June 19, 2008

The Perfect Storm Series #17: Things Coming To a Head

Hello everysoul!

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Check it all out if you can. Much MUCH important stuff throughout!

And you may want to start with this first...

The Shift
A mighty global movement is inspiring a huge shift towards a better world. and if you have a bit if time on your hands...

Alex Jones Interview of Dennis Kuninich - Must listen to! (27 min - 14 June 2008)
Dennis says something highly spiritual and very beautiful between 17 and 18 minutes into this interview.

And make sure to check the recommended links below on the latest crop circles now finally making it into the mainstream media!

Love, Light and Peace will prevail!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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"Your words are like music to my ears. You say it all so beautifully, so eloquently, so truly. Bless you, bless us all."

- Susan Shane ( commenting on Meditation Focus #187: Activating the Power of Envisioning to which I responded: "Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. As you must know, I - as Jean Hudon, this current human personality - play a very humble sideline role in writing up those Meditation Focus summaries. I merely follow the leading inspirational thread that is spun from deep within my soul and simply type down the words and ideas as they come out, without the slightest idea of where this is going. And I'm always stunned at the end that such clarity can come through me at the very late hours of the night when I usually get to note down - often in a state of utter exhaustion - the thoughts designed to inform people about what we are going to focus our meditation on this next time. I never have the slightest doubt that something perfectly adapted to the interlocking upward moving sequence of those successive meditation focuses will manifest, and so just let it flow out, in the nick of time, and read, as it comes through, how the next theme - usually "received" while meditating the previous Sunday - will be fleshed out. This gives me (the little self) GREAT confidence that a wondrous future is unfolding at this very moment through all we are being guided to manifest."

"Integrity: We align our thoughts, our words, our actions, and our love with source energy, with The Pure Consciousness of the Cosmic Source of All That Is and with the loving Oneness of our heart and soul. OM: One Moment at an Earth Time ~ Integrity is so much more than being earthly truthful with other souls. It is being honest with our own souls first. Integrity is living in accordance with our hearts and souls, within the OM or One Moment at an earthly time. Integrity is living in and within our loving nature - choosing love, soulful love, light, and Oneness, honoring both our soul and the source of All That Is, that we are and emanate from in each OM, each One Moment and then in turn in the natural flow of what comes of our honoring all souls and all essences."

- Taken from Integrity: Living in loving oneness of the heart and soul

"This entire year is infused with a very strong energy of building conflict, which is set to come to a head around November 2, 2008, when Saturn and Uranus square off in the sky, and Americans choose between Saturnine systems of control to strengthen their Empire and Uranian transformations of the national soul to bring about greater conformity with the principles of Right Relations. So, spiritual practices are a must, but it is hard to find time and energy for those practices in a global emergency. And we are in an emergency. Ponder the accelerating changes in our world, ranging from the global economic crisis of finance capitalism, to the peak oil crisis, which heralds the end of the age of hydro-carbon driven industrial civilizations, the environmental crisis, the global food shortage, and the increasing intractability and belligerence of the most privileged individuals on the planet, who seem determined to sacrifice the well-being of billions of people and the entire human-friendly Earth environment that developed over the last few billion years, just to extend their wealth, their hegemony and their privileges another few decades. Despite all distractions and increasing responsibilities, we must continue on our Spiritual path."

- Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry Taken from their Summer Solstice 2008 newsletter


1. Feedbacks
2. Movement in India to spread meditation in the whole world by the year 2012
3. The Sacred Wheel of Life
4. Air Force Purge Shows Brzezinski's TLC Rules DC
5. Obama Is a Truly Democratic Expansionist
6. Elect Obama or Fall Into Tyranny
7. Congressman Hamburg: Another Bush False Flag Attack Soon?
9. U.S. Chickens coming home to roost
10. The Gates of Hell
11. The Greatest Story Never Told: Finally, the U.S. Mega-Bases in Iraq Make the News
12. Climate in crisis, leaders asleep
13. Washington, You're Fired
14. Tar sands a toxic disaster, says Environmental Defence
15. Corporations Plan To Pull Plug On The Free Internet
16. Deadly Silences: The Hurricane Andrew Cover-up
17. Floods could reduce corn supplies, raise price
18. Investigating CHEMTRAILS
19. It's in your future as oil prices rise?
20. Now Half the World Has a Cell Phone -- Why That is a Brain Tumor Epidemic Waiting to Happen
21. Healthy Lifestyle Triggers Genetic Changes: Study


Make sure to check the new stunning celestial glyphs in the UK
including these most stunning ones...

Wiltshire crop circle identified as symbolic code for first ten places of pi (June 18, 2008) MUST SEE!
Wroughton - Mathematicians are perplexed after a highly complex crop circle appeared in a Wiltshire field - depicting a fundamental mathematical symbol. The circle is, apparently, a coded image representing a complex mathematical number - the first ten digits of pi - and even astrophysicists admit they find it "mind-boggling". The circular pattern was created in a barley field near Barbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort, earlier this month. Measuring around 46m (150ft) in diameter, it has had crop circle enthusiasts and experts stumped. The symbol was identified eventually by Mike Reed, a retired astrophysicist who contacted Lucy Pringle, a crop circle photographer and expert, with an explanation. Maths codes and geometric patterns have long been an important factor in crop circle formations - one of the most famous formations ever created showed the image of a complex set of fractals known as The Julia Set, in a field near Stonehenge, 12 years ago. Lucy Pringle, who researches the effects of electromagnetic fields on living systems and crop formations and has the largest database of crop circles in the world said of the phenomenon: "This is an astounding development - it is a seminal event."

It appears at long last that the mainstream media are finally paying some serious attention to this extraordinary ongoing ET phenomenon. Check these 55 googlenews results
EVEN Fox News is on it:,2933,368422,00.html

Amazing new celestial glyph (crop circle) in South Korea!

(...) Many of us believe in aliens, ETs, ascension intelligent beings, and that they are the creators of the real original crop circles. We also believe that the aliens or ETs are ascension intelligent beings and that they are our creators. In other words, they are us. Some times the truth repeats it´s self as do we. The truth will set us free and there are many who are calling for those who know the truth about aliens and their UFOs to share the truth with everyone on earth. All beings should know the truth about the alien Et UFOs and crop circles. (...) Religions and governments of the world are realizing the power to keep the truth from the mass population of earth is not possible any longer. Some governments and religions do not know the whole truth. They will learn along with the mass population of earth. This is the age of revealing prior to 2012. The alien ET UFOs and crop circles are here to reveal what we are to know prior to 2012. Alien civilizations exist.

They finally found water on Mars!!

Please join us for the Solstice distant healing event on June 20!
The Earth Heal Geoharmonic Research Project will be hosting a group distant healing event on Friday, June 20, starting at 13:30 local Brazilian time, which is 16.30 GMT/UT, and continuing for about 3 - 4 hours, ending between 19:30 and 20:30 GMT/UT.All people and animals everywhere in the world are welcome to join us for this event, on a donation basis for those who are able to, and on a pro bono basis for those who are unable to make a donation.The treatment process will assist in "setting the energy" for participants, in preparation for the Solstice, which occurs at 23:59,GMT/UT, about 3 hours after the close of the treatment process. To view the starting time of the event in your part of the world, please go to this link at the World Clock. (...) The June solstice is also known as the northern solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere. This day has the longest hours of daylight for those living north of the Tropic of Cancer. The "midnight sun" remains visible throughout the night to the north of the Arctic Circle, while those who live south of the southern Arctic Circle will not see sun at all during this time of the year. (...) Ancient cultures always celebrated the Solstices and Equinoxes as particularly sacred days of the year. The solstice is a time to recall the reverence and understanding that the ancient people had for the sky. Some 5,000 years ago, huge stones were placed in a circle on a broad plain now known as Stonehenge in England and were aligned with the moment of sunrise on June solstice (more info below - NOTE: There is a very comprehensive overview of various summer solstice celebrations throughout the ages and the Earth (...) Today, the day is still celebrated around the world, most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands still gather to welcome the sunrise on the June Solstice. Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups gather to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn. During the treatment process, each participant will be worked on individually and as part of the group, and will assist the planetary healing by anchoring the healing energy in their part of the world, and releasing disharmonic energies no longer needed, on an individual and collective level. For those who have never before experienced vibrational healing work, this is the ideal opportunity. CLIP Much more info on Edna's unique and vital healing work through

World Day of Prayer, Invocation and Meditation on June 18

Link Up Time: June 22 midnight ~ 2AM GMT / UTC 2008 Everyone is invited to join in this Global Meditation Link Up and to help co-create a Rainbow Around the World. The intent is that this Rainbow will strengthen our connectedness fill each dimension of our world with LIGHT and prayers for the well-being of all further activate and harmonise the planetary grid. CLIP - There is much to discover on this Australian website.

The CONSTITUTION of UNITED DIVERSITY is intended to politically empower "equally" each member of the one Human Family worldwide. We constitutionally liberate ourselves from all forms of bondage to misguided government policies and morally corrupt practices, beginning with initiatory physical force and aggression. We constitutionally enumerate and seek political balance between Individual Sovereignty and Cooperative Rights for the highest good of all members of the one Human Family. UNITE AND FREE THE HUMAN FAMILY with The CONSTITUTION of UNITED DIVERSITY - Come join us in leveling the world playing field between the Rulers and the Ruled: - Recommended by "Triaka Smith" who wrote: "Aloha Jean. You speak words of wisdom regarding Obama's role in the world... He is a catalyst for "change" but the real goal is for a higher consciousness of the masses. My own offering to this end is... (what he sent - above)."

Calendar of upcoming spiritual events around the world

Common Passion
Imagine a massive global collaborative of peace-creating groups whose purpose is social and environmental harmony, with ever-larger numbers of people participating in the most effective peace-making programs ever developed. Peace may well be within our reach, and science can help us get there.


PHOTOS and PROTEST: George Bush's welcome to PARIS on Friday, June 13th

Bush demo police branded 'blood hungry' by protesters
As George Bush dined with Prime Minister Gordon Brown several hundred yards away in Downing Street - the demonstration degenerated into a vicious melee in which numerous officers and protesters were injured, and 25 were arrested.

Bush, Musharraf, Ahmadinejad Least Trusted Leaders
Reuters: "US President George W. Bush is ranked only slightly above the rulers of Pakistan and Iran as one of the least-trusted leaders in the world, a survey released on Monday showed.

Water-fuel car unveiled in Japan (1:21 video - June 13)
Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water. The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into the car's tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car. Genepax, the company that invented the technology, aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass produce it. Much more on this through including Genepax Water Car: Too Good to be True? Yeah

Greenwashing Disease | ZapRoot 041 (3 min 6 sec)
Australia is set to build the world largest wind farm in 2009. Greenwashing, these guys are full of **it!
Check the 59 other Zaproot green-minded fast-paced hip videos through and check also

Greenwashing Index
The world’s first online interactive forum that allows consumers to evaluate real advertisements making environmental claims. “Going green” has become mainstream for businesses large and small — and that’s a good thing. What’s not so great is when businesses make environmental marketing claims that can be misleading.

The archives of the Ode Magazine
Worth exploring!... such as... Who would want to be a refugee?
There are some 33 million refugees in the world, 9 million of whom are children. Though their faces are often seen on the news, their stories are rarely heard. Here are four.

Sneak peak at Beijing Olympic Gardens - FANTASTIC!

Yet there is another much darker side to this construction boom as you'll see below...

A Gulf Apart - The Dark Side Of the Dream,28804,1779365_1779366_1779370,00.html
Migrant workers in Sonapur help to build Dubai's mansions and skyscrapers, yet they sleep eight to a room in labor camps (...) The Gulf's dazzling new architecture, sleek airports and high-speed freeways have all exacted their human cost, producing another kind of gulf — a social and economic one dividing the rich élite from the ill-paid workers whose labors have made the region's transformation a reality. About 17 million migrants — most of them from South Asia, including some 4.5 million from India alone — now work in the Gulf, typically as construction workers on the grandiose projects that have proliferated as the region's oil and gas revenues have soared. The Gulf's new wealth has also brought in hundreds of thousands of housemaids — many from Asia but increasingly from Africa too — who work largely behind closed doors, invisible to outsiders. More than a third of the Gulf's 37 million residents are foreign, and in the United Arab Emirates just 17% of the population are locals.The Gulf is so dependent on the labor of these low-paid immigrants that the boom might have been impossible without them. "If they decided to go work elsewhere," says Nabeel Rajab, a Bahrain contractor and human-rights activist, "the economies of the Gulf countries would collapse." CLIP

Dubai Economic Boom Comes at a Price for Workers
(...) But amid the high living, some foreign diplomats warn there is an often unseen dark side to Dubai. They say the city's economic miracle would not be possible without armies of poorly paid construction workers from the Indian subcontinent, most of whom are forced to give up their passports upon arrival in the U.A.E. Some workers say they haven't been home in years and that their salary has been withheld to pay back loans. Another side of Dubai is technically illegal but widespread: prostitution."It is a sin city," Ibrahim says. "They don't like this name, but they don't shrink away from the image, because it brings a lot of money." CLIP

Let the Next President Know We Want a Nuclear-Free World!
Hope you are interested in ending/disarming nuclear weapons- If so, you can sign the petition to give to our next president, or pass along the info so others interested may do so. The United States still maintains an arsenal of nearly 10,000 nuclear weapons - enough to destroy the world many times over. The only sure way to prevent nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war - before the next blinding flash - is to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The era of nuclear weapons must be brought to an end. This can be done. It will require leadership and commitment. Nuclear weapons were created by humans, and it is our responsibility to eliminate them before they eliminate us. I hope you will join me in signing on to the Appeal to the next President, calling for US leadership for a world free of nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will present the Appeal to the next President when he or she takes office on January 20, 2009. You can read and sign the appeal HERE. Ooin the XIVth Dalai Lama, Walter Cronkite, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Frances Moore Lappé, Daniel Ellsberg, Bonnie Raitt, Douglas Roche O.C., Jackson Browne, Jeff Bridges and many others in sending a message to the next occupant of the White House. Our goal is to collect the support of one million people for a world free of nuclear weapons. Recommended by Laura Rich (

A Special Message from Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne & Graham Nash
Join the Dalai Lama and thousands of others in signing the Appeal to the next President. A new US nuclear policy is an essential step to creating a world free of nuclear weapons. Nuclear war is a threat to the survival of humanity. But we can make a difference if we act now. By signing this appeal that will be delivered to the next President of the United States, your voice will be added to the chorus of tens of thousands who want a safer world and a nuclear weapons-free future.

American and Russian Publics Strongly Support Steps to Reduce and Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
(...) The goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons, established in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, is endorsed by 73 percent of Americans and 63 percent of Russians. CLIP

Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future (10 min video) MUST WATCH!

Extraterrestrial Secret Government Agreements to End, Declares Citizen Rights Groups
Kona, Hawaii (PRWEB) June 16, 2008 -- A multinational consortium of citizen organizations has issued a Galactic Freedom Day Declaration calling for an end to all secret government and corporate agreements concerning extraterrestrial life. The Declaration establishes 08/08/08 as "Galactic Freedom Day" and asserts that hidden agreements concerning extraterrestrial life have been secretly entered into by a range of government authorized agencies, departments and corporations. In some cases, these pacts involve representatives of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations whose existence has not been disclosed to the general public. Evidence of these secret agreements, as well as the full text of the Declaration, special Galactic Freedom Day events schedules, and an online petition are available at the official website: - Eight citizens groups from the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Britain, Spain, and South Africa have chosen the date and time of 08/08/08 at 8 pm (Universal Time) as the time when individuals and citizen organizations around the world can collectively join in celebratory events calling for an end to such agreements. CLIP Recommended by Trevor Osborne ( who wrote: "Today I did something I rarely do, I signed the petition. It is called "Galactic Freedom Day Declaration" to take place on 08-08-08. Knowing what I now know about the clandestine operations that have been going on for decades it is now timely for us as world citizens to make a statement about the world we would like to leave our kids. This is just a start."

Tell the Bush administration to protect the extraordinary wild habitat of the Tongass National Forest
The Bush administration has released a plan that would put vast swaths of the Tongass rainforest -- America's largest national forest -- on the chopping block. The new scheme opens 2.3 million acres of pristine forestland to clearcutting and roadbuilding -- threatening many of the undisturbed old-growth stands that form the wild heart of the Tongass. This ancient rainforest is a haven for grizzly bears, thriving salmon runs, bald eagles by the thousand and the elusive Alexander Archipelago wolf. Since taking office, the administration has repeatedly attempted to hand over the Tongass and our other remaining unspoiled forests to industry logging, mining and road-building -- but again and again, we've staved off these attacks on our natural heritage.

Harrison Ford comes to aid of tiger (1:17 video)
June 9 - Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford is throwing is support behind a World Bank initiative to save tigers from extinction. A World Bank report warned that "if current trends persist, tigers are likely to be first species of large predator to vanish in historic times."

Some Photos From National Wildlife'S 35Th Annual Photo Contest

Christmas Island Red Crab annual migration - AMAZING NATURAL PHENOMENON!

Woman hugging a lion

Jon Anderson - All Gods Children
Recommended by Richard Keber ( who wrote: "Beautiful Video About The Future - please watch this one with your children and grandchildren and celebrate as you watch together. What a Great Beautiful Ride - Happy Full Moon!"


Complicit in Tragedy (June 12, 2008),9171,1813955,00.html
Zimbabwe is in the midst of a slow-motion, man-made disaster. It is as if the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China were state-sponsored tragedies. President Robert Mugabe's internal terrorism does not simply consist of starving and harassing hundreds of thousands of people; it also amounts to the systematic demolition of Zimbabwe's one small hope of democracy. For a brief moment after the elections in late March, it seemed that the former freedom fighter might redeem his dictatorial legacy by acknowledging that the opposition had actually defeated him. But it turns out that the 84-year-old despot was just slow off the mark in beginning the further strangulation of his own nation. The recent order to shut down all international aid groups and humanitarian ngos has crippled the only institutions helping millions of Zimbabweans and removed all doubt about Mugabe's totalitarian objectives. Yet it is precisely such deliberate actions that should be galvanizing nations and international organizations to protest and intervene. When there is a typhoon in Burma or an earthquake in China, the world knows what questions to ask. What can we do? How can we help? But when a calamity is preventable and unfolding systematically before our eyes, nations sit on their hands. The world, as W.H. Auden wrote in his beautiful poem Musée des Beaux Arts, "turns away quite leisurely from the disaster."The government of South Africa, Zimbabwe's neighbor to the south and the nation most directly affected, averts its gaze. But with the runoff presidential election between Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai due on June 27, why aren't the U.S. and other democracies making an attempt either to get Zimbabwe to hold genuinely free elections (admittedly, something that by now may be impossible) or to delegitimize in advance what will certainly be undemocratic results? It may be true, as Madeleine Albright has noted in the New York Times, that the idea of national sovereignty as inviolable has regained luster. Yet what meaning does sovereignty have when it is used to describe a state that not only starves its citizens but also snuffs out democracy?


Obama Must Learn From Kucinich's Election Theft Impeachment
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, of The Free Press, write: "Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has introduced 35 articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. Two of the articles deal with the fact that Bush was never elected, and in fact stole the election of 2004 in Ohio. They should serve as a cautionary notice to the Obama campaign that this year's election could also be stolen. Kucinich's courage in introducing these articles is underscored by the fact that the Congress should have removed Bush from office years ago. From lying to the world to perpetrate the war in Iraq, to violating the Constitution on scores of basic civil rights and liberties issues, to fostering a regime based on unprecedented corruption and robbery, George W. Bush would be known as the worst president in the history of the United States if in fact he had been elected president."

Kucinich Vows New Round of Impeachment Articles Against Bush If Measure Dies
Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Congressman and former 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate, said he would continue to introduce resolutions calling for the removal of President George W. Bush from office if the  articles of impeachment against Bush that he presented to the House Monday is not taken up within 30 days or dies in committee. CLIP

Video: Tell Conyers to Start Impeachment Hearings!

Gore Vidal’s Article of Impeachment (June 11, 2008)
On June 9, 2008, a counterrevolution began on the floor of the House of Representatives against the gas and oil crooks who had seized control of the federal government. This counterrevolution began in the exact place which had slumbered during the all-out assault on our liberties and the Constitution itself.I wish to draw the attention of the blog world to Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment presented to the House in order that two faithless public servants be removed from office for crimes against the American people. As I listened to Rep. Kucinich invoke the great engine of impeachment—he listed some 35 crimes by these two faithless officials—we heard, like great bells tolling, the voice of the Constitution itself speak out ringingly against those who had tried to destroy it. Although this is the most important motion made in Congress in the 21st century, it was also the most significant plea for a restoration of the republic, which had been swept to one side by the mad antics of a president bent on great crime. And as I listened with awe to Kucinich, I realized that no newspaper in the U.S., no broadcast or cable network, would pay much notice to the fact that a highly respected member of Congress was asking for the president and vice president to be tried for crimes which were carefully listed by Kucinich in his articles requesting impeachment.But then I have known for a long time that the media of the U.S. and too many of its elected officials give not a flying fuck for the welfare of this republic, and so I turned, as I often do, to the foreign press for a clear report of what has been going on in Congress. CLIP

Wexler Attacked For Impeachment Support - from Congressman Robert Wexler (6-15-8)
Last Thursday the largest newspaper in my congressional district - the South Florida Sun-Sentinel - published an editorial lambasting my enthusiastic support for immediately holding impeachment hearings for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Numerous letters to the editor have also criticized my support for this movement. Below, you'll find the original Sun-Sentinel editorial, followed by my response, which was printed yesterday. I assure you that I will not back down from this fight °© no matter the consequences or political cost. The only thing that maters is that we deliver accountability for the Bush Cheney Administration and defend our government and our constitution. CLIP

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq. -- For the first time, the extent to which some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding has been researched by the BBC's Panorama using US and Iraqi government sources. A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations. The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies. War profiteering - While George Bush remains in the White House, it is unlikely the gagging orders will be lifted. To date, no major US contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanagement in Iraq. The President's Democrat opponents are keeping up the pressure over war profiteering in Iraq. Henry Waxman who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said: "The money that's gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, its egregious." It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history. "In the run up to the invasion one of the most senior officials in charge of procurement in the Pentagon objected to a contract potentially worth seven billion that was given to Halliburton, a Texan company, which used to be run by Dick Cheney before he became vice-president. Unusually only Halliburton got to bid - and won. CLIP

Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda
New York Federal Reserve president Timothy Geithner attended Bilderberg 2008 along with Ben Bernanke the Federal Reserve Chairman, Henry Paulson the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jean-Claude Trichet the president of the European Central Bank, Robert Zoellick the president of the World Bank and other high profile bankers. (...) With the who’s who of central banking attending the Bilderberg Meeting, it is highly unlikely that what Geithner is proposing in his Financial Times article was not discussed at the Bilderberg Meeting. It is no secret that the true objective of the Bilderberg Meeting is to steer the world into accepting a global government. By establishing a new global regulatory banking framework, this will inch the planet ever closer to a one world currency operating in a cashless society where microchips are used to facilitate transactions. Make no mistake about it, this system will not be good, because it will be controlled by a bunch of criminal psychopaths like the one’s who attended the 2008 Bilderberg Meeting. (...) Tucker also mentioned that we would see the media hyping the phony terror war and specifically the phony “white Al-Qaeda terror threat” as a way for them to continue the justification of the enslavement grid. Assuming Tucker’s Bilderberg source is providing accurate information, this agenda that Geithner is pushing in his Financial Times article is right in line with their well documented plans to get rid of cash. The central bankers would need a global regulatory framework for the banking system so they can move closer to a global currency operating in a cashless society. This is some incredibly scary stuff. Of course there was not one word of the 2008 Bilderberg Meeting in any major U.S. media outlets. The corporate controlled media maintained a blackout on any coverage of this incredibly important yearly meeting of the global elite. It is pathetic when citizen journalists like the ones at InfoWars, PrisonPlanet and Rogue Government provide the best coverage of what is one of the most important geopolitical meetings of the year. Either way, the commentary from Geithner as well as the information from Tucker’s Bilderberg source seems to indicate that the global elite are getting ready to further centralize the banking system in order to establish their one world cashless society grid. These criminals must be exposed and their system of global corruption and tyranny must be defeated. Let’s tell these bastards that they can take their cashless society grid and their implantable microchips where the sun don’t shine.

