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Friday, April 23, 2004
New Article: Jupiter, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and the Return of the Mongols - Laura Knight-JadczykPrinter Friendly Version
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Excuse us a minute while we turn over. Sleeping all the time on the same side gets uncomfortable. You feel a disturbance, half wake-up, turn over to a more comfortable position, and then, ah! back to sleep. This seems to be the case for the editors of the French Science magazine, Pour la Science. Someone shook 'em up a bit and whispered "Asteroids" into their drowsy ears. They wrote the following before going back to sleep:
There you have it. Sorry to have disturbed you. Pull that cover up under your chin. Mmmm.
For those of you fighting the Sandman, isn't it curious how the mainstream media is starting to cover meteors, asteroids, and comets, and not simply to announce the coming of the Lyrids or Comet NEAT, but to deal with the issue of potential impact. Of course, they discount the danger, throwing flour in our eyes like M Boulanger. But they deal with it. Five or ten years ago, it wasn't even an issue.
The point this editorial doesn't deal with is that many asteroids are not discovered until they are extremely close to Earth. In fact, in March 2002 there was an asteroid that flew close by that wasn't discovered until after it had passed.
Common knowledge, right? You mean you haven't heard about this? Well, to be honest neither had we, but almost 2 years ago a meteorite hit the earth that completely levelled everything for 60 square miles. Concerned? Why should you be? Our leaders, in their great benevolence and care for humanity will surely do what is needed and protect us. But even if they don't, at least you have the comfort of the knowledge that if you are in the cross hairs, you won't have time to get scared. If, on the other hand, you happen to be just outside the cross hairs, then you can look forward to the delights of martial law, food shortages and curfews which mean that you have to be in your cardboard box by 9am. If you try to complain or take any form of action, the IDF trained US troops will be only too happy to show you to the nearest detention center where you can spend what's left of your life in a sonambulisitc nightmare.
While we are on the subject of sleepwalking, there is this note from the blog of Pascal Riché, the journalist for Liberation in Washington. He recently visited a "megachurch" in Kentucky to observe the Bush faithful, the Christian right. He said it scared him. Then he recounted the following anecdote:
The logic of the theocracy.
And just imagine, a married woman alone in a car with a FRENCHMAN! Heaven forbid! If Jesus came back at that moment, she'd be left behind for sure!
But this does raise the question of what kind of "freedoms" the Christians are fighting for...or are they simply fighting against things?
Yes, the world is a degenerate cess pool, with the US right there floating at the top. Sex is debased. Heck, everything is debased. But one doesn't get the sense from this prohibition on married women going into cars alone with men that it is based upon respect for women, married or otherwise. These Puritans with dirty minds either consider that men are not strong enough to resist those animal instincts that cause them to jump on every woman they see (and given the sex lives of some US Protestant preachers, one can understand why their flocks might feel this way) or that women must all be at heart floozies and sluts and kept out of temptation for their own good.
But who knows? Maybe Organic Portals need this kind of structure to make society work. Without it, who can tell what they might do to each other. Even with it, things are pretty scary. Maybe OPs need authority figures to tell them what is wrong and what is right as they appear to have great difficulty figuring it out for themselves.
The problem comes when it is a gang of psychopaths, like the Bush Reich, who get on the soapbox and start selling us their God-given truths.
By Chris Floyd
[...] Yes, this is the same group that developed a plan in 2002 for "provoking terrorist groups into action." The DSB wanted the Pentagon to foment terrorist attacks in order to flush the terrorists out of hiding so they could then be "crushed." The Pentagon never publicly rejected this morally insane scheme, first uncovered by the Los Angeles Times; perhaps we've already seen it in action, in Madrid, Riyadh or Bali.
In any case, the DSB's nuclear dreams are fast becoming a reality. This year, Bush quadrupled funding for key nuclear weapons development programs; at $6.6 billion, total U.S. nuclear weapons spending is now 50 percent higher than the Cold War average, California's Tri-Valley Herald reports. And Bush officials told Congress last month that the Regime is officially gutting the 2002 "Moscow Treaty" on arms control, The Associated Press reports. Instead of reducing stockpiles to treaty levels, the Regime is exercising the agreement's "get-out" option (which made the pact meaningless in the first place), in order to retain "sufficient warheads" for a "robust" posture in the face of unspecified "world events," officials testified.
What "world events" are they secretly dreaming of, these death-fetishists, these unconscious nihilists, mired in their group-mind fog? What voluptuous nightmares will require their "robust" attention? How many world-devouring warheads will be "sufficient" to at last quell their anxiety, their all-too-human craving for oblivion?
This age: layers of lime harden in the sick son's blood... There's nowhere to run from the tyrant-epoch... Who else will you kill? Who else glorify? What other lies will you invent?
This column stands foursquare with the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, when he warns that there will be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large. We know, as does the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, that this statement is an incontrovertible fact, a matter of scientific certainty. And how can we and the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, be so sure that there will be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large?
Because these attacks will be instigated at the order of the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense.
This astonishing admission was buried deep in a story which was itself submerged by mounds of gray newsprint and glossy underwear ads in last Sunday's Los Angeles Times. There--in an article by military analyst William Arkin, detailing the vast expansion of the secret armies being massed by the former Nixon bureaucrat now lording it over the Pentagon--came the revelation of Rumsfeld's plan to create "a super-Intelligence Support Activity" that will "bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception."
According to a classified document prepared for Rumsfeld by his Defense Science Board, the new organization--the "Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)"--will carry out secret missions designed to "stimulate reactions" among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to "counterattack" by U.S. forces.
