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Monday, April 19, 2004
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Yesterday we wrote:
Man. His free will to choose to align himself with either the force of Creation or the force of Entropy. Or, perhaps more accurately put, the possibility to create within himself the Will to do more than accept the default position of entropy, to BECOME in fact, and not only just in name, a MAN.
Because if we look at Sharon, we do not see a man, we see a predator, a killing machine finely tuned. He goes at the Palestinians the way a cat goes at a mouse, playing with them, feinting this way in a display of "peace," while preparing to move that way with brutal force.
One cannot hate predators in the wild when they act according to their nature. What is the point of hating a lion or cat? They know nothing else, therefore they have no other choice. They are dominated by their genetics and their environment.
Unfortunately, when we look at human behaviour, we have the misguided opinion that humans have the ability to choose between good and evil, between right and wrong. We have the misguided impression that humans are able to fight their genetics or their biology, and act according to their conscience and not their basic instincts.
If one watches Ariel Sharon, studies his moves, the policies that have marked his career from its beginnings five decades ago terrorising the Palestinians, one sees the same predator as a cat. There is no humanity, only cold calculation. To expect Sharon to change is to expect the leopard to change its spots. How many others are there like this on the planet?
The problem is our misguided notion that beings like Sharon have the possibility of choosing not to act as they do.
Man is not born with a conscience. Instead, we are given "morality." Morality is, unfortunately, a manmade thing, as much as a chair, a table, or a bowl. And as there are a thousand different ways to make a chair, so there are a thousand different ways to fashion a morality. If you are trying to decorate a room, not all chairs go together. Different styles clash.
Same thing with morality. One man's morality permits him to kill those who transgress some important moral code -- regardless of whether or not it transgresses the moral code of the victim. For Sharon, the life of any Jew is worth more than all Palestinian lives added together. For Sharon, the death of a single Israeli Jew, even if that death came from a Palestinian defending himself or his family, is justification to wipe out the entire Palestinian people.
Yet Sharon would no doubt consider that he is a "moral" person. He has his "morals."
Bush's morality permits him to kill people on Death Row. It permits him to kill Iraqi or Afghani children and women in the name of "freedom," American-style, that is, the freedom for American money to go where it wants and turn the world into a large marketplace where everything is reduced to its cash value. Bush's morality permits him to litter the landscape of Iraq with depleted uranium causing sickness and birth defects for thousands of years to come.
Yet Bush has found Jesus. He has personal conversations with God before invading any country. He is a "moral" man.
Japanese "morals" allowed them to rape and murder countless Chinese during the Second World War. Soviet morals allowed them to wipe out countless "enemies of the state". If you look at history, you see that everyone's morals permits them to use force to subject others, to kill, to take property.
So what good are morals? Mankind chooses so often to repeat the same pattern of bloodshed and domination that perhaps we are best to look things in the face and admit that maybe, just maybe, most people do not have any real possibility of choosing anything other than death. They cannot because they are like the cat. They are predators in human form. Their choice of death is the reflection of their being, and, as such, it is no choice at all.
What hope is there for a world where the choices are non-choices?
It appears that there are only a few who will be able to make this a real choice. How old were you when you finally caught on that morals were what people used to manipulate each other, that most people understood they had nothing to do with the way the world worked, that if you lived according to a moral code, you were lunch? After spending decades wondering why people looked at you a little strange because you still cared when a politician told a lie or got upset when someone manipulated your boss into thinking that the work you did was his or hers, when did you finally get it?
It ain't pretty.
Bush and Sharon are the norm in this world. It is their world. They fit. It is those of us who would like another choice that are "malfunctioning." But we must create that choice for ourselves by staring into the face of this horror and despair and seeing the light shining through the cracks. You will be tested. You will be subjected to all manner of attempts to bring you back in line. People do not enjoy those who, by working to live according to conscience, show up their phony morality. For conscience is something completely different from morality. It cannot argue with itself. The conscience of two people from two cultures across the globe will not conflict. They will be in complete accord.
