The Writing on the Wall Series #65: The Slippery Slope is Getting Steeper...
Another ultra large compilation for your review, with material on all kinds of topics as usual, including an update on the situation in Haiti along with some useful background info.
I also intend to send you tomorrow (Saturday evening) an update on my proposal for a 'Save the Earth Convention' featured at the top of my last compilation - The Moment of Truth Series #19: The Deeper Perspective. I must say I'm a bit disappointed by the lack of feedback on this so far and would appreciate hearing if it makes any sense to you to encourage people - beginning with you - to take this personal pledge to contribute to solving our global environmental crises rather than passively hoping others and the governments will take care of this. Unless someone comes up with interesting ideas to improve on the wording of what I've suggested last Saturday, it looks like the initial wording will remain unchanged.
Finally, I'd like to bring to your attention a most enthusiastic response from long-time ERN subscriber Dan Stafford (firstname.lastname@example.org) who has created a blog last Monday to help promote this idea. I recommend it to your attention: http://savetheearthvirtualconference.blogspot.com/
This is a wonderful example of how an individual can help make a powerful difference... as we can all do, each in our own unique and vital ways. If you wish to send me a feedback, suggestion, commitment, etc. for inclusion in this upcoming update on this new initiative, you have less than 24 hours left to do so...
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German Fleshmob Protests Airport Scanners http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jrgUhOrHFU
The underwear bombers Christmas Day attack has prompted calls for the increased use of full-body scanners at airports that would strip-search passengers down to their naked bodies. So to protest the use of the so-called Nacktscanner (naked scanner), members of the Pirate Party in Germany organized a fleshmob of people who stripped down to their skivvies last Sunday and converged on the Berlin-Tegel airport.
Breaking the great Australian silence (5 Nov 2009) video with transcript http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=555
In a speech at the Sydney Opera House to mark his award of Australia's human rights prize, the Sydney Peace Prize, John Pilger describes the "unique features" of a political silence in Australia: how it affects the national life of his homeland and the way Australians see the world and are manipulated by great power "which speaks through an invisible government of propaganda that subdues and limits our political imagination and ensures we are always at war - against our own first people and those seeking refuge, or in someone else's country" You can watch the full speech below with an introduction by Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees. Director, Sydney Peace Foundation. CLIP - Recommended by Grant Bridger (email@example.com) who wrote: "This courageous and great Australian Independent Journalist has just been awarded the Peace prize in Sydney."
U.S. Social Forum - June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit Michigan: Another world is possible! http://www.yesmagazine.org/events/u.s.-social-forum
Modeled after social forum gatherings around the world, the US Social Forum is a movement-building process, bringing together representatives from a wide variety of social change organizations and community groups across the country. In self-designed workshops, the attendeesincluding young people, people of color, workers, veterans, educators, and artistsdevelop bottom-up solutions to the economic and ecological crises we face. Groups are encouraged to join working groups and consider workshop proposals as early as possible. www.ussf2010.org - More information about this event
Doubts cast on H1N1 scare (JANUARY 11, 2010) WITH VIDEO - $20 billion wasted on useless vaccines! http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/01/20101111330498806.html
The severity of the H1N1 outbreak was deliberately exaggerated by pharmaceutical companies that stood to make billions of dollars from a worldwide scare, a leading European health expert has claimed. Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, has accused the makers of vaccines for the virus of influencing the World Health Organisation's (WHO) decision to declare a pandemic. The council, a Strasbourg-based body responsible for the European Court of Human Rights, has decided to investigate Wodarg's claims in an emergency debate on the issue to be held later this month.Wodarg said the crisis led to governments around the world ordering and stockpiling millions of doses of anti-flu drugs which were not needed. CLIP Voir aussi: Les suites du vaccin contre la fausse pandémie... (12 janvier 2010)
Tell the FCC to Stand Up for Net Neutrality! (DEADLINE FOR FILLING - JANUARY 14!!) http://www.savetheinternet.com/fcc-comments
Will control over the Internet remain in the hands of users and innovators like us? Or will a handful of telephone and cable companies determine which Web sites you see and which you don't? Urge the FCC to protect Net Neutrality once and for all. Please use the form below to tell the FCC in your own words to stand up for Net Neutrality. MORE DETAILS HERE AND FURTHER BELOW.
Facebook Unites a Former Guantanamo Bay Guard with Prisoner (January 13, 2010) http://thenextweb.com/2010/01/13/facebook-unites-guantanomo-bay-guard-prisoner/
This is incredible. Brandon Neely, a former Guantanomo Prison Guard, decided to join Facebook and upon signing up, begun searching for former army acquaintances. He came upon the profile of Shafiq Rasul, a former prisoner and decided to send him a message. To his astonishment, he received a reply. The initial message spun into a longer conversation, eventually resulting in a face-to-face meeting. CLIP
The next inconvenient truth: Peak phosphorus (August 04, 2009) http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/en/articles/Peak-phosphorus
Phosphorus, a key component of fertilizers, is crucial for the worlds food supplies. But as reserves of phosphate begin to run out, the impacts are likely to be immense in terms of rising food prices, growing food insecurity and widening inequalities between rich and poor countries. -- Reports of the worlds diminishing mineral resources are easy to come by. In the case of oil, for example, there is no shortage of researchers, industry experts and policy makers who are eager to discuss the problems of peak oil, declining reserves, the need for secure supplies and the implications of rising prices for the global economy.But there is one mineral that has received much less attention. Reserves of phosphate rock, the main source of phosphorus used in fertilizers, are running out. Very few reports have examined the implications of the worlds dwindling supplies, but based on the data that are available, it is clear that alarm bells should be ringing. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all plants and animals. It is also one of the three key components (together with nitrogen and potassium) of fertilizers, and so is crucial for the worlds food supply system. With continued population growth, improving diets and rising global demand for food and biofuels, the need for phosphate fertilizers to improve crop production will only increase. Over the years, the extravagant use of fertilizers has led to ever-increasing demand for natural phosphorus. As these reserves decline, the impacts will be immense including falling farm output, higher food prices, growing food insecurity and escalating social and economic challenges for which the world is unprepared. Within a few decades, global economic development could be constrained not just by supplies of oil, but by the availability of phosphorus. Reserves of phosphate rock are found in several countries, but the largest commercially recoverable reserves are located in just three China, the United States and Morocco/Western Sahara. At current rates of extraction, the US will deplete its reserves within 30 years, and global reserves will start to run out within 75100 years. CLIP
Handbook for the New Paradigm - Volume Three - Voir aussi la version française des 3 livres http://www.trufax.org/handbooks/paradigmvol3.html
Here is an excerpt from the product description on Amazon for the first book of this 3-book series published in 1999: "The messages contained in this handbook are intended to lift mankind from the entrapment of the victim consciousness that keeps the level of experience ensnared in fear and frustration. Humanity was intended to live, not in luxury, but in ABUNDANCE. The information found between these covers will lead all that read and reread with an open mind to the discover of WHO and WHAT they truly are. The end of the search for these answers is provided at least in clarity and conciseness. There are no recriminations or feelings of guilt to be gleaned from these pages. It is the intent and purpose of this small book to encourage every reader to live in accordance with the plainly disclosed simple laws that underline ALL that each comprehends as life."
Spirit seems to be leading me down many trails, all with a common scenery.
There are many, many movements about, all trying to push global culture toward respect for the Earth, sustainable culture, and a sense of global community that transcends national borders, racial divides, and local cultural differences.
It is becoming clearer to me through many signs that millions, perhaps even billions of ordinary people are beginning to see themselves as part of a global community. The common thread throughout is the need for Humanity to live in harmony with each other and all life on Earth.
It is possible for all of us to live together.
It is possible for none of us to have to live without the most basic necessities of life.
It is possible for everyone to be loved and valued for their contributions to the richness of life.
It is possible for us to transform all societies to love and respect all life, and to honor the spirits of our ancestors.
We are all connected through Spirit. Now we are in the process of becoming all connected through physical technology as well.
My talents for writing and poetry are now in the service of the Spirit of love, light and respect. I am a servant of Healing for this world.
I have seen clearly the true matrix, its beautiful light is a part of everything and everyone, and everyone and everything is part of it.
Every part of this world is part of our extended family, and so is the rest of this Universe.
There is no exception to this truth. Any other perception that doesn't recognize this is missing the most basic fact of our existence.
I walk in this world as a lightworker, and I will strive to hold the light of love and service at the core of my actions.
This is my task, this constant gentle effort of persuasion, it is as the waves upon the shore, constant and endless. There are many, many millions of us all walking in this gentle constant light.
This is what I know, and it becomes more clear and bright in every moment.
Thank you for reading.
Dan Stafford (firstname.lastname@example.org) - JANUARY 11, 2010
Note from Jean: If you've been inspired by what Dan described to me as his "personal statement of intent for the remainder of this incarnation" and would like to tell it to him, you can post HERE a public comment in his personal Web journal.
One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems.
Two. Do not allow US military in Haiti to point their guns at Haitians. Hungry Haitians are not the enemy. Decisions have already been made which will militarize the humanitarian relief - but do not allow the victims to be cast as criminals. Do not demonize the people.
Three. Give Haiti grants as help, not loans. Haiti does not need any more debt. Make sure that the relief given helps Haiti rebuild its public sector so the country can provide its own citizens with basic public services.
Four. Prioritize humanitarian aid to help women, children and the elderly. They are always moved to the back of the line. If they are moved to the back of the line, start at the back.
Five. President Obama can enact Temporary Protected Status for Haitians with the stroke of a pen. Do it. The US has already done it for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and Somalia. President Obama should do it on Martin Luther King Day.
Six. Respect Human Rights from Day One. The UN has enacted Guiding Principles for Internally Displaced People. Make them required reading for every official and non-governmental person and organization. Non governmental organizations like charities and international aid groups are extremely powerful in Haiti - they too must respect the human dignity and human rights of all people.
Eight. Release all Haitians in US jails who are not accused of any crimes. Thirty thousand people are facing deportations. No one will be deported to Haiti for years to come. Release them on Martin Luther King day.
Nine. Require that all the non-governmental organizations which raise money in the US be transparent about what they raise, where the money goes, and insist that they be legally accountable to the people of Haiti.
Ten. Treat all Haitians as we ourselves would want to be treated.
Bill is Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Quigley77@gmail.com
Note from Jean: In response to this article above Rob Wheeler (email@example.com) wrote the following to Bill Quigley:
Thank you for your suggestions on Ten Things the US Can and Should Do for Haiti. I think they are very much needed. Unfortunately, however, they do not address the deeper roots of the problem.
How many times have we had natural disasters that have had devastating effects in the developing world, when the same level of natural phenomena has had much less impact in developed countries? This is due to the level of poverty that continues to exist around the world, the failure to put in place sufficient rules and policies to prevent such disasters from occurring and to respond to them much more effectively, and the lack of a standing international response plan adequate to fully address the potential threat of such catastrophes, etc.
I understand that right now the primary focus needs to be on the catastrophe itself and taking the appropriate action to address it. However within a week or so those that can ought to make an effort to shift the discussion to include ways that we can prevent this scale of disaster from occurring again.
Has everyone already forgotten that the US deported the lawfully elected President of Haiti a few years back? That the UN has supported what has amounted to an internal military occupation of the country, without taking the steps needed to lift Haiti out of utter poverty and despair. That little efforts have been made to help Haiti make a transition to sustainable development so as to be able to restore rather than further decimate its natural environment.
Tunisia tried for years to set up a World Solidarity Fund through the UN General Assembly, an effort which disappeared for lack of financial support some years ago. Similarly, the UNDP had a program called Capacity 21 to assist developing countries in developing National Sustainability Plans in the 1990s. It was supposed to be upgraded and become Capacity 2015 at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and include a primary focus on capacity building and implementation, but instead it just disappeared. So today almost no support or assistance is being provided for developing countries to implement their national strategies for sustainability.
Meanwhile the rich-poor gap continues to expand, the developed countries have refused to agree on a treaty in Copenhagen that will do what is needed so that the developing countries can also shift to a clean and renewable energy future, and the number of people in the world suffering from hunger has increased from 800 million to a billion in just the last few years. Unless we change our policies at the global level and do what is needed to lift all people out of poverty, take the steps needed to prevent the worst of potential disasters, and to create a sustainable future we will see more and more devastating catastrophes.
Please address such things as I mention above in your writings and articles. Also, if you do begin to comment on such things would you please add me to your distribution list so that I may make use of and help to distribute them as well.
Chair, World Alliance to Transform the UN
UN Representative, Global Ecovillage Network, Association of World
Citizens, US Citizens Network for Sustainable Development
Security and health are Haiti's priorities (15 January 2010) VERY COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE SITUATION http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/15/security-health-haiti-priority
Troops and aid workers arriving in Port-au-Prince must rebuild infrastructure and create safe areas -- Significant amounts of food, water and medical supplies are at last arriving in Haiti, along with thousands of American troops to support UN peacekeepers in maintaining order as aid is distributed. Esther Addley and John Vidal examine the ongoing needs of the many thousands affected by the quake, and the progress of the aid effort. CLIP
IMF to provide 100 million dollars in emergency assistance to Haiti (2010-01-15) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/15/content_12811589.htm
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary Fund(IMF) announced on Thursday that the Fund will provide 100 million dollars very rapidly in emergency financing to Haiti to assist it in dealing with the aftermath of the massive and devastating earthquake that hit the country Tuesday. (...) Since 2006, the IMF has disbursed close to 170 million dollars under its PRGF-supported arrangement. Haiti received 1.2 billion dollars in debt relief in June 2009,as it reached the completion point under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative approved by the Executive Boards of the IMF and the World Bank. Also on Wednesday, the World Bank announced that it will provide an additional 100 million dollars in emergency grant funding to support recovery and reconstruction in the Caribbean nation.
Aid groups struggle to get food, water to Haitians (January 15, 2010) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100115/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cb_haiti_earthquake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Aid workers hoping to distribute food, water and other supplies to a shattered Port-au-Prince are warning their efforts may need more security Friday as Haitians grow increasingly desperate and impatient for help.United Nations peacekeepers patrolling the capital said people's anger is rising that aid hasn't been distributed quickly, and the Brazilian military warned aid convoys to add security to guard against looting."Unfortunately, they're slowly getting more angry and impatient," said David Wimhurst, spokesman for the Brazilian-commanded U.N. peacekeeping mission. "I fear, we're all aware that the situation is getting more tense as the poorest people who need so much are waiting for deliveries. I think tempers might be frayed."The international Red Cross estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday's cataclysmic earthquake, based on information from the Haitian Red Cross and government officials.Hundreds of bodies were stacked outside the city morgue, and limbs of the dead protruded from the rubble of crushed schools and homes. A few workers were able to free people who had been trapped under the rubble for days, but others attended to the grim task of using bulldozers to transport loads of bodies.For the long-suffering people of Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, shock was giving way to despair."We need food. The people are suffering. My neighbors and friends are suffering," said Sylvain Angerlotte, 22. "We don't have money. We don't have nothing to eat. We need pure water."From Europe, Asia and the Americas, more than 20 governments, the U.N. and private aid groups were sending planeloads of high-energy biscuits and other food, tons of water, tents, blankets, water-purification gear, heavy equipment for removing debris, helicopters and other transport. Hundreds of search-and-rescue, medical and other specialists also headed to Haiti. CLIP
UN thugs in Haiti (1:27:30) Useful background from 2005 http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/513.html
In 2004, democratically elected Jean-Betrand Aristide was kidnapped by US and Canadian forces in the middle of a coup attempt and taken to "safety" in Africa. Aristide was elected by wide margins twice and thousands protested Aristide's removal and demanded democratic elections that included him as a candidate. This is how protestors, mostly from poor neighborhoods, were treated by UN "peacekeepers." Among other things, Aristide is the author of the book The Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization, which used Haiti as a case study of globalization. In it Aristide specifically points out problems with the World Bank and the IMF in creating larger problems within Haitian society and the economy. NOTE from Jean: More background through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanmi_Lavalas and this Site which documents violence and persecution against Lavalas supporters including Allow Aristide to return to Haiti now (Jan 13) -- The tangled web of past (5 years ago) violence against poor inhabitants of Cité du Soleil (a Port-au-Prince slum) and of the resulting hatred against UN "peace-keepers" is the poorly understood and little known background in which the international relief efforts are taking place right now. Should the situation descends into social anarchy and repressive violence against the long-oppressed people of Haiti to get them under "control", it will be important to be aware of this still fresh background of international human rights abuses and oppression. To better understand this background, it is highly recommended to read Clinton's 'silence' challenged in Haiti - Here is a brief excerpt: "The controversy and incident' referred to by Mr. Clinton stems from accusations of UN involvement in human rights abuses and their oversight of the Haitian police as the force committed summary executions and widespread false arrests following Aristide's ouster in 2004. More importantly, it may betray some recognition on Clinton's part that the day he chose for his debut in Haiti was also the fourth anniversary of what is alleged to be a massacre committed by UN forces in the teaming seaside slum of Cite Soleil. On July 6, 2005 the residents of Cite Soleil were the objects of a full military assault by UN forces. It resulted in over 22,000 rounds being fired in a raid on the pro-Aristide slum ordered by Brazilian General Heleno Ribera. By the time the gun smoke cleared it revealed a nightmare of blood and screams as people bled to death in close-knit tin roof houses, small alleys and narrow roadways in Cite Soleil."
TO GET a fairly good review of the current situation read ...
Long-term security for Haiti is daunting prospect (JANUARY 14, 2010) http://www.canada.com/news/Long+term+security+Haiti+daunting+prospect/2442701/story.html
WASHINGTON A U.S. army brigade of 3,500 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division will join more than 2,200 American marines in Haiti by week's end as worries mount over the potential for post-earthquake unrest in a nation long beset by political violence, rampant drug crime and gang warfare.The deployment ordered by President Barack Obama is the American military's largest to the Caribbean nation since September 1994, when several thousand marines landed in Port-au-Prince to return exiled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.But even as the Pentagon rushes to meet urgent security and humanitarian needs, leaders from the United States and other Western nations including Canada are already grappling with a bigger question. Will the massive international response to the earthquake mark the start of a long-term commitment to prevent Haiti from sliding once again into crime-ridden chaos? (...) "We're not taking over Haiti," said P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman. "We are helping to stabilize Haiti, we're helping to provide them life-saving support and material and we're going to be there over the long term to help Haiti rebuild."The immediate security threats are numerous and complicated from containing potential disease outbreaks to guarding against outbreaks of looting, violent crime and widespread panic that attend a natural disaster of such huge scale. The earthquake, however, also threatens to undo the fragile gains the UN force has made in recent years in providing Haiti a modicum of political stability and reducing the strength of street gangs in the most impoverished Port-au-Prince slums. CLIP
Quake test of world's promise to break Haiti's 'curse' (January 15, 2010) http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=2446422
MIAMI (Reuters) -- U.S. President Barack Obama tells Haitians they will not be forsaken, France has called for a summit to rebuild the earthquake-struck country and world leaders are promising a flood of aid and assistance. The huge quake that wrecked Haiti's capital on Tuesday will be the biggest test yet of decades of international promises to help develop the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. But the catastrophe, which killed tens of thousands, could end up burying in deeper poverty and instability a country already blighted by disasters, past turmoil and corruption. "From this catastrophe, which follows so many others, we should make sure that it is a chance to get Haiti once and for all out of the curse it seems to have been stuck with for such a long time," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said. CLIP
France Calls for Cancellation of Haiti's Debt (15 January 2010) EXCELLENT IDEA! http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/americas/France-Calls-for-Cancellation-of-Haitis-Debt-81710787.html
France has asked the Paris Club of creditor nations to speed up the process of canceling Haiti's debt.France's Economy Minister Christine Lagarde says she has contacted other members of the Paris Club to accelerate the cancellation of Haiti's debt of nearly $78 million. Haiti did owe $84 million. But Lagarde says about $6 million has been canceled since Tuesday's devastating earthquake. France chairs the Paris Club, which in July agreed to cancel most of the debt owed by Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.In addition to France, the Paris Club includes the United States, Britain, Japan, Russia, Germany and 13 other countries. On Thursday, French President Nicholas Sarkozy called for an international conference on rebuilding Haiti, a former French colony. CLIP Much more through Disaster Strikes: Haiti Earthquake - Full Report
UNVERIFIABLE AND VERY HARD TO BELIEVE CLAIMS OF OCCULT EVIL DOINGS ALREADY CIRCULATE ON THE WEB
From: Ben Wikler - Avaaz.org (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 14 Jan 2010
Subject: Help Haiti -- drop the debt
As it struggles to respond to the earthquake, Haiti still owes more than $600 million USD to donor nations and development banks. At a moment like this, lenders will hear our outcry--sign the petition now to cancel Haiti's debt:
As the world sees the horror of Haiti's earthquake, charitable donations are flooding in -- Avaaz members alone have donated over $500,000 in less than a day.
These funds are desperately needed. But even as they flow in, Haiti is sending money out--to pay off national debts run up by corrupt governments in years past.
Haiti should not be worrying about debt to the International Monetary Fund as families are digging through rubble. At a moment like this, global financial institutions won't be able to ignore a worldwide outcry. Help lift a massive burden from Haiti's ability to rescue, recover, and rebuild -- let's raise a million voices for emergency debt relief for Haiti:
Even before the earthquake, Haiti was one of the world's poorest countries -- due, in part, to a legacy of unjust debt stretching back to France's demand for reparations after its 1804 revolution.
In recent years, the tremendous worldwide campaign for debt relief has shown the power of public pressure to support poor nations. Today, Haiti still owes more than $600 million USD, much of it to global financial institutions -- and is scheduled for millions in payments in 2010 alone.
Recovering from the earthquake will take years, even decades. As the headlines fade, donations will slow--but the burden of paying debts incurred by unelected governments will continue, unless we take this moment to make a change.
After the tsunami in 2004, the world suspended debt payments from affected countries. Today, if we take action, we can achieve a permanent victory: the cancellation of Haiti's debt. Haitians are urgently appealing for all of our help. Our donations make a difference. But our voices as citizens are needed as well. Join the call for debt relief, and pass this message to those who feel the same:
As we watch the images on our televisions and computers, it's hard not to be overwhelmed. But if moments like this can trigger our consciences and move us to act in solidarity with those most affected, they can help us to move to a better world -- one where we move as one to address the man-made poverty and inequality that has left our brothers and sisters in Haiti so vulnerable to natural crises. There is not enough that we can do. But let's all do everything we can.
With hope in the face of tragedy,
Ben, Iain, Ricken, Alice, Sam, Milena, Paula, and the whole Avaaz team
Simon Johnson on Bernanke and a Second Crisis http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/01/simon-johnson-on-bernanke-and-a-second-crisis
A new U.S. financial crisis looms, and the seeds of it are in the Federal Reserve itself. Thats the view of MITs Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, who is arguing that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should not get a second term. CLIP
Kill Wall Street's Bonuses Or Tax Them To Death, Says Simon Johnson (Jan. 12, 2010) http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-kill-wall-streets-bonuses-or-tax-them-to-death-says-simon-johnson-2010-1
We had Simon Johnson on TechTicker yesterday. He's appalled that Wall Street are paying out their winnings as bonuses 15 months after getting their collective asses bailed out. He thinks the government should immediately enact a windfall tax. (...) And if the "too big to fail" banks insist on paying bonuses for "retention" purposes or other reasons he deems fallacious, Johnson says they should be subject to a "steeply progressive windfall income tax" -- paid by the employees and not the firms, as is the case with the U.K.'s recently announced 50% bonus tax.
Emails implicate Treasury Secretary Geithner in cover-up of AIG deal to bail out the banks (12 January 2010) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/geit-j12.shtml
A financial scandal has erupted that implicates Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in efforts to conceal the funneling of $62 billion in taxpayer funds to 16 large banks as part of the government bailout of the insurance giant American International Group (AIG).The revelations coincide with the imminent announcement by the big US banks of their profits and year-end bonuses for 2009. Most of the major banks are expected to report huge profitsin the case of Goldman Sachs, its highest profits everand combined bonuses of $30 billion or more. (...) The evidence of what amounts to a government conspiracy to rescue the banks and keep the public in the dark underscores the incestuous and corrupt relationship between the state and the financial aristocracy. All of the official institutions of American capitalism are implicated, from the White House (both the Bush and Obama administrations), to Congress, to the media and the courts.Obama chose Geithner for his treasury secretary precisely because of Geithners long record of service to Wall Street. This service by no means ended with the establishment of Maiden Lane III and its concealment.Geithner played a major role in opposing demands for limits on Wall Street pay. In March of 2009, when public outrage erupted over news that AIG had allocated $1 billion in bonuses, including $165 million for its Financial Products unitwhich sold credit default swaps and other derivativesGeither, together with Obamas chief financial adviser, Lawrence Summers, intervened to scuttle bills in Congress that would have imposed a surtax and other restrictions on bonuses issued by bailed-out firms. CLIP
Global Censorship Technology used in U.S. http://rosesarbor.blogspot.com/2010/01/you-are-being-watched.html
Deep packet inspection technology monitors everything that goes through the internet. It is readily available in the United States and theres no legislation that prevents the US government from employing it. Deep packet inspection is currently used in Iran. The Iranian Government has the ability to look through everything, land line telephones, mobile telephones, email, websites, looking for keywords and actually monitoring the entire traffic going through one chokepoint in Iran. Deep packet inspection is the use of sophisticated equipment that literally watches the entire internet for every piece of data, voice, and video looking for key words, such as "rebel" or "grenade." It is widely known that since 9/11, AT&T and Verizon were being asked by the Bush administration to deploy this sort of off-the-shelf technology. And they did. Again, Obama came out against the law and said we must punish these carriers for doing this, because its illegal, and then he flipped under enormous pressure from the lobbies.