In other words--and let's say this plainly, clearly and soberly, so that no one can mistake the intention of Rumsfeld's plan--the United States government is planning to use "cover and deception" and secret military operations to provoke murderous terrorist attacks on innocent people. Let's say it again: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the other members of the unelected regime in Washington plan to deliberately foment the murder of innocent people--your family, your friends, your lovers, you--in order to further their geopolitical ambitions.
Comment: Ask yourself this; if all of a sudden, the US government were to admit complicity in the 9/11 attacks, if they agreed that the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with protecting Americans or fighting terrorism, if they accepted responsibility for deceiving the public about more or less every aspect of life, what would you do about it, or more to the point, what could you do about it? Think about it. At this stage of the game, the ruling elite are so totally in control of every aspect of life in the US (and the world in general) that they would have little to fear from the docile public if their millennia-long scheming were to be exposed.
by intelligence failures, the Defense Department is dramatically expanding
its "black world" of covert operations
[...] Even with all this, the Pentagon wants to expand covert capabilities.
Rumsfeld's influential Defense Science Board 2002 Summer Study on Special Operations and Joint Forces in Support of Countering Terrorism says in its classified "outbrief" -- a briefing drafted to guide other Pentagon agencies -- that the global war on terrorism "requires new strategies, postures and organization."
The board recommends creation of a super-Intelligence Support Activity, an organization it dubs the Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group, (P2OG), to bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception.
Among other things, this body would launch secret operations aimed at "stimulating reactions" among terrorists and states possessing weapons of mass destruction -- that is, for instance, prodding terrorist cells into action and exposing themselves to "quick-response" attacks by U.S. forces.
Comment: This puts the bombings in Saudi Arabia, in Istanbul, in Iraq, in Madrid in a different light than the mainstream media. We, and many others, have been saying the same thing for a long time.
But stop one moment and think about this. Think about what kind of person would organise terrorist attacks in order to fight terrorism, in order to smoke out supposed terrorist groups. Would this smoke out existing "terrorists," or would it sow the seeds for new "terrorists"?
What kind of person would kill innocent men, women, and children for such a cause?
CHASE, Associated Press Writer
DOVER, Del. - A Web site published dozens of photographs of American war dead arriving at the nation's largest military mortuary, prompting the Pentagon to order an information clampdown Thursday.
The photographs were released last week to First Amendment activist Russ Kick, who had filed a Freedom of Information Act request to receive the images. Air Force officials initially denied the request but decided to release the photos after Kick appealed their decision.
After Kick posted more than 350 photographs on his Web site, the Defense Department barred the further release of the photographs to media outlets.
"They're not happy with the release of the photos," Dover Air Force base spokesman Col. Jon Anderson said. [...]
Defense Department rules prohibit media coverage of human remains arriving at Dover, and Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Gary Keck said release of the mortuary photos appears to be in conflict with department policy.
Defense officials said the purpose of the policy is to protect the privacy of the soldiers' families — not to circumvent or violate the Freedom of Information Act or any other law.
"Quite frankly, we don't want the remains of our servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to be the subject of any kind of attention that is unwarranted or undignified," said John Molino, a deputy undersecretary of defense. [...]
Comment: The Pentagon is simply afraid that publicity of dead American soldiers won't sit well with the general public. Attention to America's fallen soldiers could hardly be viewed as unwarranted or undignified by America. On the contrary, Americans seem to love war. Why else would they so readily engage in bloody conflicts around the globe for no good reason? Americans also seem to love their "war heroes". TheMemoryHole.org was simply doing all Americans a service by reminding them of the "ultimate sacrifice" made by their heroes. One cannot love and support war and then shield one's eyes from the resulting horror. War means people die, often in horrific ways. There was another group of people who wanted to keep their eyes closed to the truth: the Germans - during Hitler's reign.
Yes indeedy, war means people die - and not just Americans! Plenty of Iraqis have been mercilessly slaughtered by the Coalition of the Billing. Countless others have been physically and emotionally maimed for life. See our Photo Essay on Iraq Invasion (Warning: Graphic Content). If that's not enough, be sure to watch this video (Warning: Graphic Content) on the effects of Depleted Uranium munitions. These are examples of the horror that Iraqis witness and live every day.
Now examine closely the following images - they're just so appalling and undignified, aren't they?
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." - George Orwell 1984
We wonder how much the UN officials in question received for each of the 1.5 million Iraqi children that died from malnutrition or lack of medical supplies during the 1990's?
We have said it before, and by now it should be very clear - being born into this world means that, by default, everything you are told by those in authority is a lie, everything about official history, science, archeology, religion, is a lie. The problem is that most people do not give enough credit to those that rule us. They have VAST resources at their disposal. They can blow up US federal buildings, killing many US citizens, and blame it on a lone, crazed revolutionary. They can deny that any evidence exists to prove otherwise. They can then provide evidence, which they denied existed, and no one bats an eyelid...
They can fabricate the voice of "terrorist leaders" making them appear to say anything. They can create cockpit voice recordings from airplanes that create the illusion that passengers were "wrestling with hijackers"...
They can send their troops, our fathers, sons, brothers, to murder old women in another country, and convince us all that they are spreading "freedom and democracy". They can make us believe that even in the heat of battle, US troops never get killed...
They can make us believe that we have a foreign enemy, that the enemy is everywhere, that he can strike at any time, that he threatens our very existence, and they can easily hide the fact that they themselves are the real terrorists...
