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Thursday, July 22, 2004
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Now, after 9-11, the fusion of the two worlds is almost complete. We have little time left, and the Controllers know it, and they have made plans…
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by Hari Heath
There are none so blind as those who will not look. If you are one of those who will look, take a look around. You are surrounded -- surrounded by millions who will not look. These are the blue pill people. Who are these blue pill people and why won't they look?
"The Matrix" may be only a movie, but it presents some scenarios with much relevance to our current situation. In the movie, Neo meets Morpheus and is offered an opportunity and a choice. Neo can take the red pill and see the truth for himself, or he can take the blue pill and return, comfortably unaware, to the illusion of the Matrix. There he can live out his life undisturbed by the truth. The truth depicted in The Matrix is an extreme version of modern socialism. [...]
Comment: Note the remarks "The truth depicted in The Matrix is an extreme version of modern socialism." and "our modern system of corporate government and capitalistic socialism." We wonder why this is placed in an otherwise intelligent article since it is clear that the "truth" depicted in the Matrix is not any variation on socialism, but rather a clear allusion to Fascism - the extreme right version of reality now being created by the Bush Reich. Capitalism is most definitely not related to socialism, and Fascism is an extreme form of Capitalism, as Mussolini so aptly put it, the merger of corporations and the state. There is no "social net" in the US, contrary to propaganda that suggests that Americans have it "so good." Hari Heath ought to do a bit more research on definition of terms unless he is making such sweeping statements deliberately.
Unfortunately, Americans, having been brainwashed for decades over the threat of "communism" see any use of the state to provide benefits for the population as "socialism", and "socialism", like the word "communism", is an emotional trigger. Say it and all rational discourse goes down the toilet.
Not that anything resembling a "communist" or "socialist" "paradise" could be created in this world we call home. The raw material of such a society, the human being, is not moral enough. But it isn't his or her fault. We are built this way, with personalities that are splintered, pushing and pulling us in many different directions. How can we ever hope to create a "just" society with people like us?
Moreover, there are millions of psychopaths running around, often in positions of great power, because society encourages psychopathic behaviour, rewarding those with wealth and fame who are relentless in their quest to get to the top of the heap. What chance does a "moral" individual have in such a competition. They are more likely to turn their backs upon it, or to be squashed under the weight of those climbing over them on the way to the top.
The great propaganda campaign against communism and socialism was a campaign to savage the idea of networking, the idea that people could or should work together for common goals. In its place stands the "individual", that Ayn Rand fiction, so dear to the American libertarian right.
However, no form of state nor economic system, including highly decentralised ones, will be able to survive in this world. All it takes is one psychopath to undo the diligent and honest works of thousands of individuals. Those who are trying to find justice here are not going to succeed.
In the movie, when Morpheus is about to offer Neo the choice between either the red pill or the blue pill, he explains:
"You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain -- but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life; that there's something wrong with the world; you don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?"
"The Matrix," Neo asks?
"Do you want to know what it is? The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes; it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."
And Neo asks, "What truth?"
"That you are a slave Neo, like everyone else, you were born into bondage; born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch; a prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to experience it for yourself."
Those few humans who were either born into reality, or have successfully taken the red pill, become the focus of the movie's story -- their attempts to destroy the Matrix and liberate the mass of humanity that lives completely encapsulated in their pods and the illusions fed to them by the powers that be - - powers that will go to any length to maintain the illusion.
Extreme, but not much different than our modern system of corporate government and capitalistic socialism. The governing powers need things from us, not the least of which is our consent. To obtain our consent we are fed all manner of benefits. We are programmed from an early age to believe that such benefits are necessary. To obtain these benefits, a number of conduits are attached to each of us. Adhesion contracts like Social Security, a driver's license; voter registration for a pretended choice of social masters, bank accounts where credit is manufactured for our use and other memberships, registrations, licenses, deeds and permits to insure the conduct of our affairs will be confined within the "matrix" of corporate governance.
We are given our own numbered "pod," a social net provided by the government. Educated according to mandates of the state, our belief system is further cultured by corporate media.
There are various forms of "welfare" should we succumb to poverty or disease. If we are threatened or in danger we can call 911. Government's job of "securing" us is made easier by the massive database tracking our movements, our finances, the location of our homes and businesses and our tax records. When old age creeps up, we can rely on government to take care of us.
Comment: According to the author, there shouldn't be any "welfare" if we get sick. Why not? Why shouldn't a society take care of the sick and the weak? Is this not a question of empathy? Of feeling the suffering of some else?
Rather than phone 911, perhaps he would prefer us to carry our own weapons and take care of the problem like they do in the Westerns?
The corporate/government/financial interface combines to create a massive illusion of benefits -- the American dream. For the price of a promise to indebt our future labors, pay our taxes and play within the system, there are seemingly limitless toys, castles, comforts and consumables for those who believe in this Matrix. For half our productivity taken in taxes (the other half in payments) and the deeds and title to whatever we think we own, government and its private affiliates will take care of us.
To live in this Matrix, all we have to surrender is any genuine sense of independence, personal responsibility and our right to live freely and actually own the fruits of our labors.
And, like in the movie, a contingent of agents are deployed to combat any renegade humans who have a will for freedom from the Matrix which surrounds us.
As Morpheus expiained, "The Matrix is a system Neo, and that system is our enemy. When you are inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, the very minds we are trying to save. Until we do, these people are part of that system and that makes them our enemies. You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged and many are so hopelessly dependent on the system, they'll fight to protect it."
Why will blue pill people fight to protect a Matrix that enslaves them? It's all they know. And all their toys, castles, comforts and consumables will be gone without the Matrix. Their whole illusionary existence will evaporate, leaving them naked and alone.
What won't the blue pill people in our current "real" world look at? They refuse to acknowledge they are they are funding their enslavement to a socialist homeland police state. Last month, a few "red pill" people traveled to D.C. for an eloquent conclusion to Freedom Drive 2002, exposing the fraud of the l6th Amendment, the IRS, and the federal income tax. But the blue pill people remained comfortably in their coma, ever willing to pay a tax they do not owe. They fund Congress and the Nazi/moron president's implementation of America's new Third Reich, so they can feel "secure."
And, so the blue pill people can finally understand what really happened the morning of September 11, 2001, Henry Kissinger, the angel of death and global tyranny, will investigate the facts and tell us the blue-pill truth. Will Americans really believe the Doctor of genocide?
Hidden away on the 6th floor of the Department of Justice building is the secret FISA Court. U. S. attorneys have been going there for years to get secret search warrants from in-house, rubberstamp judges under the guise of "national security." This parallel "legal" system can order clandestine searches of citizens' and non-citizens' homes. From the "evidence" gathered, we can be secretly declared "enemy combatants" and held indefinitely at U. S. military bases.
