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| American sunset
Look dear! Don't the chemtrails look lovely tonight
| By John Kaminski
| Oh, the gnashing of teeth, the beating
of breasts, the wailings of woe.
Bush and the Republicans stole the election! Big surprise, eh?
The neocon Nazis have done nothing but break the law since before
they ever took office. You were expecting fair play from them, perchance?
Much as I admire many of my friends who are desperately trying
to tell everyone that the exit polls matched the election results
in all the states with a paper trail, but didn't in states without
one — suspiciously and substantially favoring Bush instead
— they all are, to put it politely, whizzing into the wind.
Perhaps they hope to find a prosecutor aspiring to career suicide,
or maybe a judge who wishes to see his family killed in some kind
of odd accident, an inexplicable plane crash, perhaps.
Of course, it is of some substantive concern that the American
electoral process has been placed in the hands of partisan corporations,
guaranteeing about as much integrity as typical government reports
saying antidepressants are good for children, or the feds have no
idea who committed the anthrax murders, or corporations should not
be held liable for their lethal products because it's bad for business.
Your vote didn't count last time. Why would you expect it would
And anyway, here's a more important question.
How, in an election year where the central questions should have
been about waging wars based on well-known lies and throwing away
the lives of American soldiers chasing phantoms who don't exist
— as well as questioning the cynical coverup of the greatest
crime in American history, which 3,000 Americans were murdered by
these same phantoms .... how could these momentous questions be
overshadowed on election day by a relatively irrelevant brouhaha
about gay marriage?
In fact, it was because the loyal opposition chose not to mention
these issues, but instead participated in the media coverup of these
crimes, because in fact there is only one party in this country
— the party of the banks. On that level this election was
a complete sham. There was no real contest. So why are you so upset
about the results of an election in which both candidates were saying
the same thing? Hell, it’s only too appropriate the results
were manipulated, given the insincere similarity of the candidates.
Evil electronic electioneering and deliberately distracting debates
are not the top stories of this election.
When all was said and done, your vote didn't really matter because
John Kerry essentially agreed with everything Bush had done during
his capital- crime-plagued first term. (Capital crimes, as in treason
and mass murder.) Kerry promised to INCREASE the war effort in Iraq.
He accepts the reality of the cover story of Arab hijackers. He
helped write the Patriot Act. Fifteen years ago, he helped cover
up the BCCI scandal, another one of the great robberies in American
So why are so many so upset that Republican vote-counting executives
stole the election for Bush in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, and God knows
where else? We know having Kerry, Bush's fraternity brother, in
the White House would have made absolutely no difference in terms
of government policy.
So why is everyone so upset that Kerry so quickly conceded, getting
himself out that contrived dog-and-pony show as fast as possible?
Why is anyone upset that Kerry lost? Nothing would have changed!
Why bother working to overturn an election when success would mean
installing a candidate who would do nothing different from the man
who won? Now that’s what I call a totally futile effort.
No, there is a bigger question than vote fraud, or the manipulation
of public opinion by unscrupulous media corporations, or the fact
that the two political parties are actually one, and that the loyal
opposition seeks only to emulate the party in power rather than
oppose it, which means it no longer has a chance of winning anything.
The biggest question of all is about the caliber — and the
sanity — of the American people.
The mask is off now.
The lies used to justify the continuing slaughter of innocent people
in Iraq fester like an infected scab on the psyche of the American
people, who have become so twisted in their pursuit of narcotized
tranquility that they are now even cheering the deaths of their
own children who come home in boxes we are not allowed to see. How
much more insane can it get before blissful blackness will alleviate
If souls were faces, Americans would gaze into their bathroom mirrors
each morning and see their rotting skin covered with oozing sores,
putrescent pustules of their suicidal disease caused by their intransigent
focus on tormenting trivialities, caused by their willing ignorance
of their soldiers — their own children — raping Iraqi
children, blowing Iraqi families to bits, then, as their deeds set
into their curdled spirits, coming home and hanging themselves in
the shattering silence of realizing their own horrified depravity.
Do you have a child in the military?
Chances are fairly good — if he is still alive — he
has become a murderer, or a rapist, or that he has become sickened
to the point that his life is ruined, which means that your life
is ruined, if you have any feelings at all.
This is America 2004. A willing blindness drapes the land like
a shroud, where old men beat their war drums and young men say,
“hey, this is really cool!” in the millisecond before
they lose a limb to a land mine, or frag an unknown family into
bleeding bits of twitching protoplasm.