If they so wish, they can provide "evidence" that will lead you to believe absolutely anything. In Short, they can change our entire world view, and turn us into billions of little reflectors of their lies and illusions. In doing so they use us to further their own narcissistic goals and force us down a path that will lead to our collective destruction. Our minds are not our own. They own you. They own us all.
It is our responsibility to discover the truth, no one will give it to us. If we do not seek it for ourselves we accept the default, which is lies and illusion. If we accept lies and illusion, our very existence is meaningless, we are meaningless, we contribute nothing to objective reality, we become a dream in the past.
Wake up, before it is too late
Ours may be a couch-potato rather than a warrior society, but it's certainly a war society, which remains a simple but hard-to-grasp fact for Americans. We have been subjected to a kind of militarization that is so widespread as to be -- strangely -- unnoticeable because, until very recently, it involved none of the normal signs of militarism in what we have now come to call "the homeland." No parades, no martial music, few uniforms in sight. Yet we pony up just over $400 billion a year for the Pentagon -- and that's just the official figure. Once you throw in all the extras (including the multibillions in supplemental appropriations going to the Iraq and Afghan wars), the actual figure probably lies in the range of $650-$750 billion (and that's without even including the budgets of the CIA and most of our other intelligence agencies).
Our legions are now "forward deployed" to so many places on Earth that "forward" itself has lost all directional meaning and so yearly find themselves in harm's way or engaging in skirmishes, police actions, invasions, or actual wars. You can probably list many of these little wars, incursions, and incidents (including those where we just let the missiles fly) yourself, starting with our 1983 invasion of that pathetic dot of a Caribbean island, Grenada (and I'm not even speaking here of our more covert activities during these same decades).
Throughout my lifetime, our presidents have been thought of in terms of wars: first, there was the World War II generation; then the Vietnam generation; soon, undoubtedly, there will be the Gulf Wars generation. Nobody talks about environmental generations or social-legislation generations or even commercial generations of presidents.
Our bookmarks, our yardsticks, so many of our measurements for leading the country have to do with war and the military experience. [...]
03:47 AM EDT Apr 23
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Guerrillas and residents in Fallujah have "days, not weeks" to turn in heavy weapons, the top Marine commander in Iraq said Thursday, warning that fighting could resume and that a U.S. push to take the city could be costly for both sides.
The stark warning by Lt. Gen. James Conway came two days after an agreement was reached in which city leaders called on insurgents to hand over their heavy weapons in return for a U.S. pledge to hold back on plans to storm the city and allow the return of families that fled the city.
Marines have said few weapons have been turned in and that most that were surrendered were old or didn't work.
[...] A top U.S. military commander said 10 per cent of Iraqi security forces "worked against" U.S. forces in the past three weeks of fighting in Fallujah and the southern city of Najaf, a sign of how difficult it will be to assemble an Iraqi army and police force.
Another 40 per cent of the Iraqi security forces walked off the job because they didn't want to fight fellow Iraqis, said Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of the Army's 1st Armored Division.
He said it was "very difficult" to convince security forces that the insurgents they are fighting are "killing fellow Iraqis and fellow Muslims," he said.
The failure of Iraqi security forces to fight is significant because Washington's exit strategy depends on moving U.S. troops out of cities and over responsibility for security to Iraqi forces.
The United States, meanwhile, was criticized by Human Rights Watch for what the group said was a failure to provide clear or consistent information on the treatment of some 10,000 civilian detainees.
"Many people have been held for months without knowing why," said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's International Justice program. "The U.S. military needs either to inform people promptly of charges against them if they are suspected of a crime, or to give them the right to appeal and a six-month review if they are held on security grounds."
warns of suicide attacks if U.S. strikes
At a prayer service in Najaf, Muqtada al-Sadr said his followers would "shed blood to keep our holy city," according to Reuters.
The U.S. military has massed troops around Najaf, a south-central city controlled by al-Sadr's militia, the Mehdi Army. Al-Sadr is wanted by Iraqi authorities in connection with the killing of a rival cleric
"Lots of believers, men and women, came to me and asked permission to become martyrs and to execute martyrdom operations. I keep telling them to wait," Reuters quoted the cleric as saying.
"But if there was an assault on our cities or on our religious authorities we will be time bombs and will not stop before destroying enemy forces."
In the fiery sermon, al-Sadr condemned and denied involvement in this week's deadly attacks in the Basra area of southern Iraq and in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, calling the bombings terrorist attacks.
Al-Sadr also sent his condolences to Hamas in the death of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the militant group's Gaza leader whom Israel assassinated Saturday.
Talks aimed at diffusing the crisis in Najaf are ongoing.[...]
A former South African police task force member has been shot dead in a Baghdad supermarket just days after leaving South Africa.
The former police officer, who cannot be named until his next of kin have been informed of his death, had just returned to Baghdad.
He had been in South Africa for a week's visit after his wife and infant child were hijacked near their Centurion home.[...]
The man - the fourth South African to be killed in Iraq since January - was working on a four-month contract as a bodyguard for the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority.[...]
"A gunman came in and shot them both," said Aslan Khalil, a worker at the shop where the incident took place. "When the gunman came in, he told us 'This is a Jew, why do you deal with him and sell to him?' "
The owner of the supermarket was wounded by a bullet in the leg.
Another witness, Aydan Khalil, said the gunman had a keffiyeh headdress wrapped round his face and used an assault rifle. Afterwards, he left the shop and tried to get into the victim's four-wheel-drive vehicle across the street.