Peace Prize Winner Obama Demands Record War Chest (Jan 13, 2010) http://www.prisonplanet.com/peace-prize-winner-obama-demands-record-war-chest.html
Second year running Obama demands more for illegal wars -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama is to request a record defense budget for 2011 in order to expand the war in Afghanistan and continue the conflict in Iraq, according to military officials.Obama will ask Congress for an extra $33 billion in addition to a record breaking $708 billion to swell the Defense Departments coffers next year.Defense spending will top $700 billion for the first time military sources revealed to the AP, after commanders were briefed on the figures, in addition to projected budgets through 2015, earlier this week at the Pentagon. The bulk of the war chest will be used to acquire more Predator and Reaper pilotless drones, which have been used in missile attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The additional war dollars will also go towards funding the deployment of close to 40,000 new troops Obama ordered to Afghanistan last year. The presidents Quadrennial Defense Review will be officially delivered to Congress on February 1st. It will mark the second year running that the president has significantly increased war spending.Obamas election promise to bring change to Washington and reverse the juggernaut of rampant militarism, endless wars and occupations has proven to be nothing more than a cruel hoax. Obama has beefed the U.S. military role in Pakistan beyond that pursued by the Bush administration and expanded the covert war run by the Central Intelligence Agency inside Pakistan, with an increase in missile attacks by drone aircraft. Despite public pronouncements by Obama that a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq is in progress, the details of the agreement actually establish a permanent presence of a sizable occupying force in perpetuity. CLIP
U.S. Companies Join Race on Iraqi Oil Bonanza (January 13, 2010) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/world/middleeast/14rebuild.html
BAGHDAD A wave of American companies have been arriving in Iraq in recent months to pursue what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar bonanza of projects to revive the countrys stagnant petroleum industry, as Iraq seeks to establish itself as a rival to Saudi Arabia as the worlds top oil producer. Since the 2003 American-led invasion, nearly all of the biggest reconstruction projects in Iraq have been controlled by the United States. But many rebuilding contracts are expected to be awarded as soon as this month for drilling hundreds of new wells, repairing thousands of miles of pipeline and building several giant floating oil terminals in the Persian Gulf, and possibly a new port. The contracts will be administered either directly by the Iraqi government or as part of Baghdads oversight of international oil companies that have signed agreements during the past few months to develop the countrys most promising oil fields. There are misgivings, however, about Iraqs ability to adequately monitor contracts that could total $10 billion over the next five years. The concerns have been heightened by the prominent role expected to be played by American companies that have been criticized in the past by United States government auditors and inspectors for overcharging by hundreds of millions of dollars, performing shoddy work and failing to finish hundreds of crucial projects while under contract in Iraq. CLIP
Casualties Continue in Vietnam (APRIL 24, 2009) http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4363/casualties_continue_in_vietnam/
The devastation of unexploded ordnance from the American War.(...) Asked what she would say to the citizens of the United States if she could, she says, The American people should take responsibility. They should act in a humanitarian manner. These are the consequences of the American War.American bombs, artillery shells, rockets, landmines, grenades and other types of unexploded ordnance (UXO) litter Vietnam. And an untold number of bomblets are a particular killer of children, not only in Vietnam, but also in Laos and Cambodia, where the United States waged war during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bomblets from cluster bombs are sometimes small and round like a ball, sometimes brightly colored, sometimes both. They often look like toys. But these boys thought they had found riches, not a plaything. (...) Since 1975, when the war ended and the country was unified, similar explosives have caused more than 100,000 casualties in Vietnam according to the Vietnamese Defense Ministrys Technology Centre for Bomb and Mine Disposal (BOMICEN). Standing next to an innocuous-looking, egg-sized metal object lying in the dirt next to uswith a 16-foot kill radius and the power to destroy a carI ask Fitzpatrick what it would take to set it off.Pick it up, he says matter-of-factly. After the final preparations for disposal are made, the Project RENEW crew vacates the area, leaving behind only team leader Nguyen Duc Hoa, who places the explosive charge for Fitzpatrick to detonate from behind a metal shipping container. With that grenade gone, its eight less ounces of UXO for Vietnamese civilians to worry about. That leaves only somewhere between 350,000 and 800,000 tons to go, according to estimates by BOMICEN. The Project RENEW team has been working on this site for one week and this is already the second piece of ordnance recovered (the other was a 2.75-inch rocket found close by). CLIP
Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law (January 4, 2010) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/03/AR2010010302110.html
Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision. Under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, manufacturers must report to the federal government new chemicals they intend to market. But the law exempts from public disclosure any information that could harm their bottom line. Government officials, scientists and environmental groups say that manufacturers have exploited weaknesses in the law to claim secrecy for an ever-increasing number of chemicals. In the past several years, 95 percent of the notices for new chemicals sent to the government requested some secrecy, according to the Government Accountability Office. About 700 chemicals are introduced annually. Some companies have successfully argued that the federal government should not only keep the names of their chemicals secret but also hide from public view the identities and addresses of the manufacturers. CLIP
Another DC Area Stand Down - As Radioactive Groundwater Due to Hit Chesapeake Bay (Jan 3, 2010) By Cathy Garger (A LONG-TIME ERN SUBSCRIBER) http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_57993.shtml
Not far from the political wheeling and dealing, hidden from view outside Washington, DC, one of the most stunning cover-ups in environmental criminal history quietly gurgles below our feet. For outside the awareness of nearly 17 million residents exists a total news blackout of nuclear power plants that have leaked radioactive chemicals into the groundwater of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.To be clear, its not that media coverage of the polluted, oxygen-deprived Chesapeake Bay with its forty percent dead zones doesnt exist. In fact, mid-Atlantic news coverage has been glutted for years with save the Bay rhetoric, public awareness campaigns, and half-hearted clean-up efforts. And while the dead-and-dying Chesapeake receives no shortage of coverage in the local media, the only pollution youre going to hear about is that which does not concern radioactive contamination of the Chesapeake Bay. (...) A Leaky Reactor or Two, Ya Say? How Bout ... ALL! Yet whether EPA, environmental groups, or the media ever talk about it or not, the fact still remains that radioactive groundwater has been migrating steadily underground towards the Bay and draining into its tributaries for years. And whether residents living in the area are aware of it or not - increases in radioactive pollution now further threaten the health of nearly 17 million humans - and all other living things within the Bay ecosystem. Its a huge surprise to many to learn how many nuclear reactors discharge into the body of water often called our national treasure and its tributaries. Out of the eleven (11) nuclear reactors in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, nine (9) are located on rivers or a lake (in North Annas case, a lake) that flow either directly or eventually into the Bay. The other two (2) reactors are located at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, which sits directly on and dumps into - the Chesapeake Bay. With Bay restoration efforts focused on storm water drains, fertilizer, and farm animal dung, precious few in the greater Baltimore-Washington metro area ever seem to discover on their own that 11 nuclear reactors (plus, actually, the twelfth, the now-defunct infamous Three Mile Island Unit 2) have been wrecking havoc on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed since the 1970s. Even more of a well-kept secret, however, is the fact that all of the nuclear power plants a full one hundred percent (100%) have leaked radioactive materials into the Chesapeake Watersheds groundwater. CLIP
4.3 Million Bombs Worth of Depleted Uranium in Environment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IHblrmKCpY
Military uses so much depleted uranium they have given most of life on earth cancer including animals by releasing 4.1 million Nagasaki bombs worth of radiation in bullets of DU !!
Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja (13 November 2009) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/13/falluja-cancer-children-birth-defects
Iraqi former battle zone sees abnormal clusters of infant tumours and deformities -- Doctors in Iraq's war-ravaged enclave of Falluja are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants, compared to a year ago, and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting.The extraordinary rise in birth defects has crystallised over recent months as specialists working in Falluja's over-stretched health system have started compiling detailed clinical records of all babies born. (...) Abnormal clusters of infant tumours have also been repeatedly cited in Basra and Najaf areas that have in the past also been intense battle zones where modern munitions have been heavily used. CLIP
H-BOMB MISSING IN SAVANNAH SWAMP SINCE 1958 http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2010/01/12/h-bomb-missing-in-savannah-swamp-since-1958/
Where did the missing H-Bomb Go? That is the question on many peoples minds and especially the residents near Tybee Island in Savannah Georgia.On February 5, 1958 two USA air crafts collided during a night training flight. On one of the aircrafts lay what the pentagon described as the Mother of all Weapons. After colliding with each other the pilot was order to jetton the bomb before landing the damaged plane. The pilot did so over the shallow waters of Wassaw Sound. To this day this bomb has still not been discovered. Since the 200 pounds of TNT that was attached to the bomb exploded scattering debris everywhere, residents and officials know that the bomb was dropped. After less then two months the government ordered the search for the bomb to stop. Over the years the US Military have done their best to discredit the significance that this bomb could have on the local eco-system and the nearby residents. Residents concerns have increased over time due to the fact that they are aware that plutonium, which is a major part of the H-Bomb, becomes even more dangerous and deadly over the years as it erodes and disintegrates. They are afraid that the bomb is leaking radioactive materials into the area around them, which some scientists feel is definitely the case.
Latest Mossad operation, the underwear bomber (Jan 11, 2010) http://www.daily.pk/latest-mossad-operation-the-underwear-bomber-14475/
This is a stunning research into the latest Mossad operation the underwear bomber. Pakistans security agencies should read this carefully to know how Mossad operates. This must be circulated.His explosives couldnt have blown up his own seat. Even if full power, itwouldnt have worked. These were the words relayed to me during a Jan. 2 interview with military analyst and counterinsurgency specialist Gordon Duff in regard to the attempt of Christmas Day underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab [sometimes referred to as Abdulmutallab] to ignite 80 grams of the explosive PETN on a flight destined for America. He also explained how the patsys country of origin, Nigeria, is clandestinely controlled by the Israeli army and Mossad. These entities train the military, sell weapons, run the airports, and wield power over DICON (Defense Industries Corporation). Furthermore, Mutallabs father is a Mossad partner and Israels No. 1 contact in Nigeria. As the former CEO of his countrys most influential bank and the man who ran their national arms industry, Mr. Mutallab also harbors extremely close relationships with the U.S. ambassador and CIA chief in Nigeria. CLIP
Is Osama Bin Laden dead or alive? (January 9, 2010) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8444069.stm
Osama Bin Laden died eight years ago during the battle for Tora Bora in Afghanistan, either from a US bomb or from a serious kidney disease. Or so the conspiracy theory goes. The theory that has developed on the web since 9/11 is that US intelligence services are manufacturing the Bin Laden statements ... to justify the so-called war on terror in Afghanistan, Iraq and back at home. Numerous audio and video statements purporting to be from Bin Laden have been released, but their authenticity has been continually questioned. The veracity of all of the videos is questioned by David Ray Griffin, a former theology professor and member of the 9/11 Truth Movement, which also questions mainstream accounts of the attack on the World Trade Centre. "None of them can be proven to be authentic," he says. "At least three of them can be shown to be almost certainly fake. And if somebody is faking Bin Laden videos, then that leads to the suspicion that all the videos and audio tapes have been faked." His first example is a video released by the US Department of Defense in December 2001. In it, [the] Bin Laden [figure] confesses to 9/11, yet Mr Griffin points out that al-Qaeda has only rarely admitted responsibility for terrorist attacks. He also maintains that the Bin Laden figure looks very different to previous footage - fatter, with shorter fingers, and that he is even writing with the wrong hand. CLIP
Afghans shot down while protesting US occupation (14 January 2010) http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/afgh-j14.shtml
At least eight protesters were killed and 13 wounded in the southern Afghanistan town of Garmsir Wednesday, when security forces fired on a demonstration of several thousand people protesting against the US military. Protesters blamed the deaths on Afghan intelligence agents, backed up by US soldiers.Demonstrators gathered in the central bazaar in response to reports that US soldiers had desecrated the Koran and abused Afghan women during a raid at a nearby village two nights before.Protesters shouting Death to America and Death to Kamal Khan, the deputy police chief of Helmand Province, overturned cars, set fire to a school and attacked the local headquarters of the National Directorate of Security, the hated Afghan intelligence services, which works closely with US occupation forces. An intelligence officer and two policemen were reportedly killed in the clash.Kamal Khan claimed NDS officers shot the protesters after the crowd began throwing rocks at them, and that no American forces were involved. US officials also denied that they had fired on protesters, although they said they had fired on and killed a Taliban sniper, who they claimed was firing on a nearby US baseForward Operating Base Delhi, a few hundred yards away, during the protest. Many demonstrators insisted that US troops had fired on them, along with the NDS agents. Haji Jan Gul, a demonstrator, told Al Jazeera, people are very angry with the foreigners because they have desecrated our Holy Koran and also they fired on demonstrators. I repeat, many people were killed and wounded during the protest. CLIP
Gaza: France oversees the extension of the Separation Wall (4 January 2010) SHAME ON SARKOZY AND OBAMA!! http://www.islamtimes.org/vdcbw9b8.rhbzspe4ur.html
With only a restricted number of goods allowed into the Gaza Strip, either from Israel or Egypt, hundreds of tunnels have been dug under the Egyptian border to bring in supplies for the population. Freedom fighters also use them to smuggle in arms.The Israeli State is transforming the Gaza Strip into a bantustan, modeled on those already tested by its advisors in Guatemala and South Africa. Accordingly, Israel has been constructing a Separation Wall, which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared to be illegal. The Wall is at present being extended along the Egyptian border by about ten kilometers. To begin with, the Separation Wall is built with pipes up to 35 meters deep. They are designed to flood the tunnels and are filled with sea water. A second, overlapping structure is composed of metal sheets 18 meters long and 50 centimeters thick. The sheets, which are said to be impregnable, are equipped with sensors to detect any sabotage attempt. The construction of the Wall was overseen by U.S. and French technical advisors. This week, the Director of French military intelligence, General of Army Corps (Général de corps darmée) Benoît Puga, went personally to inspect the site. Examining what is about to become "the biggest prison in the world", according to President Nicolas Sarkozys own words, General Puga expressed satisfaction with the progress of the encirclement. He declared that we are witnessing the "greatest undertaking in History" to seal underground tunnels and that it could serve as a model in other parts of the world. One and a half million people live in the Gaza Strip. According to UN Special Rapporteur, Jean Ziegler, the great majority suffer from malnutrition and can only survive thanks to the smuggling through the tunnels.
EU delegation to assess Gaza damage (JANUARY 14, 2010) http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/01/20101147594774661.html
Fifty parliamentarians from across Europe are on their way to the Gaza Strip to assess conditions in the Palestinian enclave following the Israeli offensive a year ago, sources say.That military assault left hundreds dead and damaged millions of dollars worth of infrastructure.The delegation, organised by the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), is due to arrive in Egypt on Thursday, from where they will cross into Gaza.The delegation, headed by Sir Gerald Kaufman, a veteran British MP, is the biggest in years to visit Gaza.The parliamentarians represent 12 European countries and include Lord Ahmed, Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Tonge and Clare Short, a former UK international development secretary. CLIP
US making moves to back Iran's Green Movement (10 Jan 2010) http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=115770§ionid=351020101
The US administration is progressively moving to find ways to support Iran's opposition Green Movement, senior US officials have made it known. The White House is crafting new financial sanctions specifically designed to punish the Iranian entities and individuals most directly involved in putting down the riots, rather than just those involved in Iran's nuclear program, IRNA cited a report published by The Wall Street Journal as saying on Saturday. The report added that US Treasury Department strategists previously focused on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and have made up a list of IRGC-related companies that are to be targeted. CLIP
Iranian Elections: The Stolen Elections Hoax by Prof. James Petras (June 18, 2009) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14018
There is hardly any election, in which the White House has a significant stake, where the electoral defeat of the pro-US candidate is not denounced as illegitimate by the entire political and mass media elite. In the most recent period, the White House and its camp followers cried foul following the free (and monitored) elections in Venezuela and Gaza, while joyously fabricating an electoral success in Lebanon despite the fact that the Hezbollah-led coalition received over 53% of the vote.The recently concluded, June 12, 2009 elections in Iran are a classic case: The incumbent nationalist-populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (MA) received 63.3% of the vote (or 24.5 million votes), while the leading Western-backed liberal opposition candidate Hossein Mousavi (HM) received 34.2% or (13.2 million votes).Irans presidential election drew a record turnout of more than 80% of the electorate, including an unprecedented overseas vote of 234,812, in which HM won 111,792 to MAs 78,300. The opposition led by HM did not accept their defeat and organized a series of mass demonstrations that turned violent, resulting in the burning and destruction of automobiles, banks, public building and armed confrontations with the police and other authorities. Almost the entire spectrum of Western opinion makers, including all the major electronic and print media, the major liberal, radical, libertarian and conservative web-sites, echoed the oppositions claim of rampant election fraud.
(...) What is astonishing about the Wests universal condemnation of the electoral outcome as fraudulent is that not a single shred of evidence in either written or observational form has been presented either before or a week after the vote count. During the entire electoral campaign, no credible (or even dubious) charge of voter tampering was raised. As long as the Western media believed their own propaganda of an immanent victory for their candidate, the electoral process was described as highly competitive, with heated public debates and unprecedented levels of public activity and unhindered by public proselytizing. The belief in a free and open election was so strong that the Western leaders and mass media believed that their favored candidate would win. The Western media relied on its reporters covering the mass demonstrations of opposition supporters, ignoring and downplaying the huge turnout for Ahmadinejad. Worse still, the Western media ignored the class composition of the competing demonstrations the fact that the incumbent candidate was drawing his support from the far more numerous poor working class, peasant, artisan and public employee sectors while the bulk of the opposition demonstrators was drawn from the upper and middle class students, business and professional class. Moreover, most Western opinion leaders and reporters based in Tehran extrapolated their projections from their observations in the capital few venture into the provinces, small and medium size cities and villages where Ahmadinejad has his mass base of support. Moreover the oppositions supporters were an activist minority of students easily mobilized for street activities, while Ahmadinejads support drew on the majority of working youth and household women workers who would express their views at the ballot box and had little time or inclination to engage in street politics. CLIP
White Power USA: Neo Nazis in America Gearing Up To Fight "Racial Holy War" (Jan 7, 2010) http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_58038.shtml
Editor's Comment:As the People of the United States are taught to fear nebulous dark skin terrorists hailing from far away lands who work feverishly to attack the precious freedoms of America, most are oblivious to the fact that it is the terrorists of White Extremism who are gaining a dangerous foothold in our culture- under the radar and right in our own backyards. The blinding extremism, ignorance, violent intent and hatred is as rampant- or more rampant- through the White Supremacists, as the worse we hear about the nefarious "Muslim Terrorists" who are consistently portrayed by our media as a threat to our "freedom" and "safety". All the while, our media continuously ignores the fact that racially and religiously motivated crimes have risen exponentially since the election of President Barack Obama. Last spring, a U.S. Department of Homeland security report warned that Right Wing extremists are now "the most dangerous domestic terrorist threat in the United States". Yet, this fact is simply not covered in the mainstream American news. Members are recruited heavily from the United States military, from anti-immigration groups, extremely fundamental churches, voices of the ultra conservative media and political "tea party" movements. These movements are coming together under one umbrella of stupidity and dangerous motive as White Power rises from the ashes in the call for a revolution in what they term a "Racial Holy War". CLIP
The Mafia Is Running the Giant World Casino (Jan 6, 2010) http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_58031.shtml
A breathtakingly powerful Mafia is running away with the world as we knew it. We now have indiscriminate killings, torture and deprivation of civil rights. We have unbound aggression on countries that present an obstacle to U.S. global power. We have colossal negligence of the environment, we have an impending economic disaster (although band-aided over for the moment in order to protect Big Money, at the expense of the taxpayers) where the poor people are the first to suffer, although this fact is barely mentioned in the mainstream media. We have an erosion of the legal system and complete disregard for the Constitution. The world-wide Mafia operates under the system of Neoliberalism, which means Free Trade that favors the rich countries, the corporatocracy (a coalition of government, banks, and corporations), financiers who do not see any further than multiplying their assets in a second with a stroke of the computer, and the arms industry that delivers the tools to empower this fundamentally corrupt system. The military, whose major function is to secure free access to gas, oil and other essential resources, is clearly also an important link in the project of world domination. NATO is just a U.S.-governed tool to keep Europe on its toes and do its bidding. Among the most powerful and predatory institutions founded by the rich nations, led by the United States, for reaching out to countries in financial distress are the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Free trade pacts (NAFTA,CAFTA, FTAA)  and economic strangulation of the countries in need of help cause drastic financial crises in poverty-stricken nations.  The Unites States is on its way to becoming a third-world country as far as the poor are concerned. In addition, the standard of living for the middle classes is deteriorating further and further. The richest country in the world has a catastrophic so-called health care system that is primarily intended to make huge profits for the private health industry (with negligent improvement in sight). Other crucial problems are the low-standard educational systems, decaying or non-existent infrastructure, a severe lack of public transportation the last point contributing to the overuse of carbon fuels in this country. There is also less and less financial support for social institutions, such as daycare centers, libraries, art centers, leisure and cultural activities. And alongside all this rot and badly lacking services there are the financial speculators and the Big Bankers who are accumulating billions in profits and bonuses and all the while real unemployment is rising to much higher numbers than is admitted by the administration. CLIP
Senate Democrat calls for vast expansion of no-fly list (11 January 2010) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/nfly-j11.shtml
A leading Democrat in the US Senate called Sunday for a huge expansion of the federal no-fly list and a series of other repressive measures, including stepped-up procedures for denial of US visas on the basis of reasonable suspicion and an effective halt in the release of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. Senator Diane Feinstein of California, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made a joint appearance with the ranking Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Peter Hoekstra, on the CBS interview program Face the Nation. The two legislators seemed in complete accord over how the US government should respond to the failed attempt by a Nigerian student to detonate a bomb on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. The current standard for placing individuals on the no-fly list requires actual evidence rather than mere suspicion, but Feinstein criticized this as unduly complex. It should be simplified that, if you have reasonable suspicion that an individual is connected to terrorism or a terrorist group, bingo, they go on the no-fly list, she said.The result of such a change would be to expand the list from the present 4,000 names to as many as half a million entries in the central database run by the National Counter-Terrorism Center. The current system has led to repeated instances when people have been stopped from flying because of a similarity in names or an erroneous entry. Expanding the list by a factor of 100 would undoubtedly increase the number of false denials by an even greater margin. Moreover, the broad criteria advocated by Feinstein could provide a pretext for the government to include on the list political opponents of its war policies, who could be deemed to warrant reasonable suspicion of a connection to terrorism or a terrorist group. CLIP
2010 Denver ET Vote: Mainstream press start publishing inaccuracies and 1953 CIA-inspired innuendoes http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2912-Seattle-Exopolitics-Examiner~y2010m1d12-2010-Denver-ET-Vote-Mainstream-press-start-publishing-inaccuracies-and-1953-CIAinspired-innuendoes
The Sacramento Bee, a mainstream politically oriented newspaper serving California's capital city, has begun publishing inaccurate and distorted information regarding Denver's August 2010 vote to establish an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. The 2010 Denver ET Initiative vote was approved on November 27, 2009 after organizers submitted over 10,000 signatures under a local initiative law. Denver mayor John W. Hickenlooper has been quoted as public supporting the ET Initiative process. Starting in 1953, the CIA Robertson panel functionally set a series of "rules of the road" regarding the extraterrestrial presence directing that any mention of the extraterrestrial presence in American journalism, science, education, and government be accompanied by ridicule. The result of the 1953 CIA Robertson panel has been two generations of U.S. professional journalists, scientists, educators, and civilian government officials who are virtually ignorant of any extraterrestrial presence and how to foster a public discourse around it. The upcoming Denver August 2010 vote on an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission - the first such election held in Earth's history - mandates clear, accurate and impartial voter communication and education on the issue involved in the public policy implications of the extraterrestrial presence. There is no more room for yellow journalism about little green men. CLIP Check also LA Times poll: 69% want their officials, like Denver, to prepare for contact with extraterrestrials
UN confirms authenticity of Sri Lankan war crimes evidence (UN confirms authenticity of Sri Lankan war crimes evidence) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/slwc-j12.shtml
Senior UN official Philip Alston last week confirmed the authenticity of a video of Sri Lankan soldiers summarily executing Tamil men in the final months of the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The footage was aired last August on the British-based Channel 4, prompting immediate claims by the Sri Lankan government that it was fake.The evidence of war crimes is a damning indictment on the two establishment candidates in Sri Lankas January 26 presidential election: incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse and opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka. Both men are responsible for the militarys numerous crimes and abuses of democratic rights, including the indiscriminate shelling of civilians and death squad operations. At the time, they insisted that the army was engaged in a humanitarian operation to liberate Tamils from the LTTE.In the months leading up to the defeat of the LTTE last May, the government imposed a virtual media blackout on the war zones. Journalists and most aid workers were banned from the frontlines. Nevertheless evidence emerged of large-scale atrocities, including the bombardment of hospitals and other civilian areas. According to the UN, at least 7,000 civilians were killed in such attacks in the period from January to May. Unpublished UN estimates put the death toll as high as 20,000.The video, however, was one of the few pieces of direct evidence of war crimes. It was released by Journalists for Democracy, an exile group comprised of both Sinhala and Tamil journalists who fled media repression in Sri Lanka. The organisation stated that the footage, which appears to have been taken on a cell phone, was shot in January 2009.The footage is gruesome. It starts with a Sri Lankan soldier shooting a naked man in the head. Eight naked bodies are one the ground. In the background, several gunshots are heard, together with men speaking in Sinhala and apparently joking about the killings. The footage ends with another execution. It is impossible to tell if the victims are LTTE fighters or Tamil civilians.In a press conference on January 7, Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, reported that three independent US-based forensic experts confirmed that the video was authentic. CLIP
WHO: Smoking kills 5 million every year (12/9/2009) http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-12-09-smoking-report_N.htm
LONDON (AP) Tobacco use kills at least 5 million people every year, a figure that could rise if countries don't take stronger measures to combat smoking, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.In a new report on tobacco use and control, the U.N. agency said nearly 95% of the global population is unprotected by laws banning smoking. WHO said secondhand smoking kills about 600,000 people every year. The report describes countries' various strategies to curb smoking, including protecting people from smoke, enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, and raising taxes on tobacco products. Those were included in a package of six strategies WHO unveiled last year, but less than 10% of the world's population is covered by any single measure."People need more than to be told that tobacco is bad for human health," said Douglas Bettcher, director of WHO's Tobacco-Free Initiative. "They need their governments to implement the WHO Framework Convention." Most of WHO's anti-tobacco efforts are centered on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, an international treaty ratified by nearly 170 countries in 2003. The convention theoretically obliges countries to take action to reduce tobacco use, though it is unclear if they can be punished for not taking adequate measures, since they can simply withdraw from the treaty.Other experts questioned how effective WHO's strategies were."It's like the well-intentioned blind leading the blind," said Patrick Basham, director of the Democracy Institute, a London and Washington-based think tank. He said WHO's policies were based more on hope than evidence.Basham said measures like increasing taxes on tobacco products and banning advertising don't address the root causes of why people smoke. Smoking levels naturally drop off as they have in Western countries when populations become richer and better-educated.Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and WHO estimates that, unless countries take drastic action, tobacco could kill about 8 million people every year by 2030, mostly in developing countries.Basham said officials should focus on anti-poverty measures to stem the smoking problem, though that is beyond WHO's mandate as a health agency. CLIP
The Prophet of Garbage (March 1, 2007) http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2007-03/prophet-garbage?page=5
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energy-and promises to make a relic of the landfill -- (...) Low transportation costs, cheap land, weak environmental regulationsthese factors help explain why it took plasma until now to catch on as an economically sensible strategy to dispose of waste. The steep increase in energy prices over the past two years is what has made this technology viable, says Hilburn Hillestad, president of Geoplasma. His company, which touts the slogan waste destruction at the speed of lightning with energy to share, is negotiating a deal with St. Lucie County, Florida, to erect a $425-million plasma gasification system near a local landfill. The plant in St. Lucie County will be large enough to devour all 2,000 tons of daily trash generated by the county and polish off an additional 1,000 tons a day from the old landfill. Of course, the technology, still unproven on a large scale, has its skeptics. That obsidian-like slag contains toxic heavy metals and breaks down when exposed to water, claims Brad Van Guilder, a scientist at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which advocates for clean air and water. Dump it in a landfill, and it could one day contaminate local groundwater. Others wonder about the cleanliness of the syngas. In the cool-down phases, the components in the syngas could re-form into toxins, warns Monica Wilson, the international coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, in Berkeley, California. None of this seems to worry St. Lucie Countys solid-waste director, Leo Cordeiro. Well get all our garbage to disappear, and our landfill will be gone in 20 years, he tells me. The best part: Geoplasma is footing the entire bill. Well generate 160 megawatts a day from the garbage, Hillestad says, but well consume only 40 megawatts to run the plant. Well sell the net energy to the local power grid. Sales from excess electricity might allow Geoplasma to break even in 20 years.In New York, Carmen Cognetta, an attorney with the city councils infrastructure division, is evaluating how plasma gasification could help offset some of the citys exorbitant waste costs. All the landfalls around New York have closed, incinerators are banned, and we are trucking our trash to Virginia and Pennsylvania, he explains. That is costing the city $400 million a year. We could put seven or eight of these converters in the city, and that would be enough. The syngas from the converters, Cognetta says, could be tapped for hydrogen gas to power buses or police cars. But the decision-making bureaucracy can be slow, and it is hamstrung by the politically well-connected waste-disposal industry. Many landfill operators are used to getting a million dollars a month out of debris, says U.S. Energys Paul Marazzo. They dont want a converter to happen because theyll lose their revenue.Meanwhile, Victor Sziky, the president of Sicmar International, an investment firm based in Panama, is working with the Panamanian government to set up at least 10 Startech systems there. The garbage problem here is exploding in conjunction with growth, says Sziky, who lives in Panama City. We have obsolete incinerators, and landfills that are polluting groundwater and drinking water. Weve had outbreaks of cholera and hepatitis A and B directly attributed to the waste in landfills. There are a lot of people in a small country, and theres no infrastructure to deal with it. The project will be capable of destroying 200 tons of trash a day at each location, enough to handle all the garbage for the municipalities involvedand, says Sziky, to produce up to 40 percent of their electrical demand.Panamas syngas will probably be converted to hydrogen and sold to industrial suppliers. The current market for hydrogen is at least $50 billion worldwide, a figure that is expected to grow by 5 to 10 percent annually, according to the National Hydrogen Association, an industry and research consortium. Analysts at Fuji-Keizai USA, a market-research firm for emerging technologies, predict that the domestic market will hit $1.6 billion by 2010, up from $800 million in 2005. The Department of Energys Patrick Davis says that when the long-awaited hydrogen-powered vehicles finally arrive, the demand for hydrogen will soar. But he also notes that to have an effect on global warming, its critical that hydrogen come from clean sources.Thats one more idea thats old news to Longo, who, as usual, is 10 steps ahead of the game, already embedded in a future where fossil fuels are artifacts of a bygone era. For the past several years, he has been developing the Starcell, a filtration mechanism that slaps onto the back end of his converter and quickly refines syngas into hydrogen. As he says, We are the disruptive technology. Longo has been working in garbage for 40 years, making his fortune by literally scraping the bottom of the barrel. Which is, it turns out, the perfect vantage point for finding new ways to turn what to most of us is just garbage into arguably the most valuable thing in the world: clean energy. - MORE ON THIS IN How Plasma Converters Work - Plasma arc waste disposal - (THEIR Last news STOP IN MARCH 2008! WHAT HAPPENED! - It seems they are having trouble finding financing: Startech Environmental Progressing Toward New Financing (Nov 16, 09)
MEXICO: Activists Worried About "Secret" Internet Treaty (Jan 12 , 2010) http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49949
An international treaty to combat copyright infringement and piracy, being negotiated by Mexico and other countries, could curtail expansion of the internet, violate people's rights to privacy and freedom of expression, and undermine multilateral accords on intellectual property, activists warn. (...) It is the section on enforcing intellectual property rights in the digital environment that is causing the most concern among civil society organisations that are dedicated to promoting wider access to the internet. ACTA negotiators are proposing that internet service providers should undertake proactive filtering of copyright material that users share with each other. Furthermore, they suggest these companies should be obliged, subject to penalties, to deny internet access to those accused of copyright infringements. This could mean, for example, that a whole family could be cut off from the internet if one of its members is suspected of piracy, with no right to a trial or a lawyer. This kind of agreement would imply adopting U.S.-style "notice and takedown" rules, under which internet service providers must remove material suspected of copyright infringement from the web, without a court order or examination of evidence The "three strikes and you're out" system would also be applied: if an internet user is accused of infringing intellectual property three times, he or she will be disconnected from the internet. Fines and prison sentences for offenders are also envisaged. "If I download a programme that lets me file share, and I am targeted for doing so, who will be monitoring my internet activity, and how? My rights would be infringed, because if a third party is aware of what I do, they must be monitoring my activities," Agustín Ríos, Legal Committee vice president at the Mexican Internet Association (AMIPCI), told IPS.