Americans have not only lost their souls into insane religious
practices, they’ve lost their brains as well. What other country
on Earth can’t even keep track of its own voting process,
that offers two candidates who are handpicked androids of the power
elite, who both cheerily endorse senseless killing of people already
oppressed by enemies invented by the very people who fight them?
I ask again: Do you have a child in the military?
Because if you don’t, you will soon. What will you do when
your child is drafted into the military and sent to Iraq to kill
innocent people for reasons that you know in your heart are lies?
Will you wave your flag, like most Americans do, just as you have
dutifully cast your vote?
The election is over. It didn’t matter who won. What matters
is that America has lost, and Americans eagerly helped her lose,
just as Americans eagerly kill people all over the world for reasons
that they know are lies. Since both candidates were pursuing the
same policies in regard to making unjust war, in this election,
Americans voted overwhelmingly — almost 100 percent —
to kill their own children for reasons that they know are lies.
And kill anyone else within convenient shooting distance.
Long live the empire. Let the killing continue.
Stop whining about the vote. You got exactly what you deserved.
A homicidal liar with the weaponry — and the willingness —
to kill everyone on the planet.
This is the new American dream, and it’s your worst nightmare.
You have only yourself to thank for not paying attention. Have
a nice day.
John Kaminski’s essays have appeared on hundreds of websites
around the world and have been collected into two anthologies. The
latest, titled “The Perfect Enemy,” is available at
Killed Like Caesar of Old?
With Arafat Gone Israel Prepares to Move Toward End Game
| MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 6
He may not yet be 'clinically
dead', or the more important reality for some may be 'legally dead'
as all the secret bank accounts and properties are grabbed by those
around him...but even the President of the United States has already
addressed his death saying 'God Bless His Soul'.
But how is he dead? The circumstances, the timing, the method,
the exiled 'wife' wisking him off to Paris; all extraordinarily
suspicious when the pieces are all put together. Just an old man
who caught the flu and quickly deteriorated despite teams of doctors
and the best medical care? Or like Caesar of old -- done in by his
long-time enemies and some insiders he thought to be his friends?
We're not dealing here with casual and easily discredited 'conspiracy
theories'. Rather we're dealing with a great deal of historical
and circumstantial evidence few remember as well as some crucial
factual clues unknown beyond Palestinian circles.
Arafat was assassinated by blood poisoning by the Israelis working
with some insiders is the conclusion of Professor Hisham Ahmed.
Professor Ahmed lives in Ramallah near the headquarters where Arafat
was under house imprisonment for nearly three years. He teaches
Political Science at Bir Zeit University and has his Ph.D. from
the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught at
a number of American Universities and been a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Ahmed was born in Deheishe Refugee Camp near Bethlehem and he
is an astute observer of Palestinian affairs and indeed of international
The interview late yesterday with Professor Ahmed is being prepared
and will be available here from MER very soon.
US war planes
have struck parts of the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi for
more than 24 hours, the military has said, as the threat of all-out
The aerial bombardment accompanied increased ground fire on Falluja
in a bid to turn up the heat on the anti-American forces the US
believes are holed up inside.
"First Marine Expeditionary Force conducted coordinated offensive
operations in and around the Falluja-Ramadi area," the military
said in a statement on Saturday, without specifying where the strikes
It "destroyed three barricaded fighting positions, an anti-aircraft
weapon and a weapons cache".
The latest wave of four air raids, in support of ground troops,
began at 3.30am (0030 GMT) on Friday and finished at 12.20am on
More than 1000 US and Iraqi troops have gathered around the fringes
of Falluja, 50km west of Baghdad, since mid-October, while the US
military is doubling its manpower in Ramadi to 2000 amid expectations
of a two-pronged show-down to crush Iraq's nerve centres of anti-US
Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said
on Friday from Brussels that the chance for a peaceful resolution
to the standoff was dimming.
Many of Falluja's 300,000 inhabitants are thought
to have already fled to makeshift camps to the west or sought refuge
in Baghdad, while US planes have been dropping leaflets urging those
few remaining to leave.
All roads in and out of the city have been closed except for possibly
one rural road through the towns of Khan Dhari and Amiryat al-Falluja
west of the Iraqi capital, which was last reported to be open on
A government-backed delegation of four members of the interim parliament
has been negotiating with leaders from Falluja, but hopes for a
peaceful settlement are fading fast.
"The encircling of the city has increased. Things are getting
worse," said one member of the negotiating team from the national
Despite the desperate need for talks, the Falluja officials, who
first went to Baghdad on 27 October in the latest round of discussions,
had not been in touch for three days, the mediator said.