"He tried to smash a car window and then turned and said 'I killed the Jew inside - you burn his car'."
The gunman then left in his own car, the witness said.
There are numerous South Africans working in Iraq, mostly employed by private security firms.
Comment: South Africa has thousands of former Apartheid soldiers and officials plying their skills all over the globe, as the recent alleged coup in Equatorial Guinea stories related.
The insurgency in Iraq has driven two major contractors, General Electric and Siemens, to suspend most of their operations there, raising new doubts about the American-led effort to rebuild the country while hostilities continue.
Spokesmen for the contractors declined to discuss their operations in Iraq, but the shutdowns were confirmed by officials at the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, the Coalition Provisional Authority and other companies working directly with GE and Siemens in Iraq. [...]
The suspensions and travel restrictions are delaying work on about two dozen power plants as occupying forces press to meet an expected surge in demand for electricity before the summer. [...]
Comment: These would be the two dozen power plants that worked just fine before US forces damaged or destroyed them during the invasion. But hey, how else were Bush's business pals gonna make a fortune rebuilding Iraq if the president's military pals didn't first destroy the country's infrastructure? It's business as usual for the good old US of A.
Friday 23 April 2004
The US will restore senior Iraqi officials purged after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein to duties while Congressional Democrats say the 30 June handover of sovereignty is an illusion.
spokesman Scott McClellan said a policy review could allow some former
members of Saddam's Baath party to join an interim Iraqi government being
put together by the United Nations.
[...] While President George Bush has touted the planned 30 June sovereignty handover in Iraq as a landmark, congressional Democrats on Thursday questioned whether it in effect would be just another day in the US-led occupation.
Administration plans for a "super embassy" and the continued presence of some 135,000 US troops mean Iraqis will see little change after the transfer, several lawmakers said.
Comment: The idea that the Iraqis will be running their own country as of July 1 is a joke. It is a sick joke. There is nothing funny about it. Perhaps Bush will take photos of himself looking under his desk for "freedom" in Iraq.
WASHINGTON - The new Iraqi interim government scheduled to take control on July 1 will have only 'limited sovereignty' over the country and no authority over United States and coalition military forces already there.
Control of Iraq's security will remain with the US military commanders when its interim government takes control on July 1.
Senior State and Defence officials told this to Congress in testimony this week before the Senate and the House Armed Services Committees.
Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman said the US will operate under the transitional law approved by the Iraqi Governing Council and a resolution approved by the United Nations Security Council last October.
Both those provisions give control of the country's security to US military commanders.
Whereas in the past the turnover was described as granting total sovereignty to the appointed Iraqi government, Mr Grossman yesterday termed it 'limited sovereignty' because 'it is limited by the transitional law...and the UN resolution'.
'Under the current plan, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special adviser, Mr Lakhdar Brahimi, will appoint a temporary government that will run Iraqi government agencies for six months and prepare the way for January 2005 elections of an assembly that will select a second, temporary government and write a Constitution,' he said.
Mr Wolfowitz described the July 1 government as 'purely temporary' and there to 'run ministries...but most importantly, they'll be setting up elections'. [...]
Comment: So the interim government, which has no real authority, will pave the way for an assembly elected in 2005. This assembly will select another temporary government and write a Constitution. Finally, at some point in the distant future, the real government will be elected. After all that, "democracy" will finally arrive in Iraq. So the government that takes over in July is the pre-pre-government. In other words, the idea of America bringing democracy to Iraq right now is a sick joke, and not because of the freedom fighters...
Fri Apr 23,
3:47 AM ET
Annan, who launched an independent probe Wednesday into allegations of fraud and corruption in the handling of the UN oil-for-food programme, said that the enquiry should separate fact from rumour.
"It is unfortunate that there have been so many allegations, and some of it is being handled as if they were facts," he said. "And this is why we need to have this investigation done."
The programme, which ran between December 1996 and November 2003, allowed Saddam's regime to sell oil and use the revenue to buy basic supplies while the country was under international sanctions.
The regime was allowed to select the contracts that provided those goods, and was also understood to have profited by smuggling quantities of oil.
A Baghdad newspaper in January published a list of hundreds of people said to have worked the scheme for their own benefit, while Saddam and his cronies are believed to have skimmed around 10 billion dollars.
US television network ABC on Tuesday said it had a letter showing that the head of oil-for-food, Benon Sevan, was among three UN officials who got payoffs from Baghdad. Sevan has denied any wrongdoing.
"If the Iraqi government has smuggled oil and done all sorts of things, I don't think it is fair to lump it all together and blame the UN," Annan told reporters. "Because there are things that were definitely beyond our control." [...]
Of course, the above must be untrue, there is no such thing as undercover conspiratorial type operations right? There is no such thing as waging war by deception, right?
Israeli justice. You are wanted for a "crime" that warrants your arrest, if you attempt to run away, you can expect a bullet in the back of the head. Consider that US forces are today involved in learning "skills" such as these from the IDF. The US government is already making plans to deploy Israeli IDF trained US troops on the streets of America's cities for the purpose of "domestic population control" if, or rather when, the next "terrorist" attack is carried out.
But how can they be so sure it will happen? Simple - they will carry out the attack themselves, or get their friends in Mossad to do them another favor. After all, it's the least Israel can do in return for all those billions of US taxpayers money that have financed Sharon's brutality over the years. But fear not dear non believeing US citizens, even if you are "left behind" when Jesus comes on a cloud to rapture all the true fanatics, you can always fall back on the benevolence of God's "chosen people" when they are entrusted with the stewardship of the world after the much anticipated battle of Armageddon. Read the Torah's teaching on "Jewish attitudes to Gentiles" and your mind will surely be put at ease.
