressives and progressive issues, there are two problems. One is that Hillary Clinton is no progressive. Like her wayward husband Bill, she is a triangulator who will betray every item on the liberal Democratic agenda, in the unlikely event that she ends up in the White House. The whole Clintonian project has been to talk like a liberal while cutting deals with Republicans that destroy any prospects for progressive change. Healthcare reform? Keep it in the hands of the insurance industry. Crime? Build more prisons, keep the death penalty machine running, and make it harder for criminals to appeal their railroaded convictions. Abortion rights? Only if you have money and can pay for one yourself. Global warming? Tokenism and nuclear power. Jobs? Go back to school and retrainwe need free trade. International crisis? Bomb it.
This is from Bev Harris of Black Box Voting.org. She is now taking reports and looking into this big time. I also believe that Obama actually won the New Hampshire primary and there is absolutly no way that Ghooliani ended up with 9% of the vote last night in New Hampshire.
In the town of Sutton, there was a person who's whole family voted for RP and then when the totals came out they were zero for RP. This was reported by this person and then Bev was on the case. Bev called the election board and wala, they made a "mistake" He actually had 31 votes. This is also showing up in other towns in the New Hampshire Vote. There are other large anamolies going on.
The campaign has been bombarded with calls demanding a recount in New Hamshire. I cannot confirm but I am sure the Obama campaign has been made aware. The RP groups are thinking about a fund for the recount right now along with "other" things that can be done.
Bev Harris says...
"I called the Town of Sutton. Ron Paul got 31 votes, they reported zero, she said it was "human error", that doesn't cut it, that's the story there."
Are you in Pima or Maricopa County? Glad to see you're on the case there.
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
- Communist Tyrant and mass murderer Josef Stalin
Clinton's Win Enriches Bettors Facing 100-to-1 Odds (Jan. 9) http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aDwt8YHCf1kY
(Bloomberg) -- Hillary Clinton isn't the only person who won big in New Hampshire last night.Online traders who placed a $100 bet on Clinton, the 60- year-old Democratic senator from New York, were rewarded with payoffs of as much as $10,000 after her upset victory over Barack Obama in the New Hampshire presidential primary, trading on Intrade, a Dublin-based online prediction market, indicated.Her chances of winning in New Hampshire plummeted to a record low of 1 percent yesterday after her defeat in last week's Iowa caucuses prompted online traders to shift almost all their bets to 46-year-old Illinois Senator Obama, Intrade data showed.Obama's chances surged to as high as 99 percent yesterday after polls indicated that he was also poised to win in New Hampshire. Clinton, who won by 3 percentage points, trailed Obama by an average of 6.3 points, according to Pollster.com, a Web site that compiles U.S. poll results.
KUCINICH CALLS FOR 'RECOUNT' OF NEW HAMPSHIRE BALLOTS
Cites Concerns About 'Unexplained Disparities' in Hand and Diebold Machine Counted Ballots - Says 'Its about establishing whether 100% of the voters had 100% of their votes counted exactly the way they cast them'
Kucinich asks for New Hampshire recount in the interest of election integrity
DETROIT, MI Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the most outspoken advocate in the Presidential field and in Congress for election integrity, paper-ballot elections, and campaign finance reform, has sent a letter to the New Hampshire Secretary of State asking for a recount of Tuesdays election because of unexplained disparities between hand-counted ballots and machine-counted ballots.
He added, Ever since the 2000 election and even before the American people have been losing faith in the belief that their votes were actually counted. This recount isnt about who won 39% of 36% or even 1%. Its about establishing whether 100% of the voters had 100% of their votes counted exactly the way they cast them.
Kucinich, who drew about 1.4% of the New Hampshire Democratic primary vote, wrote, This is not about my candidacy or any other individual candidacy. It is about the integrity of the election process. No other Democratic candidate, he noted, has stepped forward to question or pursue the claims being made.
New Hampshire is in the unique position to address and, if so determined, rectify these issues before they escalate into a massive, nationwide suspicion of the process by which Americans elect their President. Based on the controversies surrounding the Presidential elections in 2004 and 2000, New Hampshire is in a prime position to investigate possible irregularities and to issue findings for the benefit of the entire nation, Kucinich wrote in his letter.
Without an official recount, the voters of New Hampshire and the rest of the nation will never know whether there are flaws in our electoral system that need to be identified and addressed at this relatively early point in the Presidential nominating process, said Kucinich
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Kucinich asks for NH recount, but he'll have to pay for it (January 11, 2008) http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/primarysource/2008/01/kucinich_asked.html
Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is calling for a recount of the New Hampshire primary, not because he believes it will show him the winner, but for the integrity of the process. Kucinich received just 1.4 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary that was won by Hillary Clinton. The New Hampshire Secretary of State's office said Kucinich can have a recount but he will have to pay for it. Under state law if a candidate loses by less than 3 percent they can pay a flat $2,000 for the recount. If they lose by more than 3 percent they have to pay the entire cost. Kucinich asked for a recount after hearing about reports that Barack Obama did better in places where votes were hand counted versus larger cities where votes are tabulated electronically. In truth, polling had suggested that Clinton was doing better in the larger cities prior to the vote.In 2004 a Michigan activist demanded a recount of the presidential race on behalf of the Ralph Nader campaign. As The Nation reported they were satisfied of the integrity of the New Hampshire process after the recount.
Kucinich%20stepping%20into%20trap%20with%20recount?%20(1-10-08) Kucinich stepping into trap with recount? (1-10-08) http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
The election integrity community is abuzz with news that candidate Dennis Kucinich will ask for a recount in New Hampshire, and Ron Paul fans have been pushing him to recount as well. Careful. NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTION INTEGRITY ADVOCATE NANCY TOBI IS CORRECT: "We have no control over the ballot chain of custody and we have learned the pain from the 2004 Nader recount, in which only 11 districts were counted, chosen by a highly questionable person, and then nothing showed up. Now all we hear is how the Nader recount validated the machines." As Tobi says, "A candidate asking for a recount may well be a tool used to 'prove' everything was okay and then that candidate will be further discredited." I'll go further than that. The only way a recount makes any sense at all in New Hampshire is AFTER an assessment is made of the chain of custody issues. If the chain of custody isn't intact the recount won't be worth a cup of warm spit. CLIP
Yes, there should be a recount, not only by Ron Paul, but by ALL the candidates who were hurt by this. Dennis Kucinich has already requested recount of his votes.
Obama should request a recount, as should Huckabee and John Edwards. Maybe even McCain because, even though he "won" in NH, many of his votes were also siphoned off by the Establishment GOP. McCain is NOT the choice of the neocon GOP and will be dumped by them on Tsunami Tuesday, February 5th.
A different kind of vote manipulation is already a "done deal" for the February 5th Republican Presidential Primaries, which is where the bulk of "delegates" will be determined. Why do you think that Giuliani, Romney and Thompson are so nonchalant and blase' about the Iowa Caucus and the NH Primary?? NH will NOT matter one bit when it comes to determining the Republican nominee at the GOP Convention in September, one week AFTER the Democratic Convention.
The neocon Rep party has already determined who they want to POSSIBLY be the "winners" in most of these 22 "Tsunami Tuesday" Prez Primaries, by quietly changing the rules for registration over a year ago. What they did, when no one was watching or even interested, was CLOSE the GOP Prez Primaries, instead of leaving them OPEN, as had been in the past in states such as CA.
Originally, the intended target of this calculated decision was John McCain who, in states like CA and NH, receives MOST of his support from independents and Republican-LEANING voters, who are NOT registered officially as Republicans. Ron Paul was not even on the radar, but this regulation of the voter registration process will be even MORE effective against a candidate like Ron Paul.
I am NOT saying that a recount does not matter, and should not be done. It should. However, it would better serve Ron Paul if ALL the candidates who were hurt by this OBVIOUS fraud worked together, at least UNofficially, in an effort to show the American People that it was the NEOCON GOP who was probably behind it and why.
Who does a Giuliani/Romney/Thompson ticket want to run against? The answer is Hillary Clinton, NOT Barack Obama or John Edwards. So read between the lines. This is a CHESS game, NOT a series of Checker matches. There WAS, IS, and WILL BE a manipulation of Voter Registration, the Voting PROCESS and the vote count, by the Party who wants to win and will go to any length to do it.
Do not get me wrong. I am NOT being pessimistic about Ron Paul or discouraging that we continue to do whatever we can to educate and encourage Americans to vote for the ONLY real American running for the Presidency. No matter what the outcome in November 2008, we have already won because the American People KNOW the truth and are going to keep on fighting for our Constitution and our freedom.
And, everything that we can do NOW to explain NewHampshire AND the upcoming Primaries to the American People will only serve to heighten the integrity of Ron Paul, his campaign, and his efforts to bring truth and justice back to the voting process.
However, I AM being REALISTIC about what has happened and what is going to happen on February 5th and beyond. Which is why we must continue to act and speak, like Congressman Dr. Paul, with integrity and honesty and common sense. We must pick our battles wisely, and continue to use TRUTH as our weapon against the evil ones.
Note from Jean: Daniel Stafford (firstname.lastname@example.org) also suggested this to our attention:
"I would also recommend keeping a close eye on Brad Friedman's site, www.bradblog.com . He has one of the best sites around focusing on the issues of electronic voting and other dirty tricks in US elections and he has been all over this since prior to 2004. Between Bradblog and Black Box Voting, you'll get 99% of the real story. He was already on top of this on election night."
PRIMARY CONCERNS: Hoisting a few red flags about the elections
By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Media Services
As the breathless sports coverage of the presidential primaries bursts around me this morning, Im doing my best to resist surrendering to the contrived drama about comeback kids and the flying shrapnel of numbers and hold onto my troubled skepticism about the electoral process, or at least most of it.
First of all, before we get too enthusiastic about feminist solidarity or wax knowingly about New Hampshire Democrats traditional soft-heartedness toward the Clinton family, lets ponder yet again the possibility of tainted results, which is such an unfun prospect most of the media cant bear to remember that all the problems weve had with electronic voting machines and Diebold machines in particular, which dominate New Hampshire polling places remain unsolved.
Did the Hillary campaign really defy the pollsters? She had been trailing Barack Obama by 13 percentage points, 42 to 29, in a recent Zogby poll, as election watchdog Brad Friedman pointed out. And the weekends rapturous packed rallies for Mr. Obama, as the New York Times put it, suggested Mrs. Clinton was in dire shape.
So when she emerged from the Tuesday primary with an 8,000-vote and 3-percentage-point victory over Obama, perhaps considering the notorious unreliability, not to mention hackability, of Diebold machines the media might have hoisted a few red flags in the coverage, rather than immediately chalk the results up to Clintons tears and voter unpredictability. (Oh, if only more reporters considered red flags patriotic.)
The fact is, whatever actually happened in New Hampshire voting booths on Tuesday, our elections are horrifically insecure. For instance, Bev Harris, of the highly respected voting watchdog organization Black Box Voting, recently wrote that the Diebold 1.94w optical scan machines used in some 55 percent of New Hampshire precincts (representing more than 80 percent of the states voters) are the exact same make, model and version hacked in the Black Box Voting project in Leon County (Florida) a few years ago. They havent been upgraded; the security problems havent been fixed.
National, or at least media, denial about this situation doesnt say much for the strength of our democracy.