Omnicidal Elitists: Their Killers, Their Science, Their Plan (3/14/07)
Our economic system thrives on genocide. Corporate capitalism may simply be legitimized genocide by economic means. Because multi-national corporations often are the world economy, it is hard for governments seeking to be viable in the world market, to raise the issue of genocide at international law. Capitalism frequently involves the imposition of capital (the power of an elite) to "develop" - which has meant to control and subjugate - the resources of less technologically advanced countries. What resulting indigenous poverty means and leads to is gradual eradication and loss of peoples.” Is the U.S. Really a Signatory to the U.N. Convention on Genocide? by John Bart Gerald -- “The military strategy of the war against Iraq involved a purposeful attempt to destroy the country's life support systems and the economy. Its goal was "post-war leverage" and an attempt to make life so intolerable for the people that they would overthrow their leadership. Trying to destroy leadership by destroying a civilian population is genocide. If half a million to a million Iraqis die(d) directly, indirectly or from "Sanctions," as a result of the Gulf crisis, compared to possibly 125 deaths within American forces, then that was not warfare but a policy of extermination.” Is the U.S. Really a Signatory to the U.N. Convention on Genocide? by John Bart Gerald -- There exists a worldwide pogrom of population reduction being implemented by elitists who consider themselves in charge of the culling of the human species. These elitists are omnicidal predators who have been managing the killing fields of Planet Earth for generations after their careful creation of the industrialization of death. For these international and psychopathic serial killers and their families, death is just another enterprise to profit from and gain control over. It appears they finally feel secure enough in their monopolization of death to emerge from the shadows into the full light of the public eye. For the word death, substitute the words, humanity’s fear of the unknown. After all, death is just a door into the unknown that we all walk through sooner or later. The enemy here is our fear. It has been the primary weapon used by the elitists to manipulate us into acceptance of a worldwide slaughterhouse. The 9-11 event was the elitists’ announcement to the world of what they have planned for us, a wide open door of death. Perhaps, they think the human race will never wake up, face its fear, and fight back. CLIP

Strike on Iran Nuclear Sites Under Discussion Again
Dion Nissenbaum, of McClatchy Newspapers, writes: "Six months ago, after American intelligence agencies declared that Iran had shelved its nuclear-weapons program, the chances of a U.S. or Israeli military strike on Iran before President Bush left office seemed remote. Now, thanks to persistent pressure from Israeli hawks and newly stated concerns by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the idea of a targeted strike meant to cripple Iran's nuclear program is getting a new hearing."

Bush threatens Iran with military action (17/06/08)
George Bush has warned Iran that military action is still "on the table" if it fails to respond to tightening diplomatic pressure to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. The EU is planning to announce the freezing of all overseas assets of the main bank in Iran. Sanctions are also to be tightened on gas and oil exports by Iran. But the US President's remarks on the last leg of his "farewell tour" of Europe raised fears at Westminster that Mr Bush is determined to take action against Iran before he leaves office in January if the sanctions fail to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions.Standing alongside the President after more than an hour of talks in Downing Street, Gordon Brown surprised EU council officials by announcing that the EU intends to intensify its sanctions on Iran, including freezing the billions of euros in overseas assets of the Melli Bank of Iran. (...) A spokesman for the Stop the War Coalition, which protested against Mr Bush's arrival at Downing Street on Sunday, said: "Bush has been travelling round Europe trying to secure support for sanctions and a possible future attack on Iran." CLIP - Among the comments posted there, here is a quite relevant one: "This whole exercise is like a serial rapist demanding that the next woman on his list give up her pepper spray, taser, and handgun. I'm guessing we won't hear the NRA defending Iran's right to self-defense. The whole discussion also implies that Iran is our military equal, and that a nuclear weapon will give them an unfair advantage. The reality, ignored by even military families, is that the US military is not only bigger and more advanced than any other, but that it is also supported by space-based weapons and surveillance, our own WMDs, and a Navy and Air Force that dwarf those of Iran. Like a raccoon cornered by a pack of big dogs, Iran might hurt us, but in the end it's no match for the "full spectrum dominance" that taxpayers have been robbed to pay for over the past 50 years. Get your children, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters out of the military. There's no honor in this."

Threats to strike Iran concern Israel
Fears are mounting in the defense establishment that comments by senior officials regarding an imminent Israeli military strike against Iran will spur Russia to complete controversial sales of anti-aircraft missile systems to the Islamic Republic, The Jerusalem Post learned on Monday. There is also a fear that the comments will lead Iran to take extra precautions in defending its nuclear installations and begin to relocate and scatter some of them throughout the country.Earlier this month, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said that if Iran continued its nuclear program "we will attack it." The week before, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Israel's military option was viable, and on Sunday former deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh said he believed Israel would, in the end, need to attack Iran.Following Mofaz's comments, defense officials said the remark was damaging for Israel, which, as a policy, preferred to not stand at the forefront of international efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program. After Mofaz made the remarks, oil prices skyrocketed by over $10. The concern in the defense establishment is based on talks Iran has been holding with Russia in recent years to purchase S-300 air defense missile systems. Israel believes that while Iran has not yet obtained the system, Iranian soldiers are already studying and training with it in Russia. Israel has been working diplomatically to prevent the sale and delivery of the systems.The S-300 is one of the best multi-target anti-aircraft missile systems in the world today and has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. Iran recently received SA-15 air defense systems from Russia.Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz.Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski [file]The SA-15 can reportedly identify over 40 targets and fire at two targets simultaneously at a height of up to 6,000 meters. It is capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, precision-guided weapons and various types of guided missiles. NOTE: This military tactical advantage the Iranian are about to get might be in itself a cause to precipitate a US/Israel attack against Iran - despite all the horrific immediate and subsequent consequences this madness would trigger. Let's hope cool heads will prevail and the reign of cabal-stirred fear and terror will soon end.

Iranian general warns any aggressor of "doomed-fate"
Israeli officials later slashed out at Mofaz's remarks, stressing that the hawkish remarks, which they called as "irresponsible" and "cynical," do not represent Israel's policy.

Pakistan nukes pose major threat to regional security - analyst
Pakistan's nuclear arsenal poses a greater threat to security in the region than Iran's uranium enrichment, due to the volatile political situation in the country, a Russian expert said on Tuesday.

Interrogation for Profit
The New York Times writes: "Congress is finally moving to ban one of the Bush administration's most blatant evasions of accountability in Iraq - the outsourcing of war detainees' interrogation to mercenary private contractors. Operating free of the restraints of military rule and ethics, some of these corporate thugs turned up in the torture scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison and walked away with impunity. Others are now believed to be in the employ of the Central Intelligence Agency at secret prisons that remain outside the rule of law, exempted even from the weak 2006 rules on interrogating prisoners."

Report: Guantanamo Inmates Suffering Mental Damage
Reuters reports: "Over two-thirds of the detainees in the Guantanamo Bay prison are suffering from or at risk of mental problems because they are kept isolated in small cells with little light or fresh air, according to Human Rights Watch."

Justices Rule Detainees Can Appeal in Civilian Courts
According to David Stout of The New York Times: "Foreign terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba have constitutional rights to challenge their detention there in United States courts, the Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, on Thursday in a historic decision on the balance between personal liberties and national security. 'The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times,' Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court."

Prisoner abuse was routine at U.S. bases in Afghanistan
The public outcry in the U.S. and abroad has focused on prisoner abuse at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but sadistic violence first appeared at Bagram, north of Kabul, and at a similar U.S. internment camp at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan.

No apologies from arrogant USA (No apologies from arrogant USA)
Does being president of the United States mean you never have to say sorry?Just how difficult is it to apologize when you are head of a global superpower and you’ve blundered?It was a thought which occurred to me as I was walking around the dust and the rubble of the bombed out Al Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Sudan recently. Hundreds, if not thousands, of blood-soaked pieces of scorched earth which scar our planet are testimony to a whole raft of blunders by various U.S. presidents and intelligence agencies.Despite all the bilge that comes out of Washington about honesty and accountability, the consequences of the lies from U.S. administrations have scarred the globe. But there seems to be some sort of unwritten rule in Washington that U.S. presidents can commit atrocities anywhere on the planet, so long as they don’t do it in their own backyard. CLIP

Hamas leader says truce talks near successful end
"The talks under way in Egypt on calm are nearing an end, an end that would bring about what the Palestinian people aspire to -- a lifting of the siege, the opening of the crossings and an end to the aggression," Haniyeh told a gathering in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas Agree to a Cease-Fire, Egypt Says
Isabel Kershner and Graham Bowley, reporting for The New York Times, write: "Israel and the Islamic group Hamas have agreed on a mutual cease-fire to take effect Thursday following negotiations brokered by Egypt."

Apology: What Can Israel Learn from Canada By Uri Avnery
THIS WEEK, the Prime Minister of Canada made a dramatic statement in Parliament: he apologized to the indigenous peoples of his country for the injustices done to them for generations by successive Canadian governments.

Report: Rich nations failing Africa (JUNE 16, 2008)
The world's richest nations are falling short on pledges to double aid to Africa by 2010 at a time when soaring ,l, prices risk a global food shortage, a watchdog has reported. The Africa progress panel, set up to monitor commitments made at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in 2005, said delivery of aid is $40bn short based on current plans."Funding shortfalls against the 2010 targets should be addressed immediately, through a special plan to meet the pledge made at Gleneagles," the panel said on Monday. The G8 summit at Gleneages in Scotland had gathered world leaders to find ways of relieving Africa from poverty and debt. (...) The G8 meets next month in Japan and steps to halt the surge in oil and food prices will be high on the agenda, partly because they are contributing to an economic slowdown in rich nations and a backlash from disgruntled voters. But the Africa progress panel said it was increasingly clear the pressure on government finances in rich countries meant they would not meet their aid pledges to Africa. It said they should come up with innovative funding mechanisms for increased aid, such as taxes on foreign exchange trades, carbon taxes, levies on air travel and freight transport, or a global lottery. The report said there was a critical need for a rethink of trade policies to give Africans more access to markets and fair trading rules so they could generate enough income to buy food. It said the market for fertilisers should be liberalised as part of multilateral trade talks so that agricultural output could be boosted worldwide. Developed nations should review subsidies for biofuels as the growth of crops as an energy source may be hurting food production and contributing to global food price rises. Also, with climate change likely to hurt food production in Africa more severely than other parts of the world, rich nations should spend more on renewable energy sources on the continent. "It may not be easy to overcome these problems, but the world has a stake in realising the African continent's huge potential to thrive," Annan wrote in a preface to the report.

North Korea: A Global Crisis Canary
John Feffer for says: "In the 1990s, North Korea was the world's canary. The famine that killed as much as 10 percent of the North Korean population in those years was, it turns out, a harbinger of the crisis that now grips the globe - though few saw it that way at the time."

500-Year Flood Submerges Iowa
According to the Environment News Service, "'Nearly one-third of Iowa is already submerged and water levels continue to rise,' said US Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, urging federal financial assistance for his state. Waters are still rising in many parts of the state and the president responded."

Flood victims worry: What's in the water? (June 16, 2008);_ylt=AiNjrO03e2aSfmpP5OwLycus0NUE
OAKVILLE, Iowa - The floodwaters that deluged much of Iowa have done more than knock out drinking water and destroy homes. They have also spread a noxious brew of sewage, farm chemicals and fuel that could sicken anyone who wades in.On Monday, Bob Lanz used a 22-foot aluminum flatboat to navigate through downtown Oakville, where water reeked of pig feces and diesel fuel. "You can hardly stand it," Lanz said as he surveyed what remained of his family's hog farm. "It's strong." LeRoy Lippert, chairman of emergency management and homeland security in nearby Des Moines County, warned people to avoid the floodwaters: "If you drink this water and live, tell me about it. You have no idea. It is very, very wise to stay out of it. It's as dangerous as anything." In addition to the poison in the water, there are mosquitoes - millions of them spawning in acres of standing water. (...) In downtown Cedar Rapids on Monday, all manner of refuse could be seen floating down the Iowa River - 55-gallon drums labeled "corrosive," propane tanks, wooden fences and railroad ties. Dead birds and fish sat on the city's 1st Avenue Bridge. A few blocks away, a paint store stood with its windows blown out. A line indicating the high-water mark could be seen about eight feet above the floor. At the gas station next door, strong currents had knocked over two pumps.Also mixed into the floodwaters are pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer from Iowa's vast stretches of farmland. Ken Sharp, environmental health director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, acknowledged that the floodwaters had the potential to make people sick CLIP

Flooding in Southern China Claims Scores of Victims (June 18, 2008)
SHANGHAI — Torrential rains that have caused some of the worst flooding in 50 years and killed scores of people continued to batter a huge swath of southern China on Tuesday near one of the biggest manufacturing zones in the country.The government said the storms and floods killed at least 63 people over the past week, left 13 missing and affected more than 17 million people in nine southern provinces. The high waters have also inundated about 5.4 million acres of cropland, set off landslides and forced more than 1.5 million people to flee their homes in southern and central provinces.Some factories in coastal Guangdong Province — one of the biggest export centers in the country, producing everything from textiles to electronics — have been forced to suspend or curtail operations, according to the state-run news media. The national meteorological service also warned of more danger in the coming days, saying the Yellow River faced serious flood risks. The floods are the latest in a series of powerful natural disasters to strike China this year, and come as the country is still mourning the loss of almost 70,000 people who were killed in an earthquake in May. Heavy rains this week in Sichuan Province, where the earthquake was centered, are also threatening to set off landslides and are forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of quake survivors, most of whom were already in temporary shelters.The government said that about 20 provinces were affected by heavy rains and flooding and that some areas were experiencing their worst flooding in 100 years. China Central Television reported Tuesday that about 200 people had been killed or were missing because of floods in recent weeks. The flooding has created a new round of government promises to fight back against the forces of nature. “We should not underestimate the seriousness of the ongoing flood situation and disaster,” said Deputy Prime Minister Hui Liangyu, according to Xinhua, the official state news agency. “Neither should we underestimate the difficulties in preventing and fighting flooding.” Severe snowstorms devastated parts of southern China this year, killing more than 50 people, crippling the rail system and causing billions of dollars in damage. The natural disasters have fed superstitions that this year is somehow cursed, even though many Chinese had hoped 2008 would be a year of Olympic glory, since the number eight is considered lucky.

Astronomers find 'super Earths' circling a star (June 16, 2008);_ylt=AiEyZIPwBtn9wEATKFAb3bqs0NUE
WASHINGTON - European astronomers have found a trio of "super-Earths" closely circling a star that astronomers once figured had nothing orbiting it, demonstrating that planets keep popping up in unexpected places. (...) Scientists are more interested in the broader implications of the finding: The universe is teeming with far more planets than thought. Using a new tool to study more than 100 stars once thought to be devoid of planets, the Swiss-French team found that about one-third had planets that are only slightly bigger than Earth. (...) The discovery is "really making the case that we live in a crowded universe," said Carnegie Institution of Washington astronomer Alan Boss, who wasn't part of the discovery team. "Planets are out there. They're all over the place." That means it is easier to make the case for life elsewhere in the universe, both Boss and Queloz said.

New Military Supercomputer Breaks Performance Record (June 9, 2008)
Roadrunner supercomputer is first to break petaflop barrier -- A new supercomputer in the U.S. has broken a barrier that many thought wouldn't be broken for years to come. A new supercomputer-- dubbed Roadrunner-- has broken the petaflop barrier. Roadrunner was designed by engineers and scientists at IBM and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Ultimately, Roadrunner will be placed into a classified environment where it will be used to simulate what effects aging has on the stockpile of nuclear weapons the U.S. has in its arsenal. The problem it will work on is modeling how aging nuclear weapons behave the first fraction of a second during an explosion. Before beginning its nuclear weapons research, Roadrunner will be used to model the effects of global warming. The Roadrunner supercomputer costs $133 million and is built using chips from both consumer electronics and more common server processors.Roadrunner has 12,960 chips that are an improved version of the Cell chip used in the PS3. These Cell processors act as a turbocharger for certain portions of the calculations the Roadrunner processes. The computer also uses a smaller, unspecified number of AMD Opteron processors. A computer researcher from the University of Tennessee, Jack Dongarra told the New York Times, "This [breaking the petaflop barrier] is equivalent to the four-minute mile of supercomputing." (...) In total, Roadrunner has 116,640 processing cores and the real challenge for programmers is figuring out how to keep all of those processing cores in use simultaneously to get the best performance. Roadrunner requires about 3 megawatts of power, or about enough electricity to run a large shopping center.To put the processing power in perspective, Thomas P. D'Agostino of the National Nuclear Security Administration said that if all 6 billion people on Earth entered calculations on a calculator for 24 hours a day, seven days per week it would take 46 years to do what Roadrunner can do in one day.

Roadrunner Supercomputer Mimics Brain Function, Sets New Speed Record (June 16, 2008)
IBM & Los Alamos supercomputer might be as fast as your brain.Not even a week after the new Roadrunner supercomputer was juiced up and put to work, scientists are hard at work trying to push the machine to its limits. (...) At over a quadrillion - a million billion - calculations per second, Roadrunner is the only computer on Earth that can keep up with one of the few things more amazing than itself: the human brain.Los Alamos researchers are putting this power to work with a program dubbed PetaVision. The program was created to model neuron and synapse interaction in the visual cortex of the human brain. The brain uses over a billion neurons and trillions of synapses alone to process the visual information it receives and is one of the most complicated processes known to exist in grey matter.Supercomputers like Roadrunner bring new possibilities for modeling human recognition systems, and the advances are not likely to stop there. In the past, computers have been unable to flawlessly perform cognitive tasks that the human brain does easily; tasks like picking out a face in a crowd, or detecting oncoming vehicles in traffic. Such a large step up in processing power may enable scientists to breech this difficult wall in mimicry.The researchers used PetaVision to set a processing record with Roadrunner, spinning up to an astonishing 1.144 petaflop/s. "Just a week after formal introduction of the machine to the world, we are already doing computational tasks that existed only in the realm of imagination a year ago," explains Terry Wallace, associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos. CLIP

Burma Gives "Cronies" Slice of Storm Relief
Glenn Kessler reports for The Washington Post: "Just seven days after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma last month, the ruling military junta parceled out key sections of the affected Irrawaddy Delta to favored tycoons and companies, including several facing sanctions from the US Treasury, according to a Burmese magazine with close ties to the government... While some of the executives awarded contracts are well known to human rights activists and financial-crime experts, others are less prominent, potentially making the document a guide to the individuals currently in favor with the military leadership."

Rights Group: Ethiopia Committed War Crimes, US Kept Silent
For The Guardian UK, Xan Rice reports: "Ethiopia's government has committed extensive war crimes and crimes against humanity during a brutal counterinsurgency campaign in the remote Ogaden region, a report says today. Human Rights Watch accuses the Ethiopian military of extrajudicial killings, rape, torture, forcibly displacing thousands of civilians and using food as a weapon of war in its attempts over the past year to defeat the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which claims to seek self-determination for the eastern region."

How do his veggies grow? The no-dig way (June 12, 2008)
PAT MARFISI carries bales of alfalfa hay and straw into the center aisle of his Hollywood Hills vegetable garden and begins tearing off pieces of the stuff. He doesn't have any animals to feed, just his "no-dig" landscape: raised beds using lasagna-like layers of fodder, bone and blood meal and compost -- and remarkably little water. Now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a statewide drought, Marfisi's 300-square-foot patch seems more relevant than ever. It's his personal horticultural laboratory for a low-water, sustainable technique he learned working on organic farms in Australia last year. Since he began gardening in this fashion, he says, he has been "inundated" with food. With the exception of some recent losses to raccoons drawn to the soil's abundant grubs and earthworms, Marfisi's garden is thriving with beets, collard greens, chard, celery, tomatoes, chives, peppers, basil, chives, lettuces and leeks. He estimates he grows enough food to feed three people daily. When asked how much he waters, Marfisi shoves his hand deep beside some Swiss chard and pulls out moist, decomposed soil laced with remnants of straw. "I haven't watered in 10 days," he says. "This is what I want people to know: You can have beauty and abundance without a lot of water." The retired Marfisi came upon the method while working as a volunteer farmhand Down Under, where the technique has been used since the 1977 paperback, "Esther Deans' Gardening Book: Growing Without Digging," promoted it as a solution to poor soil, rampant weeds, water shortages and costly food."Today, L.A. faces a lot of the same issues," Marfisi says. "In addition, we have global warming from pollution, and home gardening is a significant way to reduce transportation cost and related pollution." He points out that noted food and science writer Michael Pollan, author of the recent "In Defense of Food," estimates that the distance traveled by food to the plate of an average American is 1,500 miles. "This number is 150 feet for most home gardeners," Marfisi says. "That is a huge reduction in transport cost and pollution." CLIP


The U.S. government is pressing for legislation requiring mandatory HIV testing for Americans between the ages of 3 and 80. This is the biggest mistake that theU.S. could make -- the most costly mistake and the most damaging mistake for the largest amount of people possible because when you test populations of people that are considered what the "AIDS establishment" says are “low risk,”you are going to get a huge number of false-positive test results, which is essentially going to ruin the lives of tens of thousands or perhaps as many as hundreds of thousands of people. CLIP

EMF-Omega-News 14. June 2008


Date: 12 Jun 2008
From: I AM Carl Landsness (
Subject: Re: The Moment of Truth Series #13: Tottering on the Edge of Apocalypse


I appreciated your concerns re people getting lulled into false security... expecting Obama to fix the massive problems (i.e. savior complex). I had this concern in the last US election... paradoxically relieved when Bush was reelected (despite the huge cost)... believing that the people were not motivated or prepared enough to really take full responsibility for themselves and our world.

While I certainly do not have the answers on what we need (sometimes seduced by overwhelm, anger, and despair), I am encouraged by the rapid rise of consciousness and the many dedicated efforts to "rebirth our earth"... personal to planetary.

For myself... I keep experimenting with various approaches (guided by intuition) ranging from very local and grounded to very galactic and dreamy... and appreciate your very diverse compilations to assist me.

Blessings to you and your mission,



From: Magi (
Subject: Appreciation
Date: 12 June 2008

Thank you again for the amazing job - you were surely trained for just this time in Earth's history.

As things look increasingly dark and daft I am remembering something my "Inner Voice" - which has, I swear, never been wrong no matter how impossible its messages sounded - told me years ago. "Just when it looks like the dark forces have totally won, the Shift occurs." This reminds me of Greek plays and their Deus Ex Machina device. Apparently when they had written themselves into a corner from which it was impossible to escape, they brought in Divine Intervention. As above, so below.