Funny isn't it, you would think that the Palestinians would first of all learn how to fire RPGs before using them. The poor Palestinians must surely be doing something wrong when an anti-tank RPG only "slightly wounds" one IDF officer. One would almost think that the Israelis were making it up, or perhaps are high on some sort of hallucinogenic drug that makes see Palestinian girls as "terrorists" and lumps of rock as "anti-tank rockets"
www.chinaview.cn 2004-04-23 08:24:52
LOS ANGELES, April 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Los Angeles has become one of the largest prostitutes-trafficking centers with an estimated 10,000 immigrant women are brought here and forced into prostitution each year, a city councilman said Thursday.
By JIM ABRAMS
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fearing that terrorists might target Congress, the House on Thursday approved a bill to set up speedy special elections if 100 or more of its members are killed.
The House, in a 306-97 vote, put aside for now the larger issue of whether the Constitution should be amended to allow for temporary appointments in the event that an attack caused mass fatalities among lawmakers.
The House, said Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., sponsor of the elections bill and a foe of appointments, "is rooted in democratic principles and those principles must be preserved at all costs." [...]
As for the possibility of a largely appointed House, he asked, "Is that what the framers of the Constitution had in mind?" His answer: "No way."
Still, in a gesture to Democrats and some in his own party who favor the constitutional approach, Sensenbrenner pledged that his committee would vote on a proposed constitutional amendment in the near future.
Hearings were also scheduled on the issue of incapacitation, or how to define when a member who is still alive is unable to carry out his congressional duties, possibly because of a biological or chemical attack.
Critics of the 45-day election plan said it was both too short a time for some states to prepare for elections and too long to leave Congress in a paralyzed state. Several warned of a martial law condition, with the executive branch taking over legislative authorities such as declaring war during the 45 days that Congress is unable to function. [...]
Comment: The executive branch has already taken matters into its own hands. It seems that declarations of war approved by Congress are no longer required. Nevertheless, the powers that be seem to want to dominate the masses by convincing them to relinquish their free will.
This article is particularly interesting in light of the tests that the Department of Defense will be conducting in the following weeks. From the DoD web site:
A QFS Member Comments: With these announcements, it appears someone suspects something is being planned. Congress could just be preparing the US for the eventuality of martial law. The DOD testing for airborne biological contaminants is somehow more sinister. A bit of truth being leaked before the next step is taken? Both of these ideas, the decimation of government officials and airborne plagues have already been discussed here. Looks like the PTB have the next game plan in motion.
www.chinaview.cn 2004-04-23 09:14:54
BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The EU's enlargement chief accused the Greek Cypriot government on Wednesday of "cheating" him over his efforts to reunite the island, offering its support for a U.N. plan only to denounce it at the last.
www.chinaview.cn 2004-04-23 06:03:30
ROME, April 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The Italian Senate's Justice Committee on Thursday approved a controversial bill which modifies existing legislation on legitimate defense, allowing people to keep firearms at homes and businesses for use in personal defense and protection of their property.
Willan in Rome
Torture may be acceptable provided it is administered in small doses, says a bill under discussion in the Italian parliament that has outraged human rights organisations.
The Chamber of Deputies yesterday passed an amendment, tabled by the far-right Northern League, to the bill which opposition MPs denounced as a green light to "limited" torture but which government supporters said was essential for police.
The amendment says violence and threats must be used repeatedly to qualify as torture. The League said the previous wording had been influenced by police violence at the G8 summit in Genoa three years ago.
"We ... have to make it clear that we don't support those who want to criminalise the police, making their job practically impossible," said Carolina Lussana, the League MP who drafted the amendment.
Marco Bertotto, the chairman of Amnesty International in Italy, said the law did not respect the terms of a United Nations convention on torture which was ratified by Italy in 1988.
Comment: According to the new amendment, it seems that torturing someone once will be legal. Torturing someone repeatedly will be illegal. What if Italian police torture a person continuously for three weeks? Does that count as one torture session, or twenty one sessions?
www.chinaview.cn 2004-04-23 05:58:59
MADRID, April 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Foreign ministers of Spain and France reaffirmed here Thursday that both countries would assume joint stands in the negotiation on the future European Constitution and on a UN resolution to back the future Iraqi government.
to make ground-breaking EU visit
Gaddafi, a pariah for much of his 34-year rule because the West accused him of terrorism, will meet European Commission President Romano Prodi and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.[...]
"It is always going to be an interesting outing," said John Palmer, director of the Brussels-based European Policy Centre think-tank.
"The significance lies in the shift of a regime which is clearly in need of international investment and is willing to trade in its oil reserves and its expertise and knowledge of the circles in which the terrorists move," said Palmer.
Minister Tony Blair travelled to Libya last month and struck an agreement
with Gaddafi to fight together against Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.[...]
The EU is moving towards lifting commercial sanctions on Libya.
Libya still faces US sanctions such as a ban on Libyan crude oil dating from 1982 and is on a US list of countries sponsoring terrorism, but Washington has said it could end many of its economic sanctions as early as this week.
Comment: More Libyan oil for US based corporations. The Libyan people have paid a very high price for over two decades, but in this era of growing US and Israeli "anti-terrorism, the strategic benefits of putting Libya into the pockets of the multinationals far outweigh any concerns about the West's former chief bogeyman.