The other recent chill I felt over the state of that democracy was symbolized by the gleeful thumbs up that ABC president David Westin gave his staff 20 minutes before airtime for Saturdays candidate debate, when word came in that a judge had ruled against Dennis Kucinichs last-minute lawsuit to gain inclusion in the debate. The staff cheered, the Hollywood Reporter noted with barely concealed satisfaction, as though to say: A-list celebrities only, Dennis!
The exclusion of Kucinich from the debates, and the mainstream medias indifference to and/or tacit approval thereof, strikes me as part of the same phenomenon as their inability to incorporate news of ongoing voting-machine insecurity into actual election coverage.
The unacknowledged backstory of the election process, you might say, is that its primarily entertainment; and downer stuff like unreliable numbers or a short, pedestrian candidate who insists on talking about real and possibly unpleasant issues just dont belong in the package presented to the public. No grit, please! No matter the current administration has trashed the Constitution, dragged us into a disastrous war, abandoned New Orleans, blown national security and made torture fashionable, this election is about . . . feelings, personal drama.
So with Kucinich out of the debates and out of mainstream consciousness, the simmering concerns of far more than 1 percent of the population are also excluded from these debates that, after all, are about the nations and the worlds future. I was dreading the onset of the primary season because I knew it would not be what it affected to be: something, uh, related to reality.
Thus impeachment, that unpleasant topic, is not something any of the top-tier, media-vetted Democratic candidates will be talking about, no matter that it has far more support among the electorate than the impeachment of Hillarys husband ever did. And the Iraq war itself is reduced to a yes or no question, with no discussion of the bloated U.S. defense budget on the table, or the role of aggressive neocon-style militarism in our national security. Westins thumbs up signaled media exclusion of all such matters from the national debate.
That said, I acknowledge taking wary heart in Obamas remarkable road to national prominence and (hypothesizing fair elections) his reasonable shot at the Democratic presidential nomination. He is energizing African-Americans and many other disaffected voters, and just maybe, as he ascends to the highest levels of power, he really intends to represent them.
Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, is an editor at Tribune Media Services and nationally syndicated writer. You can respond to this column at email@example.com
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From: Joel (email@example.com)
Date: Jan 9, 2008
Subject: Vote Fraud Proven In New Hampshire...
Hi, Vote fraud in the New Hampshire election is just starting to come forward.
Many New Hampshire districts reported no votes, that's zero, for Ron Paul. Some districts are now changing their stories because people who voted for him are starting to come forward.
The story below is just one example of fraud. After public complaints in Sutton Township, zero votes has been changed to 31 votes. That doesn't sound like much, but this was done on a massive scale..
Barack Obama is a completely bought and paid for phony (ie, CFR member). This is why he's not complaining about the huge voting fraud he experienced thanks to the Diebold voting machines. Barack is willing to take the fall for his fellow CFR member, and criminal, Hillary Clinton.
It's hard to compete against Diebold voting machines that were invented, and are fully controlled by CIA front companies.
Black Box Voting is tracking the fraud. See link below.
Clinton would not have beat Obama without the aid of Diebold voting machines. In precincts where electronic voting machines were used, Clinton got a 7% swing over Obama, having gained 5% in comparison to hand-counted ballots and Obama losing 2%.
Mitt Romney profited the most from the Diebold swing, he received 7% more votes compared to hand counted ballots.
Even the Exit Polls showed that Obama should have won, according to Chris Matthews on Hardball today. It's the first specific indication that we've seen that the raw, unadjusted Exit Poll data, which only corporate mainstream media folks, not mere mortals, are allowed to see, confirmed all of the pre-election polling which predicted an Obama win.
He introduced his segment today this way (video at right):
MATTHEWS: So what accounts for Hillary Clinton's victory in New Hampshire? What we don't know is why the victory is so much different in fact, then the polling ahead of time, including what we call the Exit Polls were telling us. Obama was ahead in those polls by an average of 8 points, and even our own Exit Polls, taken as people came out of voting, showed him ahead. So what's going on here?
"Why were the polls taken, of people coming out of the booth, so off?," Matthews tries to ask his guests again and again. And again.
All of them twisted and turned and contorted and grappled and speculated, coming up with every possible unverifiable, backwards-engineered explanation, save for the one that must not be named. The 600 lb. canary in the virtual living room...the fact that no human being has bothered to check what was actually on NH's vast majority of ballots (80%) which were "counted" by error-prone, hackable Diebold optical-scan machines, all controlled by one bad, horribly irresponsible private company, who has no business being anywhere near a public election.
We've yet to see that raw Exit data ourselves, as mentioned. But we're working on it. Even while we're still working on getting the never-released raw data from 2004, when the Exit Polls were done then, as now, by Mitofsky/Edison.
(BTW: They disavow their own Exit Polling from 2004. So, naturally, the MSM news consortium hired the same folks to do the job again in 2008. Perhaps it was the company's apparently spot-on Exit Polling in Ukraine, in December of 2004, cited as evidence of fraud by George W. Bush and Colin Powell, that the challenger should have won, rather than the incumbant, as the election results announced, in contradiction of the Exit Polls...but don't get us started.)
And yet, as all the talking heads continue to use data from those post-election-adjusted Exit Polls, as speculative reasons why Clinton was announced the winner ("higher than expected female turnout" "voters who make less than $50k"), Politico's Roger Simon, at the end of the Hardball segment, asks the question about NH '08, that we've been asking about 2004 for years: "If the exit polls got the results wrong, why do we think they got the demographics right?"
Did anything go wrong in New Hampshire? Who knows? The Pre-Election Polling indicates it did. The unadjusted Exit Polling, at least according to Matthews, indicates it did. But until we realize we need to actually count ballots --- openly and transparently --- in our American elections, we expect these same questions and nightmares will continue, over and over and over, for a very long time to come...
Worldwide Coverage of the Sibel Edmonds Bombshell! And in the United States of America...um....
Good news! The bombshell report on the front page of London's Sunday Times on charges made by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, has finally led to press coverage by the mainstream media!
From one side of the globe to the other, as expected, the explosive whistleblower allegations concerning highly-placed, well-known U.S. officials in the Departments of State and Defense involved in an illicit, for-profit scheme to develop and protect a network of spies, who then stole and sold American nuclear secrets to the international black markets via Turkey, Israel and Pakistan, is now worldwide news!
That, even though the Times only covered "about 20%" of the story she has to tell, according to Edmonds, with whom we spoke late last night. Sunday's British blockbuster, detailing how nuclear secrets were then proliferated to Iran, Libya, North Korea, and potentially even al-Qaeda, was picked up on Monday and reported by international mainstream outlets such as The Times of India, Pakistan's Daily Times, Iran's PressTV, Israel's Haaretz and even the Turkish Daily News.
Here in the United States, the mainstream media coverage included:
That's right. Nobody. None of them. Zilch. Not a one.
Edmonds told The BRAD BLOG last night that her phone had been ringing of the hook since the Times story hit. From reporters around the globe, she said. As to America: "Not a single mainstream media channel, not even a newspaper."
Apparently American nuclear secrets, stolen by "moles" at America's most sensitive nuclear installations, sold on the black market with the help and protection of highly placed American officials, which then found their way into the hands of America's enemies, is not notable news to Americans. According to the American corporate mainstream media, anyway. We suppose they're all too busy fighting the War on Terror in New Hampshire or something.
And you wonder how our country got into this mess?
Edmonds was no longer amazed by it all. We still are.
UPDATE 6:22pm PT Credit where it's due. Independent American broadcast media outlet, INN World Report, seen on some satellite TV providers, covered the report in detail, including an interview with yours truly... Go at http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5527 to watch this TV news report
The Bomb in the Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World
Written by Chris Floyd
8 January 2008
This week, the Sunday Times lifted the lid on one of the most important stories of the last quarter-century: how American officials sold nuclear arms technology to illegal proliferators -- including ideological allies of al Qaeda -- in return for bribes and other inducements. This widespread corruption has been protected from exposure by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has gone to enormous lengths to protect the truth from coming out. The entire planet has been put at grave risk by the greed -- and geopolitical gamesmanship -- that lies behind this criminal enterprise, which actually is even more extensive, and goes back further in time, than the newspaper's remarkable revelations.
The Sunday Times story is based on the evidence provided by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of state-enforced muzzling by the Bush Administration since she first tried to speak out about the corrupt connections between American officials and foreign agents she discovered when reviewing transcripts associated with the 9/11 investigation. As even the leaders of the whitewashing 9/11 Commission themselves now admit, that investigation was deliberately sabotaged by the Bush Administration in part to cover up the nuclear proliferation network that has directly or indirectly enriched so many in the American elite over the past decades including the sitting president of the United States, George W. Bush.
Edmonds' revelations should be seen in their larger historical context, as an outgrowth of the activities of BCCI, the "Bank of Credit and Commercial International," a supposed financial group that a U.S. Senate investigation called "one of the largest criminal enterprises in history." BCCI was a prime vehicle for clandestine nuclear proliferation, among many other illegal activities, and was also used by the CIA and the White House for various covert operations, including secret military and financial support for Saddam Hussein. It also paid numerous grandees of the Democratic and Republican parties to front its operations and gave George W. Bush $25 million to rescue one of his many business failures.
Although BCCI as a "bank" eventually failed, spectacularly, costing its unsuspecting customers more than $10 billion, almost no one was punished for its myriad crimes, and the full extent of the organization's activities continue to be shielded by the many national governments that became entangled in its operations, including the United States and Great Britain, where the Labour government has made extraordinary interventions in court cases to protect BCCI's secrets, invoking the most draconian state secret laws to quash a lawsuit against the Bank of England for the blind but knowing eye that the regulator turned toward BCCI's deadly fraud.
Before exploring these deeper connections further, let's review the tip of the iceberg that Edmonds has courageously exposed, despite the very real threat of retaliation from the U.S. government. From the Times:
This is the way the world works. Behind the glitz and gossip of presidential campaigns, behind all the earnest "policy debates" on Capitol Hill, behind all the "position papers" and "vision statements" of think tanks and political parties, behind all the great panoply of state and our august Establishment institutions, thieves and murderers have their way, in league with the great and good.
Anyone who ascends to national power has to make a deal with the devil: either directly to plunge their hands into filth and blood, or else swaddle themselves in "plausible deniability," looking away from the grubby details but knowing full well that their minions, agents and backers are doing "whatever it takes" to keep the machine of power and money rolling on.
This doesn't mean that leaders can't also try to do good things as well, and occasionally accomplish them. After all, Al Capone was famous for his acts of benevolence. Indeed, some leaders pursue idealistic or ameliorative policies in order to "justify" the crimes and lies that sustain the system which has raised them on high. But the devil will have his due, and the price of power must always be paid and it is ordinary people, especially the most innocent and vulnerable among us, who always end up paying it.
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Sent: 9 January 2008
Subject: Whales Win Big!
Fantastic news! A federal court in California has just imposed the strongest-ever protections for whales against an onslaught of military sonar.
The new controls are the result of an NRDC lawsuit that demanded the Navy rein in its deadly sonar before beginning two years of maneuvers near the Channel Islands -- one of the world's most sensitive environments and home to five endangered species of whales.
The Navy itself estimates that the booming sonar would harass or harm marine mammals some 170,000 times -- and cause permanent injury in more than 400 cases.
U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said the Navy's existing plan for protecting marine mammals was "grossly inadequate." And she has ordered the Navy to put a series of precautionary measures in place -- many of them recommended by NRDC -- that will go a long way toward protecting whales from needless injury and death.