Remember the detainment camps those paranoid conspiracy theorists told you about years ago?
U.S. officials claim they can detain and interrogate enemy combatants until the executive branch declares an end to the war on terrorism. This includes no access to lawyers or family members; investigations, interrogations, trials and punishments can be held without the protections secured by the Constitution. The Nazi/moron president's administration says there is ample precedent for what it is doing. Are we following the "ample precedent" of a man named Hitler?
Meanwile, the Congress has passed the American Gestapo Authorization (Homeland Security) Act which defines a terrorist as:
"The term "terrorism' means any activity that -- involves an act that is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources; and is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State or other subdivision of the United States; and appears to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping."
As a test for social compliance, 838 blue pillers recently passed blissfully through an unconstitutional random roadblock in Pittsburgh without "seeing" the real "terrorists" in Homeland Security's new America -- the police state (See page 22). Is our present police state "dangerous to human life" and "destructive of critical infrastructure" like the Bill of Rights? Is it "against the laws" (18 USC 241; 242) to deprive a citizen of their right to travel and be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects? Do random roadblocks, by design, "intimidate or coerce a civilian population?" What happens if you don't comply with the roadblock?
The next test for blue pill compliance will be mass inoculations for smallpox. Will the blue pill population literally trample all over each other to get their shots as some officials predict? Has the vaccination "matrix" been so well entrenched in the blue pillers' minds that they will actually let mercury, monkey puss and aborted fetal tissue be injected under their skin based on an unproven theory that such things promote health and prevent disease?
And what greater "matrix" is there, than our current "fiat;' financial system? We "believe" that a piece of paper with the picture of a dead president has the value of the number printed on it and that one dead president is more valuable than another. We don't even consider that the use of this dead president paper is the direct cause of our own enslavement.
Have you ever seen your bank account? It's not there. Only the slight-of-hand practiced by the teller and the accountant behind the scenes makes this illusion look real to the blue pill people.
How deep does the rabbit hole go? Near the end of the movie, the Matrix's agent Smith acclaims the virtues of the Matrix to the captive red pill people's leader Morpheus: "Have you ever stood and stared at it? Marveled at is beauty; its genius? Billions of people, just living out their lives -- oblivious."
Comment: Heath is describing the new reality in the US as it is. The blue pillers, who are also the pillars of the Matrix, choose their slavery. They do not want to deal with the repercussions of knowing the truth because it would mean they would have to change. People do not like change, which is why change does not occur until people can no longer go along in the old way of doing things. They must be forced to change by events. The Bush Reich is slowly changing the world around this people, one step at a time, in order to assure that they are not disturbed until it is too late to do anything about it. Once the prison door shuts, and the lock is turned, there is no going back. But the programming is so complete that a large number will not be upset. They will continue to think that George knows best. They have given up their free will to the President and his men.
People are waking up, as Heath's article shows. But they are still not awakening to the reality, that we are souls here to learn. They see things in material terms, with concerns about money and guns and personal safety. They make these issues paramount. They awaken to a different view upon an illusory reality, not to the truth. Therefore, they still can't find the way out.
We are all in prison, but it is not a prison constructed by Bush Jr. It is our entire reality that is our prison. Bush is a temporary puppet whose job is to put into place the final nails in our coffin, to prevent us from seeing the true nature of the reality that confronts us. He is the sideshow to keep us occupied with material problems while our souls are lost. Seeing the lies Bush tells are not enough. We must go deeper and uncover the lies we tell ourselves, the lies that keep us bound to material reality: that we need land and guns, that our God will save us, that the achievements of mankind, be they political, economic, artistic, or other, actual mean something in the greater scheme of things.
They don't. In terms of eternity, our few thousands of years of human civilisation is a burp, and not a very polite one at that.
Many people believe that we cannot look at our history in cosmic terms for the very reason that it diminishes our accomplishments and our suffering, but if we are here only until we learn to stop suffering, then it takes on a completely different meaning. This cannot be done on a societal level; it can only be done by individuals, but individuals working together to help each other recognise the programs they are running, the mechanical actions that keep us prisoners of the "Matrix". But for that, one needs to have a deep thirst for the truth, no matter the cost.
With the release of the 9-11 commission report and the alleged airport video, it seems that the lies just continue, and people just keep buying it because they WANT to stay asleep. They don't WANT the truth.
Funny that this exact situation is described in the Bible:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except
there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the
son of perdition; 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that
is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. [...]
Creation has sent us our delusion. We are born into it. Its Lords and Ladies reign over us today, but they are serving a higher, cosmic truth. They are here to permit us to learn to recognise the truth amidst the lies. It appears that very few will be able to see this ultimate truth of our earthly existence and shall "be damned" as the scripture says; damned, but not to eternal hell, merely to come back to a barren earth and to start the entire process over, one more time. It has already happened countless times in the past. We have all been here before. If we are here now, it is because we did not learn our lessons the last time around, or the time before that.
Creation is generous. We have all the "time" we need to learn our lessons. We can repeat the course as many times as is necessary. Hopefully this time around there will at least be some who graduate.
A video has emerged showing security checks on one group of 11 September hijackers before they boarded the plane they crashed into the Pentagon.
Four men undergo additional checks after setting off metal detectors at Washington's Dulles airport.
On Thursday the commission probing the attacks on New York and Washington is due to make its final report.
The commission is expected to recommend extensive reforms to the United States intelligence services.
It will also list what are described as 10 missed opportunities to detect the plot in the years leading up to the attacks.
Almost 3,000 people died when two hijacked airliners were flown into New York's World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon in Washington, with a fourth crashing into a field in Pennsylvania.
BBC News Online world affairs correspondent Paul Reynolds says the measures proposed in the report would amount to the most significant change since the CIA itself was founded after World War II.
The surveillance video shot at Dulles airport on the morning 11 September shows four of the five hijackers being subjected to additional searches before being allowed onto American Airlines flight 77.
Two of them, Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaq Alhamzi, had been known to be associated with al-Qaeda since early 1999 by the US National Security Agency.
The two were put on a terrorism watch list just weeks before the attack - on 24 August 2001.
The hijackers were screened with a handheld device, and one man had his bag checked with an explosive trace detector.
A fifth man did not set off any alarms.
Investigators believe that the hijackers were carrying utility knives, which at that time were legal in carry-on baggage.
The crash killed all 64 people on board, and 125 employees at the Pentagon.
Comment: This security video does NOT HAVE A DATE AND TIME STAMP ON IT. How curious is that?? And how curious is it that Khalid Al-Midhar was reported as possibly still alive in the following article from 23 September 2001...
Sunday, 23 September, 2001, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.
The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.
Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September.