European Commission President Romano Prodi is in Moscow today for talks with President Vladimir Putin focusing on Russian concerns about EU expansion and other sensitive topics, like Chechnya. Russia has voiced concern that EU expansion on May 1st with 10 mostly ex-communist nations could hurt its economic interests and citizens' travel rights.
Moscow has balked at extending a partnership and cooperation agreement with the EU and the two sides are locked in tense negotiations. Bilateral relations also have been strained over EU demands that Moscow raise its domestic energy prices to world levels as a condition for joining the World Trade Organization.
Comment: Can't have cheaper oil ruining the multi-national corporate profit-margins now can we? Talking of oil, notice the sudden high level US concern about the Sudan in the article below
execution' in western Sudan
The allegation comes as the United Nations Human Rights Commission adopted a watered down statement on Darfur.
Delegates in Geneva refused to back a European Union resolution strongly criticising Sudanese government abuses.
The more softly-worded compromise expresses concern at the situation in the Darfur region, but has been condemned by the United States and human rights groups.
"Ten years from today the only thing that will be remembered about the 60th Commission on Human Rights is whether we stand up on the ethnic cleansing going on in Sudan," US delegation head Richard Williamson told AFP news agency.
The UN says more than 10,000 people have been killed and over one million displaced over the past year as a result of conflict in Darfur.
Comment: The above statement is from a US government that didn't balk at launching a missile attack on a pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum in 1998, claiming that Sudan was making chemical weapons. Many civilians lost their lives. And much needed medication and the ability to produce more, was wiped out in seconds. Perhaps the suddenly renewed interest in the Sudan may be more to do with securing its oil revenues, rather than concern about "ethnic cleansing".
If you had any doubt that the whole world is America's stomping ground, the article below is a direct piece of recent "advice" from the US to Taiwan. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province and insists that no state can have ties with both mainland China and Taiwan. Despite this, thanks to arms sales via Washington, Taiwan has a huge military capacity and is one of the world's largest purchasers of arms. Interesting... wonder why the US would arm Taiwan to the teeth?
And with Cheney cosying up to the Chinese government recently, it will be interesting to see how the US uses the threat China poses to Taiwan, in its ongoing moves to secure "allies" in the "war on terrorism". It all seems set up for a deadly game of political chess with America enjoying the spectacle, and of course the Chinese and the Taiwanese people as the expendable pawns.
Taiwan has denied that plans to amend its constitution are a step towards independence from China.
"I firmly believe that the constitutional reform will be carried out under the existing framework," said Foreign Minister Chen Tan-sun.
His comments came shortly after Washington warned Taiwan not to jeopardise the status quo with Beijing.[...]
On Wednesday, US Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly warned Taiwan against making any moves towards independence from China.
"We have very real concerns that our efforts at deterring Chinese coercion might fail if Beijing ever becomes convinced Taiwan is embarked on a course toward independence and permanent separation from China," Mr Kelly said.
Comment: Economic relations with China make the profits the US has gained from selling arms to Taiwan, pale into insignificance. If all this political chess gives you a headache, there's a virtual game on the market that'll distract you for hours and make the horrific reality that is unfolding before our eyes, seem so unreal. See below.
Cairo - Glued to computer screens in a Cairo cybercafe, Egyptian teenagers lead United States forces against China and a shadowy Middle Eastern group, while most of the country seethes in anger against US policy in the region.
The US-produced computer game Command and Conquer: Generals portrays a scenario in which the US and China battle the Global Liberation Army (GLA), a Middle Eastern underground movement with a fondness for chemical weapons.
The teenagers say the game reinforces the western image of Arabs as "terrorists" with introductory scenes showing them gunning down civilians and stealing US aid, but the graphics and high-octane action keeps them hooked.
"I really like the game. I play it every day. I miss it if I don't play it for a day. I know it's racist but what can I do? It's a good game," said 16-year-old Ahmed Mohsen.
The teenagers, all students at an American high school in Cairo, say they are annoyed that games, movies, comics and books from the United States portray Arabs as cruel fanatics but despair that there are no Arab companies that can make products to redress the balance.
"You can't boycott American products because the substitutes are no good. There is no way an Egyptian company can make good quality games," said 18-year-old Ahmed Abdel Qader.
Other Egyptian fans use the virtual characters to take out real-world frustrations.
"Some people enjoy playing as the GLA against America so they can fight the American army," said Mohsen.
Comment: Take your pick, fight as a GI against "crazy Arabs" or as a Holy warrior against the tyrannical US soldiers, either way, kids are being programmed to believe lies.
Demonstrations in Egypt against US support for Israel or the US-led occupation of Iraq are controlled by security forces. Some activists complain of political arrests or say that protesters are beaten.
Mohsen says he does not play the GLA, not because of any political opinion but because the US forces in the game are superior. "You know they made it and will make their army the best," he said.
The website for Generals, produced by computer game giant Electronic Arts says the armies were "inspired by real-world ideologies".
"The GLA uses weapons like toxic weapons, car bombs and suicide bombers. The game makers make the Arabs look like evil bastards," said 16-year-old Amir al-Gindy, taking a break from intimidating his friends with a huge Chinese army.
In three dimensional battlegrounds spread over Central Asia and the Middle East, US weapons verging on science fiction, such as the supersonic Aurora Bomber, battle the GLA's low-tech poison spraying toxin tractor and the bomb truck.