Much love,

Maggie Pym


From: Lakshmi (
Subject: RE: Movement in India to spread meditation in the whole world by the year 2012
Date: 16 June 2008

Dear Jean Hudon,

This is Lakshmi writing to you from India.

I have been a member in your mailing list from quite sometime and am really happy about the commitment that you have towards the earth and your fellow beings.

I have been participating in many of the group meditation sessions with the seed thoughts provided by you.

I have something to bring to your notice. PYRAMID SPIRITUAL SOCIETIES MOVEMENT [PSSM,India- ], founded by Brahmarshi Patriji is doing a wonderful job in spiritualizing the earth.

Patriji has charted out a target for the year 2012 under the name 'DHYANA JAGATH by 2012" [Spiritualize, spread meditation in the whole world by the year 2012'.

PSSM has built an amazing 160 by 160 Pyramid [Maitreya Budhdha Dhyana Vidya Vishwalayam,Bangalore], the biggest pyramid so far in Asia, being used for meditation, accommodating about 5000 people simultaneously.

Hundreds of pyramids have been built in many towns, cities and villages of India y now , because of the extensive commitment of thousands of PSSM meditators.

I would request you to visit the website

Also, the reason that I am writing to you now is that recently, Ptriji announced a meditation program called ONENESS MEDITATION , with the seed thought of spiritualizing the whole world by 2012 from 1st June 2008, every Sunday 6-7A.M IST where in thousands of pyramid masters are gathering with one thought and doing group meditation. I thought of bringing this to your notice as yours is one of the best known meditation groups, and you understand the importance of group meditation and its power.

Please visit the link below in order to know more about Oneness meditation and please include this seed thought in your group and help in spreading the light in the whole world by the year 2012 .

About Oneness meditation:

About GCSS [Global Congress of Spiritual Scientists] event at Bangalore IN 2008 , DECEMBER.
A fantastic gathering of spiritual scientists , aspirants, meditators from across the world is happening in India, Bangalore being organized by PSSM. Pls visit the link below for more details. YOU ARE INVITED FOR THE SAME.

Take care and keep in touch.



NOTE from Jean: I find this PYRAMID SPIRITUAL SOCIETIES MOVEMENT and the pyramids they've built quite fascinating indeed. Being aware of the magnifying effects of meditating and living under such a pyramidal influence, I can only begin to imagine what it must be to have 5000 people meditating together under a large pyramid as you can see in the following pictures...


The Sacred Wheel of Life

Living in the Light of Pure Spirit, awareness grows, and reveals the honor of synchronicity in daily life. It is as if a small miracle occurs to remind you that God is at work in the world. Pay attention to these events as though you are receiving a message from the Divine because, indeed, you are.

All of life is interconnected and these intersecting energies are working at all times. Your awareness of these links to the Divine brings you into the power of Oneness. It is within this energy that your life begins to take on a sense of “magic.” Although it may feel like magic, synchronous events are really the normal interconnection with your Divine Self.

Within this Divine connection called Synchronicity, you are given a glimpse of the Light-filled world at work beneath the illusion of the worldly “reality” you live in. By your awareness, the strands of light become links within you to a greater force of the Divine. You become a vortex of light, the Connected One holding the enlightened perspective. This energy of Oneness gains strength within you, and like the spokes of the wheel, you become the magnetic center connecting you to many higher realities of another more Light-filled world. You may hold the energies for Abundance on one spoke, Beauty on another, Peace on still another energetic spoke of this sacred wheel of Light. You choose the spokes of the wheel representing the qualities of consciousness you wish to manifest in your life.

Regardless of the illusion that appears and is called “true reality” by many, as you stay centered in this wheel of the One Truth, a new version of reality begins to open to you. Many synchronous events occur, support is available where you least expect it, and your heart feels fulfilled and uplifted. All of life seems to sparkle in a new way, as your senses are enhanced. When you look at a tree, the leaves may be fluttering with light. The color and smell of flowers intensify, and all of Nature seems lit up as with millions of fireflies. This is the enlighted frequency of your Divine Self. Even when you are in this vibration for only a holy moment, you are being blessed and the earth is blessed as well.

Stay in the spacious center of your Divine Wheel of Life. As the pace of worldly existence continues to quicken, you are not far from that place of Oneness. It's as close as your breath, as near as your intentional thought to stay connected to the Divine Being at your center. The angels surround you in this wheel and represent each of the qualities you hold as your intention. As many qualities as you claim for your intentional spokes of the wheel, these Divine Messengers are there to connect this energy and uplift it for you to a higher frequency. Remember this truth and know at the deepest core of your being that you are never alone.

When you stay in this center you are uplifted in Light and the intensity of the world backs off so you can function in a more resourceful way to meet any challenge. All is well in the abundant light of Oneness. This is your true center of Divine Love and you are blessed. Breathe in this sense of alignment with Source Energy. Become the center of Peace within the Sacred Wheel of your life.

You are loved. And so it is.

Shanta Gabriel
For Archangel Gabriel
June 6, 2008


The following article was recommended by E Chaplin ( who wrote: "Thanks for the great newsletter. Can you please include the below story in your next newsletter? It's imperative that the mesmerized masses get a grip on their fawning hysteria over Obama. the mainstream media is keeping a tight lid on any negative press of substance around Obama and that alone should be enough to alert the population that he's one of them and the only change we'll see if he's president is a mulatto man (not a black man) in the white house. BTW, I've heard that we had 4-5 other mulatto's as president in this country, a fact I haven't researched or confirmed.


Air Force Purge Shows Brzezinski's TLC Rules DC

By Webster G. Tarpley


WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday's extraordinary simultaneous ouster of the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force chief of staff, followed by the naming of Trilateral Commissioner and Carter administration veteran James Rodney Schlesinger to purge USAF generals and colonels, dramatically documents the fact that power in Washington DC is no long in the hands of the Bush-Cheney-neocon clique, but has passed to the Brzezinski-Trilateral faction.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the firing of Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley, citing the failure of the Air Force to maintain the security of strategic nuclear forces, as shown in the infamous rogue B-52 incident of late August 2007, when a B-52 intercontinental strategic bomber with six nuclear armed cruise missiles flew from North Dakota to Louisiana totally outside of the purview of the USAF command control and communications systems. Gates also mentioned that four high-tech electrical nosecone fuses for Minuteman nuclear warheads were sent to Taiwan in place of helicopter batteries, along with other failures.

Gates is a leading member of the Principals' Committee, an interagency group which now runs the US government from day to day with scant reference to the discredited outgoing lame ducks Bush and Cheney, who stay on mainly as figureheads. The Principals' Committee has been in charge of the US government since no later than early May, around the time of the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, when the controlled corporate media began trumpeting that Obama was the winner of the Democratic nomination. The Principals' Committee is made up of Pentagon boss Gates, Secretary of State Rice, NSC director Hadley, Joint Chiefs of Staff head Mullen, intelligence czar McConnell, along with a few others. These figures are now marching to the tune of Trilateral Commission bigwigs like Zbigniew Brzezinski, Joseph Nye, and the Rockefeller family. These are the same forces who own and control the Wall Street Manchurian candidate Obama. It is notable that the high- profile purge of the USAF came less than 48 hours after Obama had unilaterally proclaimed himself the Democratic presidential nominee.

The rogue B-52 flew with six nuclear cruise missiles from Minot AFB North Dakota to Barksdale AFB Louisiana last August 30. Source reports published by Wayne Madsen suggest that the B-52 was stopped by patriotic low-level USAF personnel. As the issue of whether to allow the plane to fly on to the Middle East went up the chain of command and expanded to involve the intelligence agencies, it transpired that the majority of the government and the establishment did not want the plane to attack targets in the Middle East. The scandal of the rogue B-52 broke on September 5, and a stand-down and nuclear census of the entire USAF soon followed. According to all indications, the B-52 was under the extra-legal control of the Cheney faction, which evidently planned to fly it to the Middle East and quite possibly use one or more of the nuclear cruise missiles in an attack on Iran and/or Syria, probably in cooperation or coordination with the Israeli air attack on Syria which occurred on September 6. The fact that the B-52 was blocked may have represented the last gasp of the Bush-Cheney- neocon faction, and the beginning of the hegemony of a different and far more dangerous group, namely the Brzezinski-Trilateral faction.

The Gates purge indicates that the new Trilateral masters of Washington DC do not trust the USAF generals who are so deeply compromised with the Bush-Cheney-neocon faction. The USAF was up to its neck in 9/11, and then in the rogue B-52 affair. The Trilaterals are accordingly driving out the old rogues, and replacing them with new rogue generals of their own, who are loyal to the insane Trilateral agenda. Brzezinski does not want nuclear weapons wasted on Iran, which he intends to turn into an expendable puppet or kamikaze pawn in his apocalyptic showdown with Russian and China. This is what Obama's appeasement of Iran actually aims at: Iran as a US asset to be played against Russia and China. Brzezinski wants to be in control of those nukes, since he may soon need them for use against Russia and China. Those who might celebrate the defeat of the Bush-Cheney-neocon group must rather face the fact that the US has just jumped out of the frying pan of conventional invasions and into the fire of looming thermonuclear confrontations among the great powers. This is the real nature of the change for which Obama is the public symbol.

Obama's foreign policy will be dictated in every respect by Trilateral co-founder Brzezinski. Obama is now supported and surrounded by Trilateral members David Rockefeller, Jay Rockefeller, Joseph Nye, Paul Adolph Volcker, Jimmy Carter, and many more. With James "Rodney the Robot" Schlesinger now helping to purge the Pentagon, including its associated intelligence agencies, the Trilateral grip on Washington DC is tightening. Obama's choice of a vice president will be dictated by long-time Trilateral stalwart Jim Johnson.

The rogue B-52 incident was forecast by me in an essay entitled "Cheney Determined to Strike in US with WMD This Summer," issued on July 21, 2007, and widely distributed on the internet and in print form. This was followed by the Kennebunkport Warning, which was posted online in the evening of August 26, 2007, less than 72 hours before the rogue B-52 nuclear missiles were loaded. By September 3, the Kennebunkport Warning was posted on 110,000 web sites worldwide. The precision and timeliness of this warning represent an unprecedented intelligence achievement.

But now, the danger of a US attack on Iran is very low. Brzezinski's hit list is much more ambitious, and includes Sudan, Pakistan, Burma, and China, all stepping stones to the final reckoning with Moscow. The main possibility of an attack on Iran in the present situation comes from disgruntled Israeli factions like the one around Netanyahu who are aghast that they are being demoted from their previous role as the hub of US strategy to the status of just another expendable pawn in Brzezinski's lunatic plan for confrontation with Beijing and Moscow. The Israelis are horrified by Obama, just as everyone in the world should be. The winning faction of the US-UK establishment does not want the attack on Iran, and the Israelis would be foolhardy to try it on their own. The threats today from former IDF chief and Israeli Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz about an Israeli solo attack on Iran because of the failure of economic sanctions to stop nuclear development are indicative of deep discontent, but the guess here is that they are a bluff. We will soon find out: if the Israelis do not strike Iran in the next few weeks, they will have lost their chance as the Trilaterals continue to consolidate their power.

Webster Tarpley is the author of Obama - The Postmodern Coup: The Making of a Manchurian Candidate.


Note from Jean: If you want to review Tarpley's rather extremist views on Obama, check "Obama The Dummy - Brzezinski The Ventriloquist" at

And check also...

Webster G. Tarpley: elements within the U.S. government (2 min 47 sec)
Author Webster G. Tarpley makes the case that there are elements within the U.S. government that operate in the shadows and constitute a secret network with their own agendas.



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Obama Is a Truly Democratic Expansionist

June 13, 2008

by John Pilger

In 1941, the editor Edward Dowling wrote: "The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it." What has changed? The terror of the rich is greater than ever, and the poor have passed on their delusion to those who believe that when George W Bush finally steps down next January, his numerous threats to the rest of humanity will diminish.

The nomination of Barack Obama, which, according to one breathless commentator, "marks a truly exciting and historic moment in US history", is a product of the new delusion. Actually, it just seems new. Truly exciting and historic moments have been fabricated around US presidential campaigns for as long as I can recall, generating what can only be described as bullsh*t on a grand scale. Race, gender, appearance, body language, rictal spouses and offspring, even bursts of tragic grandeur, are all subsumed by marketing and "image-making", now magnified by "virtual" technology. Thanks to an undemocratic electoral college system (or, in Bush's case, tampered voting machines) only those who both control and obey the system can win.

Understanding Obama as a likely president of the United States is not possible without understanding the demands of an essentially unchanged system of power: in effect a great media game. For example, since I compared Obama with Robert Kennedy in these pages, he has made two important statements, the implications of which have not been allowed to intrude on the celebrations. The first was at the conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Zionist lobby, which, as Ian Williams has pointed out, "will get you accused of anti-Semitism if you quote its own website about its power". Obama had already offered his genuflection, but on 4 June went further. He promised to support an "undivided Jerusalem" as Israel's capital. Not a single government on earth supports the Israeli annexation of all of Jerusalem, including the Bush regime, which recognises the UN resolution designating Jerusalem an international city.

His second statement, largely ignored, was made in Miami on 23 May. Speaking to the expatriate Cuban community – which over the years has faithfully produced terrorists, assassins and drug runners for US administrations – Obama promised to continue a 47-year crippling embargo on Cuba that has been declared illegal by the UN year after year.

Again, Obama went further than Bush. He said the United States had "lost Latin America". He described the democratically elected governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua as a "vacuum" to be filled. He raised the nonsense of Iranian influence in Latin America, and he endorsed Colombia's "right to strike terrorists who seek safe-havens across its borders". Translated, this means the "right" of a regime, whose president and leading politicians are linked to death squads, to invade its neighbours on behalf of Washington. He also endorsed the so-called Merida Initiative, which Amnesty International and others have condemned as the US bringing the "Colombian solution" to Mexico. He did not stop there. "We must press further south as well," he said. Not even Bush has said that.

It is time the wishful-thinkers grew up politically and debated the world of great power as it is, not as they hope it will be. Like all serious presidential candidates, past and present, Obama is a hawk and an expansionist. He comes from an unbroken Democratic tradition, as the war-making of presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter and Clinton demonstrates. Obama's difference may be that he feels an even greater need to show how tough he is. However much the colour of his skin draws out both racists and supporters, it is otherwise irrelevant to the great power game. The "truly exciting and historic moment in US history" will only occur when the game itself is challenged.


Related info and articles:

'The War on Democracy', directed by John Pilger & Chris Martin, won Best Documentary at the prestigious One World Media Awards in London on 12 June 2008. It beat a field that included the documentary Oscar winner, 'Taxi to the Dark Side'.The citation read: "There are six criteria the judges are asked to use to select the winner of this award: the film's impact on public opinion, its appeal to a wide audience, its inclusion of voices from the developing world, its high journalistic or production standards, its success in conveying the impact of the actions of the world's rich on the lives of the poor and the extent to which it draws attention to possible solutions. One film met every one of these. It was the winner of the award: John Pilger's 'The War on Democracy'."

The Rising of Latin America The Genesis of 'The War On Democracy' (13/06/08)
(...) "The War On Democracy" is my first film for cinema. It follows more than 55 documentary films for television, which began with The Quiet Mutiny, set in Vietnam. Most of my films have told stories of people's struggles against rapacious power and of attempts to subvert and control our historical memory. It is this control, this organised forgetting, that has always intrigued me both as a film-maker and a journalist. Described by Harold Pinter as a great silence unbroken by the incessant din of the media age, it assures the powerful in the west that the struggle of whole societies against their crimes is merely "superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged... It never happened. Even while it was happening it never happened. It didn't matter. It was of no interest". This was true of Nicaragua in the early 1980s, when a popular revolution began to turn back poverty and bring literacy and hope to a country long dismissed as a banana republic. In the United States, the Sandinista government was successfully portrayed as communist and a threat, and crushed. After all, Richard Nixon had said of all of Latin America: "No one gives a shit about the place." The War On Democracy is meant as an antidote to this. CLIP

The War on Democracy
The War on Democracy' was released on DVD in Britain, the United States and Australia in January and February 2008.

From Kennedy to Obama: Liberalism's last fling (29 May 2008)
Writing in the New Statesman, John Pilger refers back to his travels with Robert Kennedy to describe the false hopes offered by those, like Barack Obama, who exploit the appeal of liberalism then present a very different reality. CLIP

US Govt Now Condemns Unintentional' Anti-Semitism By Rev. Ted Pike (6-17-8)
TRULY ORWELLIAN!! To avoid assisting Israel's enemies, the state department recommends that every comment about Israel (including its leaders and military) first be scrutinized for whether it could put Israel in a bad light. If so, it shouldn't be said.
Are you an unintentional anti-Semite? The US State Department's "Office of Global Anti-Semitism" warns not just of conscious, intentional anti-Semitism but of another lurking form of potential bigotry: unintentional anti-Semitism. (See Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism: A Report Provided to the United States Congress, page 4) According to our government, this consists of criticisms of Israel which, though true, might be manipulated by others to Israel's detriment. To avoid assisting Israel's enemies, the state department recommends that every comment about Israel (including its leaders and military) first be scrutinized for whether it could put Israel in a bad light. If so, it shouldn't be said. Only then can we consider ourselves both consciously and unconsciously free from anti-Semitism. The state department needn't lecture evangelical Christians against possibly assisting Israel's enemies. At least a century ago, evangelical leaders anticipated the state department's warning. Today, evangelicals reflexively honor the code that, no matter how true an unflattering fact or opinion about Jews may be, it will not be repeated. As a result of a century of self-censorship, tens of millions of evangelicals live in a virtual iron curtain of exclusion of truth about Jews, Judaism and Israel. Taught to see, hear, and speak no evil of Israel, they subsist on a religious and political diet of Zionist-approved pablum. The magnitude of truth that has never been allowed to reach them is encyclopedic. CLIP



Elect Obama or Fall Into Tyranny

By Paul Craig Roberts

16/06/08 "ICH" -- - -As articles by John Pilger ( ), Alexander Cockburn ( ), and Uri Avnery ( ) make clear, by groveling before the Israel Lobby Obama has dispelled any hope that his presidency would make a difference.  

Obama told the Lobby that in order to protect Israel he would use all the powers of the presidency to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon. As in the case of Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction,” the conclusion whether or not Iran is making a nuclear weapon will be determined by propaganda and not by fact. Therefore, there is no difference between Bush, McCain, Obama, and the Lobby with regard to the Middle East.

As Israel has several hundred nuclear weapons, and a modern air force and missiles supplied by the US, the idea that Israel needs American protection from Iran is a fantasy. All Israel needs to do in order to be safe and to live in peace is to stop stealing the West Bank and to drop its designs on southern Lebanon. Obama is too smart not to know that US foreign policy has been Shanghaied by the Lobby not in order to protect innocent Israel but to enable Israel’s territorial expansion.

Obama has dispelled hope on the economic front as well. Obama has appointed two leading apologists for jobs offshoring as his economic advisors--Bill Clinton’s Treasury Robert Rubin and Rubin associate Jason Furman. These two are notorious for their justifications of policies that benefit Wall Street, CEOs, and large retailers at the expense of the economic well being and careers of millions of Americans.

As a result of offshoring, good jobs in America are disappearing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics job figures make it totally clear that the US economy has ceased creating net new middle class jobs in the private economy in the 21st century. 

Stressing higher returns to shareholders, Wall Street pressures corporations to move their operations abroad. Wal-Mart tells its American suppliers to “meet the Chinese price” or else, a price that US firms can meet only by offshoring their operations to China.

Every job and product that is offshored increases the US trade deficit and lowers US GDP. It is a losing game for America that rewards the overpaid elite of Wall Street and corporate America, while dismantling the ladders of upward mobility.  

By enlarging the trade deficit, offshoring erodes the reserve currency role of the dollar, the real basis of US power. Now that US imports exceed US industrial production, it is unlikely that the US trade deficit can be closed except by a sharp reduction in US consumption, which implies a drop in US living standards. If the dollar loses its reserve currency status, the US government will not be able to finance its budget and trade deficits.  

Where is the hope when Obama endorses a foreign policy that benefits only Israeli territorial expansion and an economic policy that benefits only multimillionaires and billionaires?

The answer is that Obama’s election would signify the electorate’s rejection of Bush and the Republicans. Considering the cowardice of the Democratic Congress and its reluctance to hold a criminal regime accountable, electoral defeat is the only accountability that the Bush Republicans are likely to experience.

It is not sufficient accountability, but at least it is some accountability.  

If the Republicans win the election and escape accountability, the damage Republicans have done to the US Constitution, civil liberty, and a free society will be irreversible. The Bush Regime and its totalitarians have openly violated US law against spying on Americans without warrants and US and international laws against torture. The regime and its totalitarians have violated the Constitution that they are sworn to uphold. Bush’s attorney general Gonzales even asserted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the US Constitution does not provide habeas corpus protection to American citizens.

When federal courts acted to stop the regime’s unconstitutional practices and abuse of prisoners, the Republicans passed legislation to overturn the court rulings. The Republican Party has shown beyond all doubt that it holds the US Constitution in total contempt. Today the Republican Party stands for unaccountable executive power.

To reelect such a party is to murder liberty in America.

The June 12 Supreme Court decision pulled America back from the abyss of tyranny. For years hundreds of innocent people have been held by the Bush regime without charges, a handful of which were set to be tried in a kangaroo military tribunal in which they could be convicted on the basis of secret evidence and confession extracted by torture. 

The Court ruled 5-4 that detainees have the right to appeal to civilian courts for habeas corpus protection. The Bush Republicans claiming “extraordinary times” had created a gestapo system in which the government could accuse, without presenting any evidence, a person of being a threat and on that basis alone imprison him indefinitely. Justice Anthony Kennedy reminded the Republican Brownshirts that “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

Bush’s current attorney general, Michael Mukassey, said he would proceed with his kangaroo trials.

President Bush indicated that he was inclined to again seek to overturn the Court with a law. 

Brownshirt Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he would draft a constitutional amendment to restore the executive branch’s tyrannical power.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain said that the Supreme Court decision protecting habeas corpus “is one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

The four Supreme Court justices (Alito, Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas) who voted for tyranny in America are all Republicans. They all came out of the Federalist Society, a highly subversive group of right-wing lawyers who are determined to elevate the powers of the executive branch above Congress and the Supreme Court.  

The Republican Party has morphed into a Brownshirt Party. The party worships “energy in the executive.” If the Brownshirt Republicans are reelected, they only need one more Supreme Court appointment in order to destroy American liberty.

That is what is at stake in the November election. As bad as Obama is on important issues, his election will signal rejection of the tyranny to which the Republicans are committed.


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White House office wins ruling on e-mail records
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House Office of Administration is not required to turn over records about a trove of possibly missing e-mails, a federal judge ruled Monday. The White House Office of Administration is not bound by the Freedom of Information Act, a judge says. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly found the agency does not have "substantial independent authority" so it is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The decision means the White House does not have to disclose documents relating to its troubled e-mail system. That system developed problems that may have caused millions of White House e-mails to be unaccounted for. The watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had sued under FOIA. The group expressed disappointment in the ruling and said it is appealing the decision. "The Bush administration is using the legal system to prevent the American people from discovering the truth about the millions of missing White House e-mails," said Melanie Sloan, the organization's executive director. In January, the White House said it cannot rule out that it may have lost certain e-mails. The possibly lost e-mails are from a period in which the United States decided to go to war with Iraq, White House officials leaked the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame and the Justice Department started a criminal investigation into who leaked the information. The White House has denied any evidence, including e-mails, have been destroyed.