(...) The issues raised by ACTA have been widely debated on blogs and social networks like Facebook and Twitter. "The reforms proposed in this treaty would subvert the character of the internet, transforming it into a kind of cable television network, where providers would decide the contents to be transmitted on 'their' network and users would have to pay per view," wrote Antonio Martínez, an activist for a free internet, on his weblog criticapura.com. "It is essential that we express our opposition to the lack of transparency of this treaty, and make known our concerns over the violations of basic civil rights and of access to information that ACTA, according to the limited information available, is proposing," says the openacta.org web site, put up specially to post information and discussion on the treaty. "This agreement makes no sense, because international treaties already exist that address international cooperation to combat counterfeiting and piracy, and to protect copyright. This is not the right time for us to sign this treaty," Ríos argued. Washington has Mexico in its sights over illegal copying and distribution of films, music and computer programmes. In this country, six out of every 10 compact discs are pirate copies and three out of four video games are counterfeit, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), known as the rich countries' club.
(...) "Sharing knowledge and information can never be regarded as piracy or counterfeiting. Intellectual property rights cannot be placed before civil liberties. Legislation on the internet must open it up, guarantee it, and widen access to it, not restrict or limit it," says openacta.or
Losing the Internet as We Know It (January 12, 2010) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-tady/losing-the-internet-as-we_b_420322.html
How much have you already used the Internet today?We don't think twice about how much we rely on the Internet. Imagine not being able to map directions on Google or check the weather online. A business that doesn't have a Web site? Forgettable. Or rather, unsearchable. Remember when we didn't have e-mail? Would you want to go back to those Dark Ages? Me neither.The Internet is in the very fabric of how we communicate, learn, shop, conduct business, organize, innovate and engage. If we lost it, we'd be lost.But did you know that we're at risk of losing the Internet as we know it? Millions of Americans don't know that a battle over the future of the Internet is being played out right now in Washington. How it ends will have deep repercussions for decades to come. On one side are public interest and consumer groups, small businesses, Internet entrepreneurs, librarians, civil libertarians and civil rights groups who want to preserve the Internet as it is - the last remaining open communications platform where anyone with access and a computer can create and consume online content. Right now a film student in Idaho can upload a video the same way a Hollywood movie studio can. A small upstart company can launch a brilliant idea that challenges the Fortune 500. An independent journalist can break a story without waiting for a newspaper to run or print it. The principle of "Network Neutrality" is what makes this open communications possible. Net Neutrality is what allows us to go wherever we want online. Our relationship with the phone and cable companies stops when we pay for our Internet service. These companies can not block, control or interfere with what we search for or create online; nor can they prioritize some content over others -making the Hollywood video load faster than the kid's video in Idaho. On the other side are the Internet service providers, who want to dismantle Net Neutrality. Not only do they want to provide Internet service, but they want to be able to charge users to prioritize their content, effectively giving themselves the ability to choose which content on the Web loads fast, slow or not at all. The film student, the small entrepreneur, and the independent journalist will be lost in the ether, unable to compete with other, more established companies who can pay for a spot in the fast lane. Gone is the level playing field. Gone is the multitude of voices on the Web. Gone is the Internet as we know it - unless we act now.The Federal Communications Commission is crafting new Net Neutrality rules right now. The public has until Thursday at midnight to tell the FCC what we value about the Internet, and why we want the agency to create a strong Net Neutrality rule to protect it. I'm filing my comments today, and I have to admit, it's a little tough -- not because I'm at a loss for words, but because there's so much to say. CLIP
Surprising Sea Slug Is Half-plant, Half-animal http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20100112/sc_livescience/surprisingseaslugishalfplanthalfanimal
A green sea slug appears to be part animal, part plant. It's the first critter discovered to produce the plant pigment chlorophyll. The sneaky slugs seem to have stolen the genes that enable this skill from algae that they've eaten. With their contraband genes, the slugs can carry out photosynthesis - the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy."They can make their energy-containing molecules without having to eat anything," said Sidney Pierce, a biologist at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Pierce has been studying the unique creatures, officially called Elysia chlorotica, for about 20 years. He presented his most recent findings Jan. 7 at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Seattle. The finding was first reported by Science News. "This is the first time that multicellar animals have been able to produce chlorophyll," Pierce told LiveScience. The sea slugs live in salt marshes in New England and Canada. In addition to burglarizing the genes needed to make the green pigment chlorophyll, the slugs also steal tiny cell parts called chloroplasts, which they use to conduct photosynthesis. The chloroplasts use the chlorophyl to convert sunlight into energy, just as plants do, eliminating the need to eat food to gain energy. "We collect them and we keep them in aquaria for months," Pierce said. "As long as we shine a light on them for 12 hours a day, they can survive [without food]." CLIP
Columbia University Law School - Wireless Hazards Panel (60 min video) http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/columbia-university-law-school-wireless-hazards-panel/
Columbia University Law School was the site for a panel December 1st on the health hazards of electromagnetic fields. This gives an overview of 1) the new condition, electrohypersensitivity, where people become functionally impaired and sometimes disabled near wireless technologies, such as cell phones, cell towers, DECT portable phones, RFID tags and wireless routers; 2) known biological effects of microwave radiation; and 3) the legal battles being fought across the country and the globe related to this rapidly proliferating invisible environmental pollutant. You will learn... - How the Telecommunications Act of 1996 took away the ability of state and local governments to protect people from wireless hazards. - Why the European Parliament has recommended greatly lowered exposure guidelines,including wireless-free schools, day care centers, retirement homes and health care facilities. - Why countries around the globe are recommending limited cell phone use by children. - What the impact of microwave radiation is on animals and wildlife. - How the telecommunications industry is responding. - How lawyers and law students can make a difference. You will better understand why this is a critical issue for our country (USA) to address now, including 1) links to many chronic and serious illnesses, which are expected to increase with chronic exposures; 2) plans to blanket metropolitan areas in Wi-Max, a high powered form of wi-fi, 3) federal commitment to a National Broadband Plan which is comprised heavily of wireless technologies; and 4) new radiation emitting utility technologies being deployed in SmartGrids, bringing an additional layer of radiation onto electrical wiring.
Stop the Abuse: It's Time to Break Up With Your Big Bank
Bill Maher - Host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" - January 13, 2010
Hello, I'd like to take a moment to address the millions and millions of you all across America who are currently stuck in an abusive relationship.
Now I know what some of you are thinking: Who is Bill Maher to give me relationship advice?
But that doesn't mean I don't know a dysfunctional relationship when I see one. Especially when it's staring me right in the face.
You know who you are. Those of you staying in a relationship long after it's turned bad. Sticking around despite the abuse -- even as it's gotten worse and worse over the years. Sticking around only because it seems easier than breaking up -- and besides, where else are you going to go?
That's right, I'm talking to all of you that keep doing your banking at the giant, too big to fail, Wall Street banks that brought our economy to the brink of disaster, were rescued by trillions of dollars of our taxpayer money, then paid us back by using that money to hire lobbyists to convince our lawmakers in Washington to kill financial reform.
They took our money... but cut back on lending.
They took our money... and made record profits -- and paid themselves record bonuses.
They took our money... then returned to the risky behavior that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, with record unemployment, bankruptcies, and foreclosures.
They took our money... but kept on with all the greedy, abusive, ruthless, and cold-blooded practices that have earned them untold billions of dollars a year -- year after year after year. Things like charging you outrageous fees for anything and everything, jacking up your credit card interest rate to 30 percent for being late on one payment (it's a good thing sodomy is legal!), and refusing to renegotiate your mortgage after the housing bubble they helped create burst.
These big banks, deemed "Too Big To Fail" by our Wall Street-friendly leaders in Washington, are convinced that they can get away with anything -- because they always have.
But here's the thing. You don't have to put up with this nonsense. You don't have to stay in a loveless, abusive relationship with your Big Bank.
In fact, it's easy to get out -- and into something much, much better.
My friend Arianna Huffington has started a campaign designed to convince people to move their money out of these big banks and put them into smaller, local, community banks and credit unions that are more likely to see you as a person, not as an account number... and also to reinvest in the community where they are.
It's a pretty simple idea: If enough people who have money in one of the Big Six banks -- that is, JP Morgan/Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs -- move it into a local community bank or credit union, then collectively we, the people, will have taken a big step toward fixing our broken financial system.
It's easy, and painless, and will send a powerful message to Wall Street and to our leaders in Washington.
Face it: Real change is not going to come from Congress. It's not going to come from the White House. And it's certainly not going to come from the lobbyists Wall Street hires to make sure their special interests keep beating out the public interest.
We've got to do it ourselves. And moving your money is a great way to start.
This is not a conservative idea or a liberal idea. It's not left or right. It's populism at it's best -- and it's already attracted people from all walks of life who are sick and tired of the Big Banks and are ready to do something about it.
So it's time to go break up with your banker and get the hell out. Go to MoveYourMoney.info and see just how easy it is to end your abusive relationship and find true banking love. Or, at least hot, sweaty, monkey, banking sex.
Tell 'em Dr. Bill sent you...
To watch a video of Bill on Moving You Money, click here .
THINGS ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR THE US AND WORLD ECONOMY... TOO MANY CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST AT THE SAME TIME... THINK COMPLETE GLOBAL ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL, GOVERNMENTAL, SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN, FOOD NAME-IT COLLAPSE...
Forwarded by David Creighton (email@example.com)
The [USA] economy that is. Especially the part that consists of swapping paper certificates. That's the buzz I've gotten the first two weeks of 2010, and forgive me for not presenting a sheaf of charts and graphs to make the case. Just about everybody else yakking about these thing on the Web provide plenty of statistical analysis: Mish , The Automatic EarthFrom: , Chris Martenson , Zero Hedge , The Baseline Scenario .... They're all well worth visiting.
Bank bonus numbers are due out any day now. The revolt that I expected around the release of these numbers may come from a different place than I had imagined earlier -- not from whatever remains of "normal" working people, but from the thought leaders and middling agents in administration (including the prosecutors) who, for one reason or another, have been diverting their attention, or watching and waiting, or making excuses for a couple of years now. When Frank Rich of The New York Times starts calling for Robert Rubin's head , then maybe the great groaning tramp steamer of media opinion is turning in the water and charting a new course for the port of reality.
Anyway, the grotesque carnival of rackets and lies that the US economy has become -- held together with the duct tape of stimulus cash, gamed accounting, mortgage subsidies, carry trades, TBTF bailouts, TARPS, TALFS, shell-game BLS reports, and MSNBC "green shoots" cheerleading -- gives every sign of tipping into collapse at a moment's notice. There are just too many obvious things that can go wrong, and that means there are many less obvious, hidden things that can go wrong, and isn't it tragically foolish to tempt Murphy's Law, since it operates so well without any help from us? The call is even going out lately for criminal prosecution of the current Treasury Secretary, Mr. Geithner, for engineering AIG's $14 billion credit default swap payoff to Goldman Sachs as part of the AIG bailout. Okay then, why not Paulson, Bernanke, Blankfein...?
But the other rings of the circus are fully occupied by clowns and dancing bears, too. Even with sketchy-looking stock market prospects for 2010, it's hard to explain why the world would run into US treasury bonds, especially a few months from now, after the initial rush-to-safety -- that is, when you could just as easily buy Canadian or Swiss franc denominated short-term bills. And then what happens when the Federal Reserve has to eat all the uneaten treasuries, while it's already choking to death on collateralized debt obligations and related worthless toxic trash securities? After all, the greenbacks we swap around are called Federal Reserve Notes.
Why would anybody think that the housing market is going to keep levitating? A big fat "pig" of adjustable rate mortgages (i.e. mortgages that will never be "serviced") is about to move through the "python" of the housing scene, shoving millions more households into default and foreclosure. Meanwhile, local and regional banks are choking on real estate already in default that they are afraid to foreclose on and have been keeping off the market through 2009 in order to not send the price of houses down further and put even more households "under water" for houses worth much less than the face value of their mortgage. I doubt that the banks are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, but whatever the motive, this racket of just sucking up bad loans can't go on forever. At some point, a banking system has to be based on credibility, on loans actually being paid back, or it will break, and we are close to the breaking point.
The pathetic truth at the center of the housing fiasco is that prices have to come down further if any normal wage-earner will ever afford to buy a house again in America on anything like normal terms. Anyway, sooner or later the banking system is going to have to upchuck the "phantom inventory" of un-foreclosed-on houses, and sell them off for whatever they can get, or else a lot of banks are going to go out of business.
They may go down anyway, because the catastrophe of commercial real estate is following right on the heels of the fiasco in residential real estate. The vast oversupply of malls, strip malls, office parks, and other furnishings of the expiring "consumer" economy is about to become the biggest liability that any economy in world history has ever seen. Who will even want to buy these absurd properties cheaply, when they will never find any retail tenants for the badly-built structures, nor be able to keep up with the maintenance (think: leaking flat roofs), or retrofit them for anything? In a really sane world, a lot of these buildings would go straight to demolition-and-salvage -- except that it costs money to do that, and who exactly right now will make a market for used cinder blocks and aluminum window sashes? I expect these places to become squats for the desperate homeless.
Then there are the bankrupt states, led by the biggest, of course -- California and New York -- but with plenty more right behind, whirling around the same drain (probably forty-nine of them with the exception of that fiscal Nirvana, North Dakota!). Even if they manage to con bailouts from the bailout-weary federal government, the states are still going to have to winnow down the ranks of their public employees (throwing more middle-class households into foreclosure and penury), while they hugely reduce public services, especially to the poor, the unwell, and the unable. That alone will redound into very visible realms of daily life from public safety (rising crime) to the decay of roads and bridges.
Perhaps the most troubling buzz in the air this first month of 2010 are rumors of coming food shortages due to widespread crop failures around the world in the harvest seasons of 2009 (Emergency Food Supply, Food Crisis For Dummies, 2010 Wall Street Predictions.) If the US Department of Agriculture hasn't flat-out lied about crop numbers in 2009, the signs are that their statistical reports are at least inconsistent with real grain storage numbers and commodities prices. And why would the USDA tell the truth if every other federal agency is reporting gamed numbers? Given the crisis in capital and lending, one also has to wonder how farmers will be able to borrow money to get their crops in this year.
Finally there's the global energy scene. The price of oil starts this week over $83 a barrel. That puts it about $1.50 from the price "danger zone" where it begins to kill economic activity in the USA. Things and procedures just start to cost too much. Gasoline. Diesel fuel (and, by the way, that means another problem for food production going into the 2010 planting season). One especially eerie situation the past few weeks has been the de-coupling of moves upward in oil from moves in the value of the dollar. Lately, oil has been going up whether or not the dollar has gone up or down. Two weeks ago the dollar went below 1.42 against the Euro and today it's above 1.45, and oil has been rising steadily from the mid $70 range all the while. 2010 may be the year that we conclusively realize that world oil demand exceeds world oil supply -- and that global oil production cannot hold above 85 million barrels-a-day no matter what we do.
These are the things that trouble my mind at three o'clock in the morning when the wind rises and things bang around spookily. Gird your loins out there for a savage season or two.
America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels (10 Jan 2010) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/6962632/America-slides-deeper-into-depression-as-Wall-Street-revels.html
December was the worst month for US unemployment since the Great Recession began. -- The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc. That is the one that matters.Wall Street rallied. Bulls hope that weak jobs data will postpone monetary tightening: a silver lining in every catastrophe, or perhaps a further exhibit of market infantilism. The home foreclosure guillotine usually drops a year or so after people lose their job, and exhaust their savings. The local sheriff will escort them out of the door, often with some sympathy just like the police in 1932, mostly Irish Catholics who tithed 1pc of their pay for soup kitchens.Realtytrac says defaults and repossessions have been running at over 300,000 a month since February. One million American families lost their homes in the fourth quarter. Moody's Economy.com expects another 2.4m homes to go this year. Taken together, this looks awfully like Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Judges are finding ways to block evictions. One magistrate in Minnesota halted a case calling the creditor "harsh, repugnant, shocking and repulsive". We are not far from a de facto moratorium in some areas.This is how it ended between 1932 and 1934, when half the US states declared moratoria or "Farm Holidays". Such flexibility innoculated America's democracy against the appeal of Red Unions and Coughlin Fascists. The home siezures are occurring despite frantic efforts by the Obama administration to delay the process. This policy is entirely justified given the scale of the social crisis. But it also masks the continued rot in the housing market, allows lenders to hide losses, and stores up an ever larger overhang of unsold properties. It takes heroic naivety to think the US housing market has turned the corner (apologies to Goldman Sachs, as always). The fuse has yet to detonate on the next mortgage bomb, $134bn (£83bn) of "option ARM" contracts due to reset violently upwards this year and next.US house prices have eked out five months of gains on the Case-Shiller index, but momentum stalled in October in half the cities even before the latest surge of 40 basis points in mortgage rates. Karl Case (of the index) says prices may sink another 15pc. "If the 2008 and 2009 loans go bad, then we're back where we were before in a nightmare."David Rosenberg from Gluskin Sheff said it is remarkable how little traction has been achieved by zero rates and the greatest fiscal blitz of all time. The US economy grew at a 2.2pc rate in the third quarter (entirely due to Obama stimulus). This compares to an average of 7.3pc in the first quarter of every recovery since the Second World War.Fed hawks are playing with fire by talking up about exit strategies, not for the first time. This is what they did in June 2008. We know what happened three months later. For the record, manufacturing capacity use at 67.2pc, and "auto-buying intentions" are the lowest ever. CLIP
Economy shrinks at 1930s rates http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/5700590/Economy-shrinks-at-1930s-rates.html
The recession is now on a par with the very worst year of the Great Depression -- The economy shrank by 4.9pc in the year to the first quarter of 2009, the Office for National Statistics said. The fall in gross domestic product was significantly greater than had previously been calculated, as Government statisticians became aware of the full scale of the fall in company activity. "Clearly this is now the worst peacetime recession since the 1930s," said Michael Saunders, chief UK economist at Citigroup. "The worst contraction then was a year of around -5pc; this year will not be hugely different." CLIP
Catastrophic Fall in 2009 Global Food Production (FEBRUARY 9, 2009) http://www.marketskeptics.com/2009/02/2009-global-food-catastrophe.html
After reading about the droughts in two major agricultural countries, China and Argentina, I decided to research the extent other food producing nations were also experiencing droughts. This project ended up taking a lot longer than I thought. 2009 looks to be a humanitarian disaster around much of the world. To understand the depth of the food Catastrophe that faces the world this year, consider the graphic below depicting countries by USD value of their agricultural output, as of 2006. Now, consider the same graphic with the countries experiencing droughts highlighted. CLIP
Multiple threats mounting to world food supply, experts warn (March 19, 2009) http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/03/19/food-shortage.html
Soaring demand and rising prices threaten to create a "perfect storm" in the global food industry, experts warned on Thursday. In a report, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warns of a growing food crisis, as low-income people in the developing world feel the pinch of food prices that have yet to fall despite a global recession. After sharp spikes last year, "food prices have fallen internationally," the agency said Thursday. "But in developing countries they have not fallen so fast, or at all." Food price inflation hits the poor hardest, as the share of food in their total expenditures is much higher than that of wealthier populations. Food represents about 10 to 20 per cent of consumer spending in industrialized nations, but as much as 60 to 80 per cent in developing countries. As it stands, 963 million people, or around 15 per cent of the world's population, are suffering from hunger and malnutrition, the FAO says. In London, Britain's chief scientist warned on Thursday that demand for food and energy is set to jump 50 per cent by 2030, and the world is not prepared for the unrest that will cause. "It's a perfect storm," Prof. John Beddington told the GovNet Communications Sustainable Development 09 conference in London. "We're not growing enough food, so we're not able to put stuff into the reserves," he said, noting that the price of crops such as rice spiked more than 400 per cent last year. Food reserves at 50-year lowGlobal food reserves currently sit at about 14 per cent of consumption, which means the world has enough food to survive for a little over a month if food production suddenly stopped. With the world's population projected to hit more than eight billion people by 2030, "we are going to see a large increase in the demand for food," he said. CLIP
The Coming World Famine: Will 2010 Be The Year The World Runs Out Of Food? () http://theemergencyfoodsupply.com/archives/the-coming-world-famine-will-2010-be-the-year-the-world-runs-out-of-food
A "perfect storm" of circumstances is coming together that is leading many agriculture experts to predict that we will soon be experiencing a worldwide food crisis of unprecedented magnitude. Will 2010 be the year that the world runs out of food? Record setting droughts, exploding populations and crippling crop failures all over the world are combining to set the stage for a potentially devastating food crisis in the coming year.Even in such technologically advanced times, the reality is that the food supply is not immune to droughts and plagues. Even the United States has been dramatically affected. Just consider the following examples..... *All time record breaking heat and drought continues to plague the state of Texas. In fact, extreme drought conditions can be found in many agricultural areas throughout the United States this summer. *If the drought conditions were not bad enough, a disease known as "late blight" is absolutely devastating tomato and potato plants in the eastern half of the United States. The prices for those two staple foods could shoot through the roof, hitting already hurting American consumers really hard. *In addition, farmers all over the United States are reporting very disappointing harvests. For example, the very weak wheat harvest this year is seriously disappointing farmers across the state of Illinois.But it is not just the U.S. that is experiencing serious agricultural problems. In fact, the news from the rest of the world is even more troubling. *Agricultural scientists fear that Ug99, a devastating wheat fungus also known as stem rust, could wipe out over 80 percent of the world's wheat crop as it spreads out from Africa.*Harvests all across the globe are frighteningly low. Just check out the following troubling reports from the Market Skeptics blog.....------
1) Bulgaria harvest will be around 20% lower than last season's output.
2) Argentine farmers will plant just 2.6 million hectares of winter wheat for the 2009/10 season, a stunning 2.1 million less than was planted in 2008/09 (down nearly 45%).
3) Part of the reason behind lower plantings is a two fingered salute to the government and their export restrictions.
4) Brazil, the world's third largest wheat importer, bought 51,000 MT of US wheat last week, more than it bought in the entire first six months of the year.
5) With the Brazilian real strengthening against the dollar, Brazilian millers that are being forced to look for supplies are finding US wheat fitting the bill quite nicely.
6) Canadian crop development lags with 60% of winter grains are behind normal development. Spring grains development is even further behind, with 75% of crops affected.
7) Ukraine will only produce 35 MMT of grain this season, 35 percent less than last year.
8 ) 3.3 million hectares of the Russias spring crops have been badly damaged by drought. Production this year is seen lower at around 55-60 MMT from 63.7 MMT in 2008.
9) Sugar hit it's highest in three years last week.
10) The lack of monsoon rains in northern India was the main driver of the rally in sugar. World demand is outstripping supply by over six million tonnes at the moment, and India is set to potentially become the world's largest importer this year.
11) Spanish wheat output is now projected 32% lower this year at 3.8 MMT.
12) Rain is damaging crops in the UK and across Europe.
------When you add up all of the recent agricultural news stories it means one thing: a massive food crisis is on the way. Harvests around the world are going to be much smaller at a time when world demand for food is at an all-time high. In other words, there are going to be food shortages. Very serious food shortages. Are you all starting to get the point. CLIP
2010 Food Crisis for Dummies Are We Ready? (DECEMBER 21, 2009) http://www.thetotalcollapse.com/2010-food-crisis-for-dummies--are-we-ready/
There is no precedence for the panic and chaos will occur next year. The global food supply/demand picture has NEVER been so out of balance. The 2010 food crisis will rearrange economic, financial, and political order of the world, and those who arent prepared will suffer terrible losses
Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites http://www.projectcensored.org/articles/story/global-starvation-ignored-by-american-policy-elites/
A new report (9/2/08) from The World Bank admits that in 2005 three billion one hundred and forty million people live on less that $2.50 a day and about 44% of these people survive on less than $1.25. Complete and total wretchedness can be the only description for the circumstances faced by so many, especially those in urban areas. Simple items like phone calls, nutritious food, vacations, television, dental care, and inoculations are beyond the possible for billions of people. Starvation.net logs the increasing impacts of world hunger and starvation. Over 30,000 people a day (85% children under 5) die of malnutrition, curable diseases, and starvation. The numbers of unnecessary deaths has exceeded three hundred million people over the past forty years. These are the people who David Rothkopf in his book Superclass calls the unlucky. If you happen to be born in the wrong place, like sub-Saharan Africa, that is bad luck, Rothkopf writes. Rothkopf goes on to describe how the top 10% of the adults worldwide own 84% of the wealth and the bottom half owns barely 1%. Included in the top 10% of wealth holders are the one thousand global billionaires. But is such a contrast of wealth inequality really the result of luck, or are there policies, supported by political elites, that protect the few at the expense of the many? Farmers around the world grow more than enough food to feed the entire world adequately. Global grain production yielded a record 2.3 billion tons in 2007, up 4% from the year before, yet, billions of people go hungry every day. Grain.org describes the core reasons for continuing hunger in a recent article Making a Killing from Hunger. It turns out that while farmers grow enough food to feed the world, commodity speculators and huge grain traders like Cargill control the global food prices and distribution. Starvation is profitable for corporations when demands for food push the prices up. Cargill announced that profits for commodity trading for the first quarter of 2008 were 86% above 2007. World food prices grew 22% from June 2007 to June 2008 and a significant portion of the increase was propelled by the $175 billion invested in commodity futures that speculate on price instead of seeking to feed the hungry. The result is wild food price spirals, both up and down, with food insecurity remaining widespread. CLIP
Cold snap in Europe takes hundreds of lives (11 January 2010) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/cold-j11.shtml
Hundreds of people have died as a result of an extended wave of cold weather across much of Europe. Many of the victims are among the homeless, the mentally ill and the infirm, who are forced to live in poverty.