Although the game does not directly identify the GLA as Arab, the names of the rebels sound vaguely Arabic without being real Arabic names. The characters speak in what could be described as Arabic accents.
In other scenes, different nationalities are drawn into the GLA umbrella.
One scene shows the angry mob the GLA can muster - women in black veils and men wearing Afghan hats.
The Egyptian teenagers say the message is not very subtle.
"The GLA represents all of the US's enemies in one role. They are what the US calls terrorists," said Abdel Qader.
"They might as well make Osama bin Laden one of the generals," said Mohsen, referring to the leader of the al-Qaeda network blamed by the US for the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York.
Zero Hour, an expansion to the game, allows players to assume the personalities of different commanders. One GLA general who specialises in stealth operations wears combat fatigues with an Arab scarf around his head and clutches an AK-47 rifle while snarling at the camera.
Gindy, who has lived and studied in Canada for a large part of his life, says the game's portrayal of the GLA influences young people in the west.
"When you play the game online, young kids about my own age will ask where I am from. When I say 'Egypt', they think I live in a shack," he said.
"The GLA's crappy bases just pushes the idea that Arabs are backwards and people in other countries end up believing this."
Comment: From the above, it is painfully clear just how mechanical we have been programmed to be. Indeed, unless one aims to question everything they accept as "normal", there is no chance of breaking out of this genetically instituted prison we call our minds.
Perhaps the last frontier in this millenial war to control our perception of reality has been breached. The article below relates how the champions of genetic engineering are being further rewarded to refine their techniques. The plants, little mice, sheep, and some claim humans, have been cloned and modified. Who is to say if there aren't whole armies being genetically modified to supply the force needed for the neverending "war on terror"? It would be one way of getting rid of the pesky moral problem of all those coffins arriving daily in the US, draped in the American flag.
April 23, 2004
SEOUL (AFP) - Isolated North Korea threw its customary blanket of silence over an explosion on a rail line in a northern city that may have killed or injured thousands of people.
The opaque Stalinist regime that holds a monopoly on power and views freedom of information as a potential threat to its survival responded to the blast in the northern city of Ryongchon in typically secretive fashion. [...]
Comment: Kind of like the US government with 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq...
By Kim Iskyan
Saturday is the 89th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, a dark episode of history indelibly carved into the souls of the 5 million people of Armenian descent scattered throughout the world and the 2.5 million people living in Armenia today. Armenians can never forget or forgive the slaughter of some 1.5 million men, women and children at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.
Ryall in Tokyo
Matashichi Ohishi was asleep in the forward cabin when the bomb exploded just before dawn. An orange-yellow flash seared through the small porthole and he was on deck in an instant.
The ship's bridge, the sea and the sky reflected a flame-coloured spot in the distance that spread out along the horizon to the left and right. Ohishi and the other 22 crew members of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru watched the glow with growing unease for about three minutes, until it disappeared.
"We were just fishermen," says Ohishi. "We knew nothing of nuclear weapons tests or their effects. When we saw the explosion, some of us thought it had to be some sort of natural disaster, like an undersea eruption."
What they had actually witnessed was the detonation of the Bravo nuclear device, a 15-megaton bomb that was the biggest ever tested at Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, and equivalent to 1000 times that dropped on Hiroshima.
Of the 23 men who were aboard the Daigo Fukuryu Maru on 1 March 1954, 12 have since died, mostly of kidney or lung cancers, while the survivors have all suffered illnesses of varying degrees that they attribute to the bomb.
[...] "After we saw the light, we were all uneasy and thought we had better get away," says Ohishi.
"We hauled in the lines and were preparing to get under way when, about seven or eight minutes after the flash, we felt this noise approaching us. It was as if it came from beneath the boat and was coming up. It was like a roaring noise and the men on the deck threw themselves down flat."
About 15 minutes later, the sun rose and in the distance they could see a towering mushroom cloud. As they watched, the upper levels of the cloud - about 34km high - began to decay as winds began to catch it.
The winds brought the cloud directly towards the Fukuryu Maru until it covered the entire sky above them, he recalls. A thick white ash began to fall on them, finer than snow but it stuck to their skin. It got into their mouths and hair but it had no smell or flavour and none of them was particularly worried.
That evening, however, most of the crew were vomiting and had headaches, while patches of skin that had been exposed to the falling ash turned black.
It took the boat two weeks to return to its home port, with Ohishi and the rest of the crew only able to speculate as to what they had seen.
Remarkably, few of them knew much about the nuclear bombs that had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki nine years earlier as the Japanese government enforced a news blackout on the attacks to try to win favour with Washington.
Nicholas Watt and Matt Wells
Richard Desmond, the proprietor of the Daily Express, launched an extraordinary tirade against the Germans yesterday when he accused them all of being Nazis as he goosestepped around a boardroom to the astonishment of fellow newspaper executives.
In a performance more akin to Basil Fawlty than one of the most powerful figures in the British media, Mr Desmond began a high-level business meeting with his counterparts from the Daily Telegraph by hurling a string of abuse at them.
[...] This is hardly the sort of publicity that will be welcomed by Michael Howard, the Tory leader, who began yesterday celebrating the Express's decision to once again back the Conservative party under the headline: Enough is enough, Mr Blair.
By Alex Fak
The European Union and Russia said Thursday that they have all but resolved their differences over the EU's expansion to Russia's borders on May 1, with both sides reaching a compromise on cargo shipments to Kaliningrad and Moscow apparently dropping its complaints about discrimination against Russian-speaking minorities in the Baltics.