Trouble is, very few people have a conscience. Bush, for example. He is an empty shell. Some Americans would like to believe John Kerry has a conscience. Dream on. Here is a short excerpt from his appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday:
If you think there is a choice in November...
This transcript goes on to reveal that:
Kerry is mouthing the Likudnik line that Israel has the right to defend herself, as if the existence of the Zionist state were really threatened by the Palestinian militias.
Kerry is mouthing the Likudnik line that Israel has the right to keep territory gained illegally through war, against all international law.
Kerry is mouthing the Likudnik line that illegal Jewish settlements should be permitted, against all international law and every UN resolution on the issue.
Kerry is mouthing the Likudite line that Israel "has no partner".
Contrary to Kerry, Bush, and Sharon, there is a partner, the Palestinian Authority. Israel refuses to negotiate with the PA. To say there is none is a lie. Kerry, like Bush, promotes the lie.
Sharon's assassination of Rantisi was a criminal act. Kerry, like Bush, supports war crimes. He is stating clearly that if elected, John Kerry will continue to pursue the policy of genocide.
Do the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves? Do the Palestinians have the right to fight against their forced removal from their land? Do they have the right to protect their olive groves and homes and ancestral lands from occupation by an army whose goal is to wipe them out?
In other words, are the Palestinians supposed to just roll over and die?
This appears to be what the US, Israel, and the rest of the world, if truth be known, would prefer. The Palestinians appear to be a unsightly blemish on the "morals" of everyone involved. The world would like them to "go away." Sharon is willing to take them up on it.
Right. They just gave away the store to Sharon and the cutthroats in power in Israel, they have done absolutely nothing to reign in the genocide of the Palestinians, and now they say that Bush did not give the green light.
Are they really so naive that they don't understand that by going public with their support for the Israeli land grab that they have given the green light to anything and everything Sharon might need to do at home to convince the Israeli right that he is not soft on the Palestinians? Sharon is honest that he wants to provoke a civil war among the different Palestinian groups. He wants to encourage the Palestinians to kill themselves. If he can't, he'll be happy to do it himself, likely with his own bare hands if needs be. In this he is more honest than the Bushes, Blairs, and Condi Rices of this world who pretend that this visit was a great step forward towards peace.
Sharon may have given assurances to Bush that he would keep his hands off Arafat, at least for the moment. Or not. But it is clear that the violence of Israel will continue to increase. What country or government is there in the world who has the guts to do something about this butchery?
What have the Palestinian military arms to lose by increasing their attacks on Israel? Aren't they already being wiped out? Aren't they being butchered and left for dead by the international community? What hope do they have? Hasn't Bush's action shown that Arafat was wrong to compromise with Israel? Hasn't it been shown that Israel will not stop short of wiping the Palestinians off the map?
Le Monde is reporting that international opinion is unanimous in condemning Israel's murder of Rantisi, with the lone exception being the US. Why are we not surprised? But what can anyone DO about it? What will anyone DO about it? The US is leading the world around by the nose, and Israel is leading the US around by the nose.
This, in a nutshell, is the essence of the American position on Iraq. It is "bigger than just the simple numbers." "Simple numbers"!?!? Thousands of innocent deaths reduced to "simple numbers"!!!! Can you imagine a more cold-hearted response?
Of course, when four, count 'em on the fingers of one hand, American paid-by-the-day killers are strung up in Falluja, then it is no longer a question of "simple numbers." No sirreee, because now we're talking about REAL DEATHS, red-blooded American deaths, deaths that count, deaths that matter, deaths that MEAN SOMETHING IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS!!! Those poor boys could have BEEN SOMETHING! They could have DONE SOMETHING WITH THEIR LIVES!!! A dead Iraqi is just a dead Iraqi, but a dead American could have been President!