His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world.
Now he is protesting his innocence from Casablanca, Morocco.
He told journalists there that he had nothing to do with the attacks on New York and Washington, and had been in Morocco when they happened. He has contacted both the Saudi and American authorities, according to Saudi press reports.
He acknowledges that he attended flight training school at Daytona Beach in the United States, and is indeed the same Waleed Al Shehri to whom the FBI has been referring.
But, he says, he left the United States in September last year, became a pilot with Saudi Arabian airlines and is currently on a further training course in Morocco.
Abdulaziz Al Omari, another of the Flight 11 hijack suspects, has also been quoted in Arab news reports.
He says he is an engineer with Saudi Telecoms, and that he lost his passport while studying in Denver.
Another man with exactly the same name surfaced on the pages of the English-language Arab News.
The second Abdulaziz Al Omari is a pilot for Saudi Arabian Airlines, the report says.
Meanwhile, Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, a London-based Arabic daily, says it has interviewed Saeed Alghamdi.
He was listed by the FBI as a hijacker in the United flight that crashed in Pennsylvania.
And there are suggestions that another suspect, Khalid Al Midhar, may also be alive.
FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged on Thursday that the identity of several of the suicide hijackers is in doubt.
Last Updated Wed, 21 Jul 2004 18:17:27 EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A final report from the Sept. 11 commission will conclude the Bush and Clinton administrations missed 10 opportunities that may have detected a sophisticated plot was underway, but neither could have prevented the attacks.
The nearly 600-page report, to be released Thursday, is believed to have concluded the hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field exploited deep institutional failings within the U.S. government.
It reportedly will not say President George W Bush or former president Bill Clinton were to blame for the mistakes.
"It does not place blame on particular individuals or particular incidents, but it in fact identifies institutional failings that have grown up over time about the way our government is organized," a U.S. official familiar with the report told the Associated Press.
According to reports, the missed opportunities include failed attempts to capture and kill Osama bin Laden, the CIA's failure to add two hijackers' names to a terrorism watch list and the FBI's handling of the arrest of alleged 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui a month before the attacks.
The commission will concede the missed opportunities were long shots, reports say.
The report is expected to recommend a major shakeup of American intelligence gathering and management.
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, more commonly known as the 9/11 Commission, is expected to call for the immediate creation of the post of a national intelligence director.
That person would oversee all intelligence gathering agencies – the CIA, the FBI and the Pentagon – and sit at the cabinet table, according to reports.
Comment: You weren't expecting anything different, were you? They accepted the basic premise of 9/11, that it was carried out by "Islamic terrorists". How could they come to any other conclusion?
Now they have more "evidence" that the great American lockdown must continue. "Free speech" areas for as many of the population as is necessary...
Freedom of the Press in America!
By Dave Astor
NEW YORK A poll that resulted in a vote to drop "Doonesbury" was defended by the head of a Sunday-comics consortium.
"It was not a political statement of any kind," Continental Features President Van Wilkerson told E&P. "I personally don't have an opinion about 'Doonesbury' one way or another."
Wilkerson said he conducted the survey because Garry Trudeau's comic "created more controversy than other strips." In the poll e-mail he sent Continental's newspaper clients this spring, Wilkerson wrote: "(I)t is my feeling that a change in one of the features is required. I have fielded numerous complaints about 'Doonesbury' in the past and feel it is time to drop this feature and add another in its place. ... If the majority of the group favors a replacement, you will be expected to accept that change."
Of the 38 papers that run the Continental-produced Sunday comics section, 21 wanted to drop "Doonesbury," 15 wanted to keep it, and two had no opinion or preference. "I wouldn't call the vote [to drop 'Doonesbury'] overwhelming, but it was a majority opinion," Wilkerson said.
One of the 15 papers, The Anniston (Ala.) Star (Click for QuikCap), expressed public dismay with the vote yesterday -- saying the decision amounted to censorship. In an E&P interview after that article appeared, Star Executive Editor Troy Turner said: "Sure, 'Doonesbury' causes editors headaches from time to time, but there is a proven readership for it. Newspapers need to think of readers first, or they will continue to struggle."
Turner added that he doesn't recall Continental doing polls about any of the other 22 comics in its package; "Doonesbury" was singled out. Wilkerson acknowledged that the survey was out of the norm.
The Continental head said he doesn't know exactly when "Doonesbury" will leave the package; he's currently polling clients to see if they want to replace it with "Agnes," "Get Fuzzy," "Pickles," "Zits," or another comic.
If Continental does pull "Doonesbury" from the package, "we will find a way to run it in the Sunday paper," said Star Editorial Page Editor Bob Davis. He noted that the Star already publishes the daily "Doonesbury" in an unusual locale: the back page of the "A" section.
As previously reported, Star Publisher H. Brandt Ayers e-mailed Wilkerson to say he and his paper's editors "strongly object to an obviously political effort to silence a minority point of view. For years, my New Deal father bore the opposition views of Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks, and I believe he would have fought an effort to silence them a by a simple majority vote. This is wrong, offensive to First Amendment freedoms."
"Doonesbury" -- which appears in more than 1,400 papers via Universal Press Syndicate -- has made a lot of news this year with strong criticism of President Bush and the Iraq war. In one sequence, Trudeau offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove Bush served in the Alabama National Guard. And, in an ongoing story line, the B.D. character lost a leg in Iraq and is dealing with the aftermath of that devastating injury.
The 38 papers running the package from Salisbury, N.C.-based Continental are predominately located in the Southeast.
Comment: Nope, we can't have controversy. Gosh, it might get people upset. All this forcing people to look at the consequences of US foreign policy just isn't good for the bottom line. Unfortunately, freedom of speech has the side effect of bringing different ideas together, and that can create "controversy", especially in a society dominated by a few large media conglomerates who establish the norms of what is "correct" thinking. Mussolini called fascism the merger of corporations and the state. This is clearly the case in the US. Views that are "unhealthy" for "corporate citizens" are kept out of public view.
Think of it, the concept of a "moral person" that is used to classify corporations in order to keep their administrators free from the consequences of their decisions and their actions. In the global market, with its new trade agreements, corporations can ignore certain national laws if they are bad for business, if they abridge the rights of the corporation. Corporate rights are given higher standing than human rights.
A furore over a Linda Ronstadt gig is the latest in a series of rows about politics that is casting a shadow over the world of US entertainment. By Andrew Gumbel
21 July 2004
The scene was the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas last Saturday night. Linda Ronstadt, the fifty-something folk-rocker, was just coming to the end of a concert backed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Then she offered one last song, the old Eagles hit "Desperado", and dedicated it to Michael Moore, the rabble-rousing film-maker whose Bush-bashing documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has polarised the country like no other cultural event of the early summer.