The freezing temperatures have served to highlight the sharp decline in social conditions in Europe. With much of Europe covered in a blanket of snow and ice, temperatures have plummeted, with some countries and regions witnessing sub-zero temperatures not seen since the 1940s. In Norway, a temperature of ?45.6 Celsius was recorded on January 7. Even in the UK, temperatures have fallen to below ?20 Celsius in some areas. Heavy snowfall has been recorded as far south as Spain. The harsh weather has revealed the huge under-investment in infrastructure and contingency planning that has taken place as part of the assault on social spending by every government across the continent. Many of the weather-related deaths have occurred in Poland, where, as of last week, a reported 139 people had died. The victims included pensioners and many homeless people, as temperatures dropped towards -20 Celsius. According to one report, at least 42 mostly homeless people died over the weekend of December 18-19. CLIP
China Braces for More Snow as Freeze Hits Northern Hemisphere (January 8, 2010) http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-11/china-braces-for-more-snow-as-freeze-hits-northern-hemisphere.html
(Bloomberg) -- China braced for more snow today as wintry weather swept across the Northern Hemisphere, tightening supplies of coal as electricity use surged in the U.S. and farmers in Florida worked to protect their orange crops.Snowfall was forecast today for Beijing, the neighboring municipality of Tianjin and provinces including Hebei, Shandong, and Gansu, according to the China Meteorological Administration. The Chinese capital received the heaviest snowfall in almost six decades on Jan. 3, with temperatures falling to the lowest since 1971 this week.Average temperatures for cities including Chicago, New York, Seoul, Beijing, Berlin and London this winter are on track to be the lowest in more than 30 years, said Joe Bastardi, the chief meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. The freezing weather and snowfall is snarling transportation, threatening crops and forcing the rationing of electricity. Temperatures in Beijing are forecast to fall to as low as minus-12 degrees Celsius today, according to Chinas weather bureau. Heavy snow may hit portions of the nations westernmost Xinjiang province, the bureau said. In the U.S., snow from the Midwest headed for the Northeast, with flurries expected in the New York City area by late yesterday. Milwaukee and Chicago may see as much as a foot of snow by this morning, according to the Weather Channel, and more arctic air is bound for Florida, where growers have been working around the clock to protect citrus and berry fields. Hard FreezeThe National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning from Houston along the Gulf Coast to Tampa, Florida, through the weekend, and Dallas is on alert for winds that could make it feel like 5 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus-20 Celsius). Winter storm warnings are in effect from Nebraska to West Virginia. In the U.S. so far, its the coldest start to winter since 2000, said AccuWeathers Bastardi. Its already snowed four times in Dallas. It may end up letting up and then it should come back gangbusters at the end of January and in February.The U.K.s longest cold snap since 1981 persisted yesterday as temperatures fell as low as minus 18 degrees Celsius (0 Fahrenheit) in Benson. Up to 28 centimeters (11 inches) of snow fell in southern England, while German forecasters warned of a powerful snowstorm with blizzard conditions starting today.The cold weather in North America and Europe is connected by an Arctic high pressure system, said Martin Jonas, a meteorologist at the German Meteorological Service. Warmer air coming from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea is causing snowfall when it hits the cold Arctic front. CLIP
Big freeze to last another week as grit supplies dwindle (10 Jan 2010) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6962370/Big-freeze-to-last-another-week-as-grit-supplies-dwindle.html
The big freeze that has disrupted life across the country will continue for at least another week, forecasters have warned, threatening to turn the grit shortage into a full-blown transport crisis. -- One-hundred lorry loads of salt earmarked for export to Germany have been diverted to British councils in an attempt to meet demand, but many local authorities say their stocks remain on the verge of exhaustion.Forecasters are predicting another eight nights of sub-zero temperatures, meaning that the ice currently covering roads and pavements is unlikely to thaw properly until next week. CLIP
One dead, 5,000 evacuated as snow brings more chaos to China (10 Jan 2010) http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/302932,one-dead-5000-evacuated-as-snow-brings-more-chaos-to-china.html
Beijing - At least one person died and 5,400 were evacuated as heavy snow destroyed 800 homes and paralysed transportation in China's far western region of Xinjiang, state media said on Sunday. A week of blizzards and plummeting temperatures had affected some 260,000 people, forced power cuts and damaged more than 5,000 houses in northern Xinjiang, which borders Kazakhstan and Mongolia, the official Xinhua news agency said. The government sent 5,000 tents, 10,000 padded overcoats and funds totalling 15 million yuan (2.2 million dollars) to the worst-hit areas, the agency said. Police rescued more than 400 people cut off by snow for 24 hours on a national highway near Xinjiang's Altay city, while at least 1,000 passengers were stranded at the main regional airport in Yining city on Friday, it said.Record snowfall and freezing temperatures have affected much of northern, central and eastern China over the past 10 days, with meteorologists warning of more severe winter weather over the next three days.The northern province of Shanxi was the latest to announce rationing of electrical power for commercial use, amid high electricity demand and concerns over dwindling coal stocks. At least seven other regions had rationed electricity for industrial use while the capital Beijing introduced emergency measures to cope with a shortage of natural gas, used to heat most of the city's homes, earlier reports said. The severe cold prompted a surge in energy demand at a time when coal supplies were affected by heavy snow in key coal-mining provinces, according to the Global Times newspaper. Officials reassured the public that households were not at risk, and that the cold spell would end in about one week. A belt of heavy snow brought temperatures of minus 16.7 degrees Celsius to Beijing on Wednesday, the lowest for 38 years.
Cold weather strengthens grip in the South; snow flurries in Orlando, record low in Miami (Jan 10, 2010) http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100110/world/us_winter_weather_4
MIAMI - Freakish cold weather continued to grip the southern United States, with snow flurries spotted around Orlando and a record low set for Miami, and forecasters said Sunday that more of the same was expected. (...) On Saturday night, a temperature of 35 degrees set a record that had stood since 1970, said Joel Rothfuss with the National Weather Service in Miami. He said a record low of 37 degrees (3 Celsius) on Monday, which was set in 1927, could also be broken, with the forecast saying it would drop to 35 degrees (2 Celsius) again.For the first time in at least 30 years, Miami Metrozoo shut its doors because it was too cold. Atlanta's zoo was closed because the trails were iced over, officials said. Temperatures in Atlanta stayed around freezing over the weekend. The average high for Atlanta is in the 50 degrees (around 10 Celsius) with lows in the 30s (around 0 Celsius). CLIP
Harsh winter weather easing up in Europe but snow still causing plane and train cancellations (Jan 11, 2010) http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100111/world/eu_europe_weather_2
WARSAW, Poland - Snow, ice and cold caused train cancellations in Poland, grounded scores of planes at Madrid's airport and disrupted natural gas production in Norway Monday, but much of Europe began to return to normal after days of harsh winter weather. In Britain, students returned to hundreds of schools across the country to take exams as temperatures crept above freezing after a cold snap that caused at least 29 deaths. Still, roads were icy and train services had not returned to full capacity. (...) The country is also counting the economic cost of its longest cold snap in 30 years. With temperatures forecast to remain just above freezing in most of the country for at least another week, the Federation of Small Businesses estimated Monday that the final bill for the stretch of bad weather could top 13 billion pounds ($21 billion). CLIP
Geoengineering Conference To Discuss Blocking Sun (January 13, 2010) !!! http://www.prisonplanet.com/geoengineering-conference-to-discuss-blocking-sun.html
As hundreds of people die worldwide as a result of record low temperatures in the midst of a savage winter, scientists are preparing for a conference in which they will discuss measures to use geoengineering to block out the sun. The summit of climate scientists, to be held in California in March, will examine drastic techniques for slowing climate change that are controversial and have been described as geo-piracy, reports the Telegraph. Most techniques focus on ways of reducing the suns rays by blocking them using mirrors orbiting in space or by spraying sulphur compounds into the high atmosphere to reflect sunlight away from earth.Another proposal involves sending spaceships into the upper atmosphere to spray seawater into the sky and reflect sunlight back into space, an idea that would seem more at home in the context of some bizarre alien invasion movie.Most of the talk about these geo-engineering techniques say they should be saved until we get to an emergency situation. Well, the people of the Arctic might say they are in an emergency situation now, said conference organizer Mike MacCracken. In actual fact, a recent expedition to an East Antarctic ice shelf showed no sign of higher temperatures despite fears of a thaw linked to global warming. In addition, Arctic sea ice expanded over an area bigger than the size of Germany during the year of 2008, a 30 per cent increase, after global warming alarmists had claimed that it would be ice-free for the first time ever. With areas all over the planet experiencing record snowfall and plunging temperatures, some scientists are warning that we are now entering into a mini ice age, with 30 years of global cooling predicted. CLIP
30 Years of Global Cooling Are Coming, Leading Scientist Says (January 11, 2010) http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/11/years-global-cooling-coming-say-leading-scientists/
From Miami to Maine, Savannah to Seattle, America is caught in an icy grip that one of the U.N.'s top global warming proponents says could mark the beginning of a mini ice age. Oranges are freezing and millions of tropical fish are dying in Florida, and it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze, says Professor Mojib Latif, one of the world's leading climate modelers. Latif thinks the cold snap Americans have been suffering through is only the beginning. He says we're in for 30 years of cooler temperatures -- a mini ice age, he calls it, basing his theory on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the world's oceans. Latif, a professor at the Leibniz Institute at Germany's Kiel University and an author of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, believes the lengthy cold weather is merely a pause -- a 30-years-long blip -- in the larger cycle of global warming, which postulates that temperatures will rise rapidly over the coming years. At a U.N. conference in September, Latif said that changes in ocean currents known as the North Atlantic Oscillation could dominate over manmade global warming for the next few decades. Latif said the fluctuations in these currents could also be responsible for much of the rise in global temperatures seen over the past 30 years. Latif is a key member of the UN's climate research arm, which has long promoted the concept of global warming. He told the Daily Mail that "a significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles -- perhaps as much as 50 percent." clip
Major Antarctic glacier is 'past its tipping point' (13 January 2010) http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18383-major-antarctic-glacier-is-past-its-tipping-point.html
A major Antarctic glacier has passed its tipping point, according to a new modelling study. After losing increasing amounts of ice over the past decades, it is poised to collapse in a catastrophe that could raise global sea levels by 24 centimetres. Pine Island glacier (PIG) is one of many at the fringes of the West Antarctic ice sheet. In 2004, satellite observations showed that it had started to thin, and that ice was flowing into the Amundsen Sea 25 per cent faster than it had 30 years before. Now, the first study to model changes in the ice sheet in three dimensions shows that PIG has probably passed a critical "tipping point" and is irreversibly on track to lose 50 per cent of its ice in as little as 100 years, significantly raising global sea levels.The team that carried out the study admits their model can represent only a simplified version of the physics that govern changes in glaciers, but say that if anything, the model is optimistic and PIG will disappear faster than it projects. Richard Katz of the University of Oxford and colleagues developed the model to explore whether the retreat of the "grounding line" the undersea junction at which a floating ice shelf becomes an ice sheet grounded on the sea bed could cause ice sheets to collapse.Warm seasClimate change is warming the Amundsen Sea, which is at the southern margin of the Pacific Ocean. As rising sea levels push the warm water beneath the ice shelves, it melts them from below, pushing the grounding line higher up the continental shelf. CLIP
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO VERIFY IF THE FOLLOWING CLAIMS ARE TRUE... AND the author is anonymous!! AND YET WHAT IF IT ACTUALLY IS TRUE!! Still it could be that an HAARP malfunction could have been triggered by the spiral phenomenon.
Russian scientists are reporting to Prime Minister Putin today that the high-energy beam fired into the upper heavens from the United States High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) radar facility in Ramfjordmoen, Norway this past month has resulted in a catastrophic puncturing of our planets thermosphere thus allowing into the troposphere an unimpeded thermal inversion of the exosphere, which is the outermost layer of Earths atmosphere.
To the Wests firing of this quantum high-energy beam we had previously reported on in our December 10, 2009 report titled Attack On Gods Heaven Lights Up Norwegian Sky.
To how catastrophic for our Planet this massive thermal inversion has been Anthony Nunan, an assistant general manager for risk management at Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, is reporting today that the entire Northern Hemisphere is in winter chaos, with the greatest danger from this unprecedented Global event being the destruction of billions of dollars worth of crops in a World already nearing the end of its ability to feed its self.
So powerful has this thermal inversion become that reports from the United States are stating that their critical crops of strawberries, oranges, and other fruits and vegetables grown in their Southern States, are being destroyed by record cold temperatures. The US is further reporting record amounts of snowfall in what they are now warning may be their worst winter in 25 years.
Reports from the United Kingdom today are, likewise, showing a Nation in chaos as brutal cold temperatures continue to batter the British people suffering under the worst snow blizzards to hit them in almost 50 years. So dire has it become in the UK that their National Grid yesterday issued only its second warning in its entire history stating that their Nations gas supply was running out due to this unprecedented event.
Not just to the UK, but also to the entire European Union has this thermal inversion been affecting as reports from that region show continued chaos is occurring due to plunging temperatures and snows. In the UK, also, reports are showing that the military has been called out to rescue over 1,000 stranded vehicles.
Though the Motherland, and its people, are some of the best equipped in the World to handle such severe winter conditions, the Russian island of Sakhalin was inundated this past week by a rare Snow Cyclone setting off no less than avalanches.
But to the worst affected region of the Northern Hemisphere no one has been hit harder than China, where in what is being described as a soul-destroying snowstorm this Asian Nation has been plunged into such havoc the entire country has been brought to a standstill. China further reports that the massive snowstorms hitting them are their worst in 60 years and necessitating their military forces to save over 1,400 people trapped when their train became covered in snow. So overwhelmed by this unprecedented event has China become that they have ordered all of their citizens to help with snow removal too.
South Korea has not been spared either as reports from that Nation are reporting their worst snow storms in their modern history of recording these events.
Reports from Japan are also reporting record snowfall in their Northern Regions, where according to one unnamed Kushiro resident, Snow falls hard here in Kushiro, but this is the most I have ever seen. The snows piling up and were running out of places to dump it.
Canada, another Nation used to extreme winter events, reports that the storm that had hit their maritime provinces this past week was so powerful buildings were knocked off of their foundations in what one resident, Tom Jardine, described as being worse than a hurricane.
To the long-term consequences of this thermal inversion caused by the West, these reports further warn that by the puncturing of our atmosphere by the HAARP radars our Planet has, also, been needlessly exposed to the growing threat posed to us by the giant mysterious object currently approaching us (named by NASA as G1.9) which we had previously reported on in our January 3rd report titled Russia Prepares For Asteroid Strike As New Comet Nears Sun, and which has been blamed for the rapid shifting of our Earths North Pole that was first documented in 2005.
But to the most critical aspect of these events it surely lies with the Western Worlds continued arrogance in regards to experimenting on both our Planets natural species and human beings, and though who may think that they are gods, are continuing to give evidence that they are acting more like devils.
Tel Aviv is conducting war games in the Negev desert, in what appears to be preparation for a new offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
An Israeli TV channel reported the military drills on Thursday, saying the rightist government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely gearing up for a massive attack on Gaza shortly after the anniversary of the deadly Gaza onslaught last year.
It further revealed that Tel Aviv plans to occupy the entire coastal enclave this time to compensate for the failure to overthrow Hamas, the democratically elected ruler of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army is said to be practicing to forestall the mistakes which led to the deaths of several of its soldiers during the last offensive, the poor handling of which cost Tel Aviv severe criticism at home and forced senior army officials to resign.
The report added that Israeli tanks have been equipped with a new system able to identify friendly units operating in the battlefield even when they are among civilians.
The 22-day Israeli offensive last year saw weeks of relentless air, land and sea incursions against the Palestinians in Gaza. It left more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of women and children, dead.
It also devastated a large part of the infrastructure in the impoverished coastal sliver which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007.
Israel has recently stepped up saber-rattling against the Palestinians in Gaza, with Israeli planes dropping thousands of leaflets across Gaza in December, urging Gazans against cooperating with the resistance fighters based in the region, and threatening a new attack.
One killed, 2 injured as Israeli jets pound Gaza (7 Jan 2010) http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=115612§ionid=351020202
Israeli jets fire missiles at seven targets in the Gaza Strip, killing one person and injuring two others, local witness and medics say. Israeli aircraft early on Friday rocketed targets close to Gaza City and just outside the southern town of Khan Younis, Hamas officials and witnesses confirmed. One person was killed and two others were injured when Israeli missiles hit two tunnels, medics and Hamas security officials said. All other strikes hit empty buildings or open spaces, they said. CLIP
Al-Quds Brigades warn Israel over Gaza attacks (9 Jan 2010) http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=115705§ionid=351020202
The military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine has warned that armed Palestinian groups will confront Israel if its attacks on Gaza continue. The remark was made by an Al-Quds Brigades spokesman on Friday. According to Palestinian fighters, Israel is attempting to provoke violence by stepping up attacks on the Gaza Strip. The warning comes after Israeli warplanes bombed several parts of the impoverished territory early on Friday. At least three Palestinians were killed and several more injured in the overnight Israeli airstrike on Gaza. According to an Israeli TV channel, Tel Aviv is planning a massive attack, which it plans to follow up with the occupation of Gaza.
Israel Dragging Gaza to New War (January 12, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16921
GAZA CITY - With its recent aggressions, Israel is trying to provoke the Palestinian resistance factions into retaliatory attacks that could be used as a pretext for launching a new deadly offensive on the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, analysts believe. "The message in the recent attacks is very clear, and the resistance should read it carefully," Talal Okal, a political analyst, told IslamOnline.net. Israel has mounted several deadly strikes over the past ten days killing more than 12 Palestinians in the coastal enclave. In response, a Qassam rocket was fired by Palestinian groups from Gaza on Monday, landing at an empty zone in the western Negev area in southern Israel. In a meeting with military officials later, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned Hamas, which is the ruling party in Gaza, to "watch their steps" and do not force Israel to take action. "Israel wont hesitate to launch another war if the situation required so," he threatened. But analysts believe Israel is actually hoping Hamas and other resistance groups would be provoked into launching rockets. "Once this happens, Israel would have the perfect pretext to wage a new onslaught," contends Okal. He noted that though Israel usually does not need reason to attack Palestinians, but international sympathy with the people of Gaza, which was ravaged by an Israeli war in 2008-2009 and has been under crippling siege for years, requires justifications this time."This time, Israel needs a good pretext to offer to the world and wants Palestinians to give it that pretext." CLIP
Israel's New Rocket Defence System - The screw turns tighter still on Gaza (January 13, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16956
Israel unveiled Iron Dome last week, a missile-defence system that is designed to strike a knock-out blow against short-range rockets of the variety fired into Israel by Hamas and Hizbullah. In the short term, Iron Dome is supposed to herald the demise of the rocket threat to Israeli communities near Gaza four years after Hamas won the Palestinian elections. The period in-between has been marked by a series of inconclusive moves by both sides: Israels crippling siege of Gaza has yet to break the will of Gazans; negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas more than three years ago, have gone nowhere; reconciliation talks between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have borne no fruit; and even the savage offensive against Gaza last year, Operation Cast Lead, achieved little in strategic gains for Israel. Now Israel says it has a winning card in its hand. From May, the first batteries of Iron Dome -- developed at a cost of $200 million -- will be installed around Gaza, foiling the efforts of militant factions to continue their struggle against a policy that denies the enclaves inhabitants all but the most essential humanitarian items. CLIP
Israel leveled More than 23,000 Homes Since 1967 http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/israel-leveled-more-than-23-000-homes-since-1967/
The Palestinian Ministry of Information issued a report stating that Israel leveled more than 23,000 homes in the occupied territories since its occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 six-day war. The Israeli Authorities leveled more than 700 homes and buildings owned by the Palestinians in Jerusalem. Demolishing Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem witnessed a significant increase in 2009 as Israel leveled 103 Palestinian homes, while 89 homes were leveled in 2008. 23 out of the 103 homes leveled in Jerusalem in 2009 were demolished by their Palestinian owners who were forced to level them in order to avoid the high fines and expenses imposed by Israel should the Jerusalem municipality demolish the homes. 600 residents, half of them children, were rendered homeless in 2009 due to the illegal Israeli policies in Jerusalem. Israel also issued orders against 1500 Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2009. The so-called Absentee Property Department occupied 200 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and handed most of them to settler organizations.
Aid convoy breaks Gaza siege (JANUARY 07, 2010) http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/01/201016165325573953.html
A humanitarian aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies has arrived in the Gaza Strip nearly a month after it embarked from the UK. Members of the much-delayed Viva Palestina convoy began passing through Egypt's Rafah border crossing into Gaza on Wednesday, waving Palestinian flags and raising their hands in peace signs. Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from Gaza, said the first wave of vehicles was greeted by Gaza's Hamas leaders as well as members of a Turkish humanitarian organisation that aided in bringing the convoy to the strip. CLIP
Viva Palestina breaks Gaza siege (JANUARY 07, 2010) with videos http://realisticbird.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/viva-palestina-breaks-gaza-siege/
(...) The Viva Palestina aid convoy entered Gaza Wednesday, after it received the approval of Egyptian authorities to bring into the blockaded coastal sliver of Gaza several tonnes of aid supplies. The activists of the pro-Palestinian movement had earlier entered the Egyptian port of al-Arish in order to get access into Gaza. The third international convoy to Gaza departed from London on December 5, 2009. The convoy was made up of volunteers from Britain, Ireland, Belgium and Malaysia who had raised hundreds of thousands of pounds in their local communities to pay for ambulances, minibuses, vans and lorries. These vehicles were then filled with medical and other aid supplies desperately needed in Gaza. The Gaza Strip has been under a complete Israeli siege, with full cooperation of Egypt, ever since the Hamas resistance movement, which does not recognize Israel as a sovereign state, won parliamentary elections in a surprise victory in 2007. CLIP
IN GAZA TODAY ~~ THEY CRUSH OUR SPIRIT BUT NOT OUR HOPES http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/in-gaza-today-they-crush-our-spirit-but-not-our-hopes/
Despite every attempt to destroy the spirit and hopes of the Palestinian people, life goes on .The young people in Gaza try to overcome the frustrations and horrors of the war and the siege . trying their best to survive. They crush the spirit, but they cannot crush our hopes for a future of Freedom and Peace! In the year since Israeli fighter jets and troops invaded this coastal Palestinian strip to stop rocket fire, time seems to have stood still. A blockade imposed by both Israel and Egypt to isolate the Hamas government bars the vast majority of goods and people from moving in or out. That means there is no reconstruction of destroyed buildings. Thousands remain homeless. Winter has arrived.With humanitarian aid staving off hunger and disease, perhaps the hardest part for people here is the feeling of having been forsaken. The economy is closed down and the exits have been shuttered; a pall of listlessness hovers.But there are thousands of stories in the wake of the war and in the face of the blockade. The Israeli human rights group BTselem decided to do something about getting them out, especially to an Israeli audience. Months ago it distributed video cameras to 18 young people in Gaza and set them up with an instructor and Web guidance. The assignment: tell us about your lives. The idea was to help people there communicate their struggles to Israelis, to combat the fear and stereotypes, said Sarit Michaeli, spokeswoman for BTselem. They are an hours drive from Tel Aviv but so much farther for most Israelis.The result is a series of short subtitled videos on a variety of topics: working in the smuggling tunnels from the Egyptian Sinai, how the wounded are doing, a profile of a girls soccer team.Israels biggest news Web site, Ynet, which belongs to the Yediot Aharonot newspaper group, has just posted five of the videos under the headline Gaza: An inside look. Because so little from Gaza makes it into the Israeli news media Israeli journalists, like all Israelis, have been barred by their government from entering for more than three years this is something of a new frontier.We thought it very important to show the Israeli public the other side of the conflict, said Yael Golan, news director of Ynet, which gets one million unique hits a day. With these videos we have a chance to show what we cant normally show. CLIP
Israel prevented 17 sight-impaired Gazans from leaving for cornea transplant operations on time; a donation of dozens of corneas went down the drain By Physicians for Human Rights (Jan 9, 2010) http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_58061.shtml
The Israeli authorities at Erez checkpoint this week prevented the exit of 17 sight-impaired patients, suffering from various eye diseases, from the Gaza Strip in order to undergo cornea transplants, a treatment that is not available in the Gaza health system. Because of this delay, the medical window of opportunity to perform the transplants for these patients was closed, because corneas can be transplanted only within the shortest time frame (24-48 hours after they are extracted from the donor's body). The patients from Gaza whose exit was prevented will therefore have to wait for another donation, which may or may not happen. (...) Despite this request, the Israeli authorities prevented the exit of the 17 patients for the operation on time. Five patients were not given any answer; two patients were summoned to investigations by the General Security Service (GSS), scheduled for dates later than the cornea expiration dates; two requests were rejected; and eight requests were approved only after media intervention, but after the corneas had already expired. This case, with its far-reaching consequences for the vision-impaired patients who now lost the opportunity to repair their eyesight, illustrates the many difficulties that face the residents of Gaza who need medical care that is not available in the Gaza Strip. The delays, apathy and rejection by the Israeli authorities, which every month curtail the access of dozens of patients to medical care, had particularly severe significance in this case, because prevention of these patients' exit from Gaza caused the loss of the corneas (which can be transplanted within no more than 48 hours from the moment of donation). Now the patients will have to wait for another cornea donation, at an unknown time and likelihood. Therefore, PHR-Israel strongly protests the blatant disregard of the Erez checkpoint authorities for the medical urgency of allowing the exit of patients for cornea transplant operations.