If you were Arab, how would you react to this? If the roles were reversed, if the great United States of America had been invaded by Iraq, and you, an American, heard an Iraqi journalist downplaying the horror and importance of US civilian deaths, wouldn't you be a bit peeved?
How many Americans are making excuses?
First of all, let's just call these "private contractors" or "security forces" just what they are: mercenaries. They are guns for hire. They don't care about Bush's talk of liberating the Iraqi people, or bringing the American versions of freedom and democracy to the Middle East. Mercenaries care about the money they are being paid to do their jobs. To get paid, we are told they guard the oil fields that so interest Halliburton and Bush Cheney Rice, Inc. We are told they are protecting Paul Bremer and training and equipping the new Iraqi army. And we are informed that they are also murdering "insurgents". The US government has hired 15,000 assassins, 15,000 murderers who kill for money. They certainly do make a lot of money - $1,000 a day.
The mercenaries have no doubt been hired with the money of American taxpayers. Bush and company are employing assassins in the name of the American people, with the unspoken blessing of all Americans. Any American who believes that freedom and democracy truly exist in the US must acknowledge that this is the truth. If the people do have the freedom to elect the president, and the freedom to impeach him, then they are complicit. Of course, it seems that these freedoms are mere illusions, but that doesn't negate the culpability of the masses. The Signs are there for anyone to See. The Signs have been there since before the invasion of Iraq took place - but only a very few US citizens wanted to even consider that they are told lies by the very leaders they so admire. The author of the article writes that lawmakers and the American people were largely unaware of the scale of the mercenaries' role. If that is the case, then America's wonderful democratic system has obviously failed miserably. What ever happened to checks and balances?
While we're at it, let's go ahead and call the "insurgents" what they are: freedom fighters. While the leaders and citizens of the US are trying to convince everyone that they are in Iraq to bring peace, freedom, and democracy, the reality seems to be quite the opposite. How can democracy be instituted by a country that employs hitmen? Even better, how can democracy be instituted at all? If democracy is defined by the freedom of the people to choose their leaders, then by its very nature, democracy can never be imposed on anyone. It is really not a great surprise that so many Iraqis are taking arms against the US occupation forces. When one's country has been invaded by a foreign power, there isn't much that matters except freeing oneself. Add to this the fact that countless Iraqis have watched their wives, mothers, daughters, sons, and friends be slaughtered by US soldiers or mercenaries, and it is quite clear that rebellion in the name of a former dictator is not on the minds of most Iraqis.
Perhaps it is not surprising that there has been little reaction among mainstream Americans to the news that their country employs assassins in Iraq. More than any other nation, it seems Americans have an obsession with war. Even a sniper's "head shots" are glorified by the media:
Wow! It's just like a video game! One wonders how many of Pokos' victims were guilty of nothing more than fighting against the occupation of their country and the murder of their families. But wait, it gets better! These people actually enjoy their "work":
Keep in mind that these snipers work along side the soldiers that recently beat an Iraqi man to death for no good reason.
The following article gives one Arab's thoughts on Bush and the recent announcement that Sharon was free to kill off the rest of the Palestinians in whatever way he saw fit.
From what Ghassan Charbel says here, it seems that in spite of everything, the Arab leaders still had illusions about Bush and the US. They thought that the US would encourage the "moderates".
Is there an Arab leader who continues to have these illusions after last week?
But what choice do they have? There is no political solution that will permit the Arabs to save face. The Likudniks in power in Washington do not want to give the Arabs this possibility. They want them humiliated. The Arab countries cannot confront either the US or Israel militarily. This is impossible. If both diplomacy and military intervention is impossible, it means that the battle will be on the streets, an increase in bombings and attacks on the US and Israel. What other way forward is there for a people who have been humiliated and backed into the corner?
And isn't it convenient that there exists the famous al Qaeda, created and financed by the US, armed and operated by Mossad, ready to promote more bombings, channeling the real fury and frustration of not only the Palestinians, but the whole Arab world towards Armageddon.