Suddenly, all hell broke loose. Depending who you believe, either the audience ran out of control or the Aladdin's management did. Either way, the upshot was that Ms Ronstadt was hustled off stage and out of the building and told she would not be welcome back, now or ever again. She was not even allowed to return to her hotel room to pack. Hotel employees checked out for her instead.
"We needed her off the property," hotel spokeswoman Tyri Squyres told local reporters. "She wanted to incite the audience, and she incited them to the point where they were very upset."
Hard though it is to imagine a diminutive middle-aged woman with a bob haircut and a honey-sweet voice starting a riot in America's very own Sin City, the Ronstadt Affair seems destined to go down as the latest surreal episode to mark this contentious, jumpily hostile election season.
Ms Ronstadt's fellow liberal entertainers were quick to cry foul yesterday about suppression of free speech and what they see as a climate of fear fostered by the Bush administration. (Ms Ronstadt herself has chosen not to comment.) The blow-hard opinion makers on the other side, meanwhile, were equally quick to accuse her of woefully misreading her audience and turning what was meant to be a pleasant piece of musical entertainment into a wholly inappropriate piece of political grandstanding.
Amid the furore, it was almost impossible to discern what actually happened in those fateful few minutes last Saturday night.
According to the Aladdin's president, an expatriate Brit called Bill Timmins, Ms Ronstadt's dedication to Michael Moore - and her urging that everyone who has not yet gone to see the film do so -- pushed the audience into a frenzy of indignation. Soon they were throwing cups at the stage, storming out of the auditorium en masse and ripping down promotional posters as they stomped to the box-office to demand their money back.
"It was a very ugly scene," Mr Timmins, who was in the audience himself, told the Associated Press. Ms Ronstadt, he charged, "spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests and we had to do something about it". It was his decision to call security and have the singer escorted out of the building. She was scheduled to play just the one night, so she didn't lose any performances, but Mr Timmins made clear she could forget any future dates at his establishment. "As long as I'm here, she's not going to play," he said.
Not everyone present agreed with Mr Timmins' account, however. Paula Francis, a news anchor on a local television station, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that her experience of the concert was quite different.
"I was so stunned to read in the newspaper that anyone had a negative reaction," she said. "Everyone who was leaving when I was leaving was just thrilled. They thought it was a good concert." At the moment of the Michael Moore dedication, she said, "there were loud boos and there was quite a bit of applause. But everyone calmed down right away and seemed to enjoy the rest of the encore."
Whatever the truth of the matter, it is clear that the atmosphere surrounding performers and celebrities who express their political views - particularly, though not exclusively, when those views are hostile to President Bush -- has deteriorated significantly in recent weeks. [...]
The latest round was almost certainly kicked off by the massive wave of publicity surrounding the release of Mr Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Mr Moore's own free speech rights have not suffered one jot and his film has to date taken in just shy of $100m (£53m) at the US box-office - five times as much as his previous record-breaking documentary Bowling For Columbine. But his gleeful needling of the President, both in the film and in the surrounding publicity campaign, have infuriated Bush loyalists and set the scene for a cultural, as well as a political, stand- off in the run-up to the 2 November presidential election. [...]
The issue has been further stirred up by Sir Elton John, who said in an interview with New York magazine this month that he saw an "atmosphere of fear" in the United States like nothing else since the McCarthy red-baiting era of the early 1950s. He said artists were afraid to speak out and had shied away from the kind of anti-government criticism that marked the protest songs and political theatre of the Vietnam War era. "Everyone is too career-conscious. They're all too scared," he said.
Sir Elton's remarks could probably do with a little careful parsing. Although the attacks on performers do indeed raise questions about freedom of speech, they have also been used and abused by people on both sides of the argument to further their own agendas. That has been particularly true of Mr Moore, who expertly manufactured a controversy over the release of Fahrenheit 9/11 to generate invaluable advance publicity - accusing Disney of censorship because the company wanted nothing to do with him and told him to find a distribution deal elsewhere, which he duly did.
Yesterday, Mr Moore leapt on the Ronstadt Affair and somehow managed to make it all his own. On his website he posted the cover of Ms Ronstadt's album Living In The USA and added the slogan: "Thank-you Linda Ronstadt!" He also posted an open letter to Mr Timmins of the Aladdin, taking him to task for gross over- reaction.
"What country do you live in?" Mr Moore wrote. "Last time I checked, Las Vegas is still in the United States. And in the United States, we have something called the First Amendment. This constitutional right gives everyone here the right to say whatever they want to say.... For you to throw Linda Ronstadt off the premises because she dared to say a few words in support of me and my film, is simply stupid and un-American. Frankly, I have never heard of such a thing happening."
The Aladdin quickly sought to deny that it was suppressing anybody's rights. "It did not come down to the statements she had said, per se," a spokeswoman said. "It's about using our venue for political commentary versus being an entertainer. She was hired to entertain, not to preach."
That explanation, in turn, seems a little disingenuous, since Ms Ronstadt has been dedicating Desperado to Mr Moore throughout her current tour and announced the fact in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal published last Friday, the day before her concert: "They say the country is evenly divided, and boy is that true. One half of the audience cheers and the other half boos," she said.
She added: "I don't understand this country sometimes and I really fear for it. The government is making everybody in the world hate us, including the people that used to be our friends." [...]
As Ms Ronstadt's experience shows, the atmosphere in the United States is not one of systematic censorship so much as extreme volatility: there is no knowing when a political statement is going to cause an adverse reaction. The Dixie Chicks episode, triggered by a comment made on a London stage by lead singer Natalie Maines, who told the audience she was ashamed to come from President Bush's home state of Texas, might have been a non-event but for the concerted efforts of a handful of online Bush supporters and the sympathetic hearing they received from pro-administration radio station owners.
One radio chain, Cumulus Media, even arranged for a tractor to crush Dixie Chicks CDs, tapes and videos in an episode that was so extreme as to backfire. The trio, buoyed by the torrent of publicity, was soon back on the top of the charts and was even honoured by a neologism - dixie-chicked - to denote anyone unlucky enough to suffer a political hate campaign.
Whoopi Goldberg appears to have been a victim of another such concerted campaign, this time arranged by the Republican National Committee. Her liberal politics and dirty mouth are hardly secrets to anyone who has followed her career with even minimal attention over the past 15 years or so, and one imagines that Slimfast knew what they were taking on when they hired her to speak on their behalf.
In an interview with the New York Daily News immediately after the furore, she pointed out the manufactured nature of the outrage. "America's heart and soul is freedom of expression without fear of reprisal, I find all this feigned indignation about 'Bush bashing' quite disingenuous," she said. "For the Republican Party to pretend this is new to them seems a little fake."