From: Kathy Roberts (
Subject: Congressman Hamburg: Another Bush False Flag Attack Soon?
Date: 16 Jun 2008


Right Under Our Nose

I am constantly amazed at how we can fail to see things which are right under our nose.

For example, former Congressman Dan Hamburg's excellent essay entitled "State of Emergency: The US in the Final Six Months of the George W. Bush Administration" got a lot of interest in the alternative press last Friday.

In that essay, Mr. Hamburg wrote:

We believe that this administration is so zealous, so determined to hold onto power, that they may well stage a "false flag" attack, creating just the kind of "catastrophic emergency" to which NSPD-51 refers.

(NSPD-51 is a Continuity of Government document; if you don't know what a "false flag" is, read this).

So we the alternative media publish a story warning about a possible false flag attack so as to create a state of emergency which will allow the overt declaration of martial law.

But we ridicule any suggestion that 9/11 was itself a false flag attack, which allowed the passage of the Patriot Act and the "soft" form of fascism which already exists in America?

Do we know that Congressman Hamburg has long questioned the government's version of 9/11? Do we know that he is a member of the group Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice (and before that, Scholars for 9/11 Truth)?

Do we remember that other Congress people question the government's version of 9/11?

Do we notice that Congressman Kucinich's articles of impeachment against Bush and Cheney include facts proving that they allowed the attacks to occurred, and then covered up what happened?

Do we listen when thousands of high-level military officials, intelligence officers, former prosecutors, scientists, structural and mechanical engineers, architects and other credible people -- even the 9/11 Commissioners themselves -- question the government's version of 9/11?

Do we understand that this is not a partisan issue for the left or the right?

How can we, the publishers, editors and writers in the alternative media, acknowledge the danger of a false flag attack but not even see what is right under our nose . . . the multiple lines of evidence pointing to the conclusion that 9/11 was the biggest false flag attack of all time?


Related articles:

Lawmaker Takes 9/11 Doubts Global (June 17, 2008)
In a September 2003 article for The Guardian newspaper, Michael Meacher, who served as Tony Blair's environment minister from May 1997 to June 2003, shocked the establishment by calling the global war on terrorism "bogus." Even more controversially, he implied that the U.S. government either allowed 9/11 to happen, or played some role in the destruction wrought that day. Besides Meacher, few politicians have publicly questioned America's official 9/11 narrative - until Diet member Yukihisa Fujita. In January 2008 Fujita, a member of the Democratic Party of Japan, asked the Japanese Parliament and Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to explain gaping holes in the official 9/11 story that various groups - including those who call themselves the "911 Truth Movement" - claim to have exposed. Fujita, along with a growing number of individuals - including European and American politicians - are leading a charge to conduct a thorough, independent investigation of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. (...) While not many other Japanese have taken an interest in this story, a few notable individuals besides Fujita have disputed the U.S. government's version, including Akira Dojimaru, a Japanese writer living in Spain. In his book, written in Japanese, "The Anatomy of the WTC Collapses: Flaws in the U.S. Government's Account," he uses photos, drawings and blueprints of the WTC buildings to back up his claim that buildings one and two could not have fallen in the manner they fell due to the plane crashes and subsequent fires. "And even if it was conceivable that they could fall due to the damage that day," Dojimaru wrote in an e-mail, "they never would have collapsed horizontally, and would have scattered steel beams and smashed concrete much farther than 100 meters."For Fujita, it was Dojimaru's meticulous research, combined with the aforementioned Web sites, that convinced him the official story was nothing more than a house of cards. (...) Fujita, who worked for more than 20 years for the international conflict resolution NGO group MRA and the Japanese Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), has become something of a global cause celebre since his extraordinary questioning at the Diet. In February 2008, he participated in a conference at the European Parliament led by EMP Guilietto Chiesa calling for an independent commission of inquiry into 9/11. While in Europe, he met with NGOs from 11 European countries to discuss 9/11. One month later Fujita spoke at the "Truth Now" conference in Sydney, Australia. One focus of these meetings was the Italian documentary "ZERO," whose release will mark the first time the 9/11 movement's message has moved from the "cyberworld" to public venues. Fujita has also spoken about his 9/11 doubts on two U.S. radio shows, one hosted by Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and another by Alex Jones of He is also making ripples in Japan. Fujita was featured in a March 2 article by well-known critic Takao Iwami on "How to deal with doubts about 9/11" in the Sunday Mainichi weekly. He was also featured in a March 26 Spa! magazine piece headlined, "European conference discusses 9/11 doubts." (...) "One man said, 'You're a true samurai.' Another man came all the way from Okayama in western Japan to thank me personally. And among other Parliament members, I received only words of encouragement and support."While in Europe, Fujita met British former MP Meacher, who dared to question the official story when it was still considered gospel. Time, the Iraq war and well-sourced online videos are emboldening many people, including politicians, to step out of the cyberworld and voice their doubts in newspapers, magazines, theaters, and - most importantly - government chambers." Now Blair is gone, and Bush will soon be gone," Meacher told Fujita. "Our time is coming."

Black Helicopters Over Denver & Florida (June 18, 2008)
Those black helicopters that some insist only exist inside the warped minds of tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy kooks are making themselves pretty visible over Denver and Florida today. With no notification whatsoever and under the pretext of "terrorism training," choppers are buzzing around Denver and even causing damage to people's property by flying well below legal altitudes.At what point does martial law training become martial law? (...) Military choppers buzzing around American cities, flood-stricken people in Iowa having their homes invaded by police while those who try to re-enter their house are arrested at gunpoint - anyone would think we're in a police state!


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by Sherwood Ross - June 15, 2008

A conference to plan the prosecution of President Bush and other high administration officials for war crimes will be held September 13-14 at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover .

"This is not intended to be a mere discussion of violations of law that have occurred," said convener Lawrence Velvel, dean and cofounder of the school. "It is, rather, intended to be a planning conference at which plans will be laid and necessary organizational structures set up, to pursue the guilty as long as necessary and, if need be, to the ends of the Earth."

"We must try to hold Bush administration leaders accountable in courts of justice," Velvel said. "And we must insist on appropriate punishments, including, if guilt is found, the hangings visited upon top German and Japanese war-criminals in the 1940s."

Velvel said past practice has been to allow U.S. officials responsible for war crimes in Viet Nam and elsewhere to enjoy immunity from prosecution upon leaving office. "President Johnson retired to his Texas ranch and his Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was named to head the World Bank; Richard Nixon retired to San Clemente and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was allowed to grow richer and richer," Velvel said.

He noted in the years since the prosecution and punishment of German and Japanese leaders after World War Two those nation's leaders changed their countries' aggressor cultures. One cannot discount contributory cause and effect here, he said.

"For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to future American leaders," Velvel said.

The conference will take up such issues as the nature of domestic and international crimes committed; which high-level Bush officials, including Federal judges and Members of Congress, are chargeable with war crimes; which foreign and domestic tribunals can be used to prosecute them; and the setting up of an umbrella coordinating committee with representatives of legal groups concerned about the war crimes such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, among others.

The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover was established in 1988 to provide an affordable, quality legal education to minorities, immigrants and students from low-income households that might otherwise be denied the opportunity to obtain a legal education and practice law. Its founder, Dean Velvel, has been honored by the National Law Journal and cited in various publications for his contributions to the reform of legal education.

(To attend or for further information Jeff Demers at - (978) 681-0800; or Sherwood Ross, media consultant to MSL, at


Related article and website:

US General Accuses Bush Administration of War Crimes
Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (now retired) served as the deputy commanding general for support for the Third Army for ten months in Kuwait during the early days of the Iraq occupation. In a statement released today, he bluntly accuses the Bush administration of war crimes and lays down a challenge for prosecution. In 2004, Taguba released a classified report detailing abuses committed at Abu Ghraib Prison. The "Taguba Report" (executive summary) urged Pentagon officials to follow up on its findings by enforcing adherence to the Geneva Conventions in interrogations. Taguba retired in January 2007, later alleging that Pentagon officials had ordered him to retire for being "overzealous" in his criticisms of the military. In light of ongoing Congressional investigations into so-called harsh interrogation techniques, and on the heels of Congressman Dennis Kucinich recently issuing articles of impeachment accusing President Bush of, among other offenses, authorizing torture, we present Taguba's latest statement for your consideration. The full Physicians for Human Rights report outlining the medical evidence of torture perpetrated by the United States can be read at their website.


Preface to Broken Laws, Broken Lives

By Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, USA (Retired)

Maj. Gen. Taguba led the US Army's official investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal and testified before Congress on his findings in May 2004. This report tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individuals' lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors. The profiles of these eleven former detainees, none of whom were ever charged with a crime or told why they were detained, are tragic and brutal rebuttals to those who claim that torture is ever justified. Through the experiences of these men in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, we can see the full scope of the damage this illegal and unsound policy has inflicted - both on America's institutions and our nation's founding values, which the military, intelligence services, and our justice system are duty-bound to defend. In order for these individuals to suffer the wanton cruelty to which they were subjected, a government policy was promulgated to the field whereby the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice were disregarded. The UN Convention Against Torture was indiscriminately ignored. And the healing professions, including physicians and psychologists, became complicit in the willful infliction of harm against those the Hippocratic Oath demands they protect. After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account. The former detainees in this report - each of whom is fighting a lonely and difficult battle to rebuild his life - require reparations for what they endured, comprehensive psycho-social and medical assistance, and even an official apology from our government. But most of all, these men deserve justice as required under the tenets of international law and the United States Constitution. And so do the American people.

--- Also See: Human Rights Group Says It Has Proof of Detainee Abuse

BUSH BUSINESS A Chronicle of Disaster for America and its People
LOTS of things there including... (...) YALE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR SAID HE FLUNKED CHENEYFormer economics professor at Yale University, Dr. Alfred E. Webre, told Jerry Pippin in a private phone conversation recently -"Cheney did not have what it took to pass my class at Yale-" Webre noted that President Bush and Vice President Cheney both are evil men, noting that Bush wanted to brand students with a branding iron." CLICK HERE for the recording of the phone conversation. So we ask, is it any wonder that we have a financial collapse of our economy? That we are torturing people in the name of security? Don't you think it is about time for Bush Business to come to an end? Contact your congressman and tell them Bush/Cheney must pay for their crimes against the US and humanity?



Forwarded by Nattanya


U.S. Chickens coming home to roost

June 15, 2008

A report out of Iraq this past week by Dahr Jamail highlights another stunningly horrific result of the illegal use of white phosphorus and chemical weapons in Fallujah by "coalition forces" back in late 2004 and 2005.

Babies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before, doctors and residents say.

The new cases, and the number of deaths among children, have risen after "special weaponry" was used in the two massive bombing campaigns in Fallujah in 2004.

After denying it at first, the Pentagon admitted in November 2005 that white phosphorous, a restricted incendiary weapon, was used a year earlier in Fallujah.

In addition, depleted uranium (DU) munitions, which contain low-level radioactive waste, were used heavily in Fallujah. The Pentagon admits to having used 1,200 tons of DU in Iraq thus far.

Between the white phosphorus and depleted uranium (as reported back in early 2006, as many as 50% of Iraqi cancer patients were under the age of 5 years old. This number from 2006 is up from around 13% just over a decade years earlier.

Brain damage, cleft palate, deformities, cancer, early death, Down's Syndrome, stillborn babies, miscarriages, heart defects and missing limbs are just some of the "abnormalities" that are being seen at an alarming rate over the past few years, not to mention bodies where the skin basically melted off after exposure to these dangerous and immoral chemical weapons use.

"We saw all the colors of the rainbow coming out of the exploding American shells and missiles," Ali Sarhan, a 50-year-old teacher who lived through the two US sieges of 2004 told IPS. "I saw bodies that turned into bones and coal right after they were exposed to bombs that we learned later to be phosphorus.

Were these mothers terrorists? What about the babies or children that were exposed to the chemicals and have either died or now have to suffer a life full of health issues - a life that will no doubt be shortened and full of difficulty as a result?

And by the way, this is not limited to Iraqis. As noted last year, United States Iraq war vets have an alarming increase in cancer rates as well:

The number of these cancers remains undisclosed, with military officials citing patient privacy issues, as well as lack of evidence the cases are linked to conditions in the war zone. The U.S. Congress has ordered a probe of suspect toxins and may soon begin widespread testing of our armed forces.


None of these soldiers know for sure what's killing them. But they suspect it's a cascade of multiple toxic exposures, coupled with the intense stress of daily life in a war zone weakening their immune systems.

"There's so much pollution from so many sources, your body can't fight what's coming at it," Valentin said. "And you don't eat well or sleep well, ever. That weakens you, too. There's no chance to gather your strength. These are kids 19, 20 and 21 getting all kinds of cancers. The Walter Reed cancer ward is packed full with them."

The prime suspect in all this, in the minds of many victims — and some scientists — is what's known as depleted uranium — the radioactive chemical prized by the military for its ability to penetrate armored vehicles. When munitions explode, the substance hits the air as fine dust, easily inhaled.

This is yet another huge issue that will need to be dealt with, and like so many others, is a humanitarian matter that will cast a dark cloud on what has been done in our names. Deformities and high cancer rates can't be ignored - whether it is for Iraqi civilians or for our troops who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The pictures are absolutely heart-wrenching (warning: these are very graphic).

The effects are just starting to be seen, and whether it is in Walter Reed for our returning troops, or in the hospitals in Iraq - it is overwhelming:

The doctor added, "I can say all kinds of problems related to toxic pollution took place in Fallujah after the November 2004 massacre."

Many doctors speak of similar cases and a similar pattern. The indications remain anecdotal, in the absence of either a study, or any available official records.

The Fallujah General Hospital administration was unwilling to give any statistics on deformed babies, but one doctor volunteered to speak on condition of anonymity -- for fear of reprisals if seen to be critical of the administration.


A senior Iraqi health ministry official was quoted as saying Feb. 26 that the health sector is under "great pressure", with scores of doctors killed, an exodus of medical personnel, poor medical infrastructure, and shortage of medicines.

The atrocities committed in the name of "freedom" and "liberation" are countless. The fact that this was covered up, then downplayed by this administration is nothing short of disgusting. The ignoring and black out by the corporate media is inexcusable. But the truth is not hard to find - if you can stomach reading through it.

What's worse is that all of this was done in our names, and most people don't even know it (or want to know it).


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Iraqis Blame US Depleted Uranium for Surge in Cancer (July 24, 2007)
CAIRO — Iraq’s environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country.As a result of “at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing” with depleted uranium (DU) weapons, Nermin Othman said, the nation is facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7,000 to 8,000 new ones registered each year. Speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Arab League, she also complained that many chemical plants and oil facilities had been destroyed during the two military campaigns since the 1990s, but the ecological consequences remain unclear. CLIP

...I suddenly had a flashback. A dream I had about 6 months prior to the second Gulf War. I dreamt of a young Iraqi boy, being held by two american GI's and uplifted to be crucified on a cross. They nailed him to the cross and walked away. I woke up choking. I said to myself, they tortured the children of Iraq now they will crucify them.The boy is now resurrected and is guiding my pen. He is asking me to draw him crucified on an old rotting wooden cross. He tells me that he wants the background to be filled with a half million skeletons of dead babies with Ms. Albright smiling on top of them. He is asking me to draw newborns with grosteque deformities due to depleted uranium. He is urging me not to forget the starving looking babies due to malnutrition. He is making sure I paint the children who have cancer because of american chemical weapons,queuing up in desolate hospitals. And he has not forgotten the children who survived in tattered clothes with their tattered textbooks walking barefoot to school. Oh wait, he is also telling me to draw in the corner,a picture of the orphanage bombed during the war of liberation and he is making sure that I show the kids running in the streets desperate with nowhere to go — some kidnapped,some sold whilst others raped. I asked him if he wanted me to add anything. He said the picture is almost complete. "What shall I call it?" I asked. He replied: "The World as I see it".

Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World (4-29-5)
American Use Of DU is "A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time." US Iraq Military Vets "are on DU death row, waiting to die." "I'm horrified. The people out there - the Iraqis, the media and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car." The speaker is not some alarmist doom-sayer. He is Dr. Chris Busby, the British radiation expert, Fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Faculty of Medicine and UK representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk, talking about the best-kept secret of this war: the fact that, by illegally using hundreds of tons of depleted uranium (DU) against Iraq, Britain and America have gravely endangered not only the Iraqis but the whole world. For these weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that-whipped up by sandstorms and carried on trade winds - there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate-including Britain. For the wind has no boundaries and time is on their side: the radioactivity persists for over 4,500,000,000 years and can cause cancer, leukemia, brain damage, kidney failure, and extreme birth defects - killing millions of every age for centuries to come. A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time.
(...) We must also count the numberless thousands of miscarried babies. Nobody knows how many Iraqis have died in the womb since DU contaminated their world. But it is suggested that troops who were only exposed to DU for the brief period of the war were still excreting uranium in their semen 8 years later and some had 100 times the so-called 'safe limit' of uranium in their urine. The lack of government interest in the plight of veterans of the 1991 war is reflected in a lack of academic research on the impact of DU but informal research has found a high incidence of birth defects in their children and that the wives of men who served in Iraq have three times more miscarriages than the wives of servicemen who did not go there. Since DU darkened the land Iraq has seen birth defects which would break a heart of stone: babies with terribly foreshortened limbs, with their intestines outside their bodies, with huge bulging tumors where their eyes should be, or with a single eye-like Cyclops, or without eyes, or without limbs, and even without heads. Significantly, some of the defects are almost unknown outside textbooks showing the babies born near A-bomb test sites in the Pacific. Doctors report that many women no longer say 'Is it a girl or a boy?' but simply, 'Is it normal, doctor?' Moreover this terrible legacy will not end. The genes of their parents may have been damaged for ever, and the damaging DU dust is ever-present.
(...) Britain and America not only used DU in this year's Iraq war, they dramatically increased its use-from a minimum of 320 tons in the previous war to at minimum of 1500 tons in this one. And this time the use of DU wasn't limited to anti-tank weapons-as it had largely been in the previous Gulf war-but was extended to the guided missiles, large bunker busters and big 2000-pound bombs used in Iraq's cities. This means that Iraq's cities have been blanketed in lethal particles-any one of which can cause cancer or deform a child. In addition, the use of DU in huge bombs which throw the deadly particles higher and wider in huge plumes of smoke means that billions of deadly particles have been carried high into the air-again and again and again as the bombs rained down-ready to be swept worldwide by the winds. CLIP

Depleted uranium: A death sentence here and abroad (20th March 2005) “Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” — Henry Kissinger, quoted in “Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW’s in Vietnam.” Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation. And what about our soldiers? Terry Jemison of the Department of Veterans Affairs reported this week to the American Free Press that “Gulf-era veterans” now on medical disability since 1991 number 518,739, with only 7,035 reported wounded in Iraq in that same 14-year period. This week the American Free Press dropped a “dirty bomb” on the Pentagon by reporting that eight out of 20 men who served in one unit in the 2003 U.S. military offensive in Iraq now have malignancies. That means that 40 percent of the soldiers in that unit have developed malignancies in just 16 months. Since these soldiers were exposed to vaccines and depleted uranium (DU) only, this is strong evidence for researchers and scientists working on this issue, that DU is the definitive cause of Gulf War Syndrome. Vaccines are not known to cause cancer. One of the first published researchers on Gulf War Syndrome, who also served in 1991 in Iraq, Dr. Andras Korényi — Both, is in agreement with Barbara Goodno from the Department of Defense’s Deployment Health Support Directorate, that in this war soldiers were not exposed to chemicals, pesticides, bioagents or other suspect causes this time to confuse the issue. This powerful new evidence is blowing holes in the cover-up perpetrated by the Pentagon and three presidential administrations ever since DU was first used in 1991 in the Persian Gulf War. Fourteen years after the introduction of DU on the battlefield in 1991, the long-term effects have revealed that DU is a death sentence and very nasty stuff. Scientists studying the biological effects of uranium in the 1960s reported that it targets the DNA. Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist retired from the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab and formerly involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in soldiers from the 2003 war as “spectacular ... and a matter of concern.” This evidence shows that of the three effects which DU has on biological systems — radiation, chemical and particulate — the particulate effect from nano-size particles is the most dominant one immediately after exposure and targets the Master Code in the DNA. This is bad news, but it explains why DU causes a myriad of diseases which are difficult to define. In simple words, DU “trashes the body.” When asked if the main purpose for using it was for destroying things and killing people, Fulk was more specific: “I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people.” Soldiers developing malignancies so quickly since 2003 can be expected to develop multiple cancers from independent causes. This phenomenon has been reported by doctors in hospitals treating civilians following NATO bombing with DU in Yugoslavia in 1998-1999 and the U.S. military invasion of Iraq using DU for the first time in 1991. Medical experts report that this phenomenon of multiple malignancies from unrelated causes has been unknown until now and is a new syndrome associated with internal DU exposure. Just 467 U.S. personnel were wounded in the three-week Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This astounding number of disabled vets means that a decade later, 56 percent of those soldiers who served now have medical problems. The number of disabled vets reported up to 2000 has been increasing by 43,000 every year. Brad Flohr of the Department of Veterans Affairs told American Free Press that he believes there are more disabled vets now than even after World War II. CLIP




The Gates of Hell

22 November 2005

Behind the Phosphorus Clouds are War Crimes Within War Crimes (Guardian)

Although George Monbiot gives perhaps undeserved short shrift here to the Italian documentary that reignited the controversy over the American use of incendiary weapons in Fallujah, he has unearthed – along with blogger Gabriele Zamparini – smoking gun evidence of even more barbarity in the Bush-ordered destruction of the city: the use of thermobaric weapons, whose effects are even more horrendous and uncontrollable than white phosphorus.

Of course, the Pentagon has now admitted the use of WP as an attack weapon in Fallujah – after lying about this for more than year – although they say that no civilians were deliberately targeted. But surely the main point of the entire scandal is that American forces knowingly used these chemical weapons in populated areas – a practice that was bound to kill civilians, whatever the tactical intention might have been. And since Monbiot notes that there were some 30,000 to 50,000 civilians in the city – which the Americans openly treated as a "free-fire zone," pretending that it was empty of non-combatants – it is difficult to see what his problem is exactly with the WP angle of story, beyond some disagreement with some of the Italian documentary's more subjective claims. For in the end, the basic facts seem clear, and Monbiot is in agreement with them: The Americans used white phosophorus and thermobaric weapons in areas teeming with civilians during the attack on Fallujah.

In any case, here are some of the hot goods unloaded by Monbiot and Zamparini.

Excerpts: The Pentagon argues that white phosphorus burns people, rather than poisoning them, and is covered only by the protocol on incendiary weapons, which the US has not signed. But white phosphorus is both incendiary and toxic. The gas it produces attacks the mucous membranes, the eyes and the lungs. As Peter Kaiser of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told the BBC last week: "If ... the toxic properties of white phosphorus, the caustic properties, are specifically intended to be used as a weapon, that of course is prohibited, because ... any chemicals used against humans or animals that cause harm or death through the toxic properties of the chemical are considered chemical weapons."

The US army knows that its use as a weapon is illegal. In the Battle Book, published by the US Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, my correspondent David Traynier found the following sentence: "It is against the law of land warfare to employ WP against personnel targets."

…. But we shouldn't forget that the use of chemical weapons was a war crime within a war crime within a war crime. Both the invasion of Iraq and the assault on Falluja were illegal acts of aggression. Before attacking the city, the marines stopped men "of fighting age" from leaving. Many women and children stayed: the Guardian's correspondent estimated that between 30,000 and 50,000 civilians were left. The marines treated Falluja as if its only inhabitants were fighters. They levelled thousands of buildings, illegally denied access to the Iraqi Red Crescent and, according to the UN's special rapporteur, used "hunger and deprivation of water as a weapon of war against the civilian population".