The Mid East will explode. And the really scary thing is that it looks as if this has been the goal of the Likudniks and the Neocons all along.
And now for something completely different...
But seriously, we really don't know why those Iraqis are all "up in arms", you would think they would be grateful for all the joys of "freedom and democracy" that invasion has brought them...
New and improved US "freedom and democracy" anyone? How would you like that - with curfew or without? This year we have a special on interrogation and internment, order one get the other free! We are also offering our first time Iraqi clients the choice of either a US government-by-proxy made up of Americanised Iraqis, or an Iraqi government-by-proxy made up of Iraqified Americans. Because Iraq really is such a valued client (state), we are also offering a once only insurance option. For every Iraqi woman and child our consultants kill we will credit the remaining family members with $25 US "freedom dollars", which will be redeemable at your nearest branch of McZionalds kosher fast food restaurants.
April 19, 2004
WASHINGTON - The United States is bracing for possible terrorist attacks before the November presidential election, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
The opportunity for terrorists to try to influence the election, as was the case last month in Spain, appears to be an opportunity that would "be too good to pass up for them," Rice said. [...]
Comment: Say it ain't so! We would never have imagined in a million years that BushCo might have no knowledge or warning of yet another terrorist attack on US soil, this time just before the election. Perhaps the train bombing in Spain is the setup for another election attack in the US. Given that the Spain bombing had Mossad's fingerprints, and that Bush recently made Sharon very happy by supporting the Israeli prime minister's latest move against the Palestinians, perhaps there is a very good reason why Bush seems so subdued when it comes to Kerry's political attacks.
"Knowledge is power" they tell us, and we do not doubt it, but so few people realise the full implications of this oft-used phrase. Most people tend to think that power is associated with wealth and that wealth equates in and of itself to power, yet it is clear that ownership of material things is simply a means to the end of controlling the one thing on the planet that is worth exerting power over, and without which there would be little point to life here - humanity. It is from this point of view then that the meaning and definition of real power should be understood. Throughout history, human suffering has always resulted from a lack of knowledge. It was not for the lack of wealth that the French royalty lost their heads, but the lack of knowledge.
It is clear that knowledge is essential to us all in living our daily lives, but it is also clear that, of the knowledge available, the general public possesses very little, with most of it is concentrated into the hands of a few. People will act based on what they know. If you control knowledge, you control what people know and therefore how they will act. Ultimate knowledge confers ultimate power. With enough knowledge and the means to disseminate it, it is very likely that you could even influence the masses of humanity to follow a path that would lead to their destruction.
Today knowledge is being used to put in place, piece by piece, a plan that will do just that.
Apparently it really is simple when you know how. The only thing that is required to successfully bring death and destruction to entire world is to ensure that the people never gain access to knowledge that would allow them to See and understand the truth of what is happening.
By Selwyn Manning – Scoop Co-Editor
Scoop understands that a high-powered New Zealand Government crisis meeting was held in the last week of March after the Prime Minister was informed that two suspected Mossad connectives had been arrested in Auckland. The crisis meeting is believed to have involved the Prime Minister Helen Clark and several others.
Scoop understands the meeting examined information received from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS), New Zealand Police and its counter-terrorism unit, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s sub-group External Assessments Bureau (EAB) – and mapped a blueprint of how New Zealand should handle the alleged spy threat.
An information security blanket was applied, keeping the lid on the operation while diplomatic manoeuvrings took place between the New Zealand Government, Israeli diplomats, and intelligence bodies in a number of countries within the western alliance. [...]
Eli Cara (one of the arrested Mossad agents) insists he is a Sydney-based travel agent. Police say Cara has traveled in and out of New Zealand 24 times since October 2000. However, no records can be discovered in Australian companies office records. Cara was staying at Auckland's President Plaza hotel. His co-accused Uriel Kelman was staying at the Kiwi Hotel in Queen St and at the Duxton Hotel. He has Israeli and Canadian passports.