For starters, the Navy will not be permitted to use its dangerous mid-frequency sonar within 12 miles of the California coast, a zone that is heavily used by migrating whales and dolphins. Sonar will also be banned in the Catalina Basin, an underwater canyon with a high density of whales.
The Navy will also have to monitor for marine mammals -- from the ship and from the air -- both before and during its sonar exercises. If any marine mammals are spotted within 2200 yards of the ship, the Navy will have to shut down its sonar.
These safeguards represent a giant leap forward in our decade-long campaign to make sure that whales don't have to die for the sake of military practice.
I want to thank you for advancing our campaign for whales through your tenacious online activism. Needless to say, this fight is far from over and many more court battles lay ahead.
But case by case, we are accomplishing what many thought impossible: forcing the Navy to obey our environmental laws and stop its needless killing of whales -- and all without compromising military readiness.
Thank you for standing with NRDC in defense of the world's marine mammals.
Frances Beinecke President NRDC
P.S. In the wake of this landmark victory, please help us build nationwide opposition to a separate Navy plan that would put a sonar range right next to a key migratory route for endangered whales by clicking here: http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/whales_nc_tell_friends
Date: 8 Jan 2008
Subject: Cradle to cradle is the Best solution
You posted a link to a video about the dumping of eWaste and then it was suggested that the answer for dealing with it was to insist that local legislation be passed that says these things cannot be shipped out of the place that they are BOUGHT. While this is certainly not the worst of ideas, we certainly can and must do better than this. The law that we pass should say that eWaste and any and all other toxic substances must be processed responsibly by the producer of the waste in such a way that it provides no harm to anyone or any ecosystem at all. Such a law should be passed at the national level and a full on campaign is needed that it be passed at the global level as well as soon as possible.
This is called producer responsibility; and the overall goal that we should be working for is that the producer of any and all goods and services must take full responsibility for their product or service throughout its lifetimecradle to cradleas it is called and described by Bill McDonough. It should be the manufacturers responsibility to collect and take apart any and everything that is produced, so that it can be reused or reprocessed until it is totally inert.
Every country, every community, including our global one, must make plans to move as rapidly as possible towards full sustainability. We are rapidly depleting natural resource base and poisoning our natural environment. If we do not act now, we are likely to discover that global warming is the least of our problems. With India and China growing economically at 9% a year and heading towards a world population of well more than 7 billion people within 15 or 20 years, we are going to be in big trouble if we don't change how we do things, as a society and humanity, quick.
Join the International movement for global democracy, peace and human rights:
Because the year 2007 must be a new beginning for people power to be effective agents of transformation towards a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Because a BREAKTHROUGH is urgently needed by a world wide 'people movement'; for peace and international cooperation by bringing together like - minded individuals, lending fresh impetus to projects of economic cooperation and inter cultural understanding.
Because we need electronic parliament, linking parliamentarians world wide to provide a forum for debates on the best ways to save the common good.
Because the civil society organizations need to link up through the internet and develop shared strategies to restore peace and revitalize war-torn regions and environments, they promote socially and ecologically responsibly policies in local and national governments and in business.
Because local, national and global business respond to the increasingly forceful calls by governments and civic society for corporate social and ecological responsibility.
"Our global village is inequitable, full of frustration and hate, and is neither economically nor ecologically sustainable. This condition cannot be prolonged indefinitely. We either achieve peace and a higher level of sustainability, or risk a global holocaust.
Half a century ago Albert Einstein noted that we cannot solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that gave rise to it. Nobel scientists now agree. A Declaration signed by one hundred Laureates at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium in December of 2001 noted, The most profound danger to world peace in the coming years will stem not from the irrational acts of states or individuals but from the legitimate demands of the world's dispossessed.
They ended the Declaration saying, To survive in the world we have transformed, we must learn to think in a new way.
The urgently required local and global transformation calls for timely changes in the way we think. With new, more responsible thinking we could head towards better, more peaceful and sustainable conditions on this planet."
- Ervin Laszlo, Author "You Can Change the World" & President, International Club of Budapest
The ten commandments of responsible living
1. Satisfy your needs without detracting from others.
2. Live to respect the right to life and development of others.
3. Safeguard the right to life and health of all growing and living things
4. Pursue happiness, freedom and fulfillment for self and in others.
5. Help those less privileged to live without hunger and penury.
6. Preserve or restore the integrity of the environment.
7. Help children and young to discover ways of thinking and acting of their own.
8. Ask your government to deal peacefully and cooperatively with other nations and cultures.
9. Patronize businesses that provide without impairing the environment.
10. Use media with reliable information on trends and events that affect life to make sound decisions.
Note from Jean: I've decided to pass on to you this material below even if I'm utterly skeptical about this. Reading my reply to a subscriber -- Nathan Stevens (email@example.com) -- who had suggested to me to look into this Planet X scare story as a possible explanation for Earth's global warming, a suggestion I initially turned down, you will understand the reasons for my reticence on this... Now that this story is out there (many of you probably heard about it already), I prefer to deal with it directly rather than simply ignore it. Of course, in the end each one of you is responsible for making your own judgement and how you decide to respond to this... IMPORTANT: Make sure to read also Matthew's take on Planet X right after this!
Here was my reply on January 9 to Nathan Stevens:
I've heard about this Planet X a number of times for several years but have not really investigated this because it seemed more like a scary hoax than anything else. If this celestial object really does a flyby near the sun every 3600 years as it is alleged, how come there is no geological or historical data to be found anywhere in strata dating back 1600 BC? With the level of catastrophic upheavals predicted for 2012, it seems to be there would be plenty of physical evidence to document this... Unless its period of recurrence is much longer, like several tens of thousands of years. Then it could make sense.
It seems many people are out there trying to stir a big scare around this apocalyptic thing and making money out of book sales and so on.
Yet the latest info I just got today on this looks seemingly more credible. See the material I'm considering below for my next compilation.
Yet I'm still very skeptical as I recall all too well the hysterical scare surrounding the year 2000 computer bug that was supposed to bring our civilization down...
For the moment, my gut feeling tells me that nothing so extreme on such a scale will happen and that, on the contrary something most wonderful will happen and that all such fear-mongering stories are in fact designed by the elite (controlled by dark souls) to prevent people from ascending spiritually, that is, gradually raising their basic vibrational frequency until they permanently achieve the conditions for a global transdimensional shift en masse around 2012.
Of course, at this point it is a matter of inner trust in one's own intuitive insights - or "faith" as intuitively diminished people would say - that Something wonderful is about to happen, rather that falling into all the wide-open fear traps set to imprison our souls and deprive us all of our innate, spiritual and cosmic heritage. Frankly, I prefer such a positive vision to the idea of millions of selected pawns of the greedy, fear-filled elite cowing in underground bunkers for 5+ years to re-emerge afterwards to rebuild civilization according to their dark masters' delirious plans like millions of chipped semi-human slaves. Thanks, but no thanks!
Love and Light will prevail
AND NATHAN REPLIED
Thanks for the thoughtful reply Jean, and "Hear hear"to your response. I agree with you wholeheartedly, and do not dismiss the possibility that this entire scenario is created by the evil elite as a scare tactic. I also see and feel changes happening on this planet that would appear to be a warming trend. I think that the "real" "scientific" story on global warming is also just a ploy by these same elite to scare us with guilt and blame. What better a way to lower the planet's frequency than to blame humanity for the destruction of earth? That is a lot of guilt and blame to carry around. Personally, I am starting to think that it's ALL a system designed to "see what we"re made of". I mean, if we really create our reality systems with our thoughts, then this would make sense from a meta-perspective that we would create all these horrors and problems and fears and such in order to transcend them. I have been seeing more and more lately that this time in our development is seeing more and more layers of reality being superimposed on each other. It seems to me that the dimensions are merging together, and that every time I pierce through a layer of fear, a new reality potential presents itself to me, and I have the choice to create with fear or with love. I thank you once again for your work. These compilations inspire a lot of thoughts and discussions. Peace!
HERE IS ALSO a comment from Kathy Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) on this:
Thank you for copying me on some of your correspondence. I agree with you regarding Nathan's concerns. Since hearing Carol Rosin's testimony at the National Press Club I've been expecting more "scares from space" to join the other scares foisted on us. Like clockwork, there are now lots of guests on Coast To Coast talking about asteroid scares, articles on asteroid scares in New Scientist, asteroid scares on Rense, and so on.
"But he said that would be the third enemy against whom we would build space-based weapons. The next enemy was asteroids. Now, at this point he kind of chuckled the first time he said it. Asteroids- against asteroids we are going to build space-based weapons."
Steven Greer on von Braun's warning: http://www.disclosureproject.org/cosmicdeception.htm
"After a period of terrorism - a period during which the detonation of nuclear devices will be threatened and possibly actuated, thus justifying expanding the weaponization of space - an effort will ramp up to present the public with information about a threat from outer space. Not just asteroids hitting the Earth, but other threats. An extraterrestrial threat."
Your intuition is correct, I firmly believe. These are tactics to try to derail us from the inevitable glorious transformation we are entering.
ERN has played a huge role in helping me to understand this. Thank you, Jean!
Forwarded by Lillian Akersborg (email@example.com)
From: Simon P. Smiler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Project Camelot: preparing for catastrophe in Norway - and around the world!??
I am sharing this message from Project Camelot, which is about Norweigian preparations for 2012 and their deep underground (military) bases.
It may be you already knew about these facilities. Certainly they help explain who so much money goes missing all the time from various governments
From: Project Camelot
Subject: Project Camelot: Preparing for catastrophe in Norway
Project Camelot has just received a communication from a Norwegian politician about that country's preparations for a future catastrophe - the details of which are known at the highest levels of government.
We immediately exchanged further e-mails with this person to verify identity and check facts. What we have published here may be the most extraordinary and potentially important single message we have ever received. http://projectcamelot.org/norway.html
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Bill and Kerry
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Since posting it less than 24 hours ago, this page has been updated with additional detailed information from our source in response to our many further questions.
The following message was received by us shortly after we posted our tribute page to Benazir Bhutto. Although we cannot attest personally to the information given here, we feel in good conscience that we cannot and must not keep this from publication.
The person who wrote this message to us did so under their own name (which we have checked), and enclosed a number of photographs of them with the Prime Minister of Norway and (separately) with Benazir Bhutto. We are certain of their bona fides, but you will understand that we cannot reveal their real name or publish any photos without consent.
The content of this message, if true, could hardly be more important.
[Edited for grammar and spelling errors where needed to ensure full clarity. As a preface to the message, the writer apologized for their English, which is not their language.]
I am a Norwegian politician. I would like to say that difficult things will happen from the year 2008 till the year 2012.
The Norwegian government is building more and more underground bases and bunkers. When asked, they simply say that it is for the protection of the people of Norway. When I enquire when they are due to be finished, they reply before 2011.
Israel is also doing the same and many other countries too.
My proof that what I am saying is true is in the photographs I have sent of myself and all the Prime Ministers and ministers I tend to meet and am acquainted with. They know all of this, but they dont want to alarm the people or create mass panic.
Planet X is coming, and Norway has begun with storage of food and seeds in the Svalbard area and in the arctic north with the help of the US and EU and all around in Norway. They will only save those that are in the elite of power and those that can build up again: doctors, scientists, and so on.