I have been reading accounts of the assault published in the Marine Corps Gazette. The soldiers appear to have believed everything the US government told them. One article claims that "the absence of civilians meant the marines could employ blast weapons prior to entering houses that had become pillboxes, not homes". Another said that "there were less than 500 civilians remaining in the city". It continued: "The heroics [of the marines] will be the subject of many articles and books."

But buried in this hogwash is a grave revelation. An assault weapon the marines were using had been armed with warheads containing "about 35% thermobaric novel explosive (NE) and 65% standard high explosive". They deployed it "to cause the roof to collapse and crush the insurgents fortified inside interior rooms". It was used repeatedly: "The expenditure of explosives clearing houses was enormous." 

The marines can scarcely deny that they know what these weapons do. An article published in the Gazette in 2000 details the effects of their use by the Russians in Grozny. Thermobaric, or "fuel-air" weapons, it says, form a cloud of volatile gases or finely powdered explosives. "This cloud is then ignited and the subsequent fireball sears the surrounding area while consuming the oxygen in this area. The lack of oxygen creates an enormous overpressure ... Personnel under the cloud are literally crushed to death. Outside the cloud area, the blast wave travels at some 3,000 metres per second ... As a result, a fuel-air explosive can have the effect of a tactical nuclear weapon without residual radiation ... Those personnel caught directly under the aerosol cloud will die from the flame or overpressure. For those on the periphery of the strike, the injuries can be severe. Burns, broken bones, contusions from flying debris and blindness may result. Further, the crushing injuries from the overpressure can create air embolism within blood vessels, concussions, multiple internal haemorrhages in the liver and spleen, collapsed lungs, rupture of the eardrums and displacement of the eyes from their sockets." It is hard to see how you could use these weapons in Falluja without killing civilians. 

This looks to me like a convincing explanation of the damage done to Falluja, a city in which between 30,000 and 50,000 civilians might have been taking refuge. It could also explain the civilian casualties shown in the film. So the question has now widened: is there any crime the coalition forces have not committed in Iraq?


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This week, the broadcast of a shattering new documentary provided fresh confirmation of a gruesome war crime covered by this column nine months ago: the use of chemical weapons by American forces during the frenzied, Bush-ordered destruction of Fallujah in November 2004.Using filmed and photographic evidence, eyewitness accounts, and the direct testimony of American soldiers who took part in the attacks, the documentary – "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre" – catalogues the American use of white phosphorous shells and a new, "improved" form of napalm that turned human beings into "caramelized" fossils, with their skin dissolved and turned to leather on their bones. The film was produced by RAI, the Italian state network run by a government that backed the war. CLIP

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Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre is a documentary film by Sigfrido Ranucci and Maurizio Torrealta which first aired on Italy's RAI state television network on November 8, 2005. The film documents the use of weapons that the documentary asserts are chemical weapons, particularly the use of incendiary bombs, and alleges indiscriminate use of violence against civilians and children by military forces of the United States of America in the city of Fallujah in Iraq during the Fallujah Offensive of November 2004. The film's primary themes are: Establishing a case for war crimes against civilians committed by the United States. Documenting evidence for the use of chemical devices by the US military. Documenting other human rights abuses by American forces and their Iraqi counterparts. This article offers a synopsis of the material presented in the documentary. CLIP

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This is the terrible testimony given by Jeff Englehart, veteran of the war in Iraq. "I have seen women and children burnt bodies - the former U.S. soldier added - phosphorus explodes and it creates a cloud. Whoever is within 150 mt is dead." Some witnesses have seen a rainfall of burning substances of different colors that were burning people when hit and even those who were not hit had problems breathing", told us Mohamad Tareq al-Deraji, director of the center for human rights studies in Fallujah.



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The Greatest Story Never Told: Finally, the U.S. Mega-Bases in Iraq Make the News

By Tom Engelhardt

16/06/08 "Tom Dispatch" -- - It's just a $5,812,353 contract -- chump change for the Pentagon -- and not even one of those notorious "no-bid" contracts either. Ninety-eight bids were solicited by the Army Corps of Engineers and 12 were received before the contract was awarded this May 28th to Wintara, Inc. of Fort Washington, Maryland, for "replacement facilities for Forward Operating Base Speicher, Iraq." According to a Department of Defense press release, the work on those "facilities" to be replaced at the base near Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit, is expected to be completed by January 31, 2009, a mere 11 days after a new president enters the Oval Office. It is but one modest reminder that, when the next administration hits Washington, American bases in Iraq, large and small, will still be undergoing the sort of repair and upgrading that has been ongoing for years.

In fact, in the last five-plus years, untold billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on the construction and upgrading of those bases. When asked back in the fall of 2003, only months after Baghdad fell to U.S. troops, Lt. Col. David Holt, the Army engineer then "tasked with facilities development" in Iraq, proudly indicated that "several billion dollars" had already been invested in those fast-rising bases. Even then, he was suitably amazed, commenting that "the numbers are staggering." Imagine what he might have said, barely two and a half years later, when the U.S. reportedly had 106 bases, mega to micro, all across the country.

By now, billions have evidently gone into single massive mega-bases like the U.S. air base at Balad, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. It's a "16-square-mile fortress," housing perhaps 40,000 U.S. troops, contractors, special ops types, and Defense Department employees. As the Washington Post's Tom Ricks, who visited Balad back in 2006, pointed out -- in a rare piece on one of our mega-bases -- it's essentially "a small American town smack in the middle of the most hostile part of Iraq." Back then, air traffic at the base was already being compared to Chicago's O'Hare International or London's Heathrow -- and keep in mind that Balad has been steadily upgraded ever since to support an "air surge" that, unlike the President's 2007 "surge" of 30,000 ground troops, has yet to end.

Building Ziggurats

While American reporters seldom think these bases -- the most essential U.S. facts on the ground in Iraq -- are important to report on, the military press regularly writes about them with pride. Such pieces offer a tiny window into just how busily the Pentagon is working to upgrade and improve what are already state-of-the-art garrisons. Here's just a taste of what's been going on recently at Balad, one of the largest bases on foreign soil on the planet, and but one of perhaps five mega-bases in that country:

Consider, for instance, this description of an air-field upgrade from official U.S. Air Force news coverage, headlined: "'Dirt Boyz' pave way for aircraft, Airmen":

"In less than four months, Balad Air Base Dirt Boyz have placed and finished more than 12,460 feet of concrete and added approximately 90,000 square feet of pavement to the airfield… Without the extra pavement courtesy of the Dirt Boyz, fewer aircraft would be able to be positioned and maintained at Balad AB. Having fewer aircraft at the base would directly affect the Air Force's ability to place surveillance assets in the air and to drop munitions on targets... The ongoing flightline projects at Balad AB consist of concrete pad extensions that will provide occupation surfaces for multiple aircraft of various types."

Or here's a proud description of what Detachment 6 of the 732nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron did on its recent tour in Balad:

"'We constructed more than 25,000 square feet of living, dining and operations buildings from the ground up,' said Staff Sgt. John Wernegreen… 'This project gave the [U.S.] Army's [3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment] and Iraqi army [soldiers] a place to carry out their mission of controlling the battlespace around the Eastern Diyala Province.'"

And here's a caption, accompanying an Air Force photo of work at Balad: "Airmen of the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment team repair utility cuts here June 11. The team replaced approximately 30 cubic meters of concrete over newly installed power line cables." And another: "Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, contours a new sidewalk here, June 10. Sidewalk repair is being accomplished throughout the base housing area to eliminate tripping hazards." (The sidewalks on such bases go with bus routes, traffic lights, and speeding tickets -- in a country parts of which the U.S. has helped turn into little more than a giant pothole.)

Or how about this caption for a photo of military men on upgrade duty working on copper cable as "part of the new tents to trailers project." It's little wonder that, in another rare piece, NPR's defense correspondent Guy Raz reported, in October 2007, that Balad was "one giant construction project, with new roads, sidewalks, and structures going up… all with an eye toward the next few decades."

Think of this as the greatest American story of these years never told -- or more accurately, since there have been a few reports on a couple of these mega-bases -- never shown. After all, what an epic of construction this has been, as the Pentagon built a series of fortified American towns, each some 15 to 20 miles around, with many of the amenities of home, including big name fast-food franchises, PXes, and the like, in a hostile land in the midst of war and occupation. In terms of troops, the President may only have put his "surge" strategy into play in January 2007, but his Pentagon has been "surging" on base construction since April 2003.

Now, imagine as well that hundreds of thousands of Americans have passed through these mega-bases, including the enormous al-Asad Air Base (sardonically nicknamed "Camp Cupcake" for its amenities) in the Western desert of Iraq, and the ill-named (or never renamed) Camp Victory on the edge of Baghdad. Troops have surged through these bases, of course. Private contractors galore. Hired guns. Pentagon officials. Military commanders. Top administration figures. Visiting Congressional delegations. Presidential candidates. And, of course, the journalists.

It has been, for instance, a commonplace of these years to see a TV correspondent reporting on the situation in Iraq, or what the American military had to say about Iraq, from Baghdad's enormous Camp Victory. And yet, if you think about it, that camera, photographing ABC's fine reporter Martha Raddatz or other reporters on similar stop-overs, never pans across the base itself. You don't even get a glimpse, unless you have access to homemade G.I. videos or Pentagon-produced propaganda.

Similarly, last year, the President landed at Camp Cupcake for a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with reporters in tow. You could see shots of him getting off the plane (just as he does everywhere), goofing around with troops, or shaking hands with the Iraqi prime minister but, as far as I know, none of the reporters with him stayed on to give us a view of the base itself.

Imagine if just about no one knew that the pyramids had been built. Ditto the Great Wall of China. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Coliseum. The Eiffel Tower. The Statue of Liberty. Or any other architectural wonder of the world you'd care to mention.

After all, these giant bases, rising from the smashed birthplace of Western civilization, were not only built on (and sometimes out of bits of) the ancient ruins of that land, but are functionally modern ziggurats. They are the cherished monuments of the Bush administration. Even though its spokespeople have regularly refused to use the word "permanent" in relation to them -- in fact, in relation to any U.S. base on the planet -- they have been built to long outlast the Bush administration itself. They were, in fact, clearly meant to be key garrisons of a Pax Americana in the Middle East for generations to come. And, not surprisingly, they reek of permanency. They are the unavoidable essence -- unless, like most Americans, you don't know they're there -- of Bush administration planning in Iraq. Without them, no discussion of Iraq policy in this country really makes sense.

And that, of course, is what makes their missing-in-action quality on the American landscape so striking. Yes, a couple of good American reporters have written pieces about one or two of them, but most Americans, as we know, get their news from television and -- though no one can watch all the news that flows, 24/7, into American living rooms, it's a reasonable bet that a staggering percentage of Americans have never had the opportunity to see the remarkable structures their tax dollars have paid for, and continue to pay for, in occupied Iraq.

This is the sort of thing you might expect of Bush-style offshore prisons, or gulags, or concentration camps. And yet Americans have regularly and repeatedly seen what Guantanamo looks like. They have seen something of what Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq looks like. But not the bases. Perhaps one explanation lies in this: On rare occasions when Americans are asked by pollsters whether they want "permanent bases" in Iraq, significant majorities answer in the negative. You can only assume that, as on many other subjects, the Bush administration preferred to fly under the radar screen on this one -- and the media generally concurred.

And let's remember one more base, though it's never called that: the massive imperial embassy, perhaps the biggest on the planet, being built, for nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars, on a nearly Vatican-sized 104-acre plot of land inside the Green Zone in Baghdad. It will be home to 1,000 "diplomats." It will cost an estimated $1.2 billion a year just to operate. With its own electricity and water systems, its anti-missile defenses, recreation, "retail and shopping" areas, and "blast-resistant" work spaces, it is essentially a fortified citadel, a base inside the fortified American heart of the Iraq capital. Like the mega-bases, it emits an aura of American, not Iraqi, "sovereignty." It, too, is being built "for the ages."

A Land Grab, American-style

The issue of the mega-bases in Iraq first surfaced barely days after Baghdad had fallen. It was on April 20, 2003, to be exact, and on the front-page of the New York Times in a piece headlined, "Pentagon Expects Long-Term Access to Key Iraq Bases." Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt wrote: "American military officials, in interviews this week, spoke of maintaining perhaps four bases in Iraq that could be used in the future," including what became Camp Victory. The story, and the very idea of "permanent" bases, was promptly denied by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld -- then essentially disappeared from the news for years. (To this day, again as far as I know, the New York Times has never written another significant front-page story on the subject.)

Now, however, the bases are, suddenly and startlingly, in the news (and, of course, being written about and discussed on TV as if they had long been part of everyday media analysis). This week, in fact, they hit the front page of the Washington Post, due to protests by Iraqi leaders close to the Bush administration. They were angered by, and leaking like mad about, American strong-arm tactics in negotiations for a long-term Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that would officially embed American-controlled bases in Iraq for the long-term, potentially tie the hands of a future American president on Iraq policy, and represent a sovereignty grab of the first order. (A typical comment from a pro-Maliki Iraqi politician in that Post piece: "The Americans are making demands that would lead to the colonization of Iraq…")

The growing Iraqi protests -- in the streets, in parliament, and among the negotiators -- certainly helped spark coverage in this country. A persistent and intrepid British reporter, Patrick Cockburn of The Independent, helpfully broke the story of Bush administration demands days before it became significant news here.

But most of the credit should really go to the Bush administration itself, which, despite the long-term flow of events in Iraq, still wanted it all. Greed, coupled with desperation, seems to have done the trick. In all the years of the occupation, the officials of this administration have had a tin ear for the post-colonial era they inhabit. It's never penetrated their consciousness that the greatest story of the twentieth century was the way previously subjected and colonized peoples had gained (or regained) their sovereignty.

The administration indicated this, back in 2003, with its very dream of garrisoning a major, potentially hostile, intensely nationalistic Arab nation in the heart of the oil lands of the planet. That the building of enormous American bases and the basing of troops in relatively peaceful Saudi Arabia after the First Gulf War led to disaster -- think: Osama bin Laden -- mattered not a whit to top administration officials.

It couldn't have been clearer just how little they cared for Iraqi sovereignty or pride when L. Paul Bremer III, George W. Bush's personal representative and viceroy in Baghdad, before officially "returning sovereignty" to the Iraqis in June 2004, signed the infamous (though, in this country, little noted) Order 17. As the law of the land in Iraq, among other things, it ensured that all foreigners involved in the occupation project would be granted "freedom of movement without delay throughout Iraq," and neither their vessels, nor their vehicles, nor their aircraft would be "subject to registration, licensing or inspection by the [Iraqi] Government." Nor in traveling would foreign diplomats, soldiers, consultants, security guards, or any of their vehicles, vessels, or planes be subject to "dues, tolls, or charges, including landing and parking fees," and so on.

When it came to imports, including "controlled substances," there were to be no customs fees or inspections, taxes, or much of anything else; nor was there to be the slightest charge for the use of Iraqi "headquarters, camps, and other premises" occupied, nor for the use of electricity, water, or other utilities. And all private contractors were to have total immunity from prosecution anywhere in the country. This was, of course, freedom as theft. Order 17 would have seemed familiar to any nineteenth century European colonialist. It granted what used to be termed "extraterritoriality" to Americans. Think of it as a giant get-out-of-jail-free card for an occupying nation.

Now, imagine, that, even after years of disaster, even in a state of discontrol, with unsecured global oil supplies surging toward $140 a barrel, the Bush administration remained in the same Order 17 frame of mind. They began their negotiations with the Iraqis accordingly. Cockburn (and other journalists subsequently) would report that they were asking for Order 17-style immunity for the U.S. military and all private contractors in the country, as well as the use of up to 58 bases, even though they evidently "only" had 30 major ones in the country. (A leading politician of the Badr Organization claimed that American negotiators were actually pushing for the use of a startling 200 facilities across the country.)

They also evidently insisted on control over Iraqi air space up to 29,000 feet, the right to bring troops in and out of the country without informing the Iraqis, and the right to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security," again without notification to the Iraqis, no less approval of any sort. They may even have insisted on the freedom to strike other countries from their Iraqi bases, again without consultation or approval. In addition, reported Cockburn, they were attempting to force their Iraqi counterparts to agree to such a deal by threatening to deny them at least $20 billion in Iraqi oil funds on deposit in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Gulf News reported as well that, under the American version of the agreement, "Iraqi security institutions such as Defense, Interior and National Security ministries, as well as armament contracts, will be under American supervision for ten years." This was partially confirmed by the Washington Post's Walter Pincus, who reported on a multi-year contract just awarded to a private contractor by the Pentagon to supply "mentors to officials with Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries… [ who] would 'advise, train [and] assist... particular Iraqi officials.'"

Had the Bush administration exhibited the slightest constraint, they might have constructed a far more cosmetic version of the permanent garrisoning of Iraq. They might have officially turned the mega-bases over to the Iraqis and leased them back for next to nothing. They could have let the stunning facts they had built on the ground speak for themselves. They could have offered "joint commands" and other palliative remedies (as they are now evidently considering doing) that would have made their long-term sovereignty grab look far less significant -- without necessarily being so. But their ability to strategize outside the (Bush) box has long been limited.

Think of them as "the me generation" on steroids, going global and imperial. Or give them credit for consistency. They're mad dreamers who still can't wake up, even when they find themselves in a roomful of smelling salts.

Instead, with their secret SOFA negotiations, they've attempted to fly under the radar screens of both the U.S. Congress and the Iraqi people. They wanted to embed permanent bases and a long-term policy of occupation in Iraq in perpetuity without letting the matter rise to the level of a treaty. (Hence, no advice and consent from the U.S. Senate.)

Not surprisingly, this episode, too, is threatening to end in debacle. The Iraqi leadership is in virtual revolt. Across the political spectrum, as Tony Karon of the Rootless Cosmopolitan blog has written, the negotiations have forced upon the Iraqis "a kind of snap survey or straw poll… on the long-term U.S. presence, and goals for Iraq" from which the Americans are likely to emerge the losers.

The idea of timetables for American departure is again being floated in Iraq. According to Reuters, "A majority of the Iraqi parliament has written to Congress rejecting a long-term security deal with Washington if it is not linked to a requirement that U.S. forces leave," and unnamed American officials are now beginning to mutter about no SOFA deal being achieved before the Bush administration leaves office.

The administration's man in Baghdad, Prime Minister Maliki, has declared the initial U.S. proposal at a "dead end" and has even begun threatening to ask American forces to leave when their UN mandate expires at year's end. (Though much of this may be bluff on his part, what choice does he have? Given Iraqi attitudes toward being garrisoned forever by the U.S. military, no Iraqi leader could remain in a position of even passing power and agree to such terms. It would be like stamping and sealing your own execution order.)

The Sadrists are in the streets protesting the American presence and their leader has just called for a "new militia offensive" against U.S. forces. The pro-Iranian, but American-backed, Badrists are outraged. ("Is there sovereignty for Iraq -- or isn't there? If it is left to [the Bush administration], they would ask for immunity even for the American dogs.") The Iranians are vehemently voting no. Opinion in the region, whether Shiite or Sunni, seems to be following suit. The U.S. Congress is up in arms, demanding more information and possibly heading for hearings on the SOFA agreement and the bases. Presidential candidate Barack Obama has insisted that any deal be submitted to Congress, the very thing the Bush administration has organized for more than a year to avoid.

And miracle of all miracles, the mainstream media is finally writing about the bases as if they mattered. Someday, before this is over, all of us may actually see what was built in our names with our dollars. That will be a shock, especially when you consider what the Bush administration has proved incapable of building, or rebuilding, in New Orleans and elsewhere in this country. In the meantime, the President appears headed for yet another self-inflicted defeat.

Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's The World According to TomDispatch: America in the New Age of Empire (Verso, 2008), a collection of some of the best pieces from his site, has just been published. Focusing on what the mainstream media hasn't covered, it is an alternative history of the mad Bush years. A brief video in which Engelhardt discusses the American mega-bases in Iraq can be viewed by clicking here.


Related book detailing the unspeakable ongoing horrors the American killing machines are doing in Iraq...

Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilian (June 2008)
In this devastating exposé of a military occupation gone awry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges and journalist Laila Al-Arian reveal the terrifying reality of daily civilian life in Iraq at the hands of U.S. troops. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with combat veterans, Collateral Damage represents the largest number of named eyewitnesses from within the U.S. military to have testified on the record. These veterans, many of whom have come to oppose the war, explain the tactics and operations that have turned many Iraqis against the U.S. military. Through the voices of the veterans in these pages we learn how the mechanics of war—home raids, convoys, patrols, detentions, military checkpoints—lead to the daily abuse and frequent killing of innocents. They describe convoys of dozens of vehicles roaring down Iraqi roads, jumping medians, smashing into civilian cars and hitting Iraqi civilians without stopping to survey the damage. They detail raids that leave homes ransacked and families humiliated, shaking with fear, or shot dead in the mayhem. And they describe a battlefield in which troops, untrained to distinguish between combatant and civilian, are authorized to shoot whenever they feel threatened. "Better to be tried by twelve men than carried by six," many said. Better, in short, to kill than be killed. The soldiers and Marines interviewed in Collateral Damage describe the venality of a war fought largely out of view of journalists and television cameras. A stark and unflinching narrative, Collateral Damage exposes the true consequences of the war that the American government has unleashed in Iraq.

"In this book, as always, Hedges brings out the disturbing nature of war as pornography of violence, war as violence understood - even by those engaged in it - through a lens of fantasy and wishful thinking. When veterans come home from what they've finally understood to be hellish murder and rape without redemption, the bullshit they hear on television and from their fellow citizens about heroism can make them hide inside themselves, lose their sanity, or find the unbelievable courage to speak out. When they speak to real journalists, we get a book as good as this one."

--David Swanson,

"Love, Tom" (17 June 2008)
Leslie Thatcher reviews Tom Engelhardt's new book, "The World According to TomDispatch: America in the New Age of Empire," and talks to the author and animator of The Nation Institute's "TomDispatch" web site.



Date: 16 Jun 2008
From: Ben Wikler - (
Subject: Climate in crisis, leaders asleep

Dear friends,

Last year, the world seemed to wake up to climate change.

This year, it's falling back asleep.

Two weeks of global climate negotiations have just wrapped up -- with no real progress. The rich nations are the culprits, refusing to take the lead and commit to emissions cuts that will bring the rest of the world onboard.[1]

Our best hope: within weeks, those rich country leaders will gather at the G8 summit chaired by Japan. If Japan's Prime Minister offers bold leadership, the G8 summit could be a breakthrough. But, so far, he is pushing in the wrong direction.[2]

So it's up to us. Next Wednesday, June 18, we will hand-deliver our new climate petition to Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. If we can muster 250,000 voices in a few short days, we can sound a global alarm on climate that Fukuda and the other G8 leaders cannot ignore. Sign the petition and forward this message to friends:

We've already shown that a global public outcry on climate change can move Fukuda's policy. Asahi Shimbun, Japan's second-largest newspaper, told the story in a lengthy article this January. At a critical, high-level meeting on global warming after the UN negotiations in Bali, the Environment Minister reportedly held up Avaaz's "Titanic" newspaper ad -- showing Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda, with Bush, steering towards climate disaster... along with a call for tough 2020 emissions targets, signed by 90,000 Avaaz members.