Fake it may be, but we can expect plenty more of the same between now and November.
UPDATE FROM A READER: Rahm Emmanuel, former Clinton adviser, current congressman from Illinois, staunch supporter of Israel, and suspected by many of being "Mega", the Mossad mole in the Clinton White House, has a brother, Ari Emmanuel, who just happens to be Michael Moore's agent!
By Tom Ball
Since the release of a blistering report by a U.S. Senate committee blaming the CIA for miserable intelligence leading to our pre-emptive invasion of Iraq, the White House and its apologists have had a field day pointing their fingers anywhere and everywhere except where it most certainly belongs...at the White House.
After the incomprehensible incompetence and abhorrent, deceptive tactics used by both the Bush and Blair administrations, you would think that they would let sleeping dogs lie.
Well that has never been the case with these people and I don't think it ever will be.
Thus I think it appropriate to take a stroll down memory lane and see just how innocent this administration was of all the supposed CIA foul-ups.
Grab a coffee. This might take a while.
Indeed, so many lies have been spread by the B/B Brothers (Bush and Blair) and their minions that it is hard to keep track. I suppose that's part of their strategy. Overwhelm the opposition and the public with so much misinformation that the truth will never be clear. They can then press forward in an ambiguous cloud of fear and 'what if' scenarios. Thus, we should take pains to document the trail of deceit. As our part, we have created this list, sort of a handy tip-sheet to refute the arguments of the tin-pot, would-be murderers who insist on seizing Iraqi oil in exchange for the blood of our military men and women and the Iraqi citizenry.
So here we go.
Number One) As a centerpiece to its argument for invading Iraq, the Administration has boldly pursued the idea that Saddam and al Qaeda are in cahoots. The Final Report from the 9/11 Commission due out this week unconditionally states that the commission found no "credible evidence" that Iraq helped the militants carry out the 9/11 attacks. Nor did it find any 'working relationship' between Iraq and Osama bin Laden. This runs directly counter to the administration's assertions of "long-established ties" between Saddam and al Qaeda.
Even before the invasion began, both the CIA and the FBI said the administration was wrong. [...]
20) The Bush Administration Misrepresented intelligence and pressured intelligence agencies to find 'evidence' to support their conclusions.
"Bush's case against Saddam Hussein, outlined in a televised address to the nation, relied on a slanted and sometimes entirely false reading of the available US intelligence, government officials and analysts claimed. Officials in the CIA, FBI and energy department are being put under intense pressure to produce reports that back the administration's line.
"Basically, cooked information is working its way into high-level pronouncements and there's a lot of unhappiness about it in intelligence, especially among analysts at the CIA," said Vincent Cannistraro, the CIA's former head of counter-intelligence." [...]
24) Bush warned the United Nations that Saddam could have nuclear weapons within a year of acquiring fissionable material. Cheney said:
"On the nuclear question, many of us are convinced that Saddam will acquire such weapons fairly soon."
The CIA's own forecasts do not support these assertions. [...]
29) And let's not forget this little classic:
"The International Atomic Energy Agency says that a report cited by Bush as evidence that Iraq in 1998 was 'six months away' from developing a nuclear weapon does not exist. 'There's never been a report like that issued from this agency,' said Mark Gwozdecky, the IAEA's chief spokesman." [...]
30) And finally there is my favorite, the British Dossier, a highly anticipated document, touted as the piece of the puzzle that would unconditionally convince the world that Saddam is the greatest threat to humanity since...well... since George W. Bush.
That's right. it was revealed that the UK dossier on Iraq is a sham:
"Downing Street was last night plunged into acute international embarrassment after it emerged that large parts of the British government's latest dossier on Iraq - allegedly based on "intelligence material" - were taken from published academic articles, some of them several years old."
So did "Downing Street" apologize for deceiving the world and presenting heavily plagiarized, years-old information put together by post-graduate students in California? Not on your life. Even after being caught red-handed, they brazenly and unapologetically retorted:
"Dismissing the gathering controversy as the latest example of media obsession with spin, officials insisted it in no way undermines the underlying truth of the dossier, whose contents had been re-checked with British intelligence sources. 'The important thing is that it is accurate,' said one source."
It was not accurate.
So, in summary, remember that you will always be closer to the truth if you simply disbelieve whatever the Administration says.
by Bev Taylor Monday July 19, 2004 at 02:19 PM
The Israeli Mossad agent Zev Barkan has been running Asian criminal gangs used to obtain Australian Identity documents and other passports stolen from Australians Killed in Asia, a New Zealand security official has said.
I was contacted by a New Zealand official, who has intelligence connections in Asia while I was shopping in Toul Tom Pong Market in Phnom Penh and provided documents to support this information on the condition that it remain anonymous and I not publish the documents considering the risk to officials if the source of this leak was identified, this New Zealand official said Barkan was connected to an Israeli terrorist cell operating out of Thailand.
"He goes to Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Thailand and is running gangs that he pays to kill tourists, and steal their Identity papers passports then cover it up, most just disappear or their deaths have been reported as accidents, drownings and such, they like to throw their victims off the side of tour boats" said a New Zealand security official
Barkan has been named by New Zealand authorities as the kingpin in a passport theft ring for which two Israelis with Australian links were jailed for six months last week in Auckland.
One of the jailed men, Eli Cara, 50, had his rented home in Turramurra raided by ASIO in March. A short time later, he was arrested in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Government has named Barkan, Cara and the other convicted man, Uriel Kelman, as Mossad agents.
Barkan fled New Zealand before police moved in. There are reports that Barkan, using a Stolen Canadian Identity documents, has now made a move to North Korea out of reach of authorities.
"Barkan is mostly interested in passports and identity documents, there have been a number of Australian killed for their passports."
Intelligence analysts in New Zealand believe Barkan, a former navy diver in the Israeli IOF (sic), was trying to secure clean passports for use in Israeli terrorist operations in the region.
Barkan had grown up in Washington as Zev Bruckenstein, where his father was director of religious studies at a synagogue.
A New Zealand security official says his services have uncovered an Israeli operation to create al-Qaeda cells in Thailand. The security official in Thailand said Israeli terrorist are posing as operatives of al-Qaeda.
Over the past nine months we have been investigating eight cases, 11 people informed us of this Israeli operation, asking Thai Landers to join al-Qaeda. One email had even been signed by the al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. a New Zealand official said.
A New Zealand official said his services had traced back to Israel the phone calls and emails - purportedly from Germany and Lebanon and Pakistan.
We investigated the origin of those calls and found out they all came from Israel.
The people the Israelis tried to recruit were then given stolen Australian documents, and received money and weapons.
The money was provided by Israel directly to the recruits or was transferred from bank accounts in Jerusalem or Israel, said the New Zealand official.