Israel Refuses to Take Responsibility for the Rehabilitation of Gazas Civilian Amputees http://d843006.bc470.best-cms.com/default.asp?PageID=190&ItemID=493
Shortly after the Israeli assault on Gaza ended last January, Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR-IL) embarked on a campaign to obtain responsibility from the Israeli Ministry of Defense for the treatment of Gaza civilians seriously injured during the assault. According to estimates provided by health organizations such as the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) and the Artificial Limb and Polio Center in Gaza, over 100 civilians lost limbs during or in the aftermath of the 23-day offensive which took place between December 2008 and January 2009. PHR-Israel demanded that Israel cover the costs of rehabilitation and prosthetic limbs for three individuals specifically who had been injured during the offensive. In addition, PHR-IL continued demanding that Israel cover the treatment costs of an amputee from Gaza who had been injured in 2008, months prior to the offensive. (...) This time, in the absence of media coverage from a single Israeli source, the Ministry of Defense refused to take any form of responsibility for the four victims injuries. In its response to PHR-IL on October 12, 2009, the Ministry of Defense wrote that "the fact that the [Ministry's added by PHR-IL] committee has recognized other cases in the past (even if similar in nature) is irrelevant and cannot bind its judgement and force it to recognize additional cases. (...) Despite negative responses from Israeli officials, we intend to continue pursuing our campaign demanding moral and financial liability from the Ministry of Defense. Your engagement matters too. MUCH MORE through http://d843006.bc470.best-cms.com/default.asp?PageID=4
Israel To Pay 10 M. In Compensation To The UN (January 07, 2010) http://www.imemc.org/index.php?obj_id=53&story_id=57559
In an unofficial admission of targeting United Nations facilities, the Israeli government decided to pay the United Nations 10 Million USD in compensation for targeting its facilities during the war on Gaza one year ago. Israel Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, informed United Nations Secretary-General, Ban ki-Moon, of the Israeli decision. Israeli paper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that Israel decided to compensate the United Nations although it did not deliberately target its facilities. Eyewitness account during the war reported that the Israeli army directly pounded UN school, facilities and warehouses. The Israeli shelling targeted medicine and food warehouse as the food and medicine were meant to be delivered to the impoverished residents of the Gaza Strip. Israel also bombarded hospitals, medical teams, mosques, educational facilities, including UNRWA schools, and infrastructure.More than 1600 Palestinians, most of them women and children, were killed during the war, and 6000 were wounded, hundreds seriously. Several medics and civil defense personnel were killed and wounded.
Israeli warplanes violate Lebanese airspace, fire at areas near borders http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2052647&Language=en
BEIRUT, Jan 7 (KUNA) - Israeli military aircraft flew over Lebanese airspace and fired at areas near the southern borders between Israel and Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Thursday. The aircraft flew for more than an hour over the northern part of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Shebaa Farms, and south of Mount Hermon, sources said, adding that two other planes flew over Bint Jbeil village and circled over more than one town. CLIP
Iranian Scientist Assassinated as US Steps Up War Threats
by Bill Van Auken -- January 13, 2010
Massoud Ali Mohammadi, one of Irans leading nuclear scientists, was assassinated in Tehran Tuesday, just two days after the top US military commander in the region announced that the Pentagon has drawn up plans to bomb Iranian nuclear sites.
The killing and the ratcheting up of military threats are indicative of the deepening international tensions over the Iranian nuclear program. While the US, Israel and other Western powers have charged Tehran with seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon, Iran has insisted repeatedly that its nuclear programs are for peaceful purposes only.
Ali Mohammadi, 50, was killed when a powerful remote-controlled bomb exploded near his vehicle as he prepared to drive to work at Tehran University. The blast shattered windows 300 feet away in Ali Mohammadis northern Tehran neighborhood of Qeytariyeh. It was reported that the bomb was strapped to a motorcycle.
Ali Mohammadi taught neutron nuclear physics at the university, and, according to at least one report from Iran, he was among Iranian citizens subject to international sanctions for involvement in the nuclear program.
Colleagues of the murdered professor described him as apolitical, although his name appeared with those of more than 200 other academics in a statement supporting opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavis challenge to the results of the disputed June12 presidential election, which gave President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term.
Irans senior prosecutor charged the US and Israel with responsibility for the attack. Given the fact that Massoud Ali Mohammadi was a nuclear scientist, the CIA and Mossad services and agents most likely have had a hand in it, the prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, told the state-run media.
Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that initial investigations pointed to the Zionist regime, America and their mercenaries in Iran in this terrorist incident. He added, Such terrorist acts and the physical elimination of the countrys nuclear scientists will certainly not stop the scientific and technological process, but will speed it up.
Irans press TV commented, It seems that kidnap and assassination of Iranian scientists is on the agenda of the United States.
Washington brushed off the accusation. Charges of US involvement are absurd, said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.
Given the growing bellicosity of Washingtons threats over the Iranian nuclear program, together with the fact that the US and Israel are the leading practitioners of the criminal policy of targeted assassinations, Tehrans charges cannot be dismissed so easily.
The state prosecutor, Dolatabadi, said that the killing of Ali-Mohammadi follows the disappearance last June of Iranian nuclear researcher Shahram Amiri during a pilgrimage to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia. The Iranian government has charged that he was abducted by Saudi intelligence and handed over to the US.
The Financial Times of London also pointed to the case of Ardeshir Asgari, a professor at Shiraz University, who worked at Irans nuclear uranium conversion facility in Isfahan. His death in 2007, at the age of 44, was attributed to gas suffocation, but there are strong suspicions that he was murdered.
The US-based intelligence web site Stratfor noted: Three years ago, a noted Iranian nuclear scientist, Ardeshir Hassanpour, was killed. At the time, Stratfor had learned that the Israeli intelligence service Mossad was behind the assassination. Indeed, even this time around, Iranian officials have pointed fingers at the Jewish state. It is, however, too early to tell if that is the case.
Assassinations of individual scientists and even defection and kidnapping of others is not unprecedented. Furthermore, there have been bombings in recent months that have targeted senior military commanders of the countrys elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
In another article, Stratfor wrote that the assassination of Ali-Mohammadi will complicate negotiations between the West and Iran over the countrys nuclear program. That could provide an opportunity for Israel, the web site continued. If Iran becomes more inflexible in the nuclear negotiations, Israel will have a stronger argument to make to the United States that the diplomatic course with Iran has expired. And should the United States be driven by the Israelis to admit the futility of the diplomatic course, the menu of choices in dealing with Iran could narrow considerably.
The assassination in Tehran came just two days after the seniorand highly politicalUS Army general, David Petraeus, announced in a television interview that Irans nuclear facilities certainly can be bombed. Petraeus heads the US Central Command, which oversees both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. His statement signaled a significant escalation of US military threats against Iran.
In an interview with the CNN cable news network broadcast Sunday, Petraeus declared that it would be almost literally irresponsible if CENTCOM (Central Command) failed to draw up plans for a whole variety of different contingencies relating to a potential military attack on Iran.
The general said that despite reports that Iran had dispersed its nuclear facilities and sought to protect them in underground tunnels, they can still be attacked. Well, they certainly can be bombed, he said in the interview. The level of effect would vary with who it is that carries it out, what ordnance they have and what capability they can bring to bear.
While Petraeus refused to comment on Israeli plans for military action, the statement was clearly an oblique reference to whether an attack on Iran would be carried out by Tel Aviv, which has repeatedly threatened such a strike, or the United States. The US military is accelerating production of its new bunker buster weapon, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator. This 30,000-pound bomb is reportedly capable of burrowing 200 feet into the ground before detonating.
In a statement that suggested the grand scope within which Petraeus sees his military responsibilities, the CENTCOM commander allowed that theres a period of time, certainly, before all this might come to a head, if you will. In other words, he is prepared to allow the politicians and diplomats to go through the motions with Tehran before he takes charge.
Tehran issued a muted reaction to Petraeus provocative remarks. A foreign ministry spokesman referred to them as thoughtless and irresponsible. The Tehran Times quoted the spokesman as saying that the US is retrogressing and repeating the mistakes of the previous administration.
In another indication of the military pressure that Washington is bringing to bear on Iran, President Obama has ordered a carrier strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, into the Persian Gulf for a six-month deployment. The flotilla, including 6,000 sailors and Marines, four squadrons of fighter bombers and several missile cruisers and destroyers, set sail for the region on January 2.
The military escalation is running parallel to the Obama administrations attempt to punish Iran with a new set of economic sanctions. The so-called P5+1the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germanyis set to meet in New York City Saturday to discuss punitive measures against Iran, over and above three earlier rounds of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council over Irans refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
The six powers had imposed an end-of-the-year deadline on Tehran to accede to a proposal made by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, that would have compelled Iran to ship most of its low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia and France to be refined into reactor fuel.
Tehran ignored the deadline and put forward its own counter-proposal to exchange batches of the LEU for nuclear reactor fuel from Turkey, with which Iran has been developing close economic ties. The US and the other Western powers have ignored this proposal.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this week that Washington wants the implementation of smarter sanctions that would target decision-makers. Media reports have indicated that the US is pushing for a wide range of new sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is involved in Irans nuclear program, but also controls broad swathes of the Iranian economy, ranging from the Tehran airport to national telecommunications, with substantial investments in thousands of enterprises.
It is highly unlikely, however, that any substantial new round of sanctions will gain the approval of the UN Security Council, which is chaired by Beijing this month. Both Russia and China are among the five countries with veto power and neither has any interest in halting economic relations with Iran.
China is rapidly expanding trade with Iran and investment in its energy sector. Iran is now the third-largest supplier of crude oil to China and also exports large amounts of natural gas. For its part, Russia is responsible for 85 percent of Irans weapons imports. Both countries have interests in the region that are in conflict with those of Washington and do not see the Iranian nuclear program as any real threat.
Nor for that matter is the threat of an Iranian bomb the driving force behind US policy. US imperialism is seeking to establish its hegemony over the energy-rich regions of Central Asia and the Middle East, where it is now waging two warsin Iraq and Afghanistan, with Iran lying between the two. It is seeking to reassert US dominance in Iran at the expense of its geo-strategic rivals and is threatening to ignite a conflict that could trigger a far wider war with incalculable consequences.
In the absence of Security Council approval, Washington will likely impose its own unilateral sanctions, with the support of Britain and other allies. Legislation now pending in the US Congress would give the Obama administration the power to enforce an embargo on Irans importation of refined petroleum. With Iran dependent on imports for 40 percent of its refined petroleum, such a measure would have a crippling effect and would be tantamount to the launching of a war.
Obama was elected in 2008 promising a new policy of engagement with Iran. As he nears the end of his first year in office, however, Washingtons rhetoric and policies are turning more and more threatening, while the diplomatic actions over Iranian sanctions begin to resemble the maneuvers staged by the Bush administration over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq war.
US preparing military for possible Iran conflict (Jan 8, 2010) http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1262339426936&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
The US does not want to see confrontation with Iran but is still preparing its military for that possibility, America's top uniformed officer said Thursday. "We've looked to do all we can to ensure that conflict doesn't break out there, while at the same time preparing forces, as we do for many contingencies that we understand might occur," Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an appearance at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.Mullen had been asked whether the US military was stretched too thin to take further action in trouble spots beyond Iraq and Afghanistan."We're very hard-pressed right now" because of the two wars, he noted, but added that it is primarily ground troops that have been deployed, and "the likelihood that our ground forces would have to go somewhere in these kinds of numbers in some other part of the world, or even in the same region, I think is pretty low."Many experts assess that any American military engagement with Iran would most likely rely on air and naval power. Mullen was even more definitive when asked to assess whether Teheran was seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. "I believe that they're on a path that has a strategic intent to develop nuclear weapons and have been for some time," he said. CLIP
Irans nuclear sites can be bombed: US (Jan 11, 2010) http://www.daily.pk/irans-nuclear-sites-can-be-bombed-us-14464/
A top US military commander responsible for the Middle East and the Gulf region said the United States has developed contingency plans to deal with Irans nuclear facilities, insisting that they can be bombed.Well, they certainly can be bombed, General David Petraeus, head of US Central Command, told CNN television as he commented on suggestions that Iranian nuclear facilities were heavily fortified. The level of effect would vary with who it is that carries it out, what ordnance they have, and what capability they can bring to bear, he added. The network plans to air the interview later Sunday, but has released some excerpts.Petraeus did not elaborate on the plans, but he said the military has considered the impacts of any action taken there, CNN said. It would be almost literally irresponsible if Centcom were not to have been thinking about the various what ifs and to make plans for a whole variety of different contingencies, Petraeus said.
Ahmadinejad demands global nuclear disarmament (9 Jan 2010) http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=115729§ionid=351020101
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday shared Iran's vision of creating a world free of nuclear weapons by adopting steps toward global nuclear disarmament. "All countries should be disarmed of atomic weapons. Iran will strongly push ahead with its demand for global nuclear disarmament," the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He said that the atomic powers which have used nuclear weapons against other nations must be held accountable for their action. He pointed to Iran's firm stance on defending its nuclear rights and said, "The government assures the Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] and the Iranian nation that it will never back down even one step from its nuclear rights." The president underlined that arrogant powers are unable to affect international developments. "Iran will move toward its development and will play a strong role in global equations," he said. He said that imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran is a clear example of extremism by the world powers and added, "They mistakenly think that pressure and threats will bring Iranians to their knees." The United States and Israel accuse the Islamic Republic of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear pursuit. Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and member of the UN nuclear watchdog, is entitled to pursue the technology for civilian purposes. It has also urged nuclear powers to abandon their atomic arsenals as the government in Iran believes the use of weapons of mass destruction is inhuman. In his remarks, Ahmadinejad said the United States should answer to the world over dropping nuclear bombs on Japan in World War II. He added that the US must also be held accountable for its use of depleted uranium in Iraq.
Exclusive: Iran offers nuke fuel deal (January 10, 2010) http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=1A9CE15B-18FE-70B2-A8F1531019741988
There are signs that negotiations with Iran over a nuclear fuel swap have resumed despite the expiration of the end-of-year deadline for a deal set by President Barack Obama. While the Obama administration has stepped up talk of expanding sanctions on the regimes Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iranian news reports and U.S. official sources say that Iran has recently returned a formal counter offer to swap low enriched uranium, or LEU, in exchange for nuclear fuel cells produced in the West. The proposal comes as Iranian news reports say that the Iranian foreign ministry has announced that it is giving the international community two months to consider its fuel swap proposal before undertaking the higher enrichment for its nuclear medical program itself. A U.S. nonproliferation hand confirmed Sunday that Iran had offered a formal response in late December or early January. While the Iranian fuel-swap response was said to have been conveyed by the highest levels of the Iranian government, U.S. officials contacted Sunday gave no public indication that they have any interest in the counter-offer. CLIP CHECK ALSO Report: Iran slows down nuclear program in gesture to West
Iran accuses US, Israel in nuclear scientist murder (12 Jan 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=115963§ionid=351020101
Iran's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it has found traces of US and Israel's involvement in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear physics scientist. "Primary investigations into the assassination revealed signs of the involvement of the Zionist regime [Israel], the US and their allies in Iran," ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said. Professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a lecturer at Tehran University, was killed by a booby-trapped motorbike blast in the Iranian capital earlier in the day. The explosion took place near the professor's home in the Qeytariyeh neighborhood of northern Tehran. Mehman-Parast strongly condemned the assassination, saying the participation of Israeli and American agents "runs counter to international regulations." He, however, said such moves would not affect Iran's pursuit of civilian nuclear technology. "Such terrorist moves and apparent omission of Iranian nuclear scientists will definitely cause no obstacle in the way of the country's scientific and technological development. Rather they will speed up it." An analyst said the terror is most likely sponsored by the West. Mohammad Marandi, a professor at Tehran University, told Press TV that Ali-Mohammadi's colleagues at the capital's most prestigious university believe the attack was orchestrated by the West. "It is widely believed among colleges that he was assassinated by terrorist organizations probably supported by the United States and has connections with the Americans and the Israelis under different names," he said. "Unfortunately when it comes to Iran anything is acceptable in the eyes of the foreign powers." CHECK ALSO US denies role in Iran murder
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"The Citizens Have Won", Says Dr Marc Girard: Victory in Swine Flu Information War Made Possible By Internet
8 January 2010
French doctor and author of a book on the swine flu scam, Marc Girard, has declared victory in the information battle in Europe surrounding the swine flu vaccine following the decision by the French government to cancel 50 million doses and abandon the vaccine centers under intense political pressure.
Some other key turning points in the campaign were:
* the decision by the German army in September to refuse to take the toxic Baxter Celvapan jab, forcing Baxter to drop mercury and adjuvants at the last moment when seeking EU approval for its vaccine and so triggering a storm of protest inside Germany about the two classes of vaccines with and without adjuvants.
* protests by Belgium citizens groups stopping a parliamentary law allowing forced vaccination to go through.
* the announcement by the Polish Health Minister and family doctor Ewa Kopacz that she would not order the inadequately tested jab for Poland.
* the legal action by Marc Vercoutere and Christian Cotton that forced French Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot to start to account, through her lawyer, in a Paris court on January 4th for the swine flu campaign irregularities.
"In the flu affair, by the sole force of the Internet and an unprecedented majority, the citizens have won: against the lobbies supported by the large media, and in spite of the objective collusion of all the politicians - including those who are today calling for a commission of inquiry. The time has already come to think about the time after the flu and to reflect on the conflict of interest factors that allowed such a scandal possible."
"Dans laffaire de la grippe, par la seule force dinternet et à une majorité sans précédent, les citoyens ont gagné : contre les lobbies soutenus par tous les grands médias, et malgré la collusion objective de tous les politiques incluant ceux qui réclament aujourdhui une commission denquête. Il est déjà temps de penser laprès-grippe et de réfléchir aux facteurs qui ont rendu possible un tel scandale. Réalisée dans des conditions techniques précaires imposées par une situation que tout le monde connaît, la vidéo qui suit vise à susciter une réflexion citoyenne sur la question centrale des conflits dintérêts. http://www.rolandsimion.org/spip.php?article108 Bonne écoute bonne réflexion Marc Girard"
However, while we, in Europe, have beyond a doubt achieved a fantastic victory, much remains to be done to stop the swine flu jabs being sent to developing countries, among other things.
Also, we need to start legal actions and insist on parliamentary inquries to identify those responsible for this scam.
Since this is the same international corporate crime syndicate organised around the Bilderbergs that is also responsible for Codex Alimentatarius, GMO foods, poisoning us through water and other means, as well as for the financial crisis and instigating numerous false flag terrorist attacks and wars (Afghanistan, Iraq and now Yemen), there is a unique opportunity to deal with a multitude of problems by systematically dismantling the power structure of this group.
One of the comments posted there concerning the last paragraph above...
This will absolutely be the greatest undertaking anyone can do for the sake of preserving humanity, our values and our planet. With the end of this group organized around the Bilderbergs, Trilateral Commission, Carlyle Group, WTO, NAFTA, WHO, the U.N., and cooperating governments, we will be able to return to a sane way of living that respects life and the safety of all citizens everywhere. We will rebuild! ...our education system, our medical one, with a tendency towards natural health remedies and true healing, stop the rise of wars and violence, get back to proper nutrition and stop allowing this group to use our planet and us as a "market" for profit. No more lies!
Psychopathic killers are reported on our news daily. The proper handling of them is to prosecute, confine them and put them in serious treatment programs and deprogramming. They are a threat to society if allowed to roam the world freely.
We need to reconsider and disband the "corporation" as a structure for doing business. Corporations are allowed to be irresponsible and unaccountable in their actions, to use others in any way they choose for profit, in total disregard for the quality of human life and all life on this planet. They steal the health and wealth and the liberties of all who become their prey. The corporation is a fictitious "person" with insane liberties that pollute and cause poverty. The ideas behind Copenhagen should directly apply to corporations - to disband them (not the tax on the people)! They must be held accountable. And we cannot allow them to continue. This means governments who are also corporations must change (UK and U.S.) America is one thing (the country we love with strong constitutional principles of freedom for the individual) with a government that no longer represents or listens to the people or respects the constitution (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a federal corporation). The UK is set up similarly.
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Date: January 8, 2010
Subject: Establishing the Stability Police Force
RAND Corp. report looking for a Stability Police Force for the U.S. That's a Waffen SS, if ever there was one.
They'll be set up like an army - but morphed as a 'police force', they will be immune from Posse Comitatus.
At every level, international and national, exchangeable, militarized, policing arrangements are being set up so that these Stabilizing Security Forces are accountable to no one, and can operate with arbitrary discretion - totally above any law. THEY BECOME the LAW. History, anyone? This is the New World ORDER muscle that is staring us in the face.
What can we expect next? Major DISORDER - an endless sequence of manufactured chaos/security events that will be needed/used to justify the deployment of this monster to stabilize and secure the final stages of secure surveillance and confinement all sold to us for our safety and protection, of course.
Will the frightened lemmings once again allow themselves to be herded and corralled into oblivion?
I guess Stalin and Hitler have taught us nothing. Otherwise, since 9-11-2001, why we have followed and repeated each of their incremental footsteps into the all-powerful Police State.
Remember that the two top people appointed by Pres. Bush to set up and structure Homeland Security were recruited from the upper echelons of the KGB and the Secret Police of East Germany, respectively. Coincidence? (And no one said a word, or rang the alarm bells. Why not?)
Remember that the USA Administration is stacked to the hilt with members from Rockefellers Trilateral Commission, founded to establish the New International Economic Order" and the muscle to guarantee its secure, unchallengeable implementation and maintenance.
Are we going to prevent or permit the establishment of these Militarized Police Forces?
The SPFOR (to use the inevitable acronym) would be a "hybrid" military/law enforcement unit created within the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) for use "in a range of tasks such as crowd and riot control, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), and investigations of organized criminal groups" both abroad, in UN-directed multilateral military operations, and at home, as dictated by the needs of the Regime.
Initially as small as 26,000 personnel, the SPFORs size "could be increased by augmenting it with additional federal, state, or local police from the United States" as necessary.
The RAND study, which was conducted for the U.S. Armys Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, recommended using the Marshals Service rather than the US Armys Military Police as host for the SPFOR in order to avoid conflicts with the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbids (albeit in principle more than in practice) the domestic use of the military as a law enforcement body.
"The USMS hybrid option provides an important non deployed mission for the force: augmenting state and local agencies, many of which currently suffer from severe personnel shortages," states the report without explaining how the SPFOR could at once "augment" those under-manned agencies while at the same time being "augmented" by them if necessary.
That little lapse in logic is one of several indications that the reports authors werent so much addressing a "problem" as making a case for a preordained "solution" in this case, creating the vanguard of a militarized internal security force.
Building the SPFOR within the Marshals Service "would place it where its members can develop the needed skills under the hybrid staffing option," summarizes the document. "Furthermore, the USMS has the broadest law enforcement mandate of any U.S. law enforcement agency . [This model] provides significant domestic policing and homeland security benefits by providing thousands of additional police officers across the United States." (Emphasis added.)
Back in 1961, the U.S. Government produced a document entitled "Freedom From War" that envisioned the creation of a globe-spanning United Nations "Peace Force" that would work in collaboration with a militarized "internal security" force in each country. Since that time, critics of the UN have anticipated the day when foreign "peacekeepers" would be assigned to police American streets and, if necessary, confiscate privately owned firearms.
While the monstrosity headquartered on the East River is a proper target of our scorn and hostility, the new RAND study underscores the fact that if "peacekeepers" end up patrolling American streets, they probably wont be foreigners in blue berets, but home grown jackboots commanded by Washington.
(My thanks to Jack Slater for tipping me about the RAND report.)
Global warming; Earths restoration; third density cause, effects; economy; Norway spiral; TV announcement ET presence; reasons souls will leave planet; violence; entertainment 2012 and beyond; brain, soul relationship
With loving greetings to all, this is Matthew speaking on behalf of all souls at this station. As you enter the second decade of this century, the global economy remains uppermost in thoughts, but not far behind is what most often is referred to as global warming. This controversial issue not only is an integral part of the stalled economic situation, it is a prime example of how duality still is affecting your worldthe self-serving interests vs. the interests of the masses and of Earth herself.
Scientists who claim that climate change is a natural cyclical happening and not of humankinds making are ignoring the fact that never before has the planet been plagued with the manmade toxic pollution that exists today. Indeed major climate changes have occurred before, when Earth had to rid herself of the negativity created by her human residents behaviors, but none of your scientists on either side of the global warming fence knows about that cause and effect. The ones who are expressing alarm about melting glaciers and record-breaking temperatures are doing so from genuine concern for future generations, whereas those who pooh-pooh the need to curtail polluting are willingly abetting the self-serving ones who profit handsomely from the many processes that cause pollutants. When you add to those sources the deliberate rain of toxins via chemtrails, the toxic waste in landfills, and unsafely stored radioactive materials, it is overwhelmingly clear that nothing in your world has escaped humankinds negligence, at the very least, and criminal contamination at worst.
You who are familiar with these messages know that Earths restoration to her original Eden self includes the polar and tropical temperature extremes giving way to what ultimately will be a moderate climate worldwide. This actuality also is unknown to your scientists, and to most of the rest of the populace too; but even if every person on the planet did know what is transpiring, it would not negate the collective responsibility to stop desecrating Earth and repair the extensive damage that has been done to her. Other civilizations are eager to assist in this gargantuan task, but it is your planet home and you must take the lead.
And you are! Although little of importance came out of the recent Copenhagen conference, the light in myriad souls is inspiring them to initiate preservation and reparation efforts in numerous ways. These extend from individuals clearing away invasive plants thoughtlessly introduced to the detriment of native growth to laws requiring strip mining companies to resurrect the land they have raped, ore mining companies to detoxify water used in their operations, and logging companies to protect animal habitats. Many individuals are inspired to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wild animals, create wildlife surroundings for zoo animals, add animals to endangered lists, teach poachers on animal preserves other means to earn money, and neuter pets.
The ever-intensifying light also is exposing the self-serving interests that have long-suppressed your developments in free energy sources and other technologies. Soon those will come to light, and along with your space familys advanced technologies, they will be used to cleanse and purify soil, water and air; and transform your methods of transportation, medical care, food production, construction, manufacturing and communication. In short, life as you know it will change radically and marvelously when Earth is completely out of third density.
It is the pervasive duality in third density humankind that has prevented the introduction of any innovations that would benefit all life in your world. Now that Earth has reached the higher vibrations where the corrupt systems of those who have long been in control are irreparably breaking down, the power of the people is blooming all over the planet. Along with the various environmental steps toward restoring Earths health and beauty, new methods of business conduct are beginning to thrive; recycling and going green are becoming common; personal and community gardens are flourishing; sharing of tools and equipment is replacing each one having all; exchanging goods and services is satisfying many; movements to replace ineffective or corrupt public officials are growing. It is a joy for us to see people in all corners of the globe discovering their power to BE the changes they desire in the world!
Let us speak a bit more about duality, the efforts to understand it and why it has been a part of Earth humankind for so long. As the centuries passed and one generation after another tried to define human nature, duality has been interpreted as god-fearing people vs. sinners in religions, demonic vs. angelic figures in art and literature, character strengths vs. weaknesses in philosophies, and environmentally-caused behavior in social sciences. The older expressions portray persons as either godly or evil, and the newer state that the capacity for both is inherent in all people. Indeed there is the potential for both kinds of behavior, but neither end of that good-bad duality spectrum is predestined.
Darkness thrives in third density, where energy streamers are rife with violence, anger, greed, lust, jealousy, dishonesty, injustices, desire for power and control. Prior to birth, souls choose to overcome whatever negative traits they developed in other lifetimes; however, that is forgotten once they are back in dense bodies and once again, behavior develops according to free will choices within the environmental influences the souls also chose and forgot. To achieve the balanced experiencing necessary for spiritual growth, a soul may spend hundreds or more lifetimes evolving out of dualitys negative potential into the positive end of the spectrum, where the energy of love, peace, generosity, harmony, honor and kindness prevails.
In this unique time in the universe when all experiencing is being accelerated, souls have been given the unprecedented opportunity to evolve out of third densitys low vibrations and physically accompany Earth into higher energy planes. Sadly, not everyone is taking advantage of this opportunity, and that is why duality is still going strong. This will not impede Earths ascension one iota because that is assured, but it is putting in jeopardy a good destination for souls who choose to continue negative behavior instead of absorbing the light that would enable them to leave forever third densitys limitations for growth in spiritual awareness and intelligence.
Individuals in the Illuminati ranks are acting within deep third density vibrations regarding the global economy, for instance. They still are manipulating banking and commerce through corrupt procedures and regulations on an unimaginable scale. They maneuvered their banks into behemoths that are holding onto their funds instead of dispersing them to spur business growth. What is intended to appear as a rebounding stock market is simply computers moving the Illuminatis vast fortunes back and forth around the world, and their multinational corporations have been swallowing up or destroying competing companies. Their underground industries of sex slavery and illegal drugs also add billions to their coffers.