"We are trying to get in touch. We'll try again," he
said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Earlier discussions between Baghdad and Falluja delegates collapsed
in mid-October after Allawi threatened them with invasion if they
did not surrender Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other suspected Muslim
fighters believed to be using the city as an operating base.
City leaders insist that the Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi, wanted
for a string of deadly attacks and beheading of hostages, does not
In a sign of an intensified effort to crush pockets of resistance
before national elections promised by January, US marines south
of Baghdad, with help from Iraq's fledgling security forces, claimed
to have captured 41 suspected anti-US forces in a series of raids.
'Captured or killed'
The American troops "are going to make
the terrorists taste defeat. The more bitter, the better,"
declared Colonel Ron Johnson in a separate statement.
The fighters "will be captured or they will
be killed. Either way, they will be ushered off the Iraqi stage."
The Friday raids took place in northern Babil, which spans through
Mahmudiya, Latifiya and Iskandariya the "triangle of death"
and is believed to have strong ties to Falluja and Ramadi to the
A British battle group arrived in the region late last month from
the relative calm of southern Iraq to free up US troops for the
expected Falluja assault.
Well, that's it. The great American electoral
agon is over at last. Now George W. Bush -- the duly elected, finally
legitimate president of the United States -- can get back to doing
what he does best: killing people for corporate profit and personal
Yes, it's a hard blow for the world. Yes, it's a deep shame for
American democracy, poisoned by lies, fear, greed and hysteria.
Yes, it means that tens of thousands of innocent
people will now be killed -- by more war, more neglect, more ignorance,
more repression, more brutality, more hatred, more fanaticism. Yes,
it means that the planet will be gashed with more wounds, smeared
with more filth, left to wither and die. Yes, it's a giant
step backward for the human spirit, back to the muck of arbitrary
rule by vicious elites and their ham-fisted goons, their well-wadded
courtiers, their yapping sycophants. Yes, it means that somewhere
out there, in the blood-dimmed haze of a dark age falling, Lucifer
and bin Laden are lighting cigars and raising a glass to toast the
victory of their good friend George.
These are the facts, and they can't be altered. But how to respond
to this catastrophe? Shall we weep, moan, rend our garments, cover
ourselves with sackcloth and ashes? Shall we sit upon the ground
and tell sad stories of the death of republics? Shall we cower in
the shadows and sing glamorous dirges for the Lost Cause, for vanished
glories and broken dreams?
Or shall we come out fighting, unbowed, heads high, laughing fools
to scorn, rejecting at every turn the moral authority of murderers
and thieves to rule our lives, determine our reality, act in our
name? Let's dispense with lamentation --
give not a single moment to that emotional indulgence -- and get
right back to work, more determined than ever to bear down harder,
dig deeper and excavate the radioactive nuggets of truth still glowing
beneath the slag-heap of ruin that Bush and his terrorist partners
have made of the world.
Let's fight, let's reject, let's resist -- without violence, the
weapon of the stupid, the hormonal secretion of evolutionary backsliders
in thrall to the chemical soup in their heads, dull primitives dressing
up their ape-lust for power with scraps of religion, philosophy
and cant. Let's fight these pathetic, malfunctioning wretches who
lay their hands on our world and rape it like beasts in a mindless
rut. Fight them with the truths we find, exposing
their crimes and deadly hypocrisies to the people they've suckered,
perverted and betrayed.
This is not an insurmountable task, no matter how impervious the
Bush Machine -- that monstrous conglomeration of judicial bagmen,
Congressional rubber stamps, hard-right media moguls, dopehead radio
ranters, sex-crazed theocrats, neo-conservatives, neo-Confederates,
war profiteers, think-tank bleaters, Wall Street sharks, oilmen,
Moonies, gun nuts and woman-haters -- might appear at the moment.
Let's look at the facts. Despite four years
of the most relentless barrage of propaganda, deceit, misinformation
and fearmongering ever hurled against a free society, more than
55 million people voted to reject Bush and all his works:
his Hitlerite policy of aggressive war; his gulag system of torture
and lawless detention; his savage assault on civil rights, the environment,
working people and the poor; his systematic destruction of social
programs; his transfer of sovereignty from individuals and communities
to the iron grip of his corporate donors; his trashing of hard-won
international agreements on nuclear weapons, conventional arms,
war crimes, global warming, the rights of women and the protection
of children; his unleashing of rabid religious zealots into the
bowels of government to set policies on science, health, education,
welfare, while sucking up billions in public money to fund their
Such mass dissent -- even in "wartime," in the face
of the Machine -- is surely cause for hope. Moreover, recent academic
studies show that a large majority of Bush supporters actually disagree
with him on everything from the Kyoto Protocol to missile defense
to international law to workers' rights -- but somehow believe that
he shares their views. Most Bush-backers also still believe that
Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida colluded in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
and that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction -- yet this same majority
says that the conquest of Iraq would be illegitimate if there were
no WMD and no 9/11 connection. Thus more than half of the Bush voters
on Tuesday oppose his actual policies, including the criminal war
in Iraq -- they just don't know it yet, because they're mired in
carefully cultivated delusion.