The Scoop source said: “Mossad will be employing a wide range of people to roll up the operation as we speak. Australian travel agency details will be rolled up, records will disappear, brief cases and laptops will be stolen. “These guys have the ability to put together a Islamic terror cell, carry out a bombing in Australia or NZ and pin it on Al Qaeda or some new Palestinian Jihad group. Smooth operators. You’ve got to take your hat off to them, real brains,” the Scoop source said.
Mossad - "by way of deception". Knowledge and its utilisation is central to their operations and the operations of all other "elite" groups. As Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, constantly reminds his staff: "Action cannot wait for certainty, motive and deception are at the centre of Mossad's endeavours. We must create situations which seek to draw fact out of darkness. The art of informed conjecture is an essential weapon."
Mossad uses knowledge of human nature to deceive and implement a plan that serves their own agenda. The agenda of Mossad is the agenda of Israel. The agenda of Israel is the agenda of their Zionist masters. The Zionists agenda, however bizarre it might seem, is to precipitate the biblical "judgment day". Only when the "greater Israel" has been established and they are in control of all of the "holy land" will the "new Jerusalem" "descend". The descent of the "new Jerusalem" must, according to biblical prophesy, be foreshadowed by death and destruction on a massive scale. Of course, this sounds a little confusing, crazy even, but only to those of us with limited knowledge.
Those of us that seek to know more than has been allotted to us by "the powers that be", need not feel that there is no way to do so. But to acquire knowledge we must make strong and definite efforts. As human beings with an ability to know, we also have a right to know, but it will not be given. If we have the right to knowledge, we also have the responsibility to attain that knowledge through our own efforts.
For those that seek knowledge in order to be free, we too, like the Mossad, should seek to "draw fact out of darkness" and we cannot always wait for certainty. The crucial difference however is that the Mossad use knowledge as a weapon to control others and push the world ever closer to the brink of destruction and beyond. Our goal is to share objective knowledge with as many people as possible, to provide an opportunity for those that choose, to See and understand the Truth of our reality and the game players that attempt to control it through lies and deception. If there is one true way that we serve life and existence it is through the knowledge that we reflect from within us and what we Do based on that knowledge.
Sunday April 18, 06:03 PM
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's new Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says he has given orders for Spain's 1,300 troops in Iraq to be brought home as soon as possible.
The announcement, made in a televised speech on Sunday, came just one day after Zapatero was sworn in after the Socialists' upset victory in March 14 general elections. [...]
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But in a sign of the worsening insurgency in Iraq, US overseer Paul Bremer warned that Iraqi security forces would not be able to operate on their own after the scheduled June 30 restoration of Iraqi sovereignty. [...]
Comment: US troops are both the problem and the "solution" in Iraq. Ending the US occupation of Iraq is the one thing that would eliminate the need for an American "security" force. The situation has only deteriorated since the "liberation" of the country. The Iraqi people have made it quite clear that they do not approve of the occupation - thus, they rebel. The US, of course, will never pull out of the country. Iraq is of strategic significance to America's new crusade in the Middle East. Bush or Kerry will see to it that Americans and Iraqis alike are slaughtered until the last possible instant.
MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Judges on a little-known federal court that decides claims against the government are appointed for 15 years, but collect their full six-figure salaries for a lifetime for a workload that averages fewer than two trials a year.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims jurists turn their fixed terms into lifetime jobs by remaining as senior judges. Currently, the federal claims court has 16 active judges and 13 in senior status.
A few of the senior judges handle a full workload. Some handle at least 25 percent of their former caseload. Others have an empty docket. All are paid $158,100 a year, the same as full-time federal judges. [...]