Comment: Note that the above article comes from the Melbourne Indymedia site. It appears that it was excerpted, in part, from a report in the Sydney Morning Herald of july 19th entitled "Mossad agent linked to Asia scam".
The author of the Indymedia article above appears to have changed the words "sensitive Israeli undercover operation" in the SMH story to: "Israeli terrorist operations" in the above article. While this is likely to be a truer reflection of the nature of the operation given that the Mossad agent was involved in the murder of innocent tourists, we do not espouse such arbitrary changes to original texts without making the reader aware of it.
Israel Created The Myth of Al-Qaeda
These Israeli citizens came into Iraq disguised as Arab or Kurdish civilians, businessmen. Maybe "contractors"? Under contract with the Pentagon's neocon office? Your tax dollars at work? How much of their work is blamed on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi? How much of Israel's terrorism is blamed on "Al-Qaeda"?
I have investigated the development of the "mujahideen" and here is my conclusion: In the 80's, Israel supervised the recruitment of Arab Afghan "mujahideen" supposedly to fight against Russia. They became cannon fodder and refugees before they ended up in Guantanamo. THEIR REAL PURPOSE WAS TO HELP ISRAEL CREATE A USEFUL MYTH: AL-QAEDA. The Arab mujahideen were rather harmless as recent revelations from Guantanamo have shown.
By Sam Hamod
Once again, the Israeli tail has wagged the American donkey. I use the term donkey because there is a stupid, unreasonable stubbornness in the American administration that fears and supports everything Israel says or does. A friend of mine from Israel, a rabbi, told me last year that he was freer to criticize Israel in Israel than he was in America. I’m afraid this fear of Zionism in American politicians, and the new found evangelical madness of GW Bush, will lead us into more problems in the Middle East and in the world.
Everyone in the world, except Israel and America has condemned this infernal wall that Israel is using to make a land-grab of Palestinian land, cutting people off from their churches, their homes, their mosques, their farms, their jobs and their relatives. Now the International Court at the Hague has ruled it illegal and most of the world agrees. But immediately, America says, "No, the court has no business in this matter." Once again, when a court disagrees with Israel or America, they say, "This court has no right to make such pronouncements." But, when it goes with Israel or America, then, "This is proper justice from the Hague." America is happy Milosovich is there; but, never Israel or America.
Sorry, Bush and Sharon, you can’t have it both ways.
But then again, remember Guantanamo. First America said no cases could be brought by the men at Guantanamo because they were on U.S. soil. Then when the lawyers went after that and found it didn’t work, the US declared that Guantanamo belonged to Cuba and it was their sovereign territory. As the attorney Marjorie Cohn recently pointed out, it was the typical American twisting and flip-flopping to twist the truth and justice. We have done the same thing with "the wall." Bush had asked Sharon to stop the wall; but then, when Sharon wouldn’t, GWB just ignored the whole issue.
[...] You can talk to any intelligent American officer who has come back from Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan, India and they’ll tell you—America has gone down in people’s estimations. Often these men and women will tell you, they cannot defend our actions in Iraq or Palestine, but they are under orders to do unjust and immoral things because of the American presidential and pentagon leadership. This must stop before the ranks of our officer corps are dispirited and resign from our armed services, leaving it to foot-lickers and incompetents.
As we all saw, when the line-up of generals testified to the Congress this week; they were saying things that contradicted Bush and Rumsfeld. The military is fed up with Rumsfeld and Bush. If we are not careful, we might have a military coup against Bush and Rumsfeld—which would not be good. But I think these officers have seen enough of their men dying; they have begun to wonder where it will all end.
Also, many in the CIA and FBI are upset with the influence of the Mossad and other Israeli agents in Washington, DC and in Iraq. General Karpinski blew the whistle on Israelis and their role in Abu Ghraib; it is also known that Gen. Miller, the head of Guantanamo and now Abu Ghraib, has worked closely with Israelis and has followed their torture methods and methods of illegal interrogation. Many moral American officers are upset with this. So are our officers walking the streets of Baghdad and Najaf and Fallujah—they see the Israeli hand in these mistaken strategies. These strategies of brutality have failed in Palestine and they are failing in Iraq.
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The mayhem enveloping the Gaza Strip is a "volcano" that can erupt at any moment and will affect the entire region, said an official with the Middle East Council of Churches.
"The people have been patient, waiting, but a volcano will all of a sudden erupt, and when this happens there will be bloodshed everywhere," said Constantine Dabbagh, the council's Gaza representative.
Dabbagh and another Palestinian church worker said the current situation is the result of corruption within the Palestinian National Authority, exacerbated by Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip.
The chaotic situation in Gaza began July 16 after two Palestinian security officials were kidnapped in two separate incidents by militants demanding their removal on corruption charges. Five French civilians also were kidnapped.
The militants demanded that one of those kidnapped, Gaza Police Chief Ghazi Jibali, be relieved of his duties. Kidnappers said they were taking matters into their own hands since Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had not dealt with the issue.
All the hostages were released unharmed, but calm has not returned to the Gaza Strip.
July 22, 2004
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United Nations plans to evacuate non-essential foreign staff from the Gaza Strip because of the deteriorating security situation, a U.N. official said on Thursday.
The official, speaking in Jerusalem, said the move followed after a decision was taken to move Gaza to security level "Phase Four" -- one step below the maximum "Phase Five," which requires all international staff to leave.
What Happened in Palestine Yesterday - (PMG Reports) - Daily updates on Israeli terror in Palestine
www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-22 10:40:42
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Xinhuanet) -- US President George W. Bush issued a memorandum Wednesday to the State Department that formally allows Iraq to receive material, service and assistance from US arms makers under the Foreign Assistance Act and the Arms Export Control Act.
"I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and services to Iraq will strengthen the security of the United Statesand promote world peace," Bush said in the document.
www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-22 01:40:05
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Xinhuanet) -- US President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed into law a legislation to develop and stockpile vaccines and other antidotes to prepare for potential chemical and biological attacks in the future.
The legislation, dubbed "Project BioShield," provides the drug industry with incentives to research on and develop bioterrorism counter measures, and speeds up the approval process of antidotes.
"Every American can be certain that their government will continue doing everything in our power to prevent a terrorist attack and, if the terrorists do strike, we'll be better prepared to defend our people because of the good law I sign today," Bush said at a signing ceremony at the White House.
The law authorizes the Congress to spend 5.6 billion US dollars over 10 years to purchase and stockpile vaccines and drugs to fight anthrax, smallpox, and other potential biological weapons.
Comment: The key words here are those we have highlighted: $5.6 billion to the pharmaceutical companies.
By Robert Fisk in Baghdad - 19 July 2004This is how they like it. An American helicopter fires four missiles at a house in Fallujah. Fourteen people are killed, including women and children. Or so say the hospital authorities.