"The world sees Japan as a force resisting change! Are we okay with this?" the minister reportedly asked. The Chief Cabinet Minister suggested setting a target. Days later, after having steadfastly resisted the idea at Bali, Prime Minister Fukuda announced his decision: Japan would, indeed set a 2020 emissions target.[3]

Now, five months on, Fukuda has indeed laid out a target -- but it falls far short of what scientists say is necessary to avert a climate catastrophe.

This year's G8 summit will begin on the same day as the Tanabata festival, when citizens write their wishes on pieces of paper and hang them from bamboo trees. [4] This Wednesday, let's send the biggest-ever Tanabata wish: for a climate change treaty strong enough to save the planet.

Sign the petition here, and spread the word:

People created the climate crisis. If we join together, people power can end it.

With hope,

Ben, Ricken, Iain, Graziela, Galit, Paul, Pascal, Veronique, Mark, and Milena -- the team


[1] Reuters: "Rich nations fail to take lead at climate talk: UN." 12 June 2008.

[2] AFP: "Japan's move on climate "doesn't go far enough": UN climate boss"

[3] For more on Avaaz's campaigning in Bali, see the Asahi Shimbun piece linked off the petition page, or click here:

[4] Tanabata festival.


ABOUT AVAAZ is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means "voice" in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.



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Trailer: Washington, You're Fired
Bills such as the USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the John Warner Defense Act have crippled the U.S. Constitution and have weakened the liberties that Americans once thought they could never lose. The loss of Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus, coupled with a new definition of "torture" are just the tip of the Orwellian iceberg. If enacted, HR 1955 will for the first time put "thought crime" laws on the books, robbing citizens of their right to freedom of conscience thought.From the loss of Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus, to the introduction of "thought-crimes" legislation in the US Congress -- one thing is made perfectly clear in the film - we need immediate political change in Washington or the liberties enjoyed by the people of this country will continue to quickly disappear -- possibly forever.

Prestigious Breckenridge Film Fest Hosts World Premiere of "Washington, You're Fired"


Breckenridge, CO June 17, 2008 -- Thomas Haden Church, Spiderman 3, and Ed Kramer, special effects creator for the latest Star Wars Trilogy, were among the top guests highlighted at this year's 2008 Breckenridge Festival of Film. Mixed in among the Hollywood stars and the latest dynamic creations of upcoming directors and writers was a shinning star of a different kind. The world premiere of the new political investigative thriller, "Washington, You're Fired," was launched upon an unsuspecting audience with explosive results.

On a Friday evening, in the illustrious mountaintop community of beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado, audiences were exposed to an examination of the last seven years of terror-related spy bills that director William Lewis says have removed essential constitutional safeguards and opened up the executive branch to corruption by removing vital checks and balances that are the backbone of our representative-republic system of government. Lewis' new feature film provoked sparks and flying embers during a heated Q&A session where viewers expressed outrage and a driving desire to correct problems in our government that many moviegoers were unaware existed in the first place. Mr. Johns, a resident of Breckenridge, Colorado commented after the screening, "I had no idea our government had strayed so far from the constitution."

Co-writers Keith Abel and William Lewis fielded questions that included a desire by viewers to move this important and potentially history-making expose' into the mainstream where average Americans could be exposed to an examination of legislation that filmmakers Lewis and Abel have called "impeachable offenses." "Both the legislative and executive branches have committed crimes against our country and against the United States Constitution," stated filmmaker Lewis in a director's panel discussion that took place the next day. He went on to state, "this documentary is a wakeup call for all Americans. We either take charge of our government now or we surrender what few rights we still have in this country and resign ourselves to the fascist activities of a government who cares more about it's corporate masters than the personal interests and liberties of the people of the United States."

In a private conversation with Mr. Lewis, Hollywood special effects guru Ed Kramer who attended the festival conveyed both applause and shock after viewing the film. Mr. Kramer, who arrived after the initial premiere of "Washington, You're Fired," attended a private screening of the film in the festival's green room with his wife and their close friends. His comment to Mr. Lewis afterwards was, "This is a film that every American citizen should see. Apparently, we've been way too complacent, because no one was willing to believe this administration would systematically disable the constitution and take away our rights as citizens the way this movie clearly shows they have already done! It's time for us all to wake up and fix the damage done over the last eight years. This movie offers clear suggestions for action each of us can take right now. Thank you for making this important film!"

Thanks to great organizations like KPFK, KPFA, WBAI, Free Speech TV, and the Breckenridge Film Festival, mainstream Americans are finally getting their chance to see a film that some viewers are calling "a motivating and life-altering documentary." As listener supported radio stations across the country are beginning to find out, Americans are deeply interested in pursuing the truth and increasingly motivated to personally help bring about what they perceive as a much-needed change in our political leadership. Christine Blosdale, Senior PM Producer of KPFK, Los Angeles handpicked the politically charged flick for the station's first fundraiser of the year. How did they do with it...? Well, they're using it in their next fund drive as you read this.

Political campaigns are also leaping onto the freedom bandwagon by utilizing "Washington, You're Fired" DVDs in a fundraising capacity and for handouts. Bridgestone Media Group, the production company responsible for creating the special effects used in the film, has already donated a thousand copies of the DVD to the Kevin Barrett for Congress campaign. Charlotte Brown and Brave New Books of Austin, Texas helped do the footwork to get copies of the film into the hands over 500 Texas delegates at the Republican state convention, and it's not stopping there. Co-Writer Keith Abel says, "We are also reaching out to colleges and universities across the country to use the film as an educational tool in advance of the upcoming presidential election. We encourage every political group and organization out there to contact us and learn how they can help get this crucially important freedom-flick into the hands of every American."

With the distinguished mountaintop premiere of "Washington, You're Fired," co-writers Lewis and Abel would like to remind every American of the now famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "When we allow freedom to ring - when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last."

To learn more about "WASHINGTON, YOU'RE FIRED," please visit (AND make sure to watch the SNEAK PEAK INTO WASHINGTON, YOU'RE FIRED! "YOUR PAPERS PLEASE")
or contact Debbie Morgan with Bridgestone Media Group at 573-378-9123

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Gov. Napolitano Approves Prohibition On Real ID (6-17-8)
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed a bill today that prohibits the implementation of the REAL ID in Arizona. SB2677 received a Final vote of approval in the House last week by an overwhelming margin of 51 to 1. Napolitano's signature was uncertain until today when she signed the bill into law. The bill prohibits implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which was passed by Congress as part of a supplemental spending bill for tsunami relief and the War on Terror. The bill did not receive a hearing in either the House or the Senate, and the public was largely unaware of it until it had already been signed into law. "Everyone thinks that the REAL ID is just about protecting us against terrorism," said co-sponsor Senator Karen Johnson (R-18). "But it really represents a cash cow for technology companies as well as the birth of the National ID card, complete with all the biometric information that technology can handle – face recognition, fingerprints, etc." "Corporations which specialize in selling identity cards stand to gain millions of dollars in profits if the Real ID Act is implemented," said Johnson, "so, of course, they're eager for everyone to be required to carry a National ID card everywhere they go." (...) Making U.S. citizens carry identity papers to board a plane or enter a government building stinks," says Johnson. "It's odious, onerous, and a violation of our civil liberties." "I refuse to be tagged and numbered," said Johnson. "Requiring people to carry papers takes away their freedom. There are other, better ways to stop terrorism and to protect us against criminals. CLIP



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Corporations Plan To Pull Plug On The Free Internet

Web users naive about agenda to turn Internet into regulated cable TV model

Paul Joseph Watson

June 12, 2008

The Internet is the last true unregulated outpost of freedom of speech but moves are afoot to stifle, suffocate, control and eventually pull the plug on the world wide web as we know it. These threats are not hidden nor are they hard to deduce and yet a significant number of Internet users remain naive as to their scope.

Despite many questioning the authenticity of a report that claimed ISP's had resolved to restrict the Internet to a TV-like subscription model where users will be forced to pay to visit selected corporate websites by 2012, while others will be blocked, the march towards regulation of the web is clear and documented.

We have been warning about the plan to let the old Internet die and replace it with a restricted and controlled Internet 2 for years. In 2006, we published an article about how the RIAA were attempting to broaden intellectual property distinctions to a point whereby merely linking to external content is judged as copyright infringement.

At the time, the article was met with a mixed response. Many were aware of the imminent dangers that threaten to change the face of the Internet but others were more hostile to the supposition that the world wide web could be devastated by landmark copyright case rulings as well as plans to develop "Internet 2."

Some accused us of yellow journalism and scaremongering yet the warning that the Elektra vs. Barker case could criminalize the very mechanism that characterizes the Internet was not concocted by Alex Jones or Paul Joseph Watson, it was a statement made by the very lawyer fighting the case, Ray Beckerman.

It was a danger also reported on by one of the UK's biggest technology news websites, the Inquirer, which also highlighted the frightening development in an article entitled, RIAA wants the Internet shut down.

The RIAA's argument was that defendant Tenise Barker downloaded music files and made them available for distribution by placing them in a shared folder. Though Barker paid for the files and downloaded them legally, and the files were not copied by anyone, the RIAA's motion states that simply making the files available constitutes copyright infringement.

As Beckerman points out, the entire Internet is nothing more than a giant network of hyperlinks making files 'available' to other people. If we link to, we are making the file that constitutes the CNN homepage 'available' to other users. We don't own the copyright to any of CNN's material therefore if the RIAA's argument is accepted, by simply making that CNN file available from our website, even if no one clicks on the link, we are committing a breach of copyright.

At no point in our article did we suggest that the ruling definitely would shut down the Internet, we highlighted the fact that hundreds of transnational corporations like who solely rely on Internet trade would scream bloody murder. But what the ruling would grease the skids for is the move towards a strictly regulated Internet whereby government permission would be required to run a website and that website would be subject to censoring and deletion if it violated any "terms of use."

This wouldn't be much of a problem to giant transnational corporations, because their websites would remain accessible for everyone. Yet for thousands of political websites and blogs, the plug could be effectively pulled.

After a long legal fight, Elektra vs. Barker was decided largely in Elektra's favor, after a federal judge essentially validated the RIAA's position that having songs available in a KaZaA shared folder violates the distribution right under the Copyright Act.

The example that we cite in discussing what life would be like under "Internet 2" was that running a blog would be like having a You Tube account - any politically sensitive or controversial information that the owners dislike would immediately be removed as it is frequently on You Tube.

In addition, the slide towards a licensed Internet that will be sold using fear of identity and credit card fraud could lead to mandatory biometric thumb or finger scanning simply to access the world wide web.

This is hardly a stretch o f the imagination, since numerous public services and functions of society are increasingly accessible only through providing some form of biometric identification. Credit passes for travel, ATM terminals and access to theme parks like Disneyland are just a few of the many services we use that are shifting towards mandatory biometric gatekeeping.

Furthermore, Pay By Touch Online and other companies have already developed and launched keyboard biometric finger scanning terminals that require users to submit their biometric print before they can access the Internet or buy online.

Piggybacking the net neutrality debate, Internet 2 is being shaped to replace the old Internet, which will be allowed to self-destruct as it labors under the pressures of being relegated to slower and slower pipes and users will simply desert a painstaking system.

More than two years ago in an article entitled, The End of the Internet?, The Nation magazine reported,

"The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online."

"Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest pockets--corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers--would get preferred treatment. Content from these providers would have first priority on our computer and television screens, while information seen as undesirable, such as peer-to-peer communications, could be relegated to a slow lane or simply shut out."

Internet 2 is being billed as the next generation of the world wide web and it has already set global speed records in terms of data transfer, far outstripping the old Internet.

One of the fathers of the Internet, David Clark, who served as chief protocol architect for the government's internet development initiative in the 1980s, has been given $200,000 by the National Science Foundation to covertly work on a "whole new infrastructure to replace today's global network," according to Wired Magazine.

Clark has vowed to create a "brave new world" in designing the new Internet, characterizing what he wanted for the new network to be "a coherent security architecture."

Dovetailing the onset of Internet 2 are government propaganda campaigns to demonize the existing Internet as a wild backwater for hate crime, child pornography and a terrorist recruiting ground.

Establishment kingpins and their cheerleaders have increased their level of vitriolic rhetoric against the Internet in recent years , as legislation in both the U.S. and Europe to regulate, stifle and license the Internet moves forward.

The White House's own recently de-classified strategy for "winning the war on terror" targets Internet conspiracy theories as a recruiting ground for terrorists and threatens to "diminish" their influence.

In addition, the Pentagon recently announced its effort to infiltrate the Internet and propagandize for the war on terror.

In an October 2006 speech, Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff identified the web as a "terror training camp," through which "disaffected people living in the United States" are developing "radical ideologies and potentially violent skills."

Chertoff pledged to dispatch Homeland Security agents to local police departments in order to aid in the apprehension of domestic terrorists who use the Internet as a political tool.

The European Union, led by former Stalinist and potential future British Prime Minister John Reid, has also vowed to shut down "terrorists" who use the Internet to spread propaganda.

The dangers to the freedom and very existence of the Internet as we know it are all too real and the way to counteract these developments is to get involved and get the word out. Simply burying our heads in the sand and being apathetic and naive about the threat is only going to aid those who wish to see the last outpost of freedom of speech shut off forever.


NOTE from Jean (about the article above and the following one): Just think for a moment about the hundreds of stories and mass of vital information you have been able to access through these compilations and the Internet over the past 10 years that would never have been accessible otherwise and certainly not through the mass-controlled media... Imagine what sort of virtual prison the cabal would lock us all into if they manage to pull the plug on the freedom of information we all benefit from now... There is MUCH at stake here and I sincerely hope that people won't remain passive and unresponsive about that threat. Not only do we need to mobilize to prevent the "brave new world" described above to ever become a reality, but we must also be much more proactive in organizing to further expand the realm of Light on this planet so that the darkness overshadowing all Life on Earth is pushed back or transformed by the Light and Peace, Love and Harmony prevail...

Here is another story which I stumbled upon again - about which I had included info on this cover-up in several previous compilations - and that has never been disclosed to this day by the mainstream media. It is a long report to read and so I won't quote much from it. But I did my best to check its authenticity and it really looks to be legit.


Deadly Silences: The Hurricane Andrew Cover-up

The authorities grossly understated the death toll from hurricane Andrew, the worst natural disaster in US history, and left thousands of survivors to die in a zone contaminated by radiation.

(...) I was only one amongst thousands of severely injured victims who struggled to survive the aftermath. For ten long days we were roped off from the outside world by United States military forces, leaving us stranded with no food, no water, no medical supplies, no shelter. Suffering from severe shell-shock, we waited and waited for rescue teams to arrive, but that just never happened. None of the injured in the roped-off areas was ever rescued from the devastation. It was the worst gut-wrenching betrayal I have ever experienced. I saw grown men lying on the ground in the foetal position, moaning and groaning pathetically as they tried to hug and rock themselves. My son was amongst them. Don't get me wrong. United States military forces were indeed present in the roped-off areas within hours of Andrew ending. But they were not there to help survivors. The National Guard along with the Coast Guard, the Army, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), Metro Dade Police, state police and local police removed dead bodies and body parts as quickly as possible during those first ten days of the aftermath. Horrified survivors watched as both uniformed and civilian- clothed men searched the rubble and filled body bags, which they then stacked in military vehicles or huge refrigerator trucks normally used to transport food, only to drive off and leave the stranded injured to fend for themselves.


The survivors of hurricane Andrew and the rest of the American people were betrayed by their own government. But the betrayal also extended to foreign nationals. At the time Andrew struck, South Dade was inhabited by a large population of Mexican illegal immigrants. The United States Department of Immigration was fully aware of their presence but quietly turned its back on the situation, knowing full well that South Dade farmers couldn't afford to harvest their crops without the help of the Mexican illegals. The heavily populated migrant camps were situated at the edge of the Florida Everglades. The people who lived there vanished without a trace during that fated night. Many bodies were found way out in the Everglades.

When I lectured at the Clearwater Convention in Florida in 1999, a man in the audience stood up and introduced himself as Chief Petty Officer Roy Howard. He proceeded to address the audience with this exact statement, which is now a matter of public record:

Just for your information, I was called up to active duty after hurricane Andrew went through South Dade County. I spent nine weeks down there. Now I will certify for the benefit of our audience here that the death figures that were officially published are totally inaccurate. According to the information which I received from my own sources within the National Guard, the figure I was quoted when I was down there was 5,280-something. And they were quietly disposed of in incinerators that were hurriedly put together by both the National Guard and FEMA...

As the Chief Petty Officer stated, "5,280-something" bodies were confiscated by the United States National Guard. In addition to this, the Coast Guard independently confiscated "1,500 bodies" from the lakes and surrounding waters. Neither one of these figures embraces the number of dead bodies confiscated by other branches of federal and state government directly involved in the body pick-up operation. This leaves the number of dead confiscated by various US authorities in South Dade still unknown.

The total number who died during hurricane Andrew is obviously staggering, yet whenever the "official death toll" is mentioned in the media, a figure of anywhere between 15 and 59 is quoted. The population of the 21 communities annihilated by Andrew's eye-wall had been officially recorded by the Dade County Census Bureau as 415,151 before Andrew struck.

Bodies of human beings confiscated and disposed-of like rubbish, as if their lives had no more worth or meaning than a piece of discarded litter--it's horrifying to be suddenly confronted by the same kind of atrocities as perpetrated by the Nazis. Once again repeating history, a master-minded cover-up was dutifully carried out by armed military forces, right smack in the midst of horrendous human suffering.

To complete this historical comparison, in the same way that many residents who lived near Nazi concentration camps were unaware or in denial of the atrocities close by, so too were many residents who were located just outside the catastrophic devastation left behind by Andrew's eye-wall.


When hurricane Andrew slammed into South Dade, the State Attorney of Florida was none other than Janet Reno. Her office was located at the Dade County Court House in the City of Miami. The President of the United States was President George H.W. Bush, and the Vice-President was Dan Quayle. Bill Clinton was running for President, and Al Gore for Vice-President. Senator Bob Graham held office, and the late Lawton Chiles was Governor of Florida. His successor turned out to be Jeb Bush, still the Governor of Florida and, ironically enough, the son of former President Bush whose other son, George W. Bush, the then Governor of Texas, has since become the "self-selected" President of the United States... Curious how the United States Government evacuated Homestead Air Force Base just before hurricane Andrew struck, yet never released the information to the civilians of South Dade."This is worse than anything we saw in Saudi," said Master Sgt Lester Richardson (who had spent six months in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm) one week into the aftermath. "These people need a miracle - "The survivors did need "a miracle", but what we got instead didn't resemble anything near it.


This may sound strange but, regardless, it is the truth. Today, in the year 2001, there still remain three ongoing tragedies created by hurricane Andrew cover-ups--tragedies which remain unbearable for the survivors to live with.

The first tragedy is the horrifying fact that the bodies of our loved ones were intentionally confiscated from us by our own government and then so inhumanely disposed of. Without graves, or some kind of memorial erected in their memory, we have no hope of reaching closure.

The second tragedy is the impact the cover-ups had in downplaying, dismissing and ignoring our horrendous suffering.

And the third tragedy is the great number of Andrew survivors who were inevitably forced to join the ranks of approximately 10 million other homeless Americans struggling to stay alive on the streets. With 10 million Americans homeless, and another 32 million Americans going to sleep hungry each night, the United States Government can't truthfully claim to be a government for all the people.

Maybe it's just me, but I honestly thought the world learned a lesson from the Nuremberg trials in Germany: "Evil can only be defined as absence of empathy..."


About the Author:

k.t. Frankovich has had a distinguished career as a writer in film and television, winning the 1975 Gold Venus award for documentary film writing. She has devoted her personal life to rescuing abandoned, lost and abused animals. k.t. is a poet and an author of short stories and several books. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the US, and is passionate about exposing the tragedies surrounding the hurricane Andrew disaster.


More on Hurricane Andrew Cover-up
(...) For days we went out into all the areas we could reach by car or truck, distributing food, water, baby formula, and other supplies. In that time I saw many devastated mobile home parks, homes, and apartment buildings. In the wreckage, mostly the mobile home parks, the bodies and body parts were all over and the stench was getting bad. We were ordered to stop our food deliveries by the military after a few days because they claimed it was a health hazard for us to go out into these areas and they wanted hunger to force the survivors to come out of the areas instead of remaining in their homes. The military set up kitchens at major intersections and prepared meals for anyone lucky enough to be near one or have transportation. There was no discussion of any rescue efforts that I was aware of and the red cross volunteer in the hospital reported that the only wounded coming in were people that came to the hospital on their own. (...) It was mostly individual volunteers like me that ignored the warnings and turned up to help out that ended up doing most of the ground work and there were too few of us to go around. I have absolutely no doubts about the coverups. I saw the bodies and when I heard the "official" death reports I knew right then and there something was up. Well I've rambled on long enough. I have tried to put a lot of what I saw behind me. It was like a war zone I doubt I will ever forget.

(...) A few internet searches came up with almost NOTHING negative to say about her (k.t. Frankovich), and a million-and-one independent promos for her. I also found a couple of testimonies from other survivors. I didn't read their whole story, but I read enough to know they believe that this story is true; and they seemed to have no affiliation with the author to change their bias...

Interviews with Jerry Pippin
(...) 10/3/04: K.T. Frankovich, victim and survivor of Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne.K.T., who survived three of the four hurricanes that have ravaged Florida in 2004, is now a desperate victim of the devastation and of the lack of any help from neighbors, most town residents, "faith based" organizations, the State of Florida, FEMA, insurance companies, the Red Cross and the United Way. She is but one of many, many thousands of disabled or retired Floridians who have literally lost everything - their homes, their vehicles, their possessions - and are living day to day as best they can. Some are not making it. Forget the media stories, featuring the Bush Brothers, that portray that Floridians are rapidly recovering from one of the greatest natural disasters to befall our nation. It just is not true.
(...) 12/17/03: K.T. Announces her new web site, My new website has my entire book 'Where Heavens Meet,' complete with color photos, made available to the public for free. It's quite amazing to see, as it was put up by a professional design publisher. I am very proud of the results and look forward to the public's reaction. We will also be including color photographs of Hurricane Andrew's massive devastation never released to the general public before on the web site. This will be under the 'Photo Gallery' section of the Hurricane Andrew link on the main page. I will undoubtedly be sued by the Miami Herald, and possibly the Sun Sentential in Ft. Lauderdale, for releasing these photographs never made available to the public before. Both newspapers withheld the photos from the public and the rest of the news media. Had I not stolen them by literally 'stuffing them down my pants to get past the armed guard' they never would have had a chance of being been seen by the public. When you take into account that over 10,000+ people died during Hurricane Andrew (1992) in South Dade, Florida, and that many wounded survivors died in the aftermath because none of the injured were ever rescued out of the aftermath's devastation, the threat of a law suit hanging over my head seems very insignificant. Amazing isn't it, that over 10,000+ victims died in that horrendous tragedy and the former Bush Administration was able to keep it a secret? More amazing, when one realizes that the massive devastation and deaths far exceeded the World Trade Towers tragedy...I think what is so impacting about the pictures of Hurricane Andrew's aftermath is the realization that no 'hurricane' could possibly leave behind a trail of massive catastrophic devastation like this. Scientists proved afterward that the winds of Hurricane Andrew were in excess of 350+ mph. Imagine trying to survive that for six-and-a-half hours nonstop! CLIP

Note from Jean: if you are interested in reading a detailed account of 2 personal encounters by Katherine .T. Frankovich with Grey ETs, scroll down at up to The Lime Grove Encounters - First Incident and read from there. Here below is a brief excerpt - if you go read the whole story, you will quickly see she is an excellent storyteller - she is also the author of a book Where Heavens Meet which, according to the reviews, is quite fascinating. Here is the Book Description: "k.t Frankovich comes from the same family in the film business behind the classics Bridge over the River Kwai, Exodus, Purple Rain, Kojak, There is a Girl in My Soup, Butterflies are Free. She holds the coveted Gold Venus (also awarded to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas) and is a psychic PSI Tested by leading world parapsychologists. Where Heavens Meet chronicles k.t. Frankovich's survival. Being homeless on the streets of Miami with her 13 year-old son, and how she survived the largest natural Disaster ever recorded in the history of the United States. Where Heavens Meet delves into the mysteries of life and exposes the truth behind tragic disasters misreported or not reported at all by the media. This is a book of human survival under the worst conditions."...