Comment: Meanwhile, Bush is claiming that March saw the addition of over 300,000 Americans to the national payroll. Unfortunately, Dubya neglects to mention that the unemployment rate actually increased in March. An article from AlterNet asks the question: Just where did these new jobs come from?
It seems that at least half the "new jobs" aren't exactly an indicator of a strong recovery in the American economy.
[...] Speakers -- whose remarks were barred from attribution under rules laid down by council chairman Sergei Karaganov -- said that with the entire international community in a state of flux with an unprecedented war on terrorism and the crisis in Iraq, the role Russia should play in the world remains murky.
Although Russia lacks a long-term vision and policy goals, so do most countries, one prominent member observed. "I don't think any country truly knows what role they should be playing," he said, giving a view echoed many times.
[...] Some participants questioned why Russia should compromise its interests -- for example, possibly abandoning a lucrative contract to build a nuclear power station in Iran that Washington suspects of harboring a nuclear weapons program -- when the West "would never do the same for us."
"It's like a woman in a civil union who says, 'I'm married,' while the man thinks, 'I'm not married.' America is free to act as it wishes, and we think we're married," one participant said. "We're playing the role of the naive wife."
"The policy we need is not 'America first,' but 'Russia first,'" he said, switching to English -- the lingua franca of contemporary diplomacy -- to pronounce the two phrases.
The legal noose around Yukos tightened last week after a court banned the oil giant from selling or transferring any assets -- including its shares in Sibneft -- during hearings into a beefed-up claim by tax officials for nearly $3.5 billion in back taxes.
"This is a complete shock," Yukos chief financial officer Bruce Misamore said by telephone Friday. "Essentially we had a maximum of four hours to make the payment," he said. Tax authorities filed the revised charges Wednesday and gave Yukos only until Friday to pay the bill, the company said in a statement.
Yukos said it had done nothing wrong and that it would appeal both the tax claim and the asset freeze.
However, if those appeals are rejected, the company could find it extremely difficult to raise the cash it needs to pay the tax bill, which in turn could conceivably lead to bankruptcy proceedings.
A well traveled reader sent us the following on life, labels and lying:
By Andrei Piontkovsky
The myth of a struggle between so-called liberals and siloviki within the presidential administration has proven surprisingly durable. In fact, moral and political unity reigns among the political elite.
The liberals, after all, are people like Alexei Kudrin, German Gref and Anatoly Chubais, who have long nursed the dream of a Russian Pinochet implementing reforms with an iron fist, and who are perfectly happy with the authoritarian nature of the current regime.
And the well-heeled siloviki are hardly foes of private property. Their recent friction with the Yeltsin-era oligarchs is nothing more than a millionaires' rebellion against the billionaires.
[...] The solution to this riddle can be found on the Kremlin's own web sites. The court wizards have long considered the construction of the executive chain of command and the purge of the media a job well done. Now it's time to move forward with the "unpopular measures" contained in Gref's program like revoking subsidies for housing, education and healthcare, evicting people who don't pay their bills and raising the retirement age to 65. There is no need to fear a popular backlash because the fallout from these measures will not be televised, and that means it simply won't exist.
President Vladimir Putin has handed out hefty pay raises to federal employees -- and himself -- as part of an ongoing government overhaul aimed at boosting efficiency and curbing corruption.
Putin raised the monthly salary of the prime minister almost fivefold to $4,000, while the salaries of the deputy prime minister and federal ministers grew to $3,000 and of deputy ministers to $1,500, according to a copy of the April 10 decree obtained by The Moscow Times on Friday.
In addition, some 35,000 lower-ranking federal workers will get pay hikes of $100 to $500.
Putin doubled his own salary to $5,100, making it almost the equivalent of that of the Spanish prime minister.
Apr 18, 9:59 PM (ET)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A robotic plane deliberately dropped a bomb near a truck at Edwards Air Force Base on Sunday, marking another step forward for technology the U.S. military hopes will one day replace human pilots on dangerous combat missions.