But now the fabric of that insidious global network is fraying before your eyes! Via mainstream media, whistleblowers are talking about illegal banking and corporate operations, and respected researchers into many fields are being interviewed about their knowledge of rampant wrongdoing. Thus the energy is gathering that eventually will purge your world of all Illuminati-based activities, and individuals who are trying to piece together their shambled systems soon will have to admit abject defeat.
Please do not expect to hear tomorrow that the Federal Reserve System is being done away as an example of the sweeping reforms around the world, but the Feds end is coming along with all the other unconscionable dark activities that have caused poverty, wars, diseases, injustices, brutality and oppression. Those conditions and the minds that created them cannot and do not exist in the energy planes Earth is fast approaching. Hold paramount in your thoughts that your linear time is speeding into the timeless continuum, where Earths Golden Age already has arrived!
Now then, some of you are questioning the conflicting information about the origin of the phenomenon in the skies over Norway some weeks ago: Was it created by another civilization, as we and other off-planet sources told you, or by the nearby HAARP installation from which a power surge was detected? We would say that this is a matter of different conclusions due to observations from greatly different vantage points. Remembering that everything is energy, therefore everything is connected, makes it easier to understand that when the enormous power generated by your space familys technology caused a comparatively mild reaction from your manmade technology, some attributed to the latter that magnificent display. However logical that interpretation may seem, it misses the profound symbolism of the spiral design and its timing and location.
We know that you who are aware of the imminent official acknowledgement of other civilizations existence are eager to hear the latest word regarding its progress, and we have asked Hatonn to speak about this.
HATONN: Thank you, Matthew. Id love to report that a good deal of progress has been made, but I cant. We knew there would be a slowdown in the momentum during Earths holiday period and we anticipated the strong possibility of a diversion tactic thrown in the wheels. We werent disappointed in that expectation, but the diversion is causing more ruckus and delay than we anticipated.
That Christmas day airplane terrorist attempt was the kind of CIA black ops act that we cant prevent. It was the perfect ploy to get your whole world up in arms again about global terror and it has President Obamas primary concentration. As if the foot-dragging on the healthcare bill and his countrys unemployment rate werent enough to occupy his attention in the past months! He was the driving force in discussions, and until he can get the former momentum up to speed again, the talks will continue to be more bickering than constructive.
Its just as well that no decisions are being made without Obamas involvement. He strongly favors extensive and speedy disclosure and most of your other principal participants are being squeamish about both. We can suggest and recommend but not impose our judgment upon your representatives, much less take any action because it can be considered arbitrary at best or unilateral at worst. So we are being patient. Thats the only thing we can do until either your representatives reach agreement on all the important issues pertaining to the TV program or God in His wisdom decides what shall be done and when.
Understand that Earths course is set, its her people who have a timetable to meet or get left behind. They need a wake-up call like being told that there are a lot of us in this universe with you.
Thank you for inviting me to speak, Matthew. I hopelight beings all over the universe hope!that soon therell be a consensus for all systems go.
MATTHEW: Hatonn, thank you for your report. We, too, are patiently awaiting this event that will be a dramatic turning point for Earths peoples. Not only will their governments finally be disclosing the truth about intelligent life elsewhere, but this revelation will evoke determined questioning about other information being withheld from public knowledgethe opening of Pandoras box, so to say.
We return for a moment to duality to expound upon Hatonns comment: Understand that Earths course is set, its her people who have a timetable to meet or get left behind. The universal alignment window for Earth to totally leave third density is narrowing, and individuals who want to go with her physically must have enough light to meet that exit timetable. Earths passage to her ultimate destination is assured. It is the destination of her human residents that is at issue: Will they absorb the light that changes carbon-based cells to the crystalline that enable physical survival in fourth density vibrations?
Absorbing light requires ones at the negative end of duality to change from violence to peacefulness, from greed to generosity, corruption to honor, unjustness to fairness, anger to reason, oppression to freedom. The bodies of those who refuse to stop the negative behavior that boosted them into powerful positions will die, and the souls will go to worlds where the energy is the same as those persons generated during their physical lifetime.
But please do not think that all who leave the planet from now on will do so for that reason! Souls who came from advanced civilizations, some as walk-ins and others born into Earth families, to assist you in this tumultuous time will return to their own worlds when they complete their missions. Many Earth residents will fulfill their soul contracts wherein they chose to complete third density karmic experiences, and after a lifetime in spirit, they will reincarnate in fourth density, if not back on Earth, then another advanced world. Others will petition at soul level to leave early because life circumstances are far harsher than their contract selections; after completing their contracts in spirit life, their next physical lifetime also will be in a fourth density world. When the truth about religious dogmas emerges, many will choose at soul level to leave; later they will embody in a third density world where their beliefs can remain intact until once again the truth emerges about religions false teachings, and they will have another opportunity to open their minds and accept that truth.
If it can be said that duality has a middle ground, perhaps it can be this: A reader who enjoys violent kinds of entertainment asked: Is it necessary to abolish that in the world of 2012 and beyond and What would the many people like me do for entertainment then? To answer his first question in brief: Yes. To answer in fullness, we say that violence of any kind toward any life form has been a scourge for Earth to deal with since long, long before your recorded historythis is what caused your planet to spiral from fifth density into deep third density, where duality pervaded the collective consciousness.
Seventy or so years ago, when distant civilizations started intensely beaming light to save Earths planetary life, light-receptive peoples thoughts, feelings and actions became in attunement with the light. A violent world became intolerable, and as people began advocating for an end to violence, the collective consciousness changed accordingly.
The eradication of violence is yet to be realized in your linear time, but in the continuum it is fait accompli; thus we can say that the abolishment of violent kinds of entertainment will not come as an edict, but by unified desire. As you continue to absorb light, respect for all life will naturally eliminate the killing of animals for sport, and pitting animals against each other and bullfighting will cease for the same reason. Joy in peaceful and harmonious living will naturally end interest in violence in any form, including the games in popular electronic entertainment devices.
As to entertainment in 2012 and beyond, all non-violent sports now enjoyed still will be, but the current win at any cost and kill em attitudes will not be part of any individual or team competition. Hikers, campers, mountain climbers and divers will have even more beautiful areas to explore than now. The prevailing vibrations will heighten brain usage, and many will be attracted to games requiring mental acuity. Reading, which in recent years gave way to television viewing, will return to its former appeal; history books will be what actually took place and science books will contain universal knowledge. Even without todays violence, films in theaters and on television will be excellent, and the games on handheld instruments will be just as exciting. Whatever creative hobbies are currently enjoyed will continue, and many will find great pleasure in flower and vegetable gardening. With greater appreciation of all the arts than now, cultural offerings will be popular recreational choices. The means to travel throughout the world will be available to all, and many will choose to do that. You will be so attuned to Nature that most will treasure solitude in a favorite spot. Have no concerns about what you violent entertainment devotees will find to fill leisure time in Earths Golden Age!
Readers have asked if enjoyment of pornography occasionally, gambling, sex parties, social drugs, an extramarital relationship, and dabbling in black magic can delay spiritual evolution or prevent physical ascension with Earth. When you put those activities into the context of everything we have offered as guidance for spiritual growth, you will know that the answer is yes. Regardless of your reasons for indulging in those kinds of diversion, they all generate very low vibrations that form a barrier between the consciousness and the soul, and that dims the light within.
We welcome the question about the relationship of the brain to the soul, and in reply, I shall borrow Imacas explanation to my mother soon after our telepathic connection opened 16 years ago.
IMACA: A thought can be seen because it has a substantial form and it pulses, which catches our attention. Instantly there is cognitive recognition of your thinking intent, but the thought form itself literally is seen.
S: Is only my brain involved or is it something inherent in the soul itself?
IMACA: This mental activity is the province of the soul using the brain as the instrument in the same way you use a computer to record your desired words. The brain is only a tool. It is like your computer that does not operate by itself, but only when you interact with it, and then it performs for you. The soul and the brain have the same relationship of activity. The soul "turns on" the brain, which then stimulates soul depth knowledge and puts it into useful action within the mind. Knowledge is not within the brain except as it is entered by the soul, and then it is used by the mind for reasoning. The knowledge is accumulated, but it is not as easily accessed in the current lifetimes on Earth as in many former periods of the planet's history. The barriers imposed long, long ago by negatively-intentioned entities have been successful in hiding most of the information from your conscious knowing.
Mother, thank you, and now moving on: In what can we invest our time and money to help bring about a new economy and financial system? The global economy is like everything else in your world, a product of the myriad thought forms about it. Just as positive thoughts and actions beneficially affect the outcome of any other situation, they also are effective in helping to bring about economic reforms.
Spiritually and pragmatically, the best way to invest your money is helping those who are struggling due to loss of employment, income or homes, or to illness or other dire hardship. The universal law of attraction will bring back to you tenfold what you give from the heart.
As for investing time, along with actively assisting people in need, we offer two suggestions for energy direction. Trust that today's situation will be resolved by people with wisdom and spiritual integrity will be rewarded by the satisfaction of knowing that you helped to create the solution. Abundance is commonly considered as a lot of money and possessions. Those false measurements of a persons worth will be changing and so will your concept of abundance. To help create a world of true abundance for all, visualize crowds of people radiating health and happiness, and your world with clear skies and pure water in rivers, ponds, oceans; expanses of golden grain; trees laden with ripening fruit; vast gardens filled with vegetables, verdant pastures, and parks with vibrant flowers; all kinds of animals grazing and meandering among the people. And KNOW that the wondrous world of abundance in your visions already IS!
US: White House seeks to block new environmental regulations on coal ash
By Hiram Lee
12 January 2010
The Obama administration is attempting to block new regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would designate coal ash as toxic waste. The EPA presented their proposals to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)an office within the executive branch of the governmentfor review in September, with plans to release a report by the end of 2009. The EPA proposal has been stalled by the OMB, however, and no report has yet been issued.
Up to 130 million tons of coal ash, the waste product created during coal combustion, are produced each year in the US, with approximately 40 percent of it going for use in other products such as asphalt or concrete. Sixty percent of the ash is stored in landfills or ash ponds throughout the country.
Exposure to coal ash through contaminated water supplies presents a significant health risk. The waste product contains toxic contaminants such as arsenic, mercury, lead and barium, which can lead to cancer, birth defects or disorders of the nervous system. There are currently no uniform, federal standards in place governing the building or maintenance of coal ash containment facilities.
In addition to treating coal ash as toxic waste in its proposal, the EPA has also named three industrieschemical manufacturing; petroleum and coal products manufacturing; and the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industrythat could potentially face financial responsibility requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Should CERCLA be amended to include these industries, it would force the companies involved to be financially responsible for the cleanup of any environmental contamination they may have caused.
The industries potentially affected by the new EPA proposals have protested, saying a ruling by the federal government on coal ash would present them with a logistical nightmare and billions of dollars in new costs to provide sound management of their waste.
The role of the Obama administration has been to prevent the EPA proposal from moving forward, acting on behalf of the coal and energy companies. Should the proposal be allowed to go through, it will only be after the administration has worked with the energy conglomerates to revise it in such as way as to arrange the most favorable financial conditions possible for the companies.
A number of commentators have pointed to the unusual and suspicious nature of the OMBs aggressive involvement, particularly at this early stage in the EPAs push for new regulations. Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, located within the OMB, has held some 20 meetings since October 2009 with coal industry representatives to discuss their concerns.
The Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, California, has warned the OMB during these talks that new regulations placed on coal ash could cost utility companies up to $10 billion in revenue per year and that the costs of providing new means of storing the ash could lead to higher prices for customers. Energy companies are all the more eager to protect themselves from the new regulations because the publication of an EPA report on the matter would open up the practices of the energy industries to public review and congressional hearings.
The negligence of these companies in the management of their toxic waste has produced significant consequences for the environment and the US population.
Among the more publicized disasters involving coal ash pollution was a major containment failure that occurred in Kingston, Tennessee, in December 2008. One billion gallons of wet coal ash were released into the environment when the wall of a containment pond owned by the Kingston Fossil Plant was breached. Some 5.4 million cubic yards of land were covered in the toxic sludge and dozens of homes were damaged. The nearby Emory River was contaminated. Tests of the river subsequently showed an elevated presence of lead and thallium. Clean-up of the disaster is expected to last through 2013.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, which controls the Kingston Fossil Plant and is also leading the clean-up efforts, currently faces several lawsuits by residents affected by the spill. The health problems described by victims in the spills aftermath have included nosebleeds, complications with asthma, headaches, shortness of breath and chest pains.
A June 2009 report by the EPA found 49 coal combustion residue management facilities that currently have a high hazard potential rating. These include 11 facilities owned by American Electric Power in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky; 10 facilities in North Carolina owned by Duke Energy; and 5 facilities in Kentucky owned by Kentucky Utilities.
There are 548 coal ash ponds in the US in all. Indiana contains the most, with 53, and Kentucky is second with 44.
The Obama administration's efforts to block the new EPA regulations are in line with its general economic policies. No measures can be put in place that would in any way diminish corporate profits.
Note from Jean: So many people have been had by this bunch of lies - from the climate deniers - it is just incredible and those who continue to give any kind of support or exposure to the tons of material that perpetuates this lie are only spreading more confusion about the contribution of our pollution and global environmental destruction to climate change. Please take a couple minutes to read the following credible article coming from a credible source on this matter and then you'll understand why I'm no longer interested in anything related to the climate deniers.
Its shocking because the stakes are so high and the science is so clear. A recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences carried an article reporting that sedimentary records from an Arctic lake show warmer temperatures in the last few decades than at any time in the past 200,000 years. At the same time, the Pew Research Center reported that the number of Americans who believe the Earth is warming has dropped from 71 percent to just 57 percent in the last 18 months.
How can that be unsurprising? Well, because the loudest voices in the U.S. climate conversation come not from scientists, but from dirty energy industries, with their paid experts and think tanks, who are promoting a view of science that serves their economic interests, regardless of what is actually true. This is not an idle assertion. It comes from four years of research on the climate website DeSmogBlog.com, which Richard Littlemore and I have compiled into the new book Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.
Among our most disturbing discoveries were three instances in which corporate associations set out strategy and tactics for attacking the science of climate changeor science in general.
The coal barons went first. They recognized the strength of the science almost two decades ago. In 1991, the Western Fuels Association and the Edison Electric Institute crafted a plan to argue that global warming would be a good thing. They hired PR people, tested messages, and recruited compliant scientists to argue their case. They put out radio ads with messages like, If the Earth is getting warmer, why is Minneapolis getting colder? (Even though Minneapolis was, in fact, warming faster than the planetary average.) Then they paid scientists like the University of Virginias Patrick Michaels to write skeptical editorials for small town paperspublications unlikely to have the resources to check whether someone was being paid by industry.
Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming
Philip Morris joined the climate-change fight in 1993. They were already heavily invested in strewing confusion about science, having spent decades defending a product that is lethal when used as directed. But no one was taking them seriously anymore, so they established a fake grassroots organizationan Astroturf groupcalled The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC). They recruited other businesses, like oil companies, that had a stake in undermining public faith in science. Together, they started hiring and promoting willing scientists like Dr. S. Fred Singer, who was equally happy to argue for the safety of secondhand smoke or to deny that climate change was real.
A third denial campaign was started on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute in 1997 by spin doctors with experience denying everything from the dangers of tobacco (Steve Milloy, at the time the executive director of TASSC) to the hazards of ozone depletion (Candace Crandall, Fred Singers then-wife). The APIs Global Climate Science Communication Action Plan detailed how to take advantage of small newspapers and TV stations to spread disinformation. They recruited more scientists-for-hire and gave them media training and editorial support, promoted them as interview subjects, and distributed their skeptical articles widely.
The strategies are still popular, and many of the original players are still in the game. Industry pays more every year to promote climate confusion. An Astroturf group, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), spent between $35 million and $40 million for a huge campaign during the last presidential election. Some of the propaganda was obvious. You couldnt watch the presidential debates without seeing clean coal ads. Other activity was less transparent. For example, the Hawthorn Group PR firm recruited and paid young people to wear bright white clean coal T-shirts and baseball caps to electoral rallies. They offered bonuses to anyone who got their photo taken with a candidate and got it on the news.
For the debate over the Waxman-Markey climate change bill, ACCCE hired a Washington, D.C., Astroturf specialist called Bonner & Associates to generate fake grassroots opposition. Bonner employees got scripts directing them to hide who they were working for. (Hi, Im working with seniors/retirees to help stop their utility bills from doubling.) They forged letters on purloined letterhead and sent them to Congress ahead of the vote. Congressman Markeys office discovered the scripts and forgeries and continues to investigate.
In each of these cases, the funders actually admit their intent to confuse the public and undermine the credibility of legitimate scientists. They use Astroturf front groups because people know who not to trust: A recent poll showed that only 19 percent of people believe what corporations say about climate change.
The Greenpeace Exxon Secrets project, and similar groups, have documented other huge corporate investments in confusion and attacks on climate science. And the oil and gas industry keeps adding to the budgetin 2008, its expenditures on lobbying alone increased by 50 percent.
Neither the major media nor politicians are counterbalancing these campaigns. And that leaves a huge burden on you, the individual.
It also creates a great opportunity. People are crying out for leadership on this issue, and they would rather follow leaders they know. If you inform yourself and speak out, people will appreciate and emulate your example. If you call foul when you hear or see information being misused, your friends and colleagues will be grateful. And if you start demanding more from media, from business, and especially from government, others will applaud.
We cant save the world from climate change with just a few lifestyle changes. We have to take back the public discourse. We could begin, for example, by demanding that think tanks like the Heartland Institute, which lobbies on behalf of tobacco companies and against climate-change legislation, have to declare the source of their funding. We could demand that companies like Bonner & Associates have to acknowledge their clientsthat all Astroturfers should declare when they are operating on behalf of self-interested corporations.
Climate change can be beaten, quickly and affordably. Its time we all insisted that it be done.
"James Hoggan didnt set out to write an indictment of public relations. He does public relations for a living. But when he started looking into the climate controversy hed heard so much about, he turned up a story of disinformation, scientists-for-hire, and a campaign orchestrated by members of his profession to keep the public in the dark about the real science of climate change. This book details where the lies are coming from, whos paying for them, and whos telling themand gives us a professionals advice on what we can do to stop the lies."
Related information and articles:
ExxonSecrets is a Greenpeace research project highlighting the more than a decade-long campaign by Exxon-funded front groups - and the scientists they work with - to deny the urgency of the scientific consensus on global warming and delay action to fix the problem. For more information see our FAQ. The database compiles Exxon Foundation and corporate funding to a series of institutions who have worked to undermine solutions to global warming and climate change. It details the working relationships of individuals associated with these organizations and their global warming quotes and deeds. CLIP
Annie Leonard on Life After Stuff (Dec 01, 2009) http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/climate-action/annie-leonard-on-life-after-stuff
Annie Leonard reveals what gives her strength, even as she and her popular film, The Story of Stuff, are attacked as un-American. -- Ive spent much of the past two decades visiting factories where our stuff is made and dumps where it is disposed of around the world. After years of seeing firsthand the often hidden environmental, social, and health impacts of all the stuff we consume, Ive developed a sort of neurosis: When I look at a producta disposable coffee cup, a cell phone, a piece of clothingits entire life cycle flashes before my eyes. Instinctively, some part of my brain runs through images of oil fields in Ogoniland, garment factories in Port-au-Prince, factories in Gujarat, ships crisscrossing the ocean, and dumps here and abroad. Its a fascinating neurosis to have, but to be honest, it has been lonely sometimes. While many friends and colleagues work on more photogenic issues like rainforest preservation or more visible issues like social inequity, I have often been alone in my fascination with trash. No longer. CLIP
Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLBE5QAYXp8
Annie Leonard's 2007 animated film has had 7.5 million views and inspired millions to rethink the consumer economy.
MAKE SURE TO READ The Holocaust We Will Not See (item 16) below to have a deeper understanding of what all our "stuff" does to the environment and to ourselves...
Why We Find It So Hard to Act Against Climate Change
Solving the Its Not My Problem problem. A psychologist on what keeps us from coming to terms with the climate crisis.
by George Marshall - Dec 01, 2009
It should be easy to deal with climate change. There is a strong scientific consensus supported by very sound data; consensus across much of the religious and political spectrum and among businesses including the largest corporations in the world. The vast majority of people claim to be concerned. The targets are challenging, but they are achievable with existing technologies, and there would be plentiful profits and employment available for those who took up the challenge.
So why has so little happened? Why do people who claim to be very concerned about climate change continue their high-carbon lifestyles? And why, as the warnings become ever louder, do increasing numbers of people reject the arguments of scientists and the evidence of their own eyes?
These, I believe, will be the key questions for future historians of the unfurling climate disaster, just as historians of the Holocaust now ask: How could so many good and moral people know what was happening and yet do so little?
This comparison with mass human rights abuses is a surprisingly useful place to find some answers to these questions. In States of Denial: Knowing About Atrocities and Suffering, Stanley Cohen studies how people living under repressive regimes resolve the conflict they feel between the moral imperative to intervene and the need to protect themselves and their families. He found that people deliberately maintain a level of ignorance so that they can claim they know less than they do. They exaggerate their own powerlessness and wait indefinitely for someone else to act firsta phenomenon that psychologists call the passive bystander effect. Both strategies lie below the surface of most of the commonly held attitudes to climate change.
But most interesting is Cohens observation that societies also nego?tiate collective strategies to avoid action. He writes: Without being told what to think about (or what not to think about) societies arrive at unwritten agreements about what can be publicly remembered and acknowledged.
Dr. Kari Marie Norgaard of the University of California reaches a very similar conclusion, and argues that denial of global warming is socially constructed. She observes that most people are deeply conflicted about climate change and manage their anxiety and guilt by excluding it from the cultural norms defining what they should pay attention to and think aboutwhat she calls their norms of attention.
According to Norgaard, most people have tacitly agreed that it is socially inappropriate to pay attention to climate change. It does not come up in conversations, or as an issue in voting, consumption, or career choices. We are like a committee that has decided to avoid a thorny problem by conspiring to make sure that it never makes it onto the agenda of any meeting.
There are many different ways that the proximity of climate change could force itself onto our agendas. We already feel the impacts in our immediate environment. Scientists and politicians urge us to act. The impacts directly threaten our personal and local livelihoods. And, above all, it is our ttp://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/climate-action/annie-leonard-on-life-after-stuff">consumption and affluence that is causing it.
However, people have decided that they can keep climate change outside their norms of attention through a selective framing that creates the maximum distance. In opinion poll research the majority of people will define it as far away (its a global problem, not a local problem) or far in the future (its a huge problem for future generations). They embrace the tiny cluster of skeptics as evidence that its only a theory, and that there is still a debate. And they strategically shift the causes as far away as possible: Im not the problemits the Chinese/rich people/corporations. Here in Europe we routinely blame the Americans.
In all of these examples, people have selected, isolated, and then exaggerated the aspects of climate change that best enable their detachment. And, ironically, focus-group research suggests that people are able to create the most distance when climate change is categorized as an environmental problem.
If we take a step back we can see that the impacts of climate change are so wide-ranging that it could equally well be defined as a major economic, military, agricultural, or social rights issue. But its causes (mainly pollution from burning fossil fuels) led it to be bundled with the global environmental issues during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. From that point on it has been dealt with by environment ministers and environment departments, and talked about in the media by environmental reporters.
The issue was then championed by environmental campaigners who stamped it indelibly with the images of global wildlife and language of self abnegation that spoke to their own concerns. The current messaging of climate changethe polar bears, burning forests, calls to live simply so others may simply live and go green to save the planethas been filtered through a minority ideology and worldview.
Thus, within a few years, the issue had been burdened with a set of associations and metaphors that allowed the general public to exclude it from their primary concerns (Im not an environmentalist), as could senior politicians (environment is important but jobs and defense are my priority).
Progressive civil society organizations also avoided the issue because of its environmental connotations. Two years ago I challenged a senior campaigner with Amnesty International, the worlds largest human rights organization, to explain why Amnesty did not mention climate change anywhere on its website. He agreed that it is an important issue but felt that Amnesty doesnt really do environmental issues. In other words it was outside their norms of attention.
Far more aggressive responses that stigmatize environmentalists create further distance. In a 2007 interview, Michael OLeary, CEO of Ryan Air, the worlds largest budget airline, said:
The environmentalists are like the peace nutters in the 1970s. You cant change the world by putting on a pair of dungarees or sandals. I listen to all this drivel about turning down the central heating, going back to candles, returning to the dark ages. It just panders to your middle-class, middle-aged angst and guilt. It is just another way of stealing things from hard-pressed consumers.
OLearys diatribewhich could be echoed by any number of right-wing commentators in the United Statesplays further on the cultural norms theme. By defining climate change as an environmental issue that can be placed firmly in the domain of self-righteous killjoys who want to take away working peoples hard-earned luxuries, his message is clear: People like us dont believe this rubbish.
But, as is so often the case with climate change, OLeary is speaking to far more complex metaphors about freedom and choice. Climate change is invariably presented as an overwhelming threat requiring unprecedented restraint, sacrifice, and government intervention. The metaphors it invokes are poisonous to people who feel rewarded by free market capitalism and distrust government interference. It is hardly surprising that an October 2008 American Climate Values Survey showed that three times more Republicans than Democrats believe that too much fuss is made about global warming. Another poll by the Canadian firm Haddock Research showed half of Republicans refuse to believe that it is caused by humans.
This political polarization is occurring across the developed world and is a worrying trend. If a disbelief in climate change becomes a mark of someones political identity, it is far more likely to be shared between people who know and trust each other, becoming ever more entrenched and resistant to external argument.
This being said, climate change is a fast-moving field. Increasingly severe climate impacts will reinforce the theoretical warnings of scientists with far more tangible and immediate evidence. And looking back at history there are plentiful examples of times when public attitudes have changed suddenly in the wake of traumatic eventsas with the U.S. entry into both world wars.
In the meantime there is an urgent need to increase both the level and quality of public engagement. To date most information has either been in the form of very dry top-down presentations and reports by experts or emotive, apocalyptic warnings by campaign groups and the media. The film An Inconvenient Truth, which sat somewhere between the two approaches, reinforced the existing avoidance strategies: that this was a huge and intractable global issue. The film was carried by the charm and authority of Al Gore, but this reliance on powerful celebrities also removes power from individuals who are, let us remember, all too willing to agree that there is no useful role they can play.
It is strange that climate communications seem to be so deeply embedded in this 19th-century public lecture format, especially in America, which leads the world in the study of personal motivation. Al Gore, after all, lost a political campaign against a far less qualified opponent whose advisors really understood the psychology of the American public.
How people get involved
How can we energize people and prevent them from passively standing by?
We must remember that people will only accept a challenging message if it speaks to their own language and values and comes from a trusted communicator. For every audience these will be different: The language and values of a Lubbock Christian will be very different from those of a Berkeley Liberal. The priority for environmentalists and scientists should be to step back and enable a much wider diversity of voices and speakers.
We must recognize that the most trusted conveyors of new ideas are not experts or celebrities but the people we already know. Enabling ordinary people to take personal ownership of the issue and talk to each other in their own words is not just the best way to convince people, it is the best way to force climate change back into peoples norms of attention.