But progress on negotiations on Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization remained slow, and EU officials Thursday reportedly offered Moscow smoother accession in exchange for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases.
Police raided Yukos headquarters on Thursday for the first time since last year, cranking up pressure on the oil company as concern over possible bankruptcy mounts.
[...] The raid came just days after the Moscow Arbitration Court banned the company from selling its assets over a separate claim it owes $3.5 billion in taxes for 2000, a move that some see as potentially taking the "Yukos affair" to its endgame, paving the way for bankruptcy proceedings and a takeover by the state.
influenza jumps species barrier
The researchers said their findings involve only the Jacksonville dogs, but they will investigate possible connections to similar disease outbreaks that have affected racing dogs in Florida and elsewhere in recent years. The deaths occurred in January.
vanish from Yukon lake
Whitehorse There is nothing elementary about the mysterious, sudden disappearance of northern pike from Watson Lake in Yukon.
It's weird, Aaron Foos of the Yukon Department of the Environment said.
In one year, the community on the British Columbia-Yukon border went from a destination for anglers in search of trophy pike to a lake devoid of the fish.
In the summer of 2002, anglers caught 1,680 of the fish and kept 158.
Based on 2002 catch-and-release figures, Mr. Foos said it would be reasonable to expect there to be more than 20,000 pike in the lake.
For the summer of 2003, however, there is no known record of any pike being caught. Nor did any show up in an intensive search by ministry officials.
Mr. Foos said the rest of the fish in the lake lake trout, grayling, white fish and burbot are doing just fine.
Watson Lake conservation officer Ryan Hennings received reports of dead pike on the lake's surface last spring but did not recover any of the reported fish.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A mild undersea earthquake shook parts of eastern Indonesia on Friday, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties, officials said.
The magnitude 5.5 tremor was centered underneath the Sabu Sea about 120 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of the town of Kupang on the western tip of Timor island, said Budi Waluyo, an official at the local meteorology agency.
A MODERATE earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook northern Japan, the Japanese Meteorological Agency has said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
The quake occurred at 7:16 am (0816 AEDT) with its epicentre located in waters off Aomori Prefecture, 600km north of Tokyo, the agency said.
Parts of Oklahoma didn't just have to deal with wild weather Thursday. A small town in Garvin County was shaken by an earthquake.
The quake that rocked the town of Lindsay measured 2.9 on the Richter scale. That might not sound like much. But it's the largest earthquake in Oklahoma in the past two years.
For the first time, satellites have been used to develop an 18-year record (1981-1998) of global land surface temperatures, providing additional proof Earth's snow-free land surfaces have, on average, warmed during this time period.
That information is highlighted in a NASA study appearing in the March issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The satellite record of global warming is more detailed and comprehensive than previously available ground measurements.
Menglin Jin, the lead author, is a visiting scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and a researcher with the University of Maryland. Jin said that until now global land surface temperatures used in climate change studies were derived from thousands of on-the-ground World Meteorological Organization stations located around the world.
However, these stations actually measure surface air temperature at two to three meters above land, instead of skin temperatures.
ALBANY, New York (AP) -- Two researchers whose groundbreaking work led to genetic engineering and spawned the multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry have won the nation's richest prize for medicine and biomedical research.
Second only to the $1.4 million Nobel Prize in monetary value, the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize was being presented Friday to Stanley N. Cohen of Stanford University and Genentech co-founder Herbert W. Boyer of the University of California at San Francisco.
The two scientists met at a conference in 1972 and formed a partnership that led to the development of recombinant DNA a year later. The pioneering technology, which involves transferring genes from one organism to another, allowed scientists to isolate and clone genes in living cells.
Their research enabled the mass production of hormones and other chemicals once made only by the human body, such as insulin for treating diabetes. It also gave rise to genetically modified plants that are more pest- and disease-resistant.
The use of GM crops is widespread in the United States, but many European countries have resisted the technology amid fears that such food may be unsafe.[...]
Comment: Eat your greens and go back to sleep. Don't you know there are people starving in the world, and you want to worry about how safe GM crops are? Get back in line you... independent thinker, and don't ever forget to have your ID card with you at all times.
Britons overwhelmingly support the idea of identification cards and are content to carry one around at all times.
Most people believe the cards will help reduce illegal immigration, identity theft and benefit fraud. [...]
Comment: We don't put much faith in what "most people believe". Most people also believe that Tony Blair isn't a raging psychopath, that "Arab terrorists" hijacked planes on 9/11, that Saddam Hussein was caught last December, that Osama bin Laden is just a crazy Arab, that Israel has nothing to do with the invasion of Iraq and that America really is the greatest nation on earth. Most of what most people believe is exactly what their rulers want them to believe. Most people are so asleep that they do not think, they merely dream their lives away as reality collapses around them. Most people are dead inside.
Move over, Nostradamus. Here comes Roseanne Barr.
The award-winning comedian and TV star is getting ready for an appearance at the Hummingbird Centre on April 28, and she's in a decidedly apocalyptic turn of mind.
"The world is gonna end in two years, tops," she recently predicted on the phone from her home in Los Angeles, "and we deserve it, baby, because we're so deeply flawed. We're obviously monkeys who bred with space aliens that's how we got into this position."
[...] "Shut your mouth and fix your own shit. That's my loving message to the world."
"You're French? So you don't much like Bush?"
"Not much. And you?"
"I don't care, Kerry, Bush... I love Jesus."
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