As for me, I already know that I am going to leave before 2012 to go the area of Mosjøen where we have a deep underground military facility. There we are divided into sectors, red, blue and green. The signs of the Norwegian military are already given to them and the camps have already been built a long time ago.
The people that are going to be left on the surface and die with along the others will get no help whatsoever. The plan is that 2,000,000 Norwegians are going to be safe, and the rest will die. That means 2,600,000 will perish into the night not knowing what to do.
All the sectors and arks are connected with tunnels and have railcars that can take you from one ark to the other. This is so that they can be in contact with each other. Only the large doors separate them so that the sectors are not compromised in any matter.
I am very sad. Often I cry with others that know that so many will learn too late, and then it will all be over for them. The government has been lying to the people from 1983 till now. All the major politicians know this in Norway, but few will say it to the people and the public - because they are afraid in case they too will miss the NOAH 12 railcars that will take them to the ark sites where they will be safe.
If they tell anyone, they are dead for sure. But I dont care any more about myself. Mankind must survive and the species must survive. People must know this.
All the governments in the world are aware of this and they just say it is going to happen. For those of the people that can save themselves I can only say reach for higher ground and find caves up in the high places where you can have a food storage for at least five years with canned food and water to last for a while. Radiation pills and biosuits are also advisable if your budget allows it.
For the last time I say may God help us all... but God will not help us I know. Only each person individually can make a difference. Wake up, please...!
I could have written to you using another name but I am not afraid of anything any more. When you know certain things, you become invincible and no harm can come to you when you know that the end is soon.
I assure you 100% that things will happen. There are four years to prepare for the endgame. Get weapons, and make survival groups, and a place where you can be safe with food for a time.
Ask me anything and I will answer as much as I know about the Norwegian connection to all this. And just look around: they are building underground bases and bunkers everywhere. Open your eyes, people. Ask the governments what they are building, and they will say Oh, its just storage for food, and so on. They blind you with all the lies.
The marks of the alien presence are also there, and I often see the Norwegian elite politicians are not what they say they are. Its like they are controlled in every thought, and what they have to say is just as they are told to do things in such manners. It is clear for me who they are, and who they are not. You can see it in their eyes and in their minds.
Remember that those who are going to be in and around the city areas in 2012 are those that are going to be hit first and die first. Later the army will purge the rest of the survivors and they have a shoot to kill order if there is any resistance to bring them into the camps where every one will get marked with a number and a tag.
I also see that Benazir Bhutto is spoken of on your site. Her death was tragic. I have met Benazir, as you can see. You will also see from the photographs that I have met with a number of other notable politicians and world leaders.
The public will not know what happens till the very end, because the government does not want to create mass panic. Everything will happen quietly and the government will just disappear.
But I say this: don't go quietly into the night. Take precautions to be safe with your family. Come together with others. Work together to find ways to solve all the many problems you will face.
[Name and proof of identity supplied]
From immediate further correspondence, and in response to our specific questions, we can add the following clarifications in our source's own words:
I have been to several underground bases [number given]. We used the railcars to get around. Only a few special people were selected to be shown around. Those that run with the elite know of this.
I have evidence of my claims. I trust my sources 100%, but they are afraid to tell what they know. People are afraid for their lives and that is how it is. I just also want the public to know what the hell is going on. I am not afraid of death or any other thing.
All the elite politicians in Norway know of this. They also know that if they reveal anything they will be removed from office and will be denied access to the different underground bases when the time is up.
The NOAH 12 railcars are transport railcars between the different bases underground. They have a support system of these all around from one base to another. They are mainly used by the military and they control all of them. There are orange triangle symbols in each base and the check-ins are a kind of energy field that everyone has to go through.
The future for my children is all I think of - and that for all the other children growing up in the new world. We have to make a difference for them so that they grow up knowing what their parents did for them, such as giving this information to people like yourselves.
In 2009 the government of FRP will come into power and Siv Jensen will be elected Prime Minister. This is already known. It's important to understand that. The elections are all fake and the same persons and power elite get elected each time in turn. Look up the political history of Norway, and the people that run the country now.
Please share this information with the rest of the internet. When the time comes people will survive because of the information they have learned from the different sites on the net.
I will not get anything but trouble from posting this, and I have no need to mislead anyone. I do this only to expose what is to happen in my country and that maybe some people will survive what is to come.
After posting the above, we presented more questions to our source, who replied with the intriguing information which follows.
The paragraphs indented and marked with an asterisk (*) constitute further supplementary information received after we had asked a number of additional clarifying questions.
When I was in the military I was in the [name of service given]. At one point we were given a task to get something out of a base and deliver it to another base.
We were told: "DO NOT ASK ANY QUESTIONS. JUST DO YOUR JOB." Later, when we landed outside the base, we were taken by trucks to outside the base where there were large doors heavily guarded by other military personnel.
Or it seemed like they were military, but they had different suits on them: orange and black suits with the orange suits having a golden triangle on them and the black suits having a green triangle.
* As far as I can remember the triangle went downwards, like a pyramid but facing down and had some weird kind of sign it it. To me it looked like the letter 'E', but the lines were not connected in the 'E' like we write the letter 'E'. It was shaped like the 'E' and in the middle the letter 'E' was pointing inwards... not as in any language I can read or understand, and certainly not in Norwegian.
* The signs were as far as I can remember not on the arms because I saw them clearly... they were at the left side of the black suit just over the chest area and on the caps they had on. The signs were not that big - just as a regular sized patch is, but clear enough to see them.
We went through the large doors. I was thinking what the hell is this, and I felt a bit scared at first. It was like something out of a science fiction movie. This was the first time I was in such a base.
We then came to a 500 meter long tunnel and there were more of these military personnel waiting with guns and transport for us. We were divided up in groups. Some went another way, and I and my group were asked to come with the black suited guards so they could take us to another location. When we came to the end we were asked to put on some masks "for our own protection".
I was thinking for our own protection... aren't we already protected by being inside this huge underground complex and by guards with weapons?
We were then asked to step inside a railcar... and this is what I know of the railcars. They are run by some kind of blue crystal energy, I think, or at least that is how it appeared. Then we sat in the cars and I asked one of the guards "What is this?" He replied, "You don't need to know this, sir."
* At the front where the operator sits there was a box with a window just besides him, and just when before powering up you could see the large purple-blue crystals emitting a purple-bluish light... not blinding you but quite beautiful to watch indeed. I have never ever seen such energy light or crystals anywhere. I was thinking that must be the power source.
* Later on in the base I saw that some people were working on these purple-blue crystals. They were larger than the ones I saw in the railcar - ca. one meter in length and they were lined up one after the other. They were taking some light through them. They were in fact purple-blue and when the light went inside they turned more blue and had a stronger color - the people had white masks on and goggles standing away from them when the light was going inside the crystals. I was about 20 meters from them and we were quickly rushed along when they said "Move on now."
* I also think that the energy fields that we went through before entering the check-in were powered by these crystals, because it was the same kind of light - or so it seemed to me. If I remember more I will let you know.
I could see that there was a tube-like system and the other railcars were just going so fast you just saw a light going by. I think this was a vacuum tube system where there is no drag.
* The railcars were just like the tube itself but inside. The tube was a bit larger. The main car or transport shuttle was I think ca. 12 meters in length and had a pointed shape in front and back and had seating for 10 people with the operator. You could drive them both ways and it was not necessary to turn it around. It was sealed from the side after you go inside and was quite okay... but the speed was too much, and I got sick after the ride.
* There was also some room for some cargo that you could take with you, but not much. There were a lot of these railcars around, as it seemed, and they just went passing by just like a light passes by in a flash. But you don't get to see the other rails either, because it's so fast that you forget to look and rather concentrate on your stomach when inside one of these.
Later on, after I went into politics, I found out what was inside of the rest of the base and what the bases are for, which I have already told you. I know that when this railcar moved - and it moved fast - I had never seen anything like this before. Later when we arrived at the end station I was feeling sick, and the other people that were there also felt the same way. One of the guards said it happens the first time to everyone.
When we came outside we were given goggles and asked to go through a security check. This is where it all gets weird.
There were guards with weapons all over the place... and remember I told you about the energy fields that one has to go through. I was thinking I should not be here at this place, and I was a little scared.
Then we got through this energy field and came to another room. I saw that there was a screen on the side of the wall that said HUMAN - NOT HUMAN - PURE - NOT PURE.
After I saw this I was thinking: Are there 'NOT HUMANS' too ??
* At the energy field check-in there was a screen, which I mentioned before. There was a weird language on the screen. I have never seen this before. Underneath it stood letters that were like the 'E' I told you about - but the only thing I could read was HUMAN - NOT HUMAN - PURE - NOT PURE.
[ Project Camelot note: we are seeking further clarification on this ]
The guards stopped us and told us to change clothes inside another room and come with them. When we had done so they said that it was time to go further down. Again, I was thinking how large is this place? We just came out of a rail system that runs for miles and miles... and then there is more?
We were then taken to a lift system, with seats, that was going to take us down... or, this is what I thought it was going to do. But it went sideways for about three minutes. In this place, time was not known to me because we had no way of telling what the time was. They had taken everything away from us at the check-ins.
* At the lift I remember I saw a letter that look like a headphone - like the hearing phones you have on your head when listening to music. It was just bent like that if you see it from the front side and pointing down.
All I can say is that when our job was done I was thinking that the world is not as it seems to be, and that many things are hidden from the public. It makes me sad and scared.
Later, when I got into politics, I began digging into this because I needed more answers. What I found out was that these bases were Arks for the government and some of the people and military to survive inside. There was a threat from outside that was going to be in the year 2012 and that the human species had to survive.
The 'Planet X' I learned about is from all what I have seen till now. The government knows this and are keeping it from the public. They have been tracking this object for a long time now and were given the first warnings from the USA.
I know that 18 bases exist in Norway. I don't know what many of the dangers are because I am not a scientist. But what I know is that before 2012 the different governments are going to leave for the bases that they have built for the last 40 or 50 years.
If this object goes by, there will be a lot of problems on the surface of the Earth. That is all I know. This is why they go underground.
If such an event comes, they have made sure that five years or more underground is going to be what they need to avoid this. When they know it's safe to surface, they will rebuild again. We were just told that we have to leave before 2012 and that there is something in space that is going to cause much destruction.
* I don't know if there is a threat from the sun itself. I am not so much into the science of things. I am just telling what I have seen and nothing more.
I can say that I have already said too much, but the people are now warned about this...
I have no need to make this up or create mass panic. I just want to tell the public what is to come, and I have done what I can from my side.
There are things in this world that are not known to the public. And there is one thing I can say about all this:
Be ready and have faith in yourself. There is no help in trusting the governments. Trust only yourself.
Comment from Project Camelot:
There is no 'hard' scientific data in our source's warning. The information does not explain exactly how or why 'Planet X' is such a threat (although we may guess). There is also no specific information about the exact need to go underground.
Our source is saying exactly what they know, and no more. It is very plausible that that as a politician the message's focus is on vital sociopolitical issues rather than science.
For more information about 'Planet X' and what it may or may not be, please visit Andy Lloyd's excellent website here, or Marshall Masters' website here. We were told by Henry Deacon (and this has also been widely reported by others) that the South Pole Telescope has been built to track what Henry called the 'second sun'. We urge readers to do their own research.