And finally we need to recognize that people are best motivated to start a journey by a positive vision of their destinationin this case by understanding the real and personal benefits that could come from a low-carbon world. However, it is not enough to prepare a slide show and glossy report vision that just creates more distance and plays to the dominant prejudice against environmental fantasists. People must see the necessary change being made all around them: buildings in entire neighborhoods being insulated and remodeled, electric cars in the driveway, and everywhere the physical adaptations we need to manage for the new weather conditions. If the U.S. government has one strategy, it should be to create such a ubiquity of visible change that the transition is not just desirable but inevitable. We need to emphasize that this is not some distant and intractable global warming, but a very local and rapid climate change, and we need to proclaim it from every solar-panel-clad rooftop.
There's Still Enough Time to Avert Climate Chaos (Dec 01, 2009) http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/climate-action/theres-still-enough-time-to-avert-disastrous-climate-change
(...) As news of glacial melts, storms, fires, and droughts gets more dire, the strategies of climate activists like the Yes Men are getting more creative and more insistent. The data coming in show actual climate impacts are at the worst end of the range of possibilities predicted by climate models.Policymakers, however, are working from models that may be unduly optimisticin part because they leave out the wildly unpredictable tipping points that historic climate data show can lead to rapid jumps of Earths climate to profoundly different states. On a crowded planet, where our food and water only barely meet the needs of billions, we are extraordinarily vulnerable to these climatic shifts. One estimate suggests that over the next 50 years, 1 billion people could become climate refugees.Many policy observers say we are optimistic to think we can keep CO2 levels below 450 parts per million (ppm), much less the 350 ppm NASA climate scientist Jim Hansen says is necessary if humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed. Instead, they say we must adapt to a world of extreme heat waves, spreading deserts, flooded cities, and mass extinctions.We dispute that. The 2008 Climate Solutions issue of YES! Magazine showed how we can avert disastrous climate change. These shifts do require us to mobilize ourselves beyond business-as-usual, but they dont mean we have to give up on civilization. In fact, unless your definition of a good life includes a mandatory Hummer, you are likely to be as happy, or happier. CLIP
Climate Hero Rev. Canon Sally Bingham (Dec 01, 2009) http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/climate-action/climate-hero-rev.-canon-sally-bingham
For years, Sally Bingham wondered why her church wasnt providing moral guidance on climate change. One of the first directives in the Bible, Bingham says, is to care for creation. When God gave Adam dominion over the Earth, that meant responsibility to till it and keep it. Bingham decided she had to bring this message to the pulpit. She left behind her life as a homemaker, enrolled in seminary, and became an Episcopal priest. In 1993, she founded the Regeneration Project, which has helped more than 10,000 congregations around the country become greener and more energy-efficient, and spurred a faith-based movement in support of climate policy. CLIP
Transition Albany: A Local Response to Climate Change
Posted by Pamela O'Malley Chang - Jan 06, 2010
Meet Catherine Sutton, the initiator of Transition Albanythe effort of a 1.7-square-mile California town (population 16,500+) to transform itself into a self-reliant and resilient community.
Catherine Sutton, as a British teenager in the 60s, frightened her sister with dire predictions of nuclear catastrophe. Today, as the initiator of Transition Albanythe effort of a 1.7-square-mile California town (population 16,500+) to transform itself into a self-reliant and resilient communityshe represents one of the brightest spots of hope on my horizon.
The Transition Town concept began in 2005 in Kinsale, Ireland where permaculture student Louise Rooney worked up a project for her town to develop a plan to cope with global warming, rising oil prices, and the economic instability they will cause. Rooney's project was honed and replicated in Totnes, England, in 2006, and as of December 2009, has spread to some 256 "official Transition Towns" in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, and elsewhere. In addition, hundreds more places are Transition "mullers"towns (or cities, or neighborhoods) where people are thinking about developing their own Transition plans.
Becoming an official Transition Town doesn't give a place any particular solutions for how to face the future. Rather, it's a recognition that a collection of local individuals have agreed to seek a community response to the challenge of climate change and diminished oil supplies and to abide by certain philosophies and guidelines in developing that response. On its website, Transition Towns says:
- Climate change makes this carbon reduction transition essential
- Peak oil makes it inevitable
- Transition initiatives make it feasible, viable and attractive (as far we can tell so far...)
We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. What we are convinced of is this:
- if we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late
- if we act as individuals, it'll be too little
- but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.
Transition offers training workshops and sets out guidelines for how to get from good intentions to concrete actions. These include: building awareness, identifying and developing partners, holding "open space" discussions that help participants to define their own needs and solutions, creating visible projects, and eventually, spinning off the steering committee members to subcommittees so that no particular clique dominates.
Transition promotes: People who are learning by doingand learning all the time. People who understand that we can't sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. People like you, perhaps."
Catherine Sutton happened to be visiting England in March 2009 where she learned about transition towns and saw the movie The Age of Stupid about a post-global-warming survivor in 2055 speculating on why we didn't do something about global warming when we first knew about it. Two months later, she enrolled in a Transition training workshop in Oakland, California. In the months between May and October, she talked up the Transition concept to friends and neighbors and forged a Transition Albany steering committee and website. In October, Transition Albany held a kick-off event, a Local Foods Potluck Feast. This was where, carrying my tomato salad, I first met Ms. Sutton and some 30 or so others, and where we saw the film Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.
Since then, Transition Albany has sponsored free films at the library: The End of Suburbia, A Crude Awakening, and Microcosmos, as well as held an open space forum on Where and How to Grow More Food in Albany, all part of the "building awareness" phase of the Transition process. Transition Albany, still in the "muller" category, is currently applying for official Transition Town status.
In late December, I invited Sutton to tell me how she came to spearhead Transition Albany. She is a tall, lithe, gray-haired woman who was locking her bicycle up outside the teashop where we met. Our conversation was far-ranging and engaging, touching on Sutton's study of Russian in university, her encounter as a young woman with guru Prem Rawat from whom she learned that if she listened to the stillness within her, she would find a place of strength that never wavered. We talked of her single-handedly raising her son, of her interest in Balkan folk dance, and that she had just become a grandmother. In the end, I found myself unable to pinpoint why Sutton has stepped up to the challenge of this job beyond the fact that it's a job that needs doing and that she's available and inspired enough to want to create a true sense of community in the place where she happens to be living. And that's what gives me hope: that ordinary communities might create a viable, vibrant Plan B in a world without a Plan A.
Pamela O'Malley Chang wrote this piece for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Pamela is co-founder of Sarana Community Acupuncture in Albany, California and a contributing editor of YES! Magazine. This is the first in a series of blog posts about Transition Albany.
Towns Rush to Make Low-Carbon Transition (Dec 01, 2009) http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/climate-action/towns-rush-to-make-low-carbon-transition
More and more neighborhoods are making the transition to a climate-friendly community. Has yours? (...) Berea locals have a goal theyre calling 50 x 25. By 2025, they aim to have the town using 50 percent less energy, deriving 50 percent of the energy it does use from local sources, getting 50 percent of its food from farms and processors within 100 miles of town, and generating 50 percent of its gross domestic product from locally owned, independent businesses. Berea is one of more than 40 U.S. communities that have become Transition Towns, a movement that started when British communities began looking for ways to move to low-carbon economies. Transition Towns have formed a diffuse, grassroots network led by the individuals who are working to transform their own communities. Whats important, and I think different about the transition movement is that it pays attention to the inner transition as well as the outer, says Carolyn Stayton, executive director of Transition U.S. and a member of Transition Sebastopol in Northern California. Many Transition Towns have formed Heart and Soul working groups to keep the community sensitive to the difficulty of making change, says Stayton. The Transition Town Berea group holds monthly reskilling workshops to help locals acquire the know-how to grow their own food, weatherize their houses, and install solar panels. Their projects help neighbors replant lawns with edibles and build raised vegetable beds. Theyve also auctioned rain barrels hand-painted by local artists and organized a 100 Mile Potluck to celebrate local food and farmers. From the Ground Up -- The Transition Towns movement in the United States is less than two years old, but it came from the seeds of earlier relocalization efforts and other community climate groups and nonprofits. The Towns have become successful by sharing training resources and experiences with existing groups and other communities, and reaching out to local government. The key is to raise public awareness. What we try to focus on is developing a positive vision of our preferred future, says Olson. CLIP
Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature
Note from Jean: Michael Cohen is one of the 20 founding members of the Earth Rainbow Network who joined in Santa Barbara, California, to cocreate it in December 1997 - for the whole story, with some pictures, read The Results from the Earth Rainbow Network Gathering of the Peacemakers near the bottom of http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/IntroInfo.htm. During this meeting, Mike lead us through some of the enlightening reconnecting exercises that he uses in his courses and shared with us some of his considerable experience and understanding of Nature and how to experience our oneness with all of Life - or "experiential environmental education". He also played banjo and sang during our evenings to entertain us - and he sure did!... You can hear him playing and singing, and discover this amazing soul in the excellent 43 min. documentary produced on him: Naturally Attracted: Connecting with Michael J. Cohen (about halfway through it you'll discover his amazing experiential teachings in nature during 26 years in the context of the National Audubon Society. He also explains why he has been sleeping outdoor since 1968!). I love this man!
On January 9, he sent the following to me:
Think about how much better you will feel if you take advantage of Project Nature Connect's opportunity to increase personal, social and environmental well being. We invite you to sign our petition to the United Nations. It urges the UN to promote the process of educating, counseling and healing with nature. This transformative, sensory science helps us benefit by plugging into the restorative wisdom and joy of nature, backyard or back-country. The "Avatar" connection enables us to walk together in the beauty, cooperation and peace of nature's amazing grace. http://www.ecopsych.com/petition2.html
Here is the statement I left there when I signed it...
"Mike Cohen has been living what he teaches most of his life. He is a stellar example of someone who walks his talk and his example has been an inspiration to tens of thousands of people throughout his life. I encourage you to pay attention to what he is telling us all. We need to rediscover and reinvigorate our natural roots and connections with the Web of Life around us if we are to continue thriving on this majestic planet as a species and as the emerging collective consciousness of Mother Earth."
Here are four other noteworthy statements left there by signatories:
"With respect to NSTP, I have come to terms with my inner-self, the environment and people within and about me. The course, Project Nature Connect, is really a veritable vehicle to living a reasonable and meaningful live. The course indeed, offers a unique and must effective way of living in balance with nature. ever since i enrolled in this nature guided course, i have achieved an inestimable peace of mind, well-ness and my sense of self-worth has tremendously doubled. PNC teaches about being conscious with the self-organized natural global intelligence of the living ecosystem. communicating with this attractive ecosystem has really helped me reconnect with planet earth and a hidden part of me. its really a journey to self discovery. Thank you."
- Adesua Adebisi, Nigeria
"Nature is as vital to our well-being as breath is to our life. As adults, we have disconnected from this truth and it has become painfully evident in our children. We have set forth events in our experience to wake us up, and hopefully, we are becoming aware of what our complacency has cost in the way of our health and that of our future generations. As individuals, we can create something different by the choices that we make."
- Lynn McCandless, Florida
"We as a whole need to address the problems we ARE going to face in the future. We are on a path to world destruction from the lack of or connection to this planet. This way of coming to our senses will help EVERYTHING."
- John Thomas Hurlbut, Canada
"I think it might be about time for all of us to truly understand and embrace the fact that we live in this world and are an integral part of it. As such, it might be a good idea for us humans to embrace the intelligence around us, called the natural world, and remember that we have always been a part of it. Dr. Michael Cohen, and his teachings, have been allowing many to embrace such interconnected way of living."
Sponsored by: Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D. and Project NatureConnect
We the undersigned request that you help the public add to all relationships the "Avatar" connection process of educating, counseling and healing with nature.
We request this for critical reasons:
The calming joy of a quiet walk in a natural area is well known and valuable. The experience helps us reduce excessive stress and the disorders it produces.
The essence of Nature's perfection is its ability to peacefully create and maintain pristine optimum of life, diversity and cooperation in balance and profound beauty. Nature's growth and wellness produce neither garbage nor pollution, nor our excessiveness, abusiveness and disorders.
The purifying flow of nature's materials and energies, through, in and around us, has self-correcting and restorative Avatar powers. They replace every molecule in us every five to seven years.
Because we are nature and it is us, we are constantly in communication with nature and vice versa. In multiple sensory ways, we inherently think, feel and resonate with the way nature's perfection works, in and around us. However, we learn to conquer this ability. Its loss in our psyche is deteriorating Earth's ecosystems and us.
The bias of our exploitation of nature for excessive profit misguides our thinking. It makes us fear nature's ways. As we lose respect for nature's restorative abilities, we lose its help in correcting the disorders that our nature-deadened thinking creates.
To counteract this folly, sensory nature-connecting activities, backyard or back-country, help us restore the conquered genius of our inherent rational, emotional and spiritual wisdom. These nature re-connections release Dopamine so they reward us. They feel good.
From five decades of research and experience, a scientific tool, Natural Attraction Ecology (NAE), enables our thinking to enlist the assistance of nature's recycling and regenerative powers. NAE helps us remedy our disorders and come into a healthy balance with the whole of life on Earth - see http://www.naturalattractionecology.com
Our thinking rejects the value of NAE due to our greed, denial and shame of our unreasonable trespasses.
Against our will and better judgment, our destructive ways continue.
We urge you to use, teach and promote the art and science of Natural Attraction Ecology at Project NatureConnect. It consists of educating, counseling and healing with nature activities. This type of Ecopsychology enables nature's organic wisdom to recycle and purify our polluted psyche. It helps our thinking co-create relationships that are happily balanced by the flow of natural systems in and around us.
The scientific process offered by NAE is effective because it is rooted in these empirical truths:
1. Natural attraction is everywhere and holds all things together. It binds particles into units like an atom, atoms into material molecular groups, planets into our solar system and the solar system into the universe. Natural attraction fills all space and all of life. We bathe in it. Indeed, we may be natural attraction manifesting itself as us.
2. Natural attraction consciously registers in us as least 53 intelligent and rewarding natural senses. For example, our need/attraction for water is communicated by our sense of thirst. It wisely turns on when we need Earth's water cycle to flow through us and it turns off when we don't need water. Our sense of excretion tells us to feed nature our waste water, a perfect food that we make that nurtures nature. Like "Avatar" nature connections, our other 52 natural attraction senses act similarly. They include our senses of place, touch, community, taste, music, sight, happiness, reason, respiration, consciousness and belonging. Each gifts us with its special joy when it is fulfilled responsibly.
3. Nature is a non-literate way of knowing and being. Although its minerals and creatures cooperatively communicate and coordinate their ways with each other, they don't accomplish this momentous feat through the literacy of our written or spoken words, labels or stories.
4. On average, industrial society teaches us to spend more than 95 percent of our time indoors, and 99 percent of our thinking and feeling while separated from authentic nature and its attraction, sensitivity, intelligence. Our scientific and creative stories about life are too often nature-disconnected illusions about how nature works. To our cost, we addictively train ourselves to think with these illusions. Many problems result.
5. Our stories and science of nature are seldom accurate because they are abstract, shortcut, vicarious ways of knowing. In contrast, nature is an ever-changing act, a flow of attraction connections in the present moment.
6. Nature is the "touchy-feely" fountainhead of authority on how its natural attraction essence works. If natural areas were literate, they might describe themselves as a cathedrals in support of life on Earth.
7. Most substitutes for authentic nature produce adverse side effects.
8. Natural sensory attractions are the most tangible, true and unifying things that our thoughts and feelings register. To our loss, society pays us to think without paying attention to the facts that our natural senses register in our mentality.
9. We cannot solve our personal and global problems if our thinking disengages us from the unifying natural attraction intelligence that we hold in common with each other and the web-of-life. This missing intelligence is the enlightenment we need to help us reverse our disorders.
Backyard or back-country, NAE enables us to enjoyably resonate, intermingle and fulfill our 53 natural sense intelligence with the supportive powers of natural attractions. This "transfusion" from the attractive perfection of our biological origins explains our good experiences in nature. NAE helps us keep it working.
You may learn more about NAE through books, online courses and degree programs linked to http://www.ecopsych.com
We urge you to help the public add the NAE educating, counseling and healing with nature process to their personal and professional lives. This is critical if we want to transform our disorders into mutually beneficial relationships with the whole of life.
Thank you for your attention to this crucial element for improving the health of our personal, social and environmental relationships.
By Lisa McBride and Paul Richard Harris -- Jan 6, 2010 - With several telling pictures and a video!
Travel through any city, or inhabited rural area, in just about any country. Theres one thing, above all, that youll be sure to find: garbage. We are an incredibly untidy species.
Garbage disposal is a problem everywhere in our Insta-Life society. There are things we simply cant throw away (the radioactive stuff), things we shouldnt throw away (the toxic stuff), and lots of stuff we probably should never have made or purchased in the first place. No worries for us because we can just toss our trash away, out of sight and out of mind, while we go about the business of accruing more stuff we don't really need...right? Wrong. Sadly, we cannot mindlessly toss the trash out of reality, because trash doesn't magically disappear after it's been picked up by the collectors.
Our gigantic garbage pits are full to overflowing, mostly with leftover building materials, disposable diapers, and appliances. In the developed countries of the world, each human uses an average 200 pounds of plastic annually. While a tiny amount of the garbage is recycled into durable goods, about half the plastic we produce ends up in the landfills, and the rest of it becomes lost in the environment and ultimately washes out to the sea, to become trapped in a swelling, swirling limbo of heavily polluted ocean gyres, negatively affecting ocean health and, ultimately, every person and being on the entire Earth.
A gyre in oceanography refers to large systems of rotating ocean currents, particularly those involved with large wind movements combined with vorticity of the water due, in part, to the spin of the Earth. There are five major ocean-wide gyres the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, and Indian Ocean gyres. Each is flanked by a strong and narrow western boundary current, and a weak and broad eastern boundary current.
Once the floating trash makes it to the gyres, it largely remains there permanently, caught in a circular flow that alternately grows and shrinks a bit depending on currents and wind conditions.
Contrary to popular belief, most of the trash in the oceans is not produced by ships dumping their waste into the sea, though that is also a huge problem that needs to be addressed. Research reveals that by far the biggest part of it was actually picked up by the wind from landfills, streets and roadsides, and then blown out to sea where the added weight of wetness holds it down. Once there, it starts to float wherever the currents take it, eventually winding up in one of these gyres.
About 90% of the garbage in the gyres is plastic because, simply put, plastic is made to last forever. Even as the so called "biodegradable" plastic breaks down, it reverts back into nurdles, the little miracle polymers that formed the plastic in the first place. The nurdles then get eaten by fish and cetaceans, killing many of them.
Trillions and more of these particles are floating in the worlds trash-filled gyres, looking like some sort of macabre party confetti.
So, the term "biodegradable plastic" is highly misleading because plastic never quite goes away, it just changes form. In the process, it continues to have the potential to leak chemicals into the environment and our food supply, and to cause untold damage in a multitude of ways.
DDT, PCBs, and other toxic chemicals that cannot dissolve in water are readily absorbed by the plastic. Fish that feed on plankton mistake the plastic for food and ingest the tiny plastic particles. Research has found the toxic chemicals absorbed by the plastic are then absorbed by the fish. Those that manage to survive the ingestion of the toxic stew are very likely to end up as food for bigger fish, many of which are caught for human consumption. This is how the toxins of plastics work their way up the food chain and into you. Turtles, fish, and birds all confuse floating plastic debris with food.
The 2008 North Pacific Gyre Expedition aboard the ORV Alguita discovered the widespread ingestion of plastic particles by fish that forage on plankton at night on the ocean surface. A surprising 35 percent of these fish had ingested micro-plastic particles, the record holder having 84 fragments. (Algalita)
Marine animals are frequently found entangled or trapped in the debris, making life very difficult for them as they can no longer move about freely, or feed themselves, resulting in slow and painful deaths.
Of course, the trash doesn't always stay confined to the ever-growing pollution gyres out in the middle of the oceans, to destroy life outside of our view. Often oceanic storms will blow mountains of trash back onshore as well. Go to seashores world round and it is easy to see that as the tide comes in, it often brings various forms of human rubbish with it.
Get to the waters edge near many big cities, and its thick enough you can actually walk on it. That trash can be seen easily, and while it is a travesty to our Earth and its people that has been ignored far too long, the visible trash is at least easily avoided. Trash that is swirling about unseen in the oceans, however, cannot forever be avoided by any living soul on Earth.
What to do about this issue? Is there anyway at all we can possibly hope to stem the rising tide of polluted tides? It's easy enough, and understandable, to get a hopeless feeling and be stunned into immobility. At the same time, doing nothing feels terribly wrong. We simply cannot continue to sit idly by to allow the wholly unnecessary and preventable destruction of our planet and its people, not only in the name of convenience but frankly, in the name of selfishness, ignorance, and laziness as well.
Thus, no matter how troubling the truth, education is the first key to positive change. A great place to start is with the 5 Gyres Project - Understanding Marine Pollution through Exploration, Education, and Action. The interactive interface takes one through five avenues of exploration in order to understand the problem, highlight the work of those who are working to rectify the situation, and to suggest ways in which we can become pro-actively involved in the effort.
To quote the great ideas from section, "What is the Solution?":
Walk into any grocery or department store and try to fill a grocery cart with individual products that are not made from, packaged, or labeled with plastic. Though some products, like plastic bottles, have a recovery plan, most do not. Even fewer are truly recycled. Plastic lost at sea is an environmental and potential human health hazard. We must demand zero tolerance for plastic pollution. Reducing our consumption and production of plastic waste, and choosing cost-effective alternatives will go a long way towards protecting our seas - and ultimately ourselves.
Inspire your company, community, school, and home to consider what they make and consume. Know the lifecycle of what you buy - what happens to your products when you're through with them? Shift some habits as you go along- commit to put your bags in the car, to not use plastic bottles, etc. Support legislative efforts to manage waste in your local community - your voice must be heard! Bring your own bag, bottle, cup, To-Go Ware, and inspire others to do the same. Be a leader in your industry and community for sustainable living. Knowing the impact of plastic pollution on the world, inaction is unacceptable.
Knowing that plastic pollution is an environmental and potential human health hazard, and that current recovery and recycling efforts are inadequate, we must manage production and recovery of plastic responsibly through legislation. Bans and fees on disposable plastics are working to protect people and the environment worldwide. When businesses take responsibility (EPR) to recover products from consumers after use, they make more durable products, create less waste, and reduce the financial burden on municipalities and taxpayers paying to reduce waste.
Necessity and we are in need of a huge change! Our capacity to come up with smarter approaches, ideas, and materials is limitless. Businesses must continue reinventing the way we make and consume our products, helping to forge a more sustainable world, and supporting communities that demand better alternatives.
Responsible legislation creates opportunity for these alternatives. Steel water bottles and cloth grocery bags, biodegradable plastics and green chemistry, closed loop product lifecycles these innovations and reinventions move us towards a more sustainable society, where the concept of "waste" has no place.
Cleaning up plastic pollution from the worlds oceans is impractical. Our communities manage waste with landfills and recovery centers, screens on stormdrains and nets across rivers, but these post-consumer solutions are expensive to taxpayers. What works are economic incentives: return deposits on bottles, return deposits on products (EPR), and even a Plastic Drive for local schools to collect all types of plastic for $/pound. Efficient recovery of waste is essential - there is no "away" in throw-away.
Project Kaisei is "a non-profit organization based in San Francisco and Hong Kong, established to increase the understanding and the scale of marine debris, its impact on our ocean environment, and how we can introduce solutions for both prevention and clean-up."
The report of Project Kaisei's research mission back in August, 2009 - "Project Kaisei confirms vast plastic debris island in Pacific".
Adam Sarvana, who writes about environmental and political issues for Natural Resources News Service, has a two-part series:
Fish and Paint Chips Part I: The Science of Trash
"Recent research has the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concerned that the huge quantities of metal, plastic, paint chips and other man-made debris floating at sea, hundreds and even thousands of miles from land, may be working their way into the American diet..."
"...The American Chemistry Council (ACC), the plastics industry trade association, repeatedly blocks efforts at stabilizing the use and consumption of plastics, arguing that whatever its environmental implications, plastic is good for the economy..."
Sometimes the problem lies simply in not knowing where to start. Luckily, research into the problem of the swirling oceanic pollution gyres will show there are serious efforts by some very dedicated groups of people to highlight and address this problem. We urge you to take the time to peruse these links and consider the information given within. We, the People created this problem, and only We, the People can fix it. But we have to get off of our butts, get out of our of our comfort zones, and be willing to work together.
Providing food, fresh water and oxygen to the world, the ocean is essential to all life on Earth, but it is in serious trouble from overuse and pollution. Ocean Conservancy believes its time to change our national policies to protect entire ecosystems as the surest way to solve the most critical ocean conservation challenges we face. The ocean belongs to everyone and everyone is needed to protect it. To get there, we must collaborate across political lines and with new partners from all walks of life.
Its not too late to fix things; a sea change can return the ocean to health.
"Avatar" is on track to be the highest grossing film of all time, but some viewers say it leaves them depressed.
Some fans say James Cameron's "Avatar" may have been too real
"Avatar Forums" has a topic thread discussing depression over "Pandora being intangible"
Cameron's movie has pulled in more than $1.4 billion in worldwide box office
(CNN) -- James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle "Avatar" may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.
On the fan forum site "Avatar Forums," a topic thread entitled "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible," has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.
"I wasn't depressed myself. In fact the movie made me happy ," Baghdassarian said. "But I can understand why it made people depressed. The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don't have here on Earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed."
A post by a user called Elequin expresses an almost obsessive relationship with the film.
"That's all I have been doing as of late, searching the Internet for more info about 'Avatar.' I guess that helps. It's so hard I can't force myself to think that it's just a movie, and to get over it, that living like the Na'vi will never happen. I think I need a rebound movie," Elequin posted.
A user named Mike wrote on the fan Web site "Naviblue" that he contemplated suicide after seeing the movie.
"Ever since I went to see 'Avatar' I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na'vi made me want to be one of them. I can't stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it," Mike posted. "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the[n] everything is the same as in 'Avatar.' "
Other fans have expressed feelings of disgust with the human race and disengagement with reality.
Cameron's movie, which has pulled in more than $1.4 billion in worldwide box office sales and could be on track to be the highest grossing film of all time, is set in the future when the Earth's resources have been pillaged by the human race. A greedy corporation is trying to mine the rare mineral unobtainium from the planet Pandora, which is inhabited by a peace-loving race of 7-foot tall, blue-skinned natives called the Na'vi.
In their race to mine for Pandora's resources, the humans clash with the Na'vi, leading to casualties on both sides. The world of Pandora is reminiscent of a prehistoric fantasyland, filled with dinosaur-like creatures mixed with the kinds of fauna you may find in the deep reaches of the ocean. Compared with life on Earth, Pandora is a beautiful, glowing utopia.
Ivar Hill posts to the "Avatar" forum page under the name Eltu. He wrote about his post-"Avatar" depression after he first saw the film earlier this month.
"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed ... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning," Hill wrote on the forum. "It just seems so ... meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep ... doing things at all. I live in a dying world."
Reached via e-mail in Sweden where he is studying game design, Hill, 17, explained that his feelings of despair made him desperately want to escape reality.
"One can say my depression was twofold: I was depressed because I really wanted to live in Pandora, which seemed like such a perfect place, but I was also depressed and disgusted with the sight of our world, what we have done to Earth. I so much wanted to escape reality," Hill said.
Cameron's special effects masterpiece is very lifelike, and the 3-D performance capture and CGI effects essentially allow the viewer to enter the alien world of Pandora for the movie's 2¸-hour running time, which only lends to the separation anxiety some individuals experience when they depart the movie theater.
"Virtual life is not real life and it never will be, but this is the pinnacle of what we can build in a virtual presentation so far," said Dr. Stephan Quentzel, psychiatrist and Medical Director for the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. "It has taken the best of our technology to create this virtual world and real life will never be as utopian as it seems onscreen. It makes real life seem more imperfect."