Under human supervision but without human piloting, a prototype of the Boeing Co. (BA)'s X-45 took off from the desert base, opened its bomb bay doors, dropped a 250-pound Small Smart Bomb and then landed.
The inert bomb struck within inches of the truck it was supposed to hit, Boeing said, adding that had the bomb contained explosives, the target would have been destroyed.
"It's absolutely a huge step forward for us. It shows the capability of an unmanned airplane to carry weapons," said Rob Horton, Boeing's chief operator for the mission. "From the video, you see the weapon going down and a huge cloud of dust and the truck shaking around."
Apr 18, 3:53 PM (ET)
The US Army replaced a part of the population of Orange County, California with robots prior to last fall's election, marking another step forward for technology the U.S. military hopes will open the path to viable democratic rule in the US.
"It's absolutely a huge step forward for us. It shows the capability of an unmanned population to carry on the democratic traditions that have made this country great," said Robert Whorton, the Pentagon's chief operator for the mission.
www.chinaview.cn 2004-04-19 16:30:15
[...] Statistics showed that Beijing's average temperature from April 7 to April 16 reached 18.8 degrees Celsius, 5.2 degrees higher than past years and the highest since 1951, Monday's People's Daily reported.
Zhang Qiang, a noted meteorologist from the National Climate Center said that most parts of North China have seen average temperatures four to six degrees higher than past years.
LE MONDE | 19.04.04 | 13h31
Comment: Le Monde is reporting today the the three Japanese recently liberated in Iraq may be asked to repay some or all of the expenses of their repatriation. It seems that many Japanese feel the three brought dishonour on the Japanese government by getting themselves kidnapped and forcing the government to negotiate with "terrorists." Meanwhile, in Baghdad, the committee of Moslem clerics that negotiated their release is still waiting for a word of thanks from Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi.
High Knob, Va. --- As the summer skies clear and stargazers take to the outdoors, some may wonder about an asteroid impact on Earth and what dangers may be in the dark skies along with the planets and stars.
Astronomers and space scientists throughout the world are wondering what the implications of an asteroid or comet would have if a massive iron asteriod the size that hit Arizona 49,000 years ago were to impact the Earth again.
Comment: Nothing new in this story, simply more evidence of the gradual acclimatising of the population to the question of asteroids and celestial impact.
Cell Count In CA's 'Happy Cow' Milk Soars
has "Happy Cows," or so we are told by the California Milk Board's
April 19, 2004
A US priest jailed for indecency claims he ordered men to strip naked, then gagged and blindfolded them, hung them upside down from the ceiling and manipulated their gentials to induce pain for spiritual reasons and not sexual gratification, his lawyer said today.
Anthony Jablonowski, 69, was sentenced to between 15 months and seven years in prison for one count of taking indecent, immodest or immoral liberties with a minor, his lawyer Dallas Laird said. The amount of time he serves will depend on his behaviour in prison.
The victim, now in his late 30s, stepped forward recently with allegations that Jablonowski had molested him at least once in the early 1980s at St Anthony Catholic Church in Guernsey, about 160 kilometres north of Cheyenne. He was 17 at the time.
During an investigation, authorities learned that Jablonowski regularly took men to the church basement, asking them to strip naked before they were gagged, blindfolded and hung upside down from the ceiling, Platte County prosecutor Eric Alden told The Denver Post in today's editions.
According to Alden, the men's genitals were manipulated to induce pain while they prayed. He could not be reached for comment today.
Laird said his client could not talk about the rituals, citing an oath of confidentiality concerning prayer and confession.
The activities were not sexual, and were tied to a legitimate practice of penance and redemptive suffering, Laird said. Several people testified they found the prayers spiritual - not sexual - in nature.
"There are certain things that happen which are not sexual but could be interpreted that way," Laird said.
Comment: In these troubled times, thank the lord that we can still find solace and comfort in the sublime and serene practices of organised religiosity.
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