Standing there quietly watching me was the oddest - the strangest - the most bizarre looking being - I had ever laid eyes on! So outrageously strange that at first glance, I honestly thought someone was standing there in a Halloween costume! I clearly recall thinking, 'Is this some kind of joke?' Then it hit me. Really hit me hard! That was no costume! It was real!... I absolutely froze. Too shocked to move or even think about trying to.The dogs looked directly at it. Their reaction was unbelievable! Instead of lunging forward to aggressively ward it off, both dogs simultaneously laid down on the ground, putting their heads on their front paws and closing their eyes. Two trained attack dogs, who would not hesitate to attack, laid down and appeared to be asleep! The entire situation was so bizarre I could not believe what was happening! It was as if my mind had suddenly gone mad! Half of it insisting, 'This is not real!' The other half arguing, 'Oh yes it is! This is very real!' It was the haunting eyes that took my breath away. Those big-black-almond-shaped eyes, staring back at me. Not human. Not animal. Solid black eyes without pupils. Without eyelids. And not a trace of any white-of-the-eye showing. So big in proportion to the rest of the strange face, they dominated it. Like the spine chilling affect of a hooded cobra, they stared back, daunting, not blinking. Locked in an eye-to-eye showdown. Silently powerful. Waiting, just waiting, for me to make the first move.It was all so insane! Yet so real! CLIP

Finally there is another article worth reading about how FEMA's original mission was subverted by the Bush/Cheney creation of the organization called Homeland Security...

Dealing With The Truth (6-17-8)
Back in the beginning of the Bushwhacker's second coming, in the personage of the George W. Bush a gargantuan fraud was perpetrated upon the public. This was not a single deadly wound inflicted on society, but a thing that continues to kill us in a multiplicity of ways that has continued to deepen with every passing week. Even the name of this fraud is as deceptive, as are its purposes. The program was called 'HOMELAND Security', and the name came straight out of Nazi manuals that were used in the late nineteen- thirties. To obtain passage of this Trojan Horse, FEMA was used as the excuse for the merging of 22 separate agencies into a single monster that, because of its size alone would be able to fix everything that threatened America or Americans. However once established, the Department of Homeland Security began to erase the individual reasons for the existence of each department that all 22 agencies had once been part of.Like the viper that has two fangs to inject its deadly poisons, DHS itself is just another aspect of Doublespeak, because there is no "HOMELAND" in this country of immigrants and there can be no 'security' in a nation without laws. DHS is killing us with distortions and lies from each and every level of this massive bureaucracy, having turned the language itself on its head.In practical terms, Homeland Security has sucked up all the social programming funding for itself, and recast those priorities into the servicing and maintenance of "War, War & Lots More War." Every program that had to do with assisting the public to live well enough to succeed was plundered of its funds, stripped of its mandates, and reset to function a an agency dedicated to the destruction of the very things it was created to avert. CLIP



Floods could reduce corn supplies, raise price

By STEVENSON JACOBS – June 13, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — Floods that have inundated the Midwest could reduce world corn supplies and drive food prices higher at a time when Americans are already stretching their grocery budgets and people in poor countries have rioted over rising food costs.

The U.S. government will report later this month on how many acres of corn were lost to floodwaters. But farmers and agriculture experts already say the toll appears grim, with thousands of acres probably destroyed in the region that grows most of the world's corn.

"It's not a very good picture at all. We're looking at possibly a good reduction in acres if a lot of this crop remains underwater," said Chad Hart, an agriculture economist at Iowa State University. "There's still hope, but it wanes with each rainstorm."

The disaster has drawn comparisons to the 1993 floods that displaced thousands of people and wiped away vast swaths of the heartland's agriculture. At the time, about 18 bushels per acre of corn were destroyed, "and everybody is reporting that this year is worse," said Jason Ward, grains analyst at North Star Commodity in Minneapolis.

The most recent floods have sent corn prices soaring past $7 a bushel for the first time, up from about $4 a year ago. Prices shot to a record for a seventh straight day Friday, climbing as high as $7.37 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Floodwaters also hurt soybean crops, sending prices to near all-time highs. Wheat, oats, rice and other food commodities were damaged, too.

And corn prices could jump further if floodwaters don't recede soon, experts say.

"We've got some major price volatility ahead the weaker this crop gets," Hart said.

In Iowa, the country's top corn producer, about 9 percent of the anticipated crop either hasn't been planted because farmers can't get into their fields, or it needs to be replanted because it's waterlogged, said Roger Elmore, a corn expert at Iowa State.

That's about 1.2 million acres of corn — almost 1.5 percent of the country's anticipated harvest — that may produce only a fraction of its potential yield. Rain continued falling in much of Iowa on Friday, and it's already late to be planting corn.

"It's Noah's Ark-like conditions out there ... and if you replant now you're going to get much lower yields," said Vic Lespinasse of in Chicago.

Corn prices have shot up more than 80 percent in the last year because of rising energy prices and surging global demand for biofuel and livestock feed. But excessive rainfall in the Midwest has pushed prices up nearly 20 percent in the last month alone.

Climbing commodity prices worldwide have hit Americans in their wallets and touched off riots in Haiti, Senegal, Egypt and other poor countries.

A weak corn crop could only make things worse. Livestock owners will probably have to slaughter more cattle, hogs and chickens to offset the rising cost of corn-based animal feed, leading to more expensive beef, pork, chicken, eggs and dairy products.

Other livestock owners may switch to cheaper feed made from barely or wheat, adding to already high demand for those grains.

"In some cases, hog and cattle farmers are seeing feed prices double," said Iowa corn farmer Russell Meade, who also sells hay for livestock. "Those guys are going to be put in a financial squeeze."

It's the same gloomy story for U.S. ethanol producers, who are already being threatened by high corn prices and political pressure to roll back or eliminate federal subsidies.

Besides, corn in the ground now will have to be dried out in special bins or naturally under the sun before it can be sold to make the alternative fuel. Most ethanol producers require the corn they use to have no more than 15 percent moisture content.

Citigroup analyst David Driscoll this week advised investors to sell shares of publicly traded ethanol producers such as VeraSun Energy Corp. and BioFuel Energy Corp., driving their shares sharply down.

Many smaller ethanol producers might have to idle plants until corn prices fall, said Michael Swanson, an economist for Wells Fargo & Company.

Ethanol makers are spending almost as much for their raw material as they're getting for their finished product.

"If you're going to lose more money by actually doing your thing, you're better off not doing your thing," Swanson said. "The question is, do you have enough cash to tide you over? A lot of these guys don't."

Farmers were expected to plant 86 million acres of corn in 2008 — an 8 percent drop from last year. After the flooding began, the Department of Agriculture reduced its projected corn harvest to 11.7 billion bushels, a 10 percent drop from last year.

On June 30, the USDA will release an updated estimate on the size of the 2008 corn crop, and many expect it to be significantly smaller than the initial numbers.

John Olsson's farm in central Illinois has been pelted by one steady rain after another. The storms kept him out his fields and washed away fertilizer.

"I don't think we've had two five-day periods all spring without some type of rain," the 46-year-old farmer said from his home near New Berlin, Ill., about 90 miles northeast of St. Louis. "It's like death by a thousand cuts."

Most of his 650 acres appears to have water damage, meaning it will likely produce less corn. "There's no way we're going to have a crop like we've had the last few years," he said.

Others are holding out hope, noting that there's still plenty of corn that hasn't been flooded. Corn can survive underwater for a few days if it doesn't get too hot.

"We still need to evaluate how many acres are really gone and really not," said Ken McCauley, a Kansas farmer and chairman of the National Corn Growers Association. "Agriculture is really good at bouncing back, and things aren't always as bad as they seem."


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Floods threaten world's corn - Reduced supply may drive food prices higher (June 14, 2008)
Floods that have inundated the Midwest could reduce world corn supplies and drive food prices higher at a time when Americans are stretching their grocery budgets and when people in poor countries have rioted over rising food costs. The U.S. government will report later this month on how many acres of corn were lost to flooding, but farmers and agriculture experts say the toll appears grim, with thousands of acres probably destroyed in the region that grows most of the world's corn. CLIP



Investigating CHEMTRAILS

by Aajonus Vonderplanitz, Ph.D. -- OPTIMAL@EARTHLINK.NET

I have seen them and been aware of them since 1997. From the mountains of Malibu, California, at 8:00 am on Friday, November 18, 2005, I watched jets in the skies over Ventura and Los Angles Counties streaking the skies with chemtrails. They have occurred almost everyday since. Some days as many as 80 patterns existed, going from the ocean to 40 miles inland. The chemtrails drifted from as far as Oxnard and fall on all Los Angeles County inhabitants. Chemtrails are frequently sprayed directly over all areas of Los Angeles County. They are being reported in most areas of the USA. Nearly daily since Friday, November 18, 2005, chemtrails streaked the skies at Venice Beach, drifting inland over Los Angeles residents.

When we see a cloudy tail following a jet streaking the sky and that tail dissolves within minutes, that is a contrail. Contrails form above 33,000 feet when hot engine exhaust momentarily condenses ice crystals into pencil-thin vapor trails that quickly vanish behind a jet. However, chemtrails, looking initially look like contrails, are thicker, remain extended across the sky and are sprayed in varying patterns: x⤙s, tic-tack-toe grids, cross-hatch and parallel lines. Instead of quickly dissipating, chemtrails expand. Usually within thirty minutes, they open into wispy formations, looking like cirrus-type clouds (thin veil clouds) that persist for hours but slowly waft from the skies on our families, friends and strangers below.

Laboratory examination of those chemicals found that they were manufacturing wastes from military industry and biowarfare substances. In several laboratory analyses, the composition of chemtrails was revealed:

1. Aluminum barium

2. Aluminum Oxide

3. Bacilli and Molds

4. Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

5. Pseudomonas Florescens

6. Bacilli Amyloliquefaciens

7. Streptomyces

8. Enterobacteriaceae

9. Serratia Marcscens

10. Human white Blood Cells-A restrictor enzyme used in research labs to snip and combine DNA

11. Enterobacter Cloacal

12. Other Bacilli and other toxic molds capable of producing heart disease and meningitis as well as acute upper respiratory and gastrointestinal distress.

13. Carcinogen Zinc Cadmium Sulfide.

After chemtrails lingered, spread, covered entire skies and fell, reports of illnesses increased substantially, such as persistent hacking coughs, upper respiratory and intestinal distress, pneumonia, fatigue, lethargy, dizziness, disorientation, headaches, aching joints and muscles, nosebleeds, diarrhea, bloody stools, depression, anxiety, loss of bladder control, and nervous tics. Much of it is reported as flu and everyone but a few know that much of it is poisons dropped over our heads, inhaled, absorbed through our skins, and consumed in our food.

Using both electrostatic precipitation devices and hepa air filters to collect outdoor atmosphere samples, chemtrail researcher Cliff Carnicom and his associates have documented desiccated blood cells floating in the atmosphere in populated areas of both New Mexico and Colorado. With so many atmospheric samples containing biological components, Carnicom concludes that crimes of the highest order are being perpetrated against citizens without their knowledge or consent.

Witnesses have documented and photographed military KC-135's, KC-105 and white unmarked jets spray chemtrails. Airport personnel and pilots confirmed specific commercial airliners leaving the long-lasting chemtrails. Although chemtrails are frequently reported, the US Government continues to deny the existence of chemtrails.

In 1994, it was established in a senate committee that the military was developing genetically engineered pathogens since the 1960's when the military initiated a special viral cancer program with the intent to create contagious cancers for biowarfare? There is much laboratory evidence that gels, webs, powders and blood cells have been used to harbor viruses, mycoplasma and/or other bio-engineered toxins until they reach their host. Who besides the department of defense would have the money, power and inclination to besmirch our atmosphere with biological materials and have legal and media immunity?

In August 2000, observers began to report jets deploying chemtrails that looked like normal cloud formations. Three reports stated cloud formations dripped feathers and mare⤙s tails. Citizen-based investigators believe that, since the military and government has received complaints about the chemtrails, they adjusted the chemtrail mix to be more clandestine. Chemtrail observers, including I, continue to see fake cirrus-type clouds on top of and surrounding real cumulus clouds.

Generally, chemtrails spraying increases as clouds build. They have been spraying most areas intensely in the USA, Canada, Europe and England since 1998, including areas with no commercial path⤙s overhead. Even if you do not see chemtrails in your area, our food supply is being sprayed in farmlands across the USA. Frequently, I travel throughout the USA. I have observed chemtrails in at least 60 cities and farm towns that I visited since 1997. Many Americans reported seeing and feeling chemical mists fall from the sky following chemtrails. The media fails to cover the issue even though the health consequences are enormous. Environmentally conscious groups have had no luck pressing the media for coverage. Why is the media refuses to investigate and cover the story? Could it be pretense of national security?

Chemical weapons encapsulated in protective coatings like synthetic webbing would explain why many people who saw web-like filaments drifting down from the skies reported illness after contacting the webs. When webs were closely examined, they proved to be a man-made filaments of the type developed by both industrial and military entities. South Africans reported web-like filaments falling from an aircraft, forming a blanket like appearance across vegetation, telephone poles and fences, and E-boli soon followed. When cattle ate it, some developed large lumps on their hides, became listless and/or went blind. Examining collected material from the spray, a University of Michigan lab found pseudomonas fluorescens. That is the bug tested on Oakville residents. It can cause human infections including fatal shock. The military likes it because it glows and allows them to track its path. Pathogens, including staph and several fungi that can cause lung disease were found in the chemical mix. In what must have been in bolder military arrogant fashion, during numerous chemtrail sprays, the small town Sallisaw in Oklahoma was saturated when a web like material covered the town. Lab technicians discovered large enterobacteria. The critter was a man-developed combination of E-Coli, salmonella and anthrax that could only be a U.S. military designer bug for biowarfare.

Standing before government officials in Louisiana where the military had determined to conduct open-air germ tests, Captain Joyce Riley boldly told officials that the only acts of terrorism ever conducted on American soil were perpetrated by our own government. Is the US Government warning about terrorism yet committing acts of terrorism against its own citizens? During tests to perfect the technology, reports that aerosol barium titanate salt mixture was released from military aircraft, forming chemical trails in the atmosphere across America. Barium salts - radioactive material - were used in Libya, Panama and Desert Storm where they were sprayed and exploded over head to make people extremely sick and weak. Barium effects were accelerated and magnified by mixing and altering with other chemicals. Spectrum analysis revealed barium compounds but the other compounds were initially hidden by a shell around them. The shell, however, eventually released the other chemicals, like time-released disease-pills.

Is the military continuing open-air-testing in populated areas across the USA with dangerous chemical biowarfare, or arrogantly dumping military chemical waste on us? Whatever it is, we must stop this mass poisoning of us and our children now!

Please call and fax them once a week! We must be insistent: Contact your local and U.S. Senators and demand that they introduce and pass legislation to stop the chemtrails-poisoning of U.S. inhabitants. To discover your U.S. Senators call (202) 224-3121, or log on the net at To discover your U.S. House Representative, call (202) 225-7000, or log on the net at

Contact your State government to discover your State Senators and Representatives.

For California: 1. Barbara Boxer, 312 N. Spring St. Suite 1748 Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213)894-5000, Fax: (213)899-5042; Washington, D.C. (202)224-3553 ">

2. Diane Feinstein, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd. #915 Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310)914-7300 / Fax: Not Available Washington, D.C. (202)224-3841

Find your California State district Senate and House representatives by calling (916) 653-6774.


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Chemtrails - Shocking Phoenix Air Quality Test Results
(...) Clearly, there must be a source for these very high levels of heavy metals in the Phoenix environment. It could very well be a direct result of chemtrail spraying, since the trails have been commonly seen in the sky over Phoenix and other cities. If these levels are elevated in Phoenix's air, it may stand to reason that the same problem is happening all over the country elsewhere. It's quite possible that these various metals are elevated in different amounts in the air over other cities. More tests like this are needed for other cities, with air sampling and analysis performed in the exact same way to allow proper correlation. CLIP



Tar sands a toxic disaster, says Environmental Defence

February 15, 2008

Posted by Jan Malek

Environmental Defence, a national organization that works with citizens, decision-makers and businesses on environmental issues, released a report today in Ottawa slamming the federal government for its inaction and indifference to Canadian laws designed to protect our health, safety and environment from large-scale industrial projects.

The report, Canada's Toxic Tar Sands: The Most Destructive Project on Earth, shows that around the world there isn't a bigger - or more environmentally damaging - industrial development than Alberta's tar sands.

"Everything about the tar sands happens on a massive scale," writes Environmental Defence in the report. "The enormous toxic problems go hand-in-hand with massive global warming pollution and the impending destruction of a boreal forest the size of Florida."

The report gives evidence of how the impact of the tar sands is spreading, like a massive oil tanker leak:

Water is being polluted by toxic seepage from tar sands tailing ponds that are so concentrated with poisons that birds die from landing there; fish downstream are found floating with bulging eyes, deformed spines and tumours; acid rain from tar sands pollution is falling as far away as Saskatchewan; oil tankers the size of West Edmonton mall will be running along the B.C. coastline bringing oil to Asia, and; huge amounts of emissions are expected in Sarnia, Ontario where a massive oil refinery will turn bitumen into crude oil.

But even with the existing evidence, the federal government refuses to use federal legislation to ensure sustainable - if that is even possible - tar sands development.

The federal Fisheries Act (meant to protect waterways from pollution), the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (meant to prevent pollution in order to protect Canada's environment and the health of Canadians) and the Canadian Environmental Act (meant to ensure major industrial projects do not cause significant environmental impacts) are all there to protect Canadians, the report concludes.

Instead of using these legislative tools, the federal government has left it up to the Alberta government to regulate tar sands development. Alberta's approach has been to let the industry regulate itself - which is about the same as doing nothing at all.

The Harper government's unstated commitment to a fivefold expansion of the tar sands recommended by the tar sands working group of the Security and Prosperity Partnership means there is little to no hope for sustainable development. And without a Canadian Energy Strategy, it means energy corporations continue to be in control of Canada's energy future with citizens paying the devastating environmental, social and physical price.

The SPP agenda of fivefold expansion of the tar sands would extend the federal government's negligence concerning the environmental (land, air and water) impacts, and ignore the serious health risks posed by tar sands pollutants.

The Council of Canadians recently joined a group of national and international environmental, social justice, labour, faith, landowner, academic and First Nation groups who are all calling on the Alberta government to issue "no new approvals" of tar sands projects.

Only a halt on any new approvals will provide the time needed to properly study serious tar sands problems and develop a plan that adequately addresses the social, economic, cultural and environmental concerns.

To read Environmental Defence's report, click here.


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Report: U.S. Poised To Shift Most New Refining Capacity To Dirtier Tar Sands Oil (2008-06-04)
Future oil refining in the U.S. may soon get much "dirtier" -- including three times more greenhouse gas emissions in the extraction process -- as refineries place their bets on a shift away from traditional crude oil to Canadian tar sands. (...) Since the average capacity of an oil refinery in the United States is 116,395 bpd, the contemplated 1.9 million bpd of increased tar sand capacity would be equivalent to constructing more than sixteen new refineries dedicated to tar sands. Increased tar sand refining capacity is contemplated in Illinois and Texas (495,000 bpd together); Indiana (205,000 bpd); Louisiana (180,000 bpd); Michigan (15,000 bpd); Montana (13,000 bpd); North Dakota (65,000 bpd); Ohio (316,120 bpd); Oklahoma (44,700 bpd); South Dakota (400,000 bpd); and Wisconsin (200,000 bpd). Eric Schaeffer, director, Environmental Integrity Project, said: "It is hard to imagine what else it is that the U.S. oil industry could do to go backwards further and faster than to rely on Canadian tar sands or similar resources in the United States. Not only would this mean significantly more pollution overall, but it would substantially boost the greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. The U.S. government needs to get more involved in this situation to ensure that we do not end up with an environmental setback of truly staggering proportions." CLIP

A Picture is Worth... The Alberta Tar Sands
Paul Kedrosky calls it "Truly a scar on the face of planet." Google Earth makes it almost impossible to hide anything anymore, unless you are Dick Cheney.

Well-Oiled Machine (May. 22, 2008),9171,1808610,00.html
(...) Canada is poised to become Venezuela north as the biggest oil boom in North American history hits terminal velocity. An estimated $124 billion will be invested from 2007 to 2012, according to the Athabasca Regional Issues Working Group, an industry association. Production in Alberta's oil sands will more than quadruple, to about 5 million bbl. daily, by 2015; Canada currently exports an average of 1.9 million bbl. daily (from all sources) to the U.S., more than any country, including Saudi Arabia. That's about 20% of total U.S. imports. (...) No one working in the oil sands complains about the big paychecks, but beyond the project a serious backlash is growing against the economic and environmental pressures that come with maxing out oil production. (...) "The tar sands are being developed in an unsustainable fashion from virtually every point of view," says Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP). CLIP

'The biggest environmental crime in history' (10 December 2007)
BP, the British oil giant that pledged to move "Beyond Petroleum" by finding cleaner ways to produce fossil fuels, is being accused of abandoning its "green sheen" by investing nearly 1.5bn to extract oil from the Canadian wilderness using methods which environmentalists say are part of the "biggest global warming crime" in history. The multinational oil and gas producer, which last year made a profit of 11bn, is facing a head-on confrontation with the green lobby in the pristine forests of North America after Greenpeace pledged a direct action campaign against BP following its decision to reverse a long-standing policy and invest heavily in extracting so-called "oil sands" that lie beneath the Canadian province of Alberta and form the world's second-largest proven oil reserves after Saudi Arabia.Producing crude oil from the tar sands a heavy mixture of bitumen, water, sand and clay found beneath more than 54,000 square miles of prime forest in northern Alberta an area the size of England and Wales combined generates up to four times more carbon dioxide, the principal global warming gas, than conventional drilling. The booming oil sands industry will produce 100 million tonnes of CO2 (equivalent to a fifth of the UK's entire annual emissions) a year by 2012, ensuring that Canada will miss its emission targets under the Kyoto treaty, according to environmentalist activists. The oil rush is also scarring a wilderness landscape: millions of tonnes of plant life and top soil is scooped away in vast open-pit mines and millions of litres of water are diverted from rivers up to five barrels of water are needed to produce a single barrel of crude and the process requires huge amounts of natural gas. (...) Licenses have been issued by the Albertan government to extract 350 million cubic metres of water from the Athabasca River every year. But the water used in the extraction process, say campaigners, is so contaminated that it cannot be returned to the eco-system and must instead be stored in vast "tailings ponds" that cover up to 20 square miles and there is evidence of increased rates of cancer and multiple sclerosis in down-river communities. CLIP

No New Approvals for Tar Sands Developments (PETITION)
We, the undersigned, represent diverse interests and individual priorities to our concern about the future of Alberta. We represent {environmental, social, conservation, labour, health, treaty rights, forestry, land use, humanitarian, water and economic concerns}; but we are united in our concern about the impact that out-of-control development of the oil sands is having on all areas of the province. We are calling, with one voice, for the Alberta Government to take the first step for a cessation of new oil sands approvals and lease sales. The time is now to stop the uncontrolled oil sands development and deal with the environmental and social concerns that it has created. Regardless of the reason, there is one thing we all agree on - the first step is to stop adding to the problem. No new approvals on oil sands development!