Fans of the movie may find actor Stephen Lang, who plays the villainous Col. Miles Quaritch in the film, an enemy of the Na'vi people and their sacred ground, an unlikely sympathizer. But Lang says he can understand the connection people are feeling with the movie.
"Pandora is a pristine world and there is the synergy between all of the creatures of the planet and I think that strikes a deep chord within people that has a wishfulness and a wistfulness to it," Lang said. "James Cameron had the technical resources to go along with this incredibly fertile imagination of his and his dream is built out of the same things that other peoples' dreams are made of."
The bright side is that for Hill and others like him -- who became dissatisfied with their own lives and with our imperfect world after enjoying the fictional creation of James Cameron -- becoming a part of a community of like-minded people on an online forum has helped them emerge from the darkness.
"After discussing on the forums for a while now, my depression is beginning to fade away. Having taken a part in many discussions concerning all this has really, really helped me," Hill said. "Before, I had lost the reason to keep on living -- but now it feels like these feelings are gradually being replaced with others."
Quentzel said creating relationships with others is one of the keys to human happiness, and that even if those connections are occurring online they are better than nothing.
"Obviously there is community building in these forums," Quentzel said. "It may be technologically different from other community building, but it serves the same purpose."
Within the fan community, suggestions for battling feelings of depression after seeing the movie include things like playing "Avatar" video games or downloading the movie soundtrack, in addition to encouraging members to relate to other people outside the virtual realm and to seek out positive and constructive activities.
NOTE from Jean: Some of those who experience some form of depression after seeing this movie may long for the time - the many times in fact - when they were blissfully sensing their Oneness with All That Is while sojourning in the spiritual realm we all go between our lifetimes in physical "reality". The deeply repressed memories of these experiences are now resurfacing as the level of spiritual awakening increases on Earth, and more and more people (souls, actually) are feeling the inner drive to recreate here on Earth the blessed realm of Love and Light where we all originate from... a seemingly near-impossible mission we will soon nevertheless masterfully accomplish, something the rational mind cannot wrap itself around, but which the soul mind knows all too well as being a Fact just ahead of Now in the Continuum. Now we -- all the self-activating Light Servers around the world -- have a unique opportunity with the fertile ground created by global cultural events, such as this Avatar movie, with their power to reach massive audiences worldwide, as millions of souls are now getting ripe for spiritual awakening and powerfully anxious to find a means to help shift the world towards the Light of Love and co-create a new higher dimensional Reality that will match their fast emerging soul memories. The juggernaut of change their self-empowerment towards serving the highest good of all will surpass anything ever seen on Earth and possibly in this entire galaxy and the exponentially accelerating speed at which the up-shift will take place will be absolutely astounding. It is That, or a global repeat of what is described in the following eye-opening article...
Warning: You may shrivel in horror while discovering what so many still revered figures or our history have done and condoned... Bear in mind too that the mass killing of millions and millions of human beings in the New World was done with the silent blessing of a religion that to this day continues to be responsible for much suffering and bloodshed. Kind of put things back in perspective... And yet, as it is suggested in the current, ongoing Special Peace Vigil for the Middle East, all those still involved in such dark deeds "need to know and feel at soul level that we love them all unconditionally, no matter what past learning experiences they may have gone through or initiated, so they may see beyond their current prejudices and distorted perceptions, and hear the songs of Peace and Love emanating from our souls. To do so, we need to first heal within ourselves all such prejudices and perceptions towards all actors involved into these karmically enlightening experiences, in the Middle East of anywhere else on Earth, including our neighbor next door, so as to start the healing process in all. Herein lies our immediate responsibility."
Quote: This is why the right hates Avatar. In the neocon Weekly Standard, John Podhoretz complains that the film resembles a revisionist western in which the Indians became the good guys and the Americans the bad guys.(4) He says it asks the audience to root for the defeat of American soldiers at the hands of an insurgency. LOsservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, condemned the film as just an anti-imperialistic, anti-militaristic parable(5).
Avatar half-tells a story we would all prefer to forget
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 11th January 2010
Avatar, James Camerons blockbusting 3-D film, is both profoundly silly and profound. Its profound because, like most films about aliens, it is a metaphor for contact between different human cultures. But in this case the metaphor is conscious and precise: this is the story of European engagement with the native peoples of the Americas. Its profoundly silly because engineering a happy ending demands a plot so stupid and predictable that it rips the heart out of the film. The fate of the native Americans is much closer to the story told in another new film, The Road, in which a remnant population flees in terror as it is hunted to extinction.
But this is a story no one wants to hear, because of the challenge it presents to the way we choose to see ourselves. Europe was massively enriched by the genocides in the Americas; the American nations were founded on them. This is a history we cannot accept.
In his book American Holocaust, the US scholar David Stannard documents the greatest acts of genocide the world has ever experienced(1). In 1492, some 100m native peoples lived in the Americas. By the end of the 19th Century almost all of them had been exterminated. Many died as a result of disease. But the mass extinction was also engineered.
When the Spanish arrived in the Americas, they described a world which could scarcely have been more different from their own. Europe was ravaged by war, oppression, slavery, fanaticism, disease and starvation. The populations they encountered were healthy, well-nourished and mostly (with exceptions like the Aztecs and Incas) peacable, democratic and egalitarian. Throughout the Americas the earliest explorers, including Columbus, remarked on the natives extraordinary hospitality. The conquistadores marvelled at the amazing roads, canals, buildings and art they found, which in some cases outstripped anything they had seen at home. None of this stopped them from destroying everything and everyone they encountered.
The butchery began with Columbus. He slaughtered the native people of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic) by unimaginably brutal means. His soldiers tore babies from their mothers and dashed their heads against rocks. They fed their dogs on living children. On one occasion they hung 13 Indians in honour of Christ and the 12 disciples, on a gibbet just low enough for their toes to touch the ground, then disembowelled them and burnt them alive. Columbus ordered all the native people to deliver a certain amount of gold every three months; anyone who failed had his hands cut off. By 1535 the native population of Hispaniola had fallen from 8m to zero: partly as a result of disease, partly as a result of murder, overwork and starvation.
The conquistadores spread this civilising mission across central and south America. When they failed to reveal where their mythical treasures were hidden, the indigenous people were flogged, hanged, drowned, dismembered, ripped apart by dogs, buried alive or burnt. The soldiers cut off womens breasts, sent people back to their villages with their severed hands and noses hung round their necks and hunted Indians with their dogs for sport. But most were killed by enslavement and disease. The Spanish discovered that it was cheaper to work Indians to death and replace them than to keep them alive: the life expectancy in their mines and plantations was three to four months. Within a century of their arrival, around 95% of the population of South and Central America had been destroyed.
In California during the 18th Century the Spanish systematised this extermination. A Franciscan missionary called Junipero Serra set up a series of missions: in reality concentration camps using slave labour. The native people were herded in under force of arms and made to work in the fields on one fifth of the calories fed to African-American slaves in the 19th century. They died from overwork, starvation and disease at astonishing rates, and were continually replaced, wiping out the indigenous populations. Junipero Serra, the Eichmann of California, was beatified by the Vatican in 1988. He now requires one more miracle to be pronounced a saint(2).
While the Spanish were mostly driven by the lust for gold, the British who colonised North America wanted land. In New England they surrounded the villages of the native Americans and murdered them as they slept. As genocide spread westwards, it was endorsed at the highest levels. George Washington ordered the total destruction of the homes and land of the Iroquois. Thomas Jefferson declared that his nations wars with the Indians should be pursued until each tribe is exterminated or is driven beyond the Mississippi. During the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, troops in Colorado slaughtered unarmed people gathered under a flag of peace, killing children and babies, mutilating all the corpses and keeping their victims genitals to use as tobacco pouches or to wear on their hats. Theodore Roosevelt called this event as rightful and beneficial a deed as ever took place on the frontier.
The butchery hasnt yet ended: last month the Guardian reported that Brazilian ranchers in the western Amazon, having slaughtered all the rest, tried to kill the last surviving member of a forest tribe(3). Yet the greatest acts of genocide in history scarcely ruffle our collective conscience. Perhaps this is what would have happened had the Nazis won the second world war: the Holocaust would have been denied, excused or minimised in the same way, even as it continued. The people of the nations responsible Spain, Britain, the US and others will tolerate no comparisons, but the final solutions pursued in the Americas were far more successful. Those who commissioned or endorsed them remain national or religious heroes. Those who seek to prompt our memories are ignored or condemned.
This is why the right hates Avatar. In the neocon Weekly Standard, John Podhoretz complains that the film resembles a revisionist western in which the Indians became the good guys and the Americans the bad guys.(4) He says it asks the audience to root for the defeat of American soldiers at the hands of an insurgency. Insurgency is an interesting word for an attempt to resist invasion: insurgent, like savage, is what you call someone who has something you want. LOsservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, condemned the film as just an anti-imperialistic, anti-militaristic parable(5).
But at least the right knows what it is attacking. In the New York Times the liberal critic Adam Cohen praises Avatar for championing the need to see clearly(6). It reveals, he says, a well-known principle of totalitarianism and genocide - that it is easiest to oppress those we cannot see. But in a marvellous unconscious irony, he bypasses the crashingly obvious metaphor and talks instead about the light it casts on Nazi and Soviet atrocities. We have all become skilled in the art of not seeing.
I agree with its rightwing critics that Avatar is crass, mawkish and cliched. But it speaks of a truth more important - and more dangerous - than those contained in a thousand arthouse movies.
Vatican Slams 'Avatar' (01/12/10) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/vatican-slams-avatar-prom_n_419949.html
VATICAN CITY "Avatar" is wooing audiences worldwide with visually dazzling landscapes and nature-loving blue creatures. But the Vatican is no easy crowd to please.The Vatican newspaper and radio station are criticizing James Cameron's 3-D blockbuster for flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion a notion the pope has warned against. They call the movie a simplistic and sappy tale, despite its awe-inspiring special effects."Not much behind the images" was how the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, summed it up in a headline. (...) Most significantly, much of the Vatican criticism was directed at the movie's central theme of man vs. nature.L'Osservatore said the film "gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature." Similarly, Vatican Radio said it "cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium.""Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship," the radio said. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that while the movie reviews are just that film criticism, not theological pronouncements they do reflect Pope Benedict XVI's views on the dangers of turning nature into a "new divinity." Benedict has often spoken about the need to protect the environment, earning the nickname of "green pope." But he also has balanced that call with a warning against turning environmentalism into neo-paganism.In a recent World Day of Peace message, the pontiff warned against any notions that equate human beings with other living things in the name of a "supposedly egalitarian vision." He said such notions "open the way to a new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism, which would see the source of man's salvation in nature alone, understood in purely naturalistic terms."The pope explained in the message that while many experience tranquillity and peace when coming into contact with nature, a correct relationship between man and the environment should not lead to "absolutizing nature" or "considering it more important than the human person." CLIP
ANOTHER HUGE INTRACTABLE PROBLEM SOME IDIOTIC, RESEARCH MONEY-DRIVEN SCIENTISTS AND GREEDY CORPORATE DIMWITS HAVE CREATED FOR ALL HUMANITY FOR ENDLESS GENERATIONS TO COME!!! JUST LIKE THE GMO CONTAMINATION OF NATURE AND THE WORLDWIDE DEPLETED URANIUM POLLUTION OF ALL LIFE FORMS... Sigh...
'Grey goo' food laced with nanoparticles could swamp Britain
By FIONA MACRAELa - 8th January 2010
Britain is on the brink of a massive expansion in foods containing controversial 'grey goo' nanoparticles, according to the former head of the Food Standards Agency.
Low-calorie chocolate and beer that doesn't go flat could be on sale within just five years, Lord Krebs said last night.
However, he and other peers believe there will be no requirement for the hi-tech products to be labelled as containing nanoparticles - microscopic compounds that can worm their way into the brain, liver and kidneys with unknown consequences.
But critics said the public have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies, and point out that new legislation will mean that cosmetics that contain nanoparticles will have to be clearly labelled.
Once derided by Prince Charles as 'grey goo', nanoparticles are tiny particles - 300 million would fit in a pinhead - with powerful properties that make them of interest to food companies.
Although they are small, they have a large surface area at which key chemical reactions can take place. This means that relatively low numbers of sugar nanoparticles can have the same effect as a large amount of normal sugar, creating tasty chocolate or cakes with a fraction of the calories.
The same principle could be applied to fat, allowing the creation of low-fat icecreams and mayonnaise that taste like the real thing.
Nanotechnology-inspired packaging promises to improve food shelf-life, and in the U.S. plastic beer bottles have been lined with 'nanoclay' to stop the brew from going flat.
Lord Krebs chaired an inquiry by the House of Lords science and technology committee into the safety of nanotechnology in food, which found that although there is no evidence that the tiny particles are harmful, there are 'large gaps' on our knowledge.
The committee called for the Food Standards-Agency to compile a database of nanoproducts that can be accessed by the public. The FSA is not in favour of nanoparticles being declared on food labels, saying they are cluttered enough already.
The inquiry also criticised the food industry for being unnecessarily ' secretive' about the products it has in the pipeline. It said this seemed mainly to be because it was concerned about the public's reaction.
Julian Hunt of the Food and Drink Federation said: 'Given that nanotechnology is in its infancy in the food and drink sector, and that bringing innovations to market is a long and complex process, we are surprised that the report seems to criticise the food industry for an apparent reluctance to communicate extensively on this subject.
'There are many questions and unknowns about the potential future uses of nanotechnologies in our sector, and there is much work still to be done by scientists, governments and regulators, as well as the food and drink industry.'
1000 Nano Products (AUGUST 31, 2009) http://crnano.typepad.com/crnblog/2009/08/1000-nano-products.html
According to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, the number of nano products available to the public has topped the 1000 mark.Of course, these are mostly conventional products that include some component created by a nanoscale technology: a nanomaterial, a sensor, or a chemical integrated into a much larger conventionally manufactured product. Still, for those who like round numbers, this is a milestone worth noting. - MUCH MORE IN http://www.nanotechproject.org/inventories/
Nano-Risks: A Big Need for a Little Testing (January 2010 Scientific American Magazine) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=big-need-for-a-little-testing
The EPA must act swiftly to evaluate the possible health risks of nanotechnology -- A decade ago the great worry about nanotechnology was that it could quite literally destroy the planet. As Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy warned in his essay Why the Future Doesnt Need Us, self-assembling nanobots could potentially spread out of our control (Mis-)programmed to replicate ad infinitum, these subsentient bots would spread across the landscape as a gray goo of devastation, consuming the earth and every unlucky creature who called it home.Nowadays we can only wish that our planet-dooming scenarios were so far-fetched. Our existential worries revolve around the all too immediate problems of global warming and disease, and nanotechnologyincorporated into improved solar panels, wind turbines or drug delivery mechanismscould, if anything, emerge as an important tool to fight these threats.Yet like any new technology, nanomaterials carry with them potential both for good and for harm. The most salient worries concern not a gray goo apocalypse but rather the more prosaic and likely possibility that some of these novel materials may turn out to be hazardous to our health or the environment. Because ordinary materials display unique properties at the nanoscale, the nanometer-size bits of a seemingly benign material might turn out to be noxious. As John D. Young and Jan Martel report in The Rise and Fall of Nanobacteria, even naturally occurring nanoparticulates can have an deleterious effect on the human body. If natural nanoparticulates can harm us, we would be wise to carefully consider the possible actions of engineered nanomaterials. The size of nanoparticles also means that they can more readily escape into the environment and infiltrate deep into internal organs such as the lungs and liver. Adding to the concern, each nanomaterial is unique. Although researchers have conducted a number of studies on the health risks of individual materials, this scattershot approach cannot provide a comprehensive picture of the hazardsquantitative data on what materials, in what concentrations, affect the body over what timescales.In response to this uncertainty, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a grand research strategy to study the health and environmental effects of nanomaterials, a welcome step that many have been advocating for years.
(...) According to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, more than 1,000 consumer products containing nanomaterials are available in the U.S., a number that is quickly growing.We also emphasize speed because of the EPAs alarming recent history with a similar research program. In 1996 Congress directed the EPA to conduct a comprehensive screening program for endocrine disruptors in the environment. These chemicals interfere with the bodys hormonal system and can lead to abnormal development of the sex organs, infertility and cancer. Although the U.S. has banned the production of known endocrine disruptors such as PCBs and DDT, other common chemicalsmost notably bisphenol A (BPA) and some pesticidesmay also affect the bodys endocrine system.Even for a government agency, the EPAs response to the congressional directive was woefully indolent. Instead of quickly beginning to study the thousands of suspected endocrine disruptors that may exist in the nations drinking water, the EPA spent the next decade building a labyrinth of committees and subcommittees to evaluate what materials might be worthy of study and the methodologies that should be used to study them. By 2002six years after the program beganthe EPA got so far as to devise the selection process it planned to use to choose the first 50 to 100 chemicals that would eventually be subject to analysis. In 2007 the agency published a draft list of those chemicals. In April 2009 it finalized the list. And triumphantly, in late October, 13 years after the program began, the EPA announced that it would begin research. The country cannot afford a repeat of this farceand not just because of the public health concerns. With so many nanomaterials already on the market and such little public awareness of nanotechnology, one safety scare might convince consumers that all nanotechnology is dangerous. (Witness Europes attitude toward genetic modification for an example of how a culture can turn against an entire class of innovation.) In addition, without clear scientific and regulatory guidance, many companies are hesitant to invest in nanotechnology R&D, fearing the exposure to legal action that could result if one day a technology is deemed dangerous. Procter & Gamble, for example, is not pursuing na notechnology because of the long-term risk of litigation.This uncertainty is putting peoples health at risk and choking innovation. And with all the threats the planet faces, we need all the little bits of innovation we can get.
How Carbon Nanotubes Can Affect Lining Of The Lungs (25 Oct 2009) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091025162452.htm
Carbon nanotubes are being considered for use in everything from sports equipment to medical applications, but a great deal remains unknown about whether these materials cause respiratory or other health problems. Now a collaborative study from North Carolina State University, The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences shows that inhaling these nanotubes can affect the outer lining of the lung, though the effects of long-term exposure remain unclear. CLIP
Nanoparticles may cause DNA damage across a cellular barrier (November 5, 2009) http://www.physorg.com/news176657350.html
Scientists have shown in the laboratory that metal nanoparticles damaged the DNA in cells on the other side of a cellular barrier. The nanoparticles did not cause the damage by passing through the barrier, but generated signalling molecules within the barrier cells that were then transmitted to cause damage in cells the other side of the barrier. The research was carried out by a team at the University of Bristol and colleagues, and is published online this week in Nature Nanotechnology. CLIP
Nanoparticles Used in Common Household Items Cause Genetic Damage in Mice (Nov. 17, 2009) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091116165739.htm
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, found in everything from cosmetics to sunscreen to paint to vitamins, caused systemic genetic damage in mice, according to a comprehensive study conducted by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The TiO2 nanoparticles induced single- and double-strand DNA breaks and also caused chromosomal damage as well as inflammation, all of which increase the risk for cancer. The UCLA study is the first to show that the nanoparticles had such an effect, said Robert Schiestl, a professor of pathology, radiation oncology and environmental health sciences, a Jonsson Cancer Center scientist and the study's senior author. Once in the system, the TiO2 nanoparticles accumulate in different organs because the body has no way to eliminate them. And because they are so small, they can go everywhere in the body, even through cells, and may interfere with sub-cellular mechanisms. CLIP
Dude, nobody told me I was a nanotechnology consumer! (17 November 2009) http://www.nanoceo.net/nanonews_11_17_09
Consumer products containing, or claiming to contain, nanomaterials are popping up left and right. It's great that we now have better golf balls, antibacterial socks, clear sunscreen and scratch-free Mercedes limousines. Thanks to some marketing geniuses, we also now have nanosilver foam condoms, nanoseal facial creams and nanotea (see: "The wacky world of nanotechnology consumer products"). When browsing through nanotechnology product directories, it becomes clear very quickly that apart from the advanced semiconductor structures increasingly found in computers and consumer electronics todays "nanotechnology" products are quite primitive and a far cry from promises of revolutionary products and applications in nanoelectronics and nanomedicine. Not quite the stuff yet that will cure cancer and save the world. Although a lot of exciting and pioneering work is done in laboratories around the world, it will be several years before this groundbreaking work will be commercialized.Most products today are defined as nanotechnology product because they contain nanoparticles in some form or other. For instance, many antimicrobial coatings contain silver in nanoscale form; food products and cosmetics contain nanoparticles; drug formulations are made with nanoscale ingredients; and some products are partially made with composite materials containing nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes or carbon nanofibers) to mechanically strengthen the material (see part 7 'commercial applications' of our "Ten things you should know about nanotechnology" series).Two researchers from the Norwegian National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), Harald Throne-Holst and Pål Strandbakken, argue that consumer rights in the nanotechnology age are not self-evident but rather have to be strengthened, partly redefined and certainly revived in order to empower and protect consumers.
NOTE FROM JEAN: As if we didn't have enough problems already with chemical, GMO and radioactive (DU) contamination of nature and our bodies. Over time the genetic damages caused by nanoparticles could prove to be even worst that those from depleted uranium use in ammunitions. Once again, humans are playing God with nature because there is profit to be made... Our bodies are probably already awash with nanoparticles and nobody is aware of it... Sigh...
Note from Jean: My beloved friend Lou Bognon (from South Africa - http://loubognon.com/) will be interviewed by Lance White (from California - an ERN subscriber since April 2008) next January 30 (at 10 pm East coast time - 7 pm West coast - click HERE to find out your local corresponding time) on his BBS radio show called "A Fireside Chat with Zany Mystic" (accessible HERE at the time of the broadcast - you'll have to click on the top left button named "BBS Station 1 - Live Talk Radio" to listen in - it airs every Saturday - If you miss it you'll have to become a member to access the archives). I'm including below an email reply Lou made to Lance on January 13 in preparation for this interview, because she expresses many things that I feel will be of interest to many of you.
THANK YOU for the lovely feedback on my postings... am so happy they have touched you... I write seldom you know, but when I do I really try to share my deepest soul and core so that I enrich the One tapestry we are all weaving... and yes we can talk about the mirror effect and the law of resonance if you like as this is such a powerful reality so few remain aware of... It is so much easier to point the fingers in some direction instead of where it really matters - within - and so people live in the entrapment and illusion that - it is "their" fault, it is always the fault of someone else... and yet, each time we point a finger in any direction, three other fingers point back to us... but who looks at the hand in that moment - or in any other moment anyway?
Now a few words about South Africa. Yes, indeed, it is the Cradle of Humankind - that is now "proven" scientifically beyond any trace of a doubt... but what is not obvious yet to most people around the world though, it is that this remains the Mothers' Womb, and as such it is its signature and imprint to for ever be birthing anew...
The freedom of expression one finds here in what is truthfully a real melting pot of cultures, races, lifestyles, traditions and belief systems, all having expression in total freedom and non-judgement allows for the purest forms of new expression to grow unhindered and fully mature or abort before their time has come. It is no coincidence that in a country of a relatively small importance in global terms, trends and events have shaped so much of what has been bad and good in the past few decades... Think apartheid then reconciliation and forgiveness at national level, things like, Jews and Hindus holding the hospitals and courts and the nation so that Muslims or Christians can have a break, then vice-versa... no celebration taking real precedence nor importance over another...etc. Some very special and interesting aspects to being part of a culture that even apartheid reinforced positively i.e..: all cultures and traditions have value and must be respected... (albeit separately...)
Then there is the aspects of nature conservation and our national parks - so many for all reasons - there are flora parks, forest parks, mountain parks, desert parks, fauna parks bird watching parks, frog parks, cactus and succulent parks, some of the most majestic botanical gardens on earth given our biodiversity, etc. etc. South Africa is really worthy of its slogan - the world in one country - and we really hold many records of bio diversity especially as far as fauna and flora and birds are concerned...
And then there are of course the souls who, like me, have been sent here, or rather have chosen to be here mostly yet unaware to really hold the flame in a continent always on the verge of some demon, such as fear, ignorance, disconnection and disgrace... We are indeed many many Beings of Light in this part of the planet. We hold the womb of our Mother and ensure she is allowed to forever birth her new creations and ideas, and in so many ways we really are a unique and thickly woven tread of the Mother's blanket to keep all her children safe and the human race evolving and going forward.
The awakening in South Africa of a spiritual community is so huge that I dare say we are indeed a most vital pole of this planetary awakening.
No wonder then that ET activity is indeed frequent in our latitudes as traditionally it has always been part and parcel of the Zulu nation's culture and oral traditions of all other indigenous groups of identity we have 12 of them...plus the most ancient people: the bushmen of the Kalahari and other less known minorities that stand as living library witnesses to all that came through and before and at any given time from the womb of The Mother. For you see, we in South Africa, as opposed to the Americas, Australia, etc, do not have a history of systemic killing of the local and original populations. They are all still here, including the most ancient tribes, the Koi San people, whose biology is really different from all others.
As for vortexes and portals, indeed the greatest portals for entry into our planetary mother are at the African Equator, and beyond that at the South Pole too, and of course it is no longer a well kept secret that a major ET base is right there and has always been there for hundred of thousands of years...
So much we can talk about in our interview but after you read my book I know you will want to talk a lot more about healing. Whatever you choose to ask me, know this: I will be comfortable... I always connect to Source and therefore I am no longer alone when I speak... Many other souls volunteer to assist me and I love to just then be their instrument. My trust is so total that I am always as you will hear, in an absolute state of total trust as I speak and as they speak through me... even my voice changes and the modulation becomes deeper and deeper sometimes to the point where it is no longer little me at all, but my Divine Presence who takes total control and so she should after so may decrees I do to tell her to take command, and so it is!!!!!
Hope you enjoy reading all this and I look forward to reading your book when you send it also, must go off now and send you all my love
Mexican Fisherman Meets Harvard MBA: A Rich Reminder of What Really Matters in Life
A vacationing American businessman standing on the pier of a quaint coastal fishing village in southern Mexico watched as a small boat with just one young Mexican fisherman pulled into the dock. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. Enjoying the warmth of the early afternoon sun, the American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.
"How long did it take you to catch them?" the American casually asked.
"Oh, a few hours," the Mexican fisherman replied.
"Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" the American businessman then asked.
The Mexican warmly replied, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."
The businessman then became serious, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
Responding with a smile, the Mexican fisherman answered, "I sleep late, play with my children, watch ballgames, and take siesta with my wife. Sometimes in the evenings I take a stroll into the village to see my friends, play the guitar, sing a few songs..."
The American businessman impatiently interrupted, "Look, I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you to be more profitable. You can start by fishing several hours longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra money, you can buy a bigger boat. With the additional income that larger boat will bring, before long you can buy a second boat, then a third one, and so on, until you have an entire fleet of fishing boats."
Proud of his own sharp thinking, he excitedly elaborated a grand scheme which could bring even bigger profits, "Then, instead of selling your catch to a middleman you'll be able to sell your fish directly to the processor, or even open your own cannery. Eventually, you could control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this tiny coastal village and move to Mexico City, or possibly even Los Angeles or New York City, where you could even further expand your enterprise."
Having never thought of such things, the Mexican fisherman asked, "But how long will all this take?"
After a rapid mental calculation, the Harvard MBA pronounced, "Probably about 15-20 years, maybe less if you work really hard."
"And then what, señor?" asked the fisherman.
"Why, that's the best part!" answered the businessman with a laugh. "When the time is right, you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions."
"Millions? Really? What would I do with it all?" asked the young fisherman in disbelief.
The businessman boasted, "Then you could happily retire with all the money you've made. You could move to a quaint coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, play with your grandchildren, watch ballgames, and take siesta with your wife. You could stroll to the village in the evenings where you could play the guitar and sing with your friends all you want."
The moral of the story is: Know what really matters in life, and you may find that it is already much closer than you think.
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