Between now and 2012 and beyond, many differing views, channeled messages, and insider revelations will come to the fore. Project Camelot is working hard on a documentary that will cover both positive and not so positive projections of our future.
It goes without saying that it is our sincere hope, prayer and full intention that the events portrayed above will not come to pass.
We are all co-creators of our world, from moment to moment. We urge each and every one of you to participate in consciously co-creating a bright and positive future for humanity, and to work with us in waking the sleeping and bringing to light the truth - wherever it may lead.
Are you Ready? 3 (Answers & Facts!) Added July 08, 2007 - Views: 313,124 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-3RLx_4Y5Y
This is the last episode in my series of 3 videos about Nibiru or Planet X. View and learn, the truth shall be known. No more half truths and lies from the high ups in power! All your answers are in this final video, answers to many questions posted to me by my fellow youtubers.
Note from Jean: When I first received this "catastrophe in Norway" material above, I immediately emailed it to Suzy (even before I took time to read it) with a request to check with Matthew (her deceased son now in high station in the other world where we all go between incarnations in this physical universe - all details on her unique communications with him through http://www.matthewbooks.com) what he had to say on this... Read on. You'll learn a whole lot of amazing things! Facts! Not fiction... (to me anyway)
From: "Suzanne Ward" email@example.com">
Subject: Re: Project Camelot: Preparing for catastrophe in Norway
Date: 9 Jan 2008
Dear Jean and Lillian...
I'll copy the chapter from Illuminations for A New Era where Matthew told me about "Planet X" several years ago. On the few occasions since then when readers asked about this, each time he says the celestial body dubbed Planet X poses absolutely no threat to Earth. He just said that hasn't changed.
As for the Norwegian politician's story, Matthew said he can't verify all those details but from what he does know, that account is credible and we'd be astounded if we knew how many vast underground areas have been built using technology given by the civilization commonly called "little grays" (I think they're Zetas). "Black ops" money funds these multi-purpose areas that are mainly for secretly developing spacecraft and space weaponry and experimental crossbreeding (human and gray) programs, but also can be underground living for Illuminati and people they need to serve them in case surface life becomes intolerable. Those areas never will need to be used that way, and eventually the truth about them will come out. Below the Planet X material, I'll copy a chapter from Voices of the Universe that relates to this. Also, recently I've received a few Internet reports speculating about Bush possibly planning a fake ET attack, so this is timely again.
LOVE and PEACE...
NIBIRU (PLANET X?)
November 17, 2001
S: Hi, dear! Kiara Windrider [author of Doorway to Eternity] would like you to talk about Nibiruor Planet X since that's what some are calling itand how it may affect Earth.
MATTHEW: Mother and Kiara, I am happy to do this. In certain esoteric circles on the planet there is much talk of "Planet X." Some call it Nibiru, some refer to it as the photon belt, and some think of it as an unknown celestial body to be identified when it has approached more closely. The thing is, no one there can speak about this with certainty and so there is the tendency to look into the cosmology of ancient records.
The theory that this is the photon belt is way off. The belt, which is more influential than some regard it, as just a meandering massive collection of photon energy, is not the same as the "mystery" Planet X. Or more correctly, mystery asteroid of such size that it is not identified as such. This asteroid, which has been turned into a disaster, has a tortured soul and is seeking refuge in a higher spiritual frequency. Its Venus-sized body has a hot core and an exterior appearance of such desolation that it conveys no possibility of any kind of life.
Ah, the deception this has caused unwary civilizations! That appearance of being a dead world, a totally lifeless wandering form, is actually camouflage. Totally contrary to the asteroid's desire, it is populated with beings in a last ditch effort of the darkness to capture all of Earth. You could think of these beings as mercenary-type soldiers because they are a rag-tag population gathered by the dark forces to do their bidding, with the current promise that they will live richly in a sublime atmosphere if only they will go after this prize planet Earth.
It is the topmost level of dark energies at work on this plan, and the crucial point here is, it is only a PLANit is a reality only in the minds of the planners! It is the desperation idea of the darkness to destroy Earth if they cannot take over cleanlyif that word can even be used to indicate taking over by capturing souls rather than by invasion and occupation of the planet by the bunch aboard the asteroid.
At this juncture it isn't known whether the planners intend to use the asteroid as transportation of their puppet army for an Earth landing or whether it will be maneuvered into a collision course. In that case, the dark forces know that the hapless army aboard would be sacrificed, but lives to them are expendable.
They don't need a transportation system like this, of course, but it is serving their twofold purpose. One, it is simpler to convince warrior beings to feast and be jolly while planning the destruction of a once-pristine and godly planet, and Two, it fits into the Nibiru philosophy being promulgated.
This asteroid is not Nibiru, but that philosophy is serving the purpose of the darkness. Nibiru is sometimes spoken of as a "battleship" planet, and that tallies with the present day purpose the dark forces have in mindwhich is precisely why they have it in mind. Those who believe Nibiru is returning will find this story believable and not think to look further into a possible grand ruse. The more energy in thought forms directed into this stream, the more reality given the asteroid and its ominous approach that the dark forces wish to achieve.
This asteroid presents NO danger to you! It will neither destroy Earth by collision force nor will it bring forth strangers to take over your planet and enslave all life there. Yes, it is a large body that could have explosive impact upon the entire solar system if all continued as the dark forces intend, but that will not happen. We have been told that the asteroid will be turned off course within your time period of the next six months.
More universal light than you can imagine is accomplishing this. Much is being generated by the extraterrestrials working throughout your nights and days to keep Earth stable and prevent the polar shifts even in a moderate measure. Significant shifts have happened before to cleanse the planet of negativity, but this time that is not intended as other plans are afoot.
Mother, give your fingers a break while you read and correct typos and see if you have questions.
S: OK, thank you. Matthew, this sounds like really bad science fiction! Was there ever a Nibiru?
MATTHEW: This gets into, What is "reality," Mother. Yes, there was a Nibiru in the minds of people who many millennia past needed to interpret their history, to put some order into the fragments of stories they had heard and account for the world in which they were living. These thought forms added to similar thought forms manifested Nibiru and its advanced civilization. In some parts of the universe there is no doubt of the actuality of Nibiru, so in that sense, it is certainly real.
The universe in its entirety recognizes much activity and results of ongoing manifesting, but not all. All is within the God mind, or universal mind, and of course within Creator mind, but not all is known by all civilizations throughout the universe. Many manifestations are not recognized as a reality in energy registrations far removed from them, and Nibiru is one. This puts it in the myth category of those civilizations who may have heard of it, but due to the lack of verifiable knowledge, they do not recognize its existence beyond the story.
But that revolves to this: There is some truth behind all myths, so something prompted the civilizations "in antiquity" to devise that kind of history that altogether created the Nibiru known today. In the continuum, what happened millennia past is the very same as if happening now and not two different "times" in the universal history of development. Thus it is very difficult to state categorically whether something is either real or it is mythicalalmost always it is both, not simply Either or Or.
May 21, 2002
The six months was up, so where was the asteroid? Also I asked Matthew: What's this about Earth's revolutions stopping?
MATTHEW: First the asteroid answer, Mother. It is in an ongoing directional energy flow, not moved out of the way by a single major jolt, and by now there is no possibility of any collision course with Earth. The warrior force that had intended to plummet toward the planet for a battle worthy of their fighting prowess has been told by the galactic hierarchy that they may choose to accept the light or they will be taken to a lower density placement for remedial learning in alignment with their energy registration.
Now then, what you've heard about your planet stopping spinning on its axis is a fantasy that those who will stop at nothing to either scare you or entertain you must be chuckling about. However, very few are buying into something as ludicrous as a single celestial body suddenly standing still while the rest of the multi-billions continue in motion.
But then, universal science is greatly misinterpreted on Earth, either deliberately skewed into 100% fallacy or in innocent error. So no idea shouldforgive the use of that word "should," Mother, that I've often told you YOU shouldn't use in your thinking and creating, but how else can I say this? No theory proffered in good intent should be ignored or ridiculed, but rather investigated by requesting input from the channels of light sources known to be dependable.
ABOUT THOSE ETs ON EARTH
May 31, 2003
Fear about global terrorism is subsiding; the concocted SARS scare is dwindling; no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq; atrocities committed in that war and in Afghanistan are coming out, as is scientific evidence of ground-level explosions toppling the twin towers in New York City. In the minds of the puppets of the dark forces, something of profound nature is needed to de-emphasize these tactics that failed to sustain mass fear. Something profound is needed to divert attention from their results as well as from the tattered world economy, mass death from disease and starvation in many countries, more exposures of fraud, and the like. From what we are seeing, this could be the "anticipated incursion of an alien force bent on enslaving us."
The dark minds need something of that dramatic nature to divert your focus from the actualities and reunite you all in fear of another of their misrepresented situations. This one is not a new idea. It has long been in governments top secret military contingency and strategy plans, but not intended to be set in motion unless the population started strongly resisting their control. And you are! You are embracing compassion, understanding, sharing, helping, all of which is increasing the light on Earth and making it more and more difficult for those in the camp of the darkness to keep a cover on their deception, corruption and brutality. So the time may come when they are motivated to unveil the underground "extraterrestrials" as a last resort to their own intent to enslave the world through fear, and I'd like to get a jump on this possibility.
First, just a note about the purpose of fear in the dark agenda. Energy with fear attachments is anathema to the energy of light. Reception to light is essential for both cellular restructuring so bodies can survive in the higher light densities into which Earth is evolving as well as for people to attain spiritual clarity, also a requirement of life in the higher frequencies. Clearly, the controlling forces do NOT want light to expose their dark deeds, and inciting fear is one of their most effective means of preventing that. But it isn't working well any longer, and they are becoming desperate to strengthen their ebbing control through greater fear-filled measures. The ultimate is sending the underground population of "aliens" up to the surface.
When this "alien" civilization commonly called "little grays" arrived over 50 years ago, they didn't expect to be trapped in Earth's atmosphere, but they were, and ever since then they have been largely unseen residents. They came to offer their advanced technology in exchange for permission to conduct experiments with the Earth humans with whom they had soul contracts for enhancing their species.
They were betrayed. An attempt to annihilate them after receiving their technology failedsome "UFOs" are your governments' creations using that technologyand stories of "abductions" were distorted or fabricated even as they officially were called hoaxes. The stories of gentleness in cooperation were suppressed. Although these people differ from you in appearance, they are a human civilization and, like you, some have lower light frequency than others. A few of those lower beings abused the soul contracts, which specified Earth individuals conscious memory of their agreement, and dreadful fear and suffering were caused to the few who did not remember.
But as a group, these people have no more desire or intention to take over and enslave all of you than do the many millions of bona fide extraterrestrials who are assisting you in this unprecedented time on your planetindeed, unprecedented in the universe. Your world leaders know the truth about the presence and purpose of all of these civilizations, and they know that none poses an iota of danger to you! Totally to the contrary, the "danger" posed is only to the leaders continuance of dark control on the planet.
There are approximately 17 major groups of extraterrestrial forces actively working on your behalf. Many are in spacecraft surrounding Earth, but members from some of these civilizations are right there among you. In their homelands they may not have the same shape and features familiar to you, but their manifesting capabilities permit them to easily adapt to the appearance of the population in which they are living.