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Mainstream media finally says it: "The expected shortage of food will kill billions of people."


It's in your future as oil prices rise?

June 16th, 2008


The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD and the majority escaped. But 3,300 people died during the 24-hour eruption, even though there was ample time to flee. Similarly, we see people staying in the path of hurricanes and dying. Humans often fail to appreciate a dangerous situation, make a poor decision and perish. Explaining some of the dangers that exist in our energy supply may help people make better decisions on their future.

About two years ago, my first columns looked at peak oil and the gradual decline of oil production that would be coming soon. A shortage would raise prices dramatically and affect our ability to buy gas for our cars, heat our homes and have a job. It's not exactly the same urgency of Pompeii, but quite serious. The author Jim Kunstler calls it "the long emergency."

I remember discussing peak oil with the management of Saint John Energy. Their response was similar to the average man in the street - denial, belief that more oil will be found, or that human ingenuity (some technical solution) would conquer the problem.

Today peak oil is sending a few tremors through the economic system and while more people are aware, the majority are not. Many people sense we're in trouble but haven't connected the dots. I'm going out on a limb to make a few more predictions for the coming years. There is a range of outcomes based on our response to the problem, from bad to horrible. If you don't want to know, please turn the page and have a good life.

*While we may see a short-term decline in price in 2008, the overall tendency will be prices rising to unbelievable levels within several years. The price of oil has doubled as worldwide production capacity has virtually stalled. A decline of capacity will soon start and perhaps be at 50 per cent of present day levels by 2030 or by 2040 if we're lucky. Either way, it's bad news. Note that an oil decline of 1 per cent equals a 1 per cent decline in GDP. You lose your oil and your economy contracts.

*The price of food will rise significantly over the world on a continual basis. The productivity of farmers (the green revolution) was related to its major inputs, which are oil and fertilizer. With a decline in oil and fertilizer, we can expect food shortages and significant starvation related deaths in the next 20 years - not necessarily in Canada, as we have the means to avoid being priced out of the food market. Can the present industrial agriculture model be maintained without enough oil for farmers or transportation of that food to distant lands?

Based on the exhaustion of the resource base of our planet, whether it is fish, steel, coal, oil, or other commodities, it seems evident that the long-term carrying capacity of the earth is less than the present world population of 6.6 billion people. The exact figure is a matter of some debate. The expected shortage of food will kill billions of people.

*The airline industry is in serious trouble. The problem has long-term roots in high cost fuel and it is not going away. Worldwide, airlines expect to lose somewhere between $2.6 and $6 billion dollars in the current year. Subsequent years will provide further grief with rising ticket prices, lower passenger volume, contracting schedules and bankruptcies throughout the industry. In the long term, perhaps beyond 2015 or 2020, air travel will be available only for the wealthy, government, military, and specialized high value cargo. There may be a return to nationally owned carriers for small countries who don't want to be totally isolated when commercial carriers go under.

IATA chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani notes, "Skyrocketing oil prices are changing everything. The situation is desperate and potentially more destructive than our recent battles with all the horsemen of the apocalypse combined."

The airline industry misery will spill over to the manufacturers of airplanes, like Airbus and Boeing, as orders are cancelled. The airlines will need the more fuel-efficient planes but won't be able to afford to purchase them.

*The North American auto industry has hit a large pothole and is out of alignment. GM announces the impending closure of several auto plants featuring large vehicles, virtually admitting that peak oil has arrived.

In the short term, people will be scrambling to find cars with the best mileage they can. GM, Ford, and Chrysler will re-organize to provide cars with better mileage. They may go bankrupt within several years.

Unfortunately, the best mileage cars are sold in Europe, not Canada. For example, the Ford Focus diesel gets an average rating of 59 miles per gallon in Australia, the Philippines, Thailand and Europe but not Canada. Isn't that strange?

But enough predictions for today. It's too depressing. The geologists and thinkers who believe that energy scarcity will dominate the agenda for the next 100 years were right on target, while all of the government agencies and oil companies predicting no problems for the next 50 years had their heads in the sand. It seems to be difficult politically to admit that oil is a huge problem and we've built a society based on a fuel that is disappearing.

Is there hope that we might see our three levels of government take control of the Titanic and change course? The fog has lifted and the iceberg is before us. There are things we could do.

Roy MacMullin is a writer on energy and political subjects. Comments are welcome at"> Previous articles can be found at


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Fade to black: Is this the end of oil? (12 June 2008)
For generations, we've taken it for granted. But as prices soar and reserves dwindle, the time is fast approaching when mankind will have to live without oil. Are we ready to confront some really inconvenient truths? Michael Savage reports from the North Sea. (...) So will the end of the oil age herald in a new dark age? Are we doomed to go back to sheltering in mud huts and living off a diet of turnips and water? Not necessarily. Thankfully, other peakists are optimistic that we can cope with a world without such vast quantities of cheap oil – if we act now. "Humanity is very ingenious," says Skrebowski. "But at the moment, it doesn't yet see a crisis. We're just acting like a spoilt child who has had its lollipop taken away. At some point, some politician has got to come out and state clearly that the world is going to be different. It's not the end of the world, but we're all going to have to change the way we do things. And the sooner we get on with it, the better. The anticipation is probably worse than the reality."

Is there really an oil shortage?
The obvious answer would seem to me "yes." But things are rarely what they seem. Hold on to your hat...




Now Half the World Has a Cell Phone -- Why That is a Brain Tumor Epidemic Waiting to Happen

The number of mobile phone users worldwide soared to over 3.3 billion by the end of 2007, a total penetration rate of 49 percent.

Africa showed the greatest increase, and more than two-thirds of all cell phone subscribers now come from developing countries. Cell phones account for nearly 90 percent of all telephone use in Africa. India and China added 154 million and 143 million new subscribers respectively.

The global annual average growth rate for cell phone subscribers currently stands at 22 percent. However, subscriptions to mobile phone plans increased at a rate of 39 percent annually in Africa between 2005 and 2007, and the rate of increase in Asia over the same period was 28 percent.

Sources: Daily Telegraph May 25, 2008

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

I cannot think of a more dangerous situation than this. This is the reason we are facing a brain cancer epidemic, which some scientists expect to grow to 500,000 cases by 2010, and over a million cases in the U.S. alone by 2015. Every time you use a cell phone, you are exposing your brain to dangerous and potentially cancer-causing radiation.

Study after study has shown the connection between cancer and cell phone use, and the information has been out there for a decade now. But cell phone companies have done their best to deny, obfuscate, or downplay the danger. I guess they would rather put half the world at risk than put even a dime of their own profits at risk.

Ten Years of Known Danger

The dangers have been well known since at least 1998. In that year, Dr. George Carlo released the results of a massive research project that had been funded by the cell phone industry itself in an attempt to downplay cancer fears. To the industry’s dismay -- and also to their surprise, since they selected him assuming he was an industry shill, rather than the honest scientist he proved to be -- he came to the exact opposite conclusion from the one they were hoping for. His results included findings of:

- A nearly 300 percent increase in the incidence of genetic damage when human blood cells were exposed to radiation in the cellular frequency band
- A significant increase in cell phone users’ risk of brain tumors at the brain’s outer edge, on whichever side the cell phone was held most often
- A 60 percent greater chance of acoustic neuromas, a tumor affecting the nerve that controls hearing, among people who had used cell phones for six years or more
- A higher rate of brain cancer deaths among handheld mobile phone users than among car phone users (car phones are mounted on the dashboard rather than held next to your head)
These findings, which came well over a decade after cell phones were first introduced (before that there was no safety research at all), caused a shake-up in the scientific world. Soon, many more scientists confirmed Dr. Carlo’s findings.

In 2000, Swedish researchers found that cell phone users were almost two and a half times more likely to develop tumors near where they held their cell phone antenna than in any other portion of their brain. Similar studies were conducted in subsequent years on ever-larger groups of people, always with the same result.

An Italian study in 2002 found that radio waves caused leukemia cells to replicate ferociously after long exposure. In 2004, the massive REFLEX report on DNA damage from radio waves found that cells exposed to electromagnetic fields similar to those of cell phones showed a significant increase in single and double-strand DNA breaks. If I wanted to, I could list a mountain of research studies all pointing to the same conclusion -- exposure to cell phone radiation can cause brain cancer.

The Industry Strikes Back

The cell phone industry, of course, has long since corrected the “mistake” it made with Dr. Carlo, and funded a number of studies purporting to prove that cell phones are safe. For example, in 2006, they made sure headlines blared reports that an epidemiological study had “proven” cell phones can’t cause cancer.

However, a cursory reading of the study shows that it excluded heavy cell phone users from consideration, failed to differentiate between frequent use of cell phones and almost no use, and declared an improbably low rate of overall cancer that contradicts known statistics. After all that, it proudly concluded that it had found no increased risk for cell phone use. Well, no wonder.

Don’t be fooled by their lies. Holding a cell phone next to your head is as foolish as drinking a bottle of pesticide.

Protect Yourself and Your Children

Dr. George Carlo and I have recently finished writing Wireless Deception, which is the most up to date book in the world on this issue. It is currently in final editing and typesetting stages and we hope to have it out by the fall.

Even if you manage to avoid brain cancer, you may find yourself faced with other health problems both major and minor, such as headaches and dizziness, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and even impotence.

At this point, you cannot completely avoid wireless radiation from all sources; they pervade the environment. However, getting rid of your cell phone altogether can help protect you. But even if you don’t want to take that step, you can still minimize your exposure and reduce your risks by doing the following:

Children Should Never Use Cell Phones: Barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell phone, or a wireless device of any type. Children are far more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults, because of their thinner skull bones.

Reduce Your Cell Phone Use: Turn your cell phone off more often. Reserve it for emergencies or important matters.

Use A Land Line At Home And At Work: Although more and more people are switching to using cell phones as their exclusive phone contact, it is a dangerous trend and you can choose to opt out of the madness.

Reduce or Eliminate Your Use of Other Wireless Devices: You would be wise to cut down your use of these devices. Just as with cell phones, it is important to ask yourself whether or not you really need to use them every single time. If you must use a portable home phone, use the older kind that operates at 900 MHz. They are no safer during calls, but at least they do not broadcast constantly even when no call is being made.

Use Your Cell Phone Only Where Reception Is Good: The weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it emits, and the deeper the dangerous radio waves penetrate into your body. Ideally, you should only use your phone with full bars and good reception.

Turn Your Cell Phone Off When Not In Use: As long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call.

Keep Your Cell Phone Away From Your Body When It Is On: The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna. You do not want any part of your body within that area.

Use Safer Headset Technology: Wired headsets will certainly allow you to keep the cell phone farther away from your body. However, if a wired headset is not well-shielded -- and most of them are not -- the wire itself acts as an antenna attracting ambient information carrying radio waves and transmitting radiation directly to your brain. Make sure that the wire used to transmit the signal to your ear is shielded.

The best kind of headset to use is a combination shielded wire and air-tube headset. These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded, there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head.


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Cancer Cell Study Revives Cell Phone Safety Fears

Read my lips: go wireless, get cancer by Dr. George Carlo (June 13, 2008)
I read with incredulity the letter published in your paper with the uninformed and biased caption, (Re: "Cell tower critic not switched on to facts," Letters, June 11).As medical science regarding the dangers of various forms of electromagnetic radiation continues to advance, there is little dispute in the peer-reviewed literature about real dangers to citizens. The mean-spirited, dismissive rejoinder by Mr. Wilson to Mr. Bowling is misleading, disrespectful to your readers and simply wrong. It portends a disdain for the health of your people and exhibits a serious lack of knowledge regarding the ever-emerging science regarding the myriad adverse impacts of the electromagnetic spectrum on human health and ecological balance. The incidence of serious illnesses among those exposed to multiple forms of biologically active radiation is dramatically increasing, and includes conditions such as sleep disturbances, unexplained anxiety and various forms of cancer. It is important for citizens to understand that while the complexities of the electromagnetic radiation health-risk issue continue to create fertile ground for mobile phone industry-supported obfuscation, the scientific facts are clear that danger looms for users of wireless devices, those who live in the vicinity of wireless infrastructure and the general public.

Cell Phone Hazards -The Evidence Is In -- By William Thomas (6-18-08) MOST excellent article!
The evidence is in - and it is overwhelming. Even at typical low power, cell phones and wireless technology cause severe biological disturbances in human cells. In August 2007, 26 medical and public health experts their Bioinitiative Report - available online - reviewing all the literature on the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Cell phone researchers not in the pay of mobile phone corporations agree on three things:

1. Current guidelines based only on the heating effects of cell phones do not address non-heating damage to DNA, nor the effects of frequency modulation used to broadcast information and are completely inadequate to safeguard public health. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is should not be used as a basis for a safety standard since it regulates against thermal effects only. So far cell phone "safety codes" only regulate radiation capable of burning skin. It's like saying cigarettes aren't dangerous unless they burn you. Cellphone manufactures insist that "many studies" show their miniature microwave ovens are safe. But when pressed by the Washington Post to back up their claim, the cellphone industry could cite no studies showing no adverse impact from cellular telephones on human tissues, nervous systems or organs. Dr. George Carlo confirms: "The industry had come out and said that there were thousands of studies that proved that wireless phones are safe, and the fact was that there were no studies that were directly relevant."There are more than 15,000 scientific studies reporting the cell phone health hazards. At least 66 epidemiological studies show that electromagnetic radiation increases brain tumors in human populations. ["Cell Phone Convenience or 21st Century Plague?" by Dr. Nick Begich and James Roderick] After only two minutes of cellphone exposure, the blood-brain barrier fails, allowing proteins to enter the brain that can cause nerve damage. "Molecules such as proteins and toxins can pass out of the blood, while the phone is switched on, and enter the brain. We need to bear in mind diseases such as MS and Alzheimer's are linked to proteins being found in the brain." So, adds Leif Salford of Lund University in Sweden, is Parkinson's disease. [Electronics Australia Magazine Feb/00] (...)

2. Children through teenage years, and pregnant women should be kept away from cell phones and cell phone radiation. Alarmed British military scientists have discovered that every cell phone transmission disrupts brain functioning responsible for memory and learning. “Overuse” can cause forgetfulness and sudden confusion, as well as loss of the ability to concentrate, calculate and coordinate. Children and teens who become hooked on cell phones face a lifetime of learning disabilities, hyperactivity, high risk from driving accidents, greatly increased acute and chronic asthma, hearing loss, vision loss, sleep disorders and cancers - as well as loss of social skills, inability to think and reason clearly, loss of contact with their surroundings. [India Tribune Sept 17/04]More than 2 billion people - including at least 500 million children - are using cell phones. At least 87% of 11- to 16-year-olds own cell phones. In the USA, one in three teenagers uses a cell phone. RF/MW signals currently under discussion for inflicting on wireless classrooms throughout North America and the overdeveloped world will operate in the 2.4 GHz frequency range - two to three times higher than current cell phones. Plans are already underway to boost classroom radiation levels with “upgraded” technology emitting 5 GHz. (...)

3. The risk of contracting cancer from cell phones is about 4% of more than 2 billion users - 80 million people and rising at 25,000 new "users" every day. The risk of premature senility and contracting Alzheimer's is extreme. Most kids brought up using cell phones will be functionally senile by the time they are 30.You only need 2000 hours on a cell - OR A CORDLESS - phone to qualify for a 2 to 4x increased likelihood of a brain (glioma) or ear (acoustic neuroma) tumor.On a New Zealand news show, Dr. George Carlo called marketing strategies aimed at children, “grotesque” after identifying as many as 50,000 new cases of brain and eye cancer attributable to cell phone use being diagnosed every year. (Mobile users who wear metal-frame glasses intensify the exposure to their eyes and heads). Based on current epidemiological studies, that number will reach half a million cell phone cancer cases annually within the next two years. CLIP

Cell Phone Use and Cancer: The Debate Continues (June 3, 2008)
Atlanta, GA: The recent discovery of, and surgery for a brain tumor located in the cranium of beloved Senator Ted Kennedy has refueled the debate over the link to cell phone use and cancer. Senator Kennedy's diagnosis of glioma relates to a tumor that critics have long associated with cell phone use. (...) However, it is interesting to note that three prominent neurosurgeons have revealed they never hold cell phones to their ears. (...) All three appeared on Larry King Live last week, and stressed the importance of keeping the microwave antenna of the cell phone as far from the brain as possible.Cell phone use, and whether or not it constitutes a health hazard, is a debate that continues to simmer, if not rage. However, it is telling when individuals who spend their livelihoods peering inside patient's heads, removing tumors and saving lives in the face of a myriad of maladies, take a personal stand. (...) Last year the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) published data from Israel that showed a 58 percent higher risk of parotid gland tumors among heavy users of cellphones. A Swedish analysis of 16 studies published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine revealed a doubling of the risk for acoustic neuroma and glioma after 10 years of heavy cellphone use. (...) As cellphones become more prevalent, perhaps even replacing the wired static telephone one day, more and more users will be facing a lifetime of exposure, whatever the risk. With rates of cancer continuing to climb, conclusively identifying whatever risk might be at play with regard to long-term cellphone use would be useful to prevent millions of potential cancer diagnosis down the road.

Are Cell Phones Causing Tumors? (June 2, 2008)
Ahead of Comprehensive Report, Leaks Suggest Health Ri -- The world's most comprehensive study of the health effect of cell phone use, two years overdue, has yet to be published. But some of the studies that contribute to the report are raising old concerns about the long-term safety of using wireless technology, according to the Toronto Star.The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer expects to complete work on its 13-nation, 50-scientist collaboration soon. The intent is to define what, if any, risk of cancer comes from prolonged use of cell phones.It "involves the pooled analysis of thousands of cases of tumours in the head and neck area: gliomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas and parotid gland tumors," the Star reports. Until now, authoritative research had supported the overall safety of cell phones, but some say the newly widespread use of cell phone technology, and the prolonged use over years, could represent risks that weren't adequately tested in earlier studies.Here's a look at some of the results that have leaked. Be cautioned, however, that the synthesis of various studies could throw doubt on any of these conclusions: A 2007 study conducted in five Northern European countries found a significantly increased risk of developing glioma after using a cell phone for more than 10 years. Glioma is a cancer of central nervous system cells, usually the brain.A 2008 analysis of 10 European studies published since 2000 found a pattern of association between long-term cell phone use and a type of glioma and acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous inner ear tumor.A 2008 study showed heavy cell phone users had a 50% increased risk of developing a salivary gland tumor.

Mobile Phones: Are They More Dangerous Than Smoking? (June 3, 2008)
An award-winning neurosurgeon is warning of a huge rise in tumors from cell phones and is calling on industry to take immediate steps to reduce radiation. Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, according to a study by Dr. Vini Khurana, a neurosurgeon and award-winning cancer expert, and distributed by Awen Grove. Khurana warns that people should avoid using cell phones wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation. "It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking," says Khurana. He believes that the 3 billion people in the world that now use cell phones worldwide are at risk and that deaths and illnesses from cell phone use could exceed the harm from smoking. The groundbreaking study draws on growing evidence that use for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer. Earlier this year, the French government followed Great Britain in warning against the use of mobile phones, especially by children. Germany also advises its citizens to minimize handset use, and the European Environment Agency has called for exposures to be reduced. Noting that malignant brain tumors represent "a life-ending diagnosis," Khurana adds: "We are currently experiencing a reactively unchecked and dangerous situation." He fears that "unless the industry and governments take immediate and decisive steps," the incidence of malignant brain tumors and associated death rate will be observed to rise globally within a decade from now, by which time it may be far too late to intervene medically. Khurana offers these precautions to consider to reduce the risk of cancer related to cell phone use: Do not use a cell phone. Do not carry a cell phone on or near your body when not in use. Use air tube headsets, not wire headsets, with your phones. Wire headsets, says Khurana, conduct greater radiation to the head.

The following study is significant but I could not find much info in English...

Téléphone cellulaire: un appel à la prudence signé par 20 scientifiques


A couple days later I finally found it in 2 newspapers:

Cancer experts see real risk in use of mobile phones (19.6.2008)">
Children under 12 should use mobile phones "only in emergencies" - An international group of researchers has issued a joint appeal aimed at increasing public awareness of hazards posed by use of mobile telephones for the brain. The experts say that children and young people, whose organs are still developing, are most at risk. Parents are urged not to allow children under the age of 12 to use a mobile phone except in emergency situations. The team of 19 scientists brought together by researcher David Servan-Schreiber have concluded that the risk posed by mobile phones is too great not to be taken into account. “Today we are in the same situation in which we were 50 years ago with respect to asbestos and tobacco, says Gierry Bouillet, one of the signatories of the appeal. “Either we do nothing and accept the risk, or we admit that a number of worrying scientific claims exist”, Bouillet said in an interview with the French paper Le Journal du dimanche. One of the signatories was Henri Pujol, chairman of the French Cancer Society. CLIP

Mobile phone health risks: "I trust specialists more than big firms" (17/06/2008)
French scientist David Servan-Schreiber led a group of 19 cancer specialists in speaking out about mobile phone-related health risks - particularly for children - and calling for increased awareness of the dangers. We asked our Observers, including one of the doctors who signed the agreement, whether they think that mobile phones really are deadly.The text, which was published in the French press on Sunday, recommends using handsfree sets and restricting their use by children under 12 to emergency cases. It also suggests that sending text messages is better than making calls. CLIP


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Healthy Lifestyle Triggers Genetic Changes: Study

Proper Diet, Exercise May Affect Cancer Gene Expression

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON - Comprehensive lifestyle changes including a better diet and more exercise can lead not only to a better physique, but also to swift and dramatic changes at the genetic level, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

In a small study, the researchers tracked 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer who decided against conventional medical treatment such as surgery and radiation or hormone therapy.

The men underwent three months of major lifestyle changes, including eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products, moderate exercise such as walking for half an hour a day, and an hour of daily stress management methods such as meditation.

As expected, they lost weight, lowered their blood pressure and saw other health improvements. But the researchers found more profound changes when they compared prostate biopsies taken before and after the lifestyle changes.

After the three months, the men had changes in activity in about 500 genes -- including 48 that were turned on and 453 genes that were turned off.

The activity of disease-preventing genes increased while a number of disease-promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer and breast cancer, shut down, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The research was led by Dr. Dean Ornish, head of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, and a well-known author advocating lifestyle changes to improve health.

"It's an exciting finding because so often people say, 'Oh, it's all in my genes, what can I do?' Well, it turns out you may be able to do a lot," Ornish, who is also affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, said in a telephone interview.

"'In just three months, I can change hundreds of my genes simply by changing what I eat and how I live?' That's pretty exciting," Ornish said. "The implications of our study are not limited to men with prostate cancer."

Ornish said the men avoided conventional medical treatment for prostate cancer for reasons separate from the study. But in making that decision, they allowed the researchers to look at biopsies in people with cancer before and after lifestyle changes.

"It gave us the opportunity to have an ethical reason for doing repeat biopsies in just a three-month period because they needed that anyway to look at their clinical changes (in their prostate cancer)," Ornish said.


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