But no Western journalist dares to go to Fallujah. Video footage taken by local civilians shows only a hole in the ground, body parts under a grey blanket and an unnamed man shouting that young children were killed.
The US authorities say they know nothing about the air strike; indeed, they tell journalists to talk to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence - whose spokesman admits that he has "no clue what is going on".
And by the time, in early afternoon yesterday, that the American-appointed Iraqi Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, said that he had given permission for the attack - even though US rules of engagement give him no such right - there had been car bombs in Tikrit in which two policemen died, one of Saddam's former generals was captured, and Fallujah became just another statistic, albeit a deeply disturbing one: this is the sixth air strike on the insurgent-held city in less than five weeks.
None of the six was independently reported. The dead were "terrorists", according to Mr Allawi's office. So were the doctors lying?
[...] Here, then, is the central crisis of information in Iraq just now. With journalists confined to Baghdad - several have not left their hotels for more than two weeks - a bomb-free day in the capital becomes a bomb-free day in Iraq. An improvement. Things might be getting better. But since most journalists don't tell their viewers and readers that they cannot travel - they certainly don't reveal that armed "security advisers" act as their protectors - they do not see the reality of cities such as Fallujah, Ramadi and Samara, which are now outside all government control. Indeed, US Marines are no longer allowed into the centre of Fallujah, which is now run by the Fallujah Brigade, made up of former Baathists and current insurgents. The Independent does not use security advisers in Iraq, armed or otherwise.Click here to comment on this article
I, and others have been speaking about America's permanent and secret bases in Iraq for months. This belies the statements of Bush and his friends that America means to pull out of Iraq very soon, "As soon as democracy and stability are achieved." Unfortunately, some of us who have seen various videos of "the terrorists" operating in Iraq have a hunch that this is nothing but American theatre to keep the American public deceived so that we may keep our troops in Iraq forever, because stability will never be achieved--because America won't let it happen.
I remember Chalmers Johnson saying that America has over 127 bases overseas. If this is not imperialism, I don't know what is. Remember, WWII ended in 1945, but we still have bases in Germany and Japan, though most of the people in those countries would like us to leave. Okinawa, an important island in Japan, has regular demonstrations asking America to leave their island--but of course, we refuse. We are allegedly going to leave our bases in Saudi Arabia (which I doubt very much) and that's why we need bases in Iraq. But again, the public rhetoric from our president is that we are only in Iraq to help them and then we'll get out. Does he mean in 50 years or more--as we've done elsewhere in the world, or does it mean, as it seems in other places, in perpetuity? You guess, you're not ignorant.
Some say Doonesbury discovered this. Actually, this is not true. Many of us online and in speeches have been saying this since the beginning of the illegal Iraq invasion by the Bush team. But for the sake of further information, I am reprinting the story from www.tomdispatch.com; he and Doonsebury are correct in their insights.
www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-22 13:14:14
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Xinhuanet) -- The US government has underestimated the 2004 cost of American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan by 12.3 billion US dollars, according to a congressional report released on Wednesday.
train seached after threatening note found
NEWARK, N.J. -- A threatening note found by a passenger aboard a Washington-to-New York Amtrak train prompted police to detain it at Newark Penn Station for 90 minutes Thursday morning. Officers asked each passenger for identification and searched the cars with bomb-sniffing dogs.
Amtrak spokesman Dan Stessel said the note was attached to the mirror in a restroom of the train's cafe car. Stessel said he did not know its exact content.
The passenger who found it notified the train crew. They called dispatchers, who had police waiting for the train at its next scheduled stop in Newark.
"The passenger did exactly the right thing," Stessel said.
He said police did a thorough search of the train, and determined it was safe.
Passengers, however, were not told what was going on. Over a cell phone from a passenger on board the train, an unidentified railroad or police worker could be overheard telling passengers, "This is an unusual situation."
Terry Taylor, The Associated Press' sports editor, boarded the train in Philadelphia, and said it was held in the Newark station shortly after 8 a.m.
The train was permitted to leave the station at 9:30 a.m. Taylor said no explanation was given to passengers, but an announcement was made thanking them for their patience.
Transit police officers came down the aisle of each car, asking to see each passenger's identification and checking the information with small hand-held computer devices, Taylor said.
Police swept overhead luggage compartments with a metal wand, and at least one police dog was brought aboard the train.
While the search was under way, police did not allow anyone on or off the train, and the platform was cordoned off with yellow police tape, she said. Passengers were told that anyone with a medical condition who needed to get off the train should speak to authorities.
The FBI's Newark office sent two agents to the station to help with the investigation.
The note was to be sent to a crime laboratory to be checked for fingerprints or other identifying evidence, Stessel said.
Rail officials said last week that additional security measures would be imposed on New York-bound trains in preparation for next month's Republican National Convention in New York.
ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MD. - On its first test flight near Washington D.C., there were 2,000 reported UFO sightings.
As CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports, it's actually a helium air ship, a low-cost, low-hanging satellite and quite possibly, America's next weapon for national defense.
Steve Huett, director of airship programs of Naval Air Systems Command, sees the helium air ship having a clear potential for border patrol and national defense.
"Absolutely, without a doubt," Huett says.
What the Pentagon suddenly can envision is a fleet of these air ships guarding America's coastlines.
On board would be surveillance sensors, video cameras and a wireless communications package. Unmanned air ships could stay aloft for days, even months, depending on the mission and the altitude, relaying suspicions to operators on the ground.
Another possibility: airships could patrol the skies of Iraq and protect U.S. soldiers from above.
"Imagine if you have a convoy running down the road and we have eyes on the road four to five miles ahead of it," says Huett.
Over hostile territory, at altitudes of up to 70,000 feet, the air ship would be hard to spot, even harder to shoot down.
A radical redesign created by Mike Lawson's company includes a second inner bag to hold the airship's helium.
"So a hole is not going to make that much of a difference," he says.
Even under attack, this airship would be a survivor. All of its outer skin is made of spectra, a synthetic that's ten times stronger than steel, and because of the pressure of the helium inside, a bullet hole or any puncture would become, at worst, a slow leak, not a catastrophe."
"Even putting a thousands rounds would not take it out," says Lawson. "It would descend slowly."
Within the next few years, dozens of airships could be on patrol, to keep terror away from American soil.
Comment: We recommend painting the spherical blimps to look like giant eyeballs - just to enhance the creepiness of the whole "big brother is watching you" idea.
www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-22 10:44:55
CARACAS, July 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez again criticized US President George W. Bush for interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs, calling the latter "Emperor of Evil".