They are able to achieve this as well as attain increasingly influential positions because of their extraordinary intelligence. Their brains are not as constrained by the still-prevailing third density limitations as are the vast majority of Earth human brains. Some of these individuals are born to Earth parents, others simply "appear." Their highly developed psychic abilities alert them to danger from those commanded to eliminate them once they are seen as dangerous to the aims of world leaders. They are able to manifest protective shields, disappear by de-materializing, see beyond your vision and hear beyond your hearing. When it is safe to do so, they will reveal themselves for who they really are, and when love and peace reign completely, they may choose to continue to help if invited or return to their homelands.
The far greater numbers of extraterrestrials are using their advanced technology literally to hold Earth together during these years of mammoth cleansing. At this time the largest contingent of life preservers in human civilizations near Earth is from Arcturus, and the next in number is from Lyra. Both were the original homelands of some of your planet's earliest settlers, your ancestors. Forces from the Pleiades is not the largest in members, but it has the most potent technology for clearing the lower atmosphere, and others of Earth's earliest settlers came from this origin.
Nevertheless, it would be wrong to believe that all extraterrestrials interfacing with Earth are benevolent. By far the most powerful are those in the highest light frequencies, but there are alien civilizations that have been wreaking havoc on the planet for eons, primarily the darkly inclined reptilians. But it wouldn't matter what civilization the dark forces used to spread their agenda of violence, greed, control and suffering. The influence of the reptilians whose nature is dark is waning by the second, and the reptilians who are light beings are aiding in this victory for the light.
It is time for your world to stop wondering if Earth is the only populated place in the universe and know that she is not. It is time for your world to know that all civilizations are connected at soul level. Each soul is a part of God, thus the universal brotherhoodwhether high spiritual beings or dark, whether primitive or greatly advanced intellectually and technologically, whether beautiful or ugly by your standardsis One.
From: Larry Stell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Rupert Murdoch Calls Fox News Viewers Morons And White Trash
Date: 9 Jan 2008
Experienced journalists fearlessly reporting the truth in pursuit of the real story.
New York, New York - In a conversation with Fox News celebrities, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, that was picked up by an open microphone, Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corp., repeatedly referred to Fox News viewers as morons and white trash. The incident took place as the three men were sitting together at a benefit dinner for the Ann Coulter defense fund. Apparently, they had been drinking heavily which may account for their lack of restraint and obliviousness to the open microphone that was positioned directly in front of them.
At one point, while addressing O'Reilly and Hannity, Murdoch said, "Can you believe the shit we get away with? Good thing our viewers are dumb as doorknobs or else we would be in trouble." To which, Hannity laughed and then replied, "Yeah, I heard that people who watch Fox News have to wear bibs to catch their drool so their sofas won't be stained by the tobacco juice, and that's just the women." O'Reilly, also laughing, then joined in by saying, "Hey, how many Fox viewers does it take to change a light bulb? None, they all refuse to change the bulb because they prefer living in the dark."
However, the unkindest cut of all that is sure to enrage Fox viewers came at the end of the conversation when Murdoch raised his glass in a toast and said, "God bless trailer park trash and idiots everywhere. Without them Fox News would be nothing and I would not be a billionaire."
After news of the recorded conversation became public, Fox News released the following brief statement, "We encourage our viewers to reject anything they hear or see that does not come directly from Fox News. Fox News is the only source of information you need for Fair and Balanced coverage."
Date: 9 Jan 2008
From: Fred Burks (email@example.com)
Subject: Free BBC Documentary "Power of Nightmares" Exposes Terror Manipulations
Two documentaries, BBC's Power of Nightmares (view free) and Robert Greenwald's Unconstitutional, and my own personal experience as a presidential interpreter all expose blatant manipulations in the war on terror. Power of Nightmares and Unconstitutional are briefly described and both available online for free viewing at links provided below. My own revealing personal experiences working as a language interpreter in secret meetings with Presidents Bush, Clinton, and other top officials are also described below. Links to articles in the mainstream media reporting on my whistleblowing testimony are provided. Empowering suggestions also tell how you can help to strengthen democracy and build a brighter future for us all.
The Power of Nightmares
This highly revealing BBC documentary digs deep into the roots of the war on terror, only to find that much of the widespread fear in the post-9/11 world has been fabricated by those in power for their own interests. The intrepid BBC team presents highly informative interviews with experts and top officials in combating terrorism who raise serious questions about who is behind all of the fear-mongering. These experts and riveting footage also show how the media have been manipulated to support secret power agendas.
This eye-opening documentary shows that, especially after 9/11, fear has been used widely in the media to manipulate the public into giving up civil liberties and turning over power to elite groups with their own hidden agendas. The Power of Nightmares clearly demonstrates that the nightmare vision of a powerful, united terrorist organization waiting to strike our societies is largely an illusion. Wherever the BBC team looked for al-Qaeda, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the sleeper cells in America, they found that we are chasing a phantom enemy. For all citizens who care about the future of our world, this is a must-watch video.
View Free: All Three Parts of the BBC Documentary Power of Nightmares
Each episode is one hour. If you have time for only one, Part 3 is the most revealing.
For a downloaded copy of an excellent review of Power of Nightmares in the Los Angeles Times, click here.
For a full written transcript of each part of The Power of Nightmares:Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
For transcripts, audio and video downloads, and other excellent information on the series, click here.
Unconstitutional by Robert Greenwald
Another eye-opening video available online for free viewing is Unconstitutional. In this most excellent documentary, interviews with ranking members of Congress, top legal experts, and even a former CIA chief describe many insidious efforts to take away freedoms guaranteed under the constitution for over 200 years.
Compelling video footage shows US citizens, from law-abiding store clerks to a US Olympian, who have been the victims of unconstitutional policies established under the Patriot Act. Members of Congress describe the replacement of the previously agreed upon Patriot Act by another version quietly slipped into its place just hours before the final vote in Congress, leaving no one time to read the many devastating changes inserted at the last minute. Call your friends together to watch this engaging film, and to join in the growing movement to uphold democracy and the U.S. Constitution.
Over a year before this secret meeting, a trusted friend gave me some powerful, disturbing information which opened my eyes to large-scale manipulations of which I had previously been completely unaware. This information involved the public testimony of over 20 government and military witnesses whose credentials could not be questioned. The information revealed in their testimony clearly did not benefit them personally. In fact, it threatened their careers. Yet though these brave individuals testified in public with large numbers of reporters present, major news sources in the US gave little significant coverage to this major occurrence. The media was clearly complicit in downplaying this disturbing information.
Since my eyes were opened in 2001, I have dedicated myself to uncovering all that is going on behind the scenes. I discovered and became deeply involved with a loosely organized international network of researchers who have committed themselves to researching major cover-ups of which very few are aware, and to spreading the word, so that we might all work together to return to a full, open democracy which supports all people in our good world. In early 2003, I established the website WantToKnow.info in order to make the results of this research available to the public. On this website, you will find concise summaries of reliable facts and information on a number of major cover-ups. All information is verifiable using the sources provided.
To understand why all of this disturbing information isn't getting extensive media coverage, I invite you to spend some time exploring the powerful, reliable information available at http:/www.WantToKnow.info. Take a look at our "Best Information" page, and our carefully compiled information centers and news article summaries listed in the left column of each webpage. To learn more about the dedicated international team of researchers involved with WantToKnow.info, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/aboutus.
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Date: 09 Jan 2008
From: Daniel Stafford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Bring On The Tinfoil
Bring On The Tinfoil
There's never been a time where it was more important for ordinary Americans to have an open conversation on the political situation in this country. If the vast majority of the country doesn't get involved and quick, we may see the permanent end of the "middle class" in our lifetimes, and the irreversible loss of precious freedoms. Already, habeus corpus, the right to contest one's detention in a court of law that has existed since the signing of the Magna Carta has been gutted in this country. The MEDIA will tell you that this applies only to foreigners. A close reading of the Military Commissions Act will show that is easily applied to US Citizens as well. All the President's men have to do is point at you and say "You're an Unlawful Enemy Combatant" and they can disappear anyone, not even telling your family where you went. They can now spy on anything you say or do via the Patriot Act and without any kind of search warrant or court oversight at all.
In the previous issue of Popular Science, it was reported that a new type of video game will be released for home use in 2008 or early 2009. The game controllers won't have buttons to push, oh, no. It will have a headband, and you will control the game just by thinking what you want it to do. Think about that - a video game that detects your intentions. Your thoughts. It is NOT science fiction any longer.
There was an article just last month in a British online newswire about how scientists in the US & UK are learning to literally read thoughts by using headsets that pick up the electrical impulses of the brain.
Just in the past few months, a law, a US Federal law, was passed in the House making "having a radical belief system" an act of punishable terrorism. They can punish you for what you BELIEVE, if this passes the Senate and Bush signs it.
How long will it be before those millions of video game headsets feed their data back into government supercomputers so that they have all the raw data they need to read your thoughts and then put you in jail or worse for them? Now try not to think of an angry elephant stomping on a President who authorized sending your husband or brother or father or mother or daughter off to some foreign war to get killed, while the President's family makes billions off the defense contracts.
EEG Game Controllers
The Nintendo Wii has gotten gamers moving about with its motion-sensitive controllers, but the next generation of game control device may require no movement at all. Video games that can read your mind will invade living rooms in 2008, thanks to electroencephalography (EEG) controllers that detect the electrical activity of the brain. Scientists have been working on the basic concept for several years, developing experimental brain implants that allow paralyzed patients to check their e-mail and move their wheelchair by thinking about it. But the new wave of EEG devices make the transition from medical device to consumer gadget, involving simple headsets that slip on with an array of electrodes to measure brain activity.
Already, Japanese researchers have demonstrated a prototype system that allows users to move their avatars around the virtual world of Second Life with only the power of their thoughts. The system is aimed at providing new opportunities to patients with severe paralysis. Some companies are using the consumer gaming market as a launchpad---hoping to make enough money to develop medical devices later, they say. Emotiv Systems promises its headset will detect facial expression, emotion (for instance, you might need to remain calm to stay undetected in a stealth game), as well as Jedi-style thoughts such as an intent to levitate things out of a swamp hands-free. Another company, NeuroSky, is creating its own biosensor technology for gaming. Whichever company wins, the force will be with us. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4236607.html
House Passes Thought Crime Prevention Bill - The definition of violent radicalization uses vague language to define this term of promoting any belief system that the government considers to be an ... http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=4682
'Thought Crimes,' HR 1955 Passed With 404 Votes by Jeff Knaebel"(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system... to advance political, ... http://www.lewrockwell.com/knaebel/knaebel11.html
The Violent Radicalization Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007"An 'extremist belief system' can be whatever anyone on the commission says ... of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States," on ... http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112907J.shtml
Rate this ballot.What is an extremist belief system?: rate this ...Further it states "The term `violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ... http://www.bestandworst.com/rate/ballot.php?id=119568
WE MUST STOP- S. 1959 ---"Violent Radicalization and Homegrown ..."violent radicalization," which the bill defines as "the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ... http://www.binaryfreedom.info/node/267
Yep, stop trying to think of that elephant....
By the way, have you been OFF camera lately?
Surveillance Society: New High-Tech Cameras Are Watching You In the era of computer-controlled surveillance, your every move could be captured by cameras, whether you're shopping in the grocery store or driving on the freeway. Proponents say it will keep us safe, but at what cost? http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/4236865.html
Now, consider sub-dermal chips the size of rice grains that can track pets or people with radio-frequency identification (RFID) from ten yards or so away. That has been real technology for several years now - they're already chipping patients in some hospitals so as not to lose them or their records.
Also, the Real ID Act - which was slipped in to a funding bill for the Iraq war & Afghanistan, buried hundreds of pages in. It calls for RFID chips in passports and drivers licenses nation-wide by 2009. You'll have to have such an ID to get into federal buildings, courthouses, banks, libraries, etc by federal law.
Oh, by the way, those RFID chips in your passport, drivers license, or butt cheek will contain highly personal data, including address, phone, birthdate, social security number. How about it, ID thieves? Want a Palm pilot that can read all your stuff from 30 feet away without you even knowing it?
Forget the tinfoil hat - get a tinfoil wallet and underpants! It's really funny - but also really for real.
Yep, forget that elephant! Quick!
By Dan Stafford
January 5, 2008
Thinking for yourself is now a crime By Paul Craig Roberts (09/01/08) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19002.htm
(...) We are beginning to see who will be the inmates of the detention centers being built in the US by Halliburton under government contract. Who will be on the extremist beliefs list? The answer is: civil libertarians, critics of Israel, 9/11 skeptics, critics of the administrations wars and foreign policies, critics of the administrations use of kidnapping, rendition, torture and violation of the Geneva Conventions, and critics of the administrations spying on Americans. Anyone in the way of a powerful interest group--such as environmentalists opposing politically connected developers--is also a candidate for the list. The Extremist Beliefs Commission is the mechanism for identifying Americans who pose a threat to domestic security and a threat of homegrown terrorism that cannot be easily prevented through traditional federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts. CLIP
Date: 10 Jan 2008
Subject: This person needs a job - but who would ever want to hire such a crooked underperformer?
This person needs a job. This individual seeks an executive position. He will be available in January 2009, and is willing to relocate. (Please don't skip the last section!)
GEORGE W. BUSH
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20520
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.
PAST WORK EXPERIENCE:
I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
I began my career in the oil business in Midland Texas , in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS:
I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.
I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida , and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States, after losing by over 500,000 votes.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:
I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues.
I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.
I am the all-time U.S. and world record -holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.
My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.
I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.
I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).
I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.
I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.
I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community.
I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.
In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.
I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.
I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.
RECORDS AND REFERENCES:
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I specified that my sealed documents will not be available for 50 years.
PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
What Is He Capable of? http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011008A.shtml
Psychotherapist, John P. Briggs, M.D., and distinguished professor, JP Briggs II, Ph.D., write for Truthout: "In defiance of his circumstances as an unpopular, lame duck president with a minority party in Congress, George W. Bush pursues a sharply autocratic tone. He has intimidated both parties in Congress and violated the Constitution. Through dissimulation and delay, he has forced the nations of the world to conclude they must wait until his term ends to negotiate any serious treaty on the imminent perils of climate change."
State of the World 2008: Environmental Woes Sow Seeds of Sustainability
By J.R. Pegg
WASHINGTON, DC, January 10, 2008 (ENS) Concern about environmental degradation is beginning to impact the global economy, according to a new report by an international environmental research group.
The Worldwatch Institute details a lengthy and distressing list of environmental problems caused by the global economic system, but finds some evidence that the world is taking small steps toward a sustainable future.
"There are early signs that a vibrant, new sustainable economy is just beginning to be created," Worldwatch president Christopher Flavin told reporters Wednesday at the launch of the organization's annual "State of the World" report.
The report details how the conventional economic system is inherently self-destructive, failing to take into account the damage done to the environment by a wide range of human activities that create wealth.
But it suggests that is beginning to change.
The world's leading corporations and investors are beginning to realize "the tremendous risks" that environmental degradation and climate change pose, Flavin explained, and starting to respond to growing demand for greener policies and technologies.
The report estimates that more than $100 billion of annual investment is directly related to environmental concerns.
Some $52 billion was invested in renewable energy in 2006, according to figures in the report, a 33 percent rise from 2005.
That figure seems to have jumped to $66 billion last year, Worldwatch says, and is set to rise again this year. The report also estimates carbon markets tripled in 2006 to some $30 billion.
The report notes that major corporations have taken significant steps to improve their environmental performance - largely because they have realized it is a way to save money.
"Reducing wastes typically means reducing costs and companies are increasingly finding this out," said Gary Gardner, one of the report's lead authors.
Gardner highlighted how chemical giant DuPont has cut its greenhouse gas emissions some 72 percent in the past 16 years and saved $3 billion in the process.
"Those numbers talk and get the attention of businesses," Gardner said at Wednesday's press briefing in Washington DC.
Clean technology is now the third largest recipient of venture capital, the report says, and new renewable energy laws and climate policies in China and Europe will "ensure these kinds of investments will continue to flow for many years to come."
Furthermore, a majority of the world's largest banks have endorsed new sustainable investment principles and many have announced major investments to tackle environmental concerns, according to the report.
"Innovative ideas and big money are a powerful combination," Worldwatch says, "and the sums now moving in a green direction are eye-popping."
Financial giant Citigroup pledged $50 billion last year to address climate change over the next decade, the report notes, and Goldman Sachs invested $1.5 billion in renewable energy technologies in 2006.
"An extraordinary wave of innovation is being released," Flavin told reporters. "There has been a real awakening in the past two years Can this wave of innovation be accelerated to the point where we have a chance of turning around the huge environmental challenges that we now face?"
"The only honest answer," he said, "is that the jury is still out."
The 2008 State of the World report is Worldwatch's 25th annual assessment of global environmental conditions. Although it offers an upbeat message about green innovation, much of the report presents a sobering and worrying assessment of the state of the world's environment, highlighting how economic indicators currently fail to adequately consider environmental degradation.
Nowhere is this more evident than climate change, the report's authors note, citing former World Bank chief economist Lord Nicholas Stern's comment that the impacts of rising greenhouse gases caused by human activities represent "the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen."
In the "Stern Review," a report issued in October 2006, Stern warned that unabated climate change will cause profound impacts to societies and ecosystems across the planet and could cost the world five to 20 percent of gross domestic product, GDP, annually.
The market failure described by Stern is one "the global economy is not prepared to cope with and that most of today's economic analysis is not able to understand," according to Flavin.
In fact, widely used economic indicators such as GDP fail to consider how nature benefits humanity, the report explains, or the economic costs of environmental degradation, whether it be unsustainable logging, air pollution or adverse impacts to water quality.
That must change, Flavin declared.
"Continued human progress now depends on an economic transformation that is more profound than any seen in the last century," Flavin said. "We should be practicing a sustainable approach to economics that takes advantage of the ability of markets to allocate scarce resources while explicitly recognizing that our economy is dependent on the broader ecosystem that contains it."
A growing number of countries are beginning to consider and implement "green accounting programs," but Worldwatch acknowledges that the influence of such programs is still limited.
Charting course to a sustainable economy is a daunting task, Flavin told reporters, but one that humanity must embrace.
"Whether this transition occurs rapidly enough to avoid a breakdown of the global economic system and the unravelling of political systems is," he said, "the single largest challenge facing the world today."
Plan B is shaped by what is needed to save civilization, not by what may currently be considered politically feasible. Plan B does not fit within a particular discipline, sector, or set of assumptions.
Implementing Plan B means undertaking several actions simultaneously, including eradicating poverty, stabilizing population, and restoring the earths natural systems. It also involves cutting carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2020, largely through a mobilization to raise energy efficiency and harness renewable sources of energy.
Not only is the scale of this save-our-civilization plan ambitious, so is the speed with which it must be implemented. We must move at wartime speed, restructuring the world energy economy at a pace reminiscent of the restructuring of the U.S. industrial economy in 1942 following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The shift from producing cars to planes, tanks, and guns was accomplished within a matter of months. One of the keys to this extraordinarily rapid restructuring was a ban on the sale of cars, a ban that lasted nearly three years.
We face an extraordinary challenge, but there is much to be upbeat about. All the problems we face can be dealt with using existing technologies. And almost everything we need to do to move the world economy back onto an environmentally sustainable path has already been done in one or more countries.
We see the components of Plan Bthe alternative to business as usualin new technologies already on the market. On the energy front, for example, an advanced-design wind turbine can produce as much energy as an oil well. Japanese engineers have designed a vacuum-sealed refrigerator that uses only one eighth as much electricity as those marketed a decade ago. Gas-electric hybrid automobiles, getting nearly 50 miles per gallon, are twice as efficient as the average car on the road.
Numerous countries are providing models of the various components of Plan B. Denmark, for example, today gets 20 percent of its electricity from wind and has plans to push this to 50 percent. Some 60 million Europeans now get their residential electricity from wind farms. By the end of 2007, some 40 million Chinese homes will be getting their hot water from rooftop solar water heaters. Iceland now heats close to 90 percent of its homes with geothermal energy. In so doing, it has virtually eliminated the use of coal for home heating.
With food, Indiausing a small-scale dairy production model that relies almost entirely on crop residues as a feed sourcehas more than quadrupled its milk production since 1970, overtaking the United States as the worlds leading milk producer. The value of Indias dairy production now exceeds that of its rice harvest.
Fish farming advances in China, centered on the use of an ecologically sophisticated carp polyculture, have made this the first country where fish farm output exceeds the oceanic catch. Indeed, the 32 million tons of farmed fish produced in China in 2005 was equal to roughly a third of the worlds oceanic fish catch.
We see what a Plan B world could look like in the reforested mountains of South Korea. Once a barren, almost treeless country, the 65 percent of South Korea now covered by forests has checked flooding and soil erosion, returning environmental health and stability to the Korean countryside.
The United Stateswhich over the last two decades retired one tenth of its cropland, most of it highly erodible, and shifted to conservation tillage practiceshas reduced soil erosion by 40 percent. At the same time, the nations farmers expanded the grain harvest by more than one fifth.
Some of the most innovative leadership has come from cities. Curitiba, Brazil, a city of 1 million people, began restructuring its transport system in 1974. Since then its population has tripled, but its car traffic has declined by 30 percent. Amsterdam has developed a diverse urban transport system, where nearly 40 percent of all trips within the city are taken by bicycle. Paris has a transport diversification plan that also includes a prominent role for the bicycle and is intended to reduce car traffic by 40 percent. London is relying on a tax on cars entering the city center to attain a similar goal.
Not only are new technologies becoming available, but some of these technologies can be combined to create entirely new outcomes. Gas-electric hybrid cars with an enhanced battery and a plug-in capacity, combined with investment in wind farms feeding cheap electricity into the grid, permit most daily driving to be done with electricity, and at a cost equivalent of less than $1-a-gallon gasoline. In much of the world, domestic wind energy can be substituted for imported oil.
The challenge is to build a new economy and to do it at wartime speed before we miss so many of natures deadlines that the economic system begins to unravel. Our civilization is in trouble because of trends we ourselves have set in motion.
The good news is that momentum is building in efforts to reverse damaging environmental trends. Just to cite one example, in early 2007 Australia announced that it would ban incandescent light bulbs by 2010, replacing them with highly efficient compact fluorescents that use only one fourth as much electricity. Canada quickly followed with a similar initiative. Europe, the United States, and China are expected to do the same soon. The world may be approaching a tipping point on a political initiative that can drop world electricity use by nearly 12 percent, enabling us to close 705 coal-fired power plants. This ban the bulb movement could become the first major win in the battle to stabilize climate.