He made the remarks at an election rally less than one month before the referendum scheduled for Aug. 15 on whether he could keep his presidency, saying "you see how now the Emperor of Evil has spoken from Washington giving orders."
"Tell me what right does the President of the United States have to call for transparency in any electoral process in the world," Chavez said.
Bush on Monday urged transparency in the upcoming Venezuelan referendum and called for international observers' free access to the voting process.
July 22, 2004
TOKYO (Reuters) - They may not look cool, but knife-resistant kid's sweatshirts and coats are the latest products aimed at providing parental peace of mind in a Japan horrified by a series of gruesome attacks on children.
The sweatshirts, and coats that look like plain waterproofs, are made from the same fibers used in police and military knife-proof and bullet-proof vests, according to the maker, Madre.
"We created this product so children would be ok, even if they went off to play by themselves," said a spokesman for Madre, a provider of child day-care services before it added protective clothing to its portfolio earlier this year.
The clothing, sold only through the company's web site, www.defense.to, isn't cheap, at 46,095 yen ($419) for the coat and from 40,950 yen for the sweatshirt. They come in 12 colors and can be embroidered with initials or other slogans.
Japan has always prided itself on its low crime rate, but concern over child safety has grown after a series of crimes involving children.
An intruder attacked pupils with a knife at a primary school in western Japan in December 2003 and an 11-year-old schoolgirl murdered a classmate in June by slashing her throat.
Earlier this month, a Japanese software firm unveiled chip-embedded student ID cards that alert parents via email when children arrive at and leave school.
as a nautical myth, freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey
apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings.
Results from ESA's ERS satellites helped establish the widespread existence
of these 'rogue' waves and are now being used to study their origins.
[...] Objective radar evidence from this and other platforms – radar data from the North Sea's Goma oilfield recorded 466 rogue wave encounters in 12 years - helped convert previously sceptical scientists, whose statistics showed such large deviations from the surrounding sea state should occur only once every 10000 years.
Comment: Yup. Those scientists love seeing these catastrophic events as being "once in 10,000 years". The world is supposed to change smoothly, with no discontinuities that upset the apple cart of normative thinking.
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake IN THE RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN has occurred at:
26.55N 128.88E Depth 43km Thu Jul 22 09:45:17 2004 UTC
The weight of floodwater in the eastern Bay of Plenty is believed to have triggered the swarm of earthquakes that have rocked the region.
Since Sunday the area has experienced hundreds of earthquakes. They began after more than 250mm of rain fell in 48 hours.
The storm killed two women and caused thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes.
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences duty seismologist Martin Reyners said the weight of the floodwater - estimated at up to a billion tonnes - could have triggered the quakes.
Dr Reyners said the crust in the region was already stretched and the weight of the water would have placed an extra load on it, bringing on the earthquakes.
"If you put on a load, like the load of the floodwater, you can actually destabilise the seismic regime, and if an earthquake is about to happen, it can bring it forward in time."
This type of activity is called induced seismicity.
The Asahi Shimbun
Residents returning to Miyakejima island must take 'self-responsibility,' but they are key to saving their community.
'Even experts cannot give a 100-percent assurance on what effects the gases will have on human health. 'SHINTARO ISHIHARA Tokyo governor
Volcanic ash still covers large parts of Miyakejima island. Prospects are bleak for employment. And an ornery volcano continues to emit toxic gases. But Tuesday's news that residents will be able to return to the volcanic island in February was welcomed by the islanders.
The coming home is seen as a chance to prevent the village from disappearing forever.
The island community of about 3,800, widely dispersed in the nearly four years since eruptions forced a mass evacuation, is worth saving, say Miyake village officials. That's why they opted for "self-responsibility'' in lifting the evacuation order for the island by February.
The island's Mount Oyama erupted on July 8, 2000. Since then, many islanders have found new jobs and lives elsewhere, and now 489 fewer people are claiming residency of Miyakejima, part of the Izu island chain south of Tokyo.
People outdoors are exposed to higher levels of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays than previously thought, a study shows.
Present measures of UV exposure - the Solar Index - are taken from how much sunlight hits flat surfaces.
But German researchers at Geo Risk Research in Munich say this underestimates levels hitting sloped surfaces.
July 22, 2004 - 1:31AM
A young monkey at an Israeli zoo has started walking like a human following a near death experience, the zoo's veterinarian said.
Natasha, a small five-year-old black macaque monkey at the Safari Park next to Tel Aviv, began walking exclusively upright on two legs after a stomach ailment nearly killed her, zookeepers said.
Monkeys usually alternate between upright movement and walking on all fours. A picture in the Ma'ariv daily on Wednesday showed Natasha standing ramrod straight like a human. The picture was labelled humorously: The Missing Link?
Two weeks ago, Natasha and three other monkeys were diagnosed with severe stomach flu. At the zoo clinic, she slipped into critical condition, veterinarian Igal Horowitz said.
"I was sure that she was going to die," he said. "She could hardly breathe, and her heart was not functioning properly."
After intensive treatment, Natasha's condition stabilised, but she exhibited strange behaviour, and a day after was released from the clinic, she began walking erect like a human being.
"I've never seen or heard of this before," said Dr Horowitz. One possible explanation is brain damage from the illness, he said.
Besides her evolutionarily advanced method of movement, Dr Horowitz said, Natasha's behaviour had returned to normal.
Comment: The 100th Monkey theory suggests that once the first monkey learns something, it will propagate to others of its species. Given that George W. learned to walk a few years ago, this new evidence suggests that there is something to the 100th Monkey theory after all!
By Warren Lutz
FAIRFIELD -- Thirty years ago, Steve Moreno stood near the gates of Travis Air Force Base, trying to come to grips with his psychic experiences.
[...] Now 49, Moreno has a successful contracting business, keeps a tidy home on the edge of the military base, and has a wife and two kids. He laughs easily and listens well.
He also believes in UFOs, extraterrestrials and a satellite government. In fact, he doesn't just believe in such things. He has proof they exist, he said.
In the nearly 30 years since his near-death experience, Moreno has become Solano County's leading expert on all things paranormal and supernatural. Only now, he uses only science, not psychic ability, to explain such things as crop circles and straying spirits.
[...] Psi's Web site, www.psiapplications.com, is stacked with findings, Moreno's and others.
"All I am is just the messenger," he said. "I'm not creating any of this, it already exists. I've just brought all this documentation together and brought to one point."
Where we're headed
After years of research, Moreno has discovered common threads in his findings.
He also believes the Earth's resources are quickly running out - but that humans could be saved by a benevolent intelligence from beyond.
"All roads point to 2012 being the point of no return," he said. "We'll still survive, it's not going to be like, 'lights out.' It's going to be a slow burn in hell. All the money and all the power in the world is not going to make a darn bit of difference."
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