Participating in the construction of this enduring new economy is exhilarating. So is the quality of life it will bring. We will be able to breathe clean air. Our cities will be less congested, less noisy, less polluted, and more civilized. A world where population has stabilized, forests are expanding, and carbon emissions are falling is within our grasp.
Adapted from Chapter 1, Entering a New World, in Lester R. Brown, Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008), available for free downloading and purchase at http://www.earthpolicy.org/Books/PB3/index.htm.
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Released January 3, 2008
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New Bans on Plastic Bags May Help Protect Marine Life
Alana Herro January 9, 2008
Chinas surprise crackdown on plastic bags, announced on Tuesday, will prohibit the production and distribution of ultra-thin bags beginning June 1. The ruling bans the manufacture, sale, and use of plastic bags under 0.025 millimeters thick and prohibits supermarkets and shops nationwide from handing out the sacks for free. With the move, China joins a growing list of regions, from San Francisco to South Africa, that are using taxes, bans, and other regulations to try to decrease the prevalence of the ubiquitous bags.
Some 4 to 5 trillion plastic bagsincluding large trash bags, thick shopping bags, and thin grocery bagswere produced globally in 2002, according to the Worldwatch Institutes State of the World 2004 report. Roughly 80 percent of those bags were used in North America and Western Europe. Every year, Americans reportedly throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags, which can clog drains, crowd landfills, and leave an unsightly blot on the landscape.
Perhaps less widely known is the destructive impact that plastic bags have on oceans and marine life. Tossed into waterways or washed down storm drains, the bags are the major source of human-related debris on the seabed, particularly near coastlines, according to the 2007 Worldwatch report Oceans in Peril: Protecting Marine Biodiversity. At least 267 different species are known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris, and plastics and other synthetic materials cause the most problems for marine animals and birds.
Every year, tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals, and turtles die from contact with ocean-borne plastic bags. The animals may mistake the bags for food, such as jellyfish, or simply become entangled. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down, so even when an animal dies and decays after ingesting a bag, the plastic re-enters the environment, posing a continuing threat to wildlife. While most plastic bags eventually break down into tiny particles, smaller sea creatures may still eat the sand-sized fragments and concentrate toxic chemicals in their bodies.
In addition to the bans, taxes, and other government policies now in place to fight the plastic-bag scourge in countries like Bangladesh, Ireland, Kenya, and Taiwan, a variety of responses have emerged in the business community. Some companies now manufacture and purchase biodegradable bags or bags made from recycled materials, and a growing number offer in-store recycling for the receptacles. Although recycling the petroleum-based bags is not always cost-effective, one ton of recycled plastic bags can save 11 barrels of oil, according to an estimate in EJ Magazine.
Other responses include manual cleanups and bans on dumping plastic from ships at sea. Many anti-plastic-bag advocates support the commonsense approach offered by the Chinese government. We should encourage people to return to carrying cloth bags, using baskets for their vegetables, said a notice posted on the central government website.
Forwarded by Phyllis (email@example.com) on 11 Jan 2008
Forced Vaccinations Now Mandatory in NJ-an alarming alert
This past November I told you about a Maryland state's attorney who threatened parents with jail time if they didn't report to the county courthouse and explain why their children had not received required vaccines. The parents had the option of bringing their kids along to receive whatever vaccinations they were lacking ñ in spite of the fact that multiple vaccinations given without individual medical screening increases risk of adverse reactions.
Perhaps that bullying "get tough" style inspired New Jersey health officials who have boldly decided to force flu shots on kids as young as six months.
No kidding. This is a trend taking shape. And it's madness.
Your mandatory flu shot
Last month, New Jersey became the first state to require flu shots and pneumonia vaccines for all children who attend preschool or licensed day care centers. This makes New Jersey the first government anywhere to mandate flu shots for any of its citizens.
Unfortunately, it appears there's more to come.
In the wake of the New Jersey action, CDC officials say they will attempt to make the vaccines mandatory for preschoolers in all other states. Keep in mind that the CDC promotes the flu vaccine every year with all the zeal of a high-powered advertising agency.
An Associated Press report notes that a pending bill in the New Jersey legislature would allow parents to submit a "philosophical objection" to waive required vaccines for their children. But this bill has been "sitting in a committee without action for several years."
Gee ñ you think they sort of put that one on the back burner?
But all of this is definitely a front burner issue for the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination (NJAICV). An "Action Alert," sent out by NJAICV officials offers these details that might make any parent start thinking about philosophical objections:
There is no clear evidence that the flu shot provides any health benefit for children under the age of two
The first time a flu shot is given, two doses are required
The EPA safe limit of mercury is .1 microgram (that's ZERO.1) per 2.2 pounds of body weight, but a flu shot contains 25 micrograms of mercury, so the mercury level from two doses of the shot is perfectly safe for a child who weighs well over 1,000 pounds!
Prevnar, the pneumonia vaccine, is prone to adverse side effects and has been linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of pneumonia bacteria
Boost those sales for Big Pharma!
Like the pneumonia vaccine, the flu shot has its share of ugly side effects.
Michele Cagan, who writes the HSI On the Spot blog that appears on our web site (http://hsibaltimore.com/), did some digging and found some very troubling information on the FDA's vaccine adverse events reporting system.
Here are some of the highlights (or rather, lowlights) from VAERS regarding adverse reactions in children under the age of six who received the flu shot or the nasal version of the vaccine over the past year (keep in mind, these are only the numbers that were actually reported):
Number of adverse events reported: 272
Number of emergency room visits required: 129
Number of hospitalizations: 64
Number of life-threatening events: 4
Number of deaths: 5
And you can be certain that most or all of those numbers will rise now that the vaccine is mandatory in New Jersey. But don't expect to hear about this inconvenient downside from the mainstream media. On the contrary, we're more likely to hear how wonderfully successful the program is.
So what's next? Mandatory flu shots for ALL school children? That'll move a lot of units and make the CDC happy! Then how about mandatory flu shots for all state employees and their families? And then all federal employees and their families? And thenÖ?
See how easy it is to sell a potentially dangerous drug? All you do is make it mandatory!
"NJ Requires Flu Shots for Preschoolers" Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press, 12/14/07, ap.org
"Act Now to Step Four New Mandatory Vaccines for New Jersey's Children Including Mercury Containing Flu Shots for Children as Young as 6 Months!" Action Alert, New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination, December 2007, njaicv.org
"Vinegar at Bedtime May Benefit Type 2 Diabetics" Reuters Health, 12/4/07, reutershealth.com
Study "Disproving" Mercury-Autism Link Published in Journal with Financial Ties to Vaccine Manufacturers (January 09, 2008) http://www.newstarget.com/022479.html
While the mainstream press is widely reporting a new study "disproving" any link between autism and mercury-containing thimerosal in vaccines, no one has bothered to point out that the study was published in a medical journal stacked full of ads from the very same drug companies that manufacture and market vaccines. The Journal, the Archives of General Psychiatry, is the pro-drug psychiatric arm of the American Medical Association, a pill-pushing organization tarnished by a history of conspiracy against alternative medicine and the promotion of toxic substances like cigarettes with full-page ads in its flagship publication, JAMA.From the outset, the fact that this study appears in a pro-drug, pro-psychiatry journal should bring pause to any scientific-minded person. There is obviously a serious conflict of interest here, especially if this study is to be taken as "fact" and applied to public health policy. There also need to be a close look at any financial links between the researchers involved in this study and various vaccine manufacturers, as virtually all pro-drug "science" (if you can call it that) being published these days is influenced by Big Pharma money. CLIP
International Industrial agriculture is killing the climate. But it is possible to turn this key source of greenhouse gas emissions into a carbon sink, our new report 'Cool Farming: Climate impacts of agriculture and mitigation potential' reveals.
Farming is responsible for an estimated 8.5-16.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, or 17-32 percent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
The overuse of fertilisers, dependence on pesticides, land clearing, soil degradation, and intensive animal farming lie at the heart of the problem.
Using too much fertiliser accounts for the highest single share of agriculture's direct emissions, currently equal to some 2.1 billion tonnes of CO2 per year, and results in the emission of nitrous oxide, which is some 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide in changing the climate.
The second biggest direct emitter is animals. Cattle and sheep in particular, produce large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane when digesting; levels are increasing as a result of the growing demand for meat. Each kilogramme of beef produced results in 13 kilos of carbon emission; for lamb each kilo produces 17 kilos of emissions.
It is not only these direct effects that contribute to climate change. Cutting down forests and other natural cover to make way for agricultural land for grazing, growing animal feed and other crops, removes vital carbon sinks so increasing global warming. Over the past 20 years, more than 300 million hectares of tropical forests, an area nearly as big as India, has been destroyed largely for intensive animal farming, or palm oil for biofuel production.
What can be done?
Governments need to reject the current model of energy- and chemically-intensive farming that characterises industrial agriculture and replace it with farming that works both with nature and the needs of local communities.
By reducing the use of fertilisers, protecting soil and biodiversity, improving rice production and cutting demand for meat, especially in developed countries, the devastating effects of agriculture on the climate can be reversed.
Farmers need to be encouraged to use less fertiliser with more precision, and given support to convert to modern, ecological farming methods. Measures must be adopted which enrich soil, such as using cover crops when fields are not in use, to stop it from being leached of all nutrients. Traditional practices and local seed varieties need to be championed in favour of such costly and environmentally damaging options as genetically engineered organisms.
Reduction of methane produced by rice, one of the world's staple foods, is vital. It can be achieved by using less water and fertiliser without sacrificing yield. And slash demand for meat.
All this is possible without putting feeding the world at risk. Governments and international institutions have the means to stop agriculture from killing the climate now.
Palm oil: Cooking the Climate (8 November 2007) http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/indonesian-forest-destruction291007
SUMATRA, Indonesia Our volunteers and local forest communities have halted the destruction of an area of swamp forest in Sumatra, Indonesia. They are building five dams across three-metre deep canals used in logging and draining peatland for conversion into a commercial palm oil plantation. Destroying the forest there would not only breach Indonesian regulations for forest protection, and an Indonesia's Presidential decree, but would also lead to the release of large quantities of greenhouse gases. Thick layers of peat underlie most of Indonesia's swamp forest. Over time, the peat layer has locked up millions of tonnes of carbon. Once forests are cleared, peat swamps are drained and decompose to release the stored carbon as carbon dioxide. Forests are often also burned, prior to the planting of palm oil saplings, further compounding the climate problem. Such is the scale of forest destruction across Indonesia that the huge amounts of greenhouse gases being emitted have made the country into the world's third largest climate polluter, behind the US and China. CLIP
Forests and climate up in smoke (10 October 2007) http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/indonesia-forests-climate
SUMATRA, Indonesia Never has the threat to the worlds forests been more acute nor the risk of dangerous climate change so imminent. With about one-fifth of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions being caused by forest destruction we are highlighting how Indonesia is at the heart of this problem.Indonesian forests are being destroyed faster than any other major forested country, for logging and oil palm plantations. This destruction has obvious, immediate consequences for the unique plants, animals and people who call the Indonesian forests home. These forests contain between 10 and 15 percent of all known species of plants, mammals and birds that make up the worlds treasure chest of biodiversity. Orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinoceros, more than 1,500 species of birds and thousands of plant species are all part of the countrys natural legacy. But many of these unique forest-dwelling animals, including the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger, are on the brink of extinction. CLIP
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