Of course, many Bush voters are willfully
deluded, glad to be suckered and betrayed. They love the ludicrous
puppet-show of his supposed greatness, his all-seeing wisdom, his
mandate from God. They get teary-eyed
at the thought of his honesty and goodness -- while he kills 100,000
innocent people in Iraq, as a new medical study shows, with
a brutally stupid military aggression based on lies and fantasies,
fomenting more terrorism with each new barbarity and gorging his
cronies on blood money. This hard core will never respond to the
But if we can enlighten even the smallest percentage of Bush's
razor-thin majority, then support for his murderous folly and waste
will quickly erode. One by one, the puppet-strings
will snap, and America's headlong plunge into tyranny, bigotry and
endless imperial war can perhaps -- perhaps -- be halted, even reversed.
It's worth the fight. Let's take it on, let's take them down.
In the words of the old spiritual, let us be in no ways tired. The
road back to sanity and justice starts now.
Police officers are familiar with the phenomenon
whereby an individual - through despair, desperation, and/or insanity
- orchestrates an event that forces the police to end their life.
The technical term is "victim precipitated homicide."
The police call it "suicide by cop."
Examining the results of the presidential race, we're now faced
with an electorate - motivated by a combination of fear, hatred,
and religious/cultural intolerance - that seek to destroy the very
heart of our democracy through the voting booth.
Let's call it "suicide by ballot."
Fifty-nine million Americans - a slight but sufficient majority
- will not have the luxury to claim retroactive ignorance in the
years to come. George W. Bush, in his first
term as president, showed us his vision of America - where capitalism
means corporate welfare and unbridled greed, where U.S. soldiers
are handmaidens to Halliburton, where the anti-abortion candidate
slaughters Iraqi children. With another term in office -
coupled with Republican gains in the House and Senate, and the attendant
freedom to replace retiring Supreme Court justices with radical
activists - Americaís dark fate has been sealed for decades
It's the will of the slim majority. As New York Times columnist
Thomas Friedman writes, the Bush supporters "don't just favor
different policies than I do - they favor a whole different kind
of America. We don't just disagree on what America should be doing;
we disagree on what America is."
Who are these people?
They support the separation of church and state in matters of
taxation, but believe we should have Christian prayers and the Ten
Commandments in public schools and courtrooms. They believe in God
and Jesus and a blissful afterlife in Heaven, but are irrationally
afraid of facing death in a terrorist attack.
They believe the government has no business
keeping track of gun purchases, but itís okay for the Justice
Department to monitor your medical history and check your library
interests, to search your house without your knowledge. They
argue for "less government interference" in peopleís
lives, while simultaneously arguing that women should be legally
forced to endure a full-term pregnancy, and that gay Americans should
be denied their civil rights. [...]
The so-called "cultural divide" may, in fact, be unbridgeable.
A Kerry campaign worker in West Virginia, working door-to-door,
reported an encounter with a six year old girl.
Upon seeing the "Kerry for President" literature, the
child said, "He's the man that kills babies," a reference
to Mr. Kerry's pro-choice stance. Obviously indoctrinated
by her parents, this illustrates the enormity of the challenge:
How do you reason with people who embrace
both Mr. Bushís pro-life rhetoric and his "bring-it-on"
In Ray Bradburyís prescient short story, "A Sound
of Thunder," several time travelers take a trip to the age
of dinosaurs. They depart just after a presidential election, celebrating
the loss of an extreme right-wing candidate: "If Deutscher
had gotten in, we'd have the worst kind of dictatorship. Thereís
an anti-everything man for you, a militarist, anti-human, anti-intellectual."
While in the past, one man inadvertently steps on an insect, setting
forth a chain of events over millions of years. When the men return
to the present, they find an altered world, an America leaning toward
fascism. Asking who won the election, theyíre told, "You
know damn well. Deutscher, of course! Who else? Not that damn weakling
Keith. We got an iron man now, a man with guts, by God!"
Mr. Bradbury suggests that humanitys core of decency is a fragile
thing, that seemingly minor events create opportunities for catastrophic
In his story, it all begins with the death of an insect.
Specifically, a butterfly.
In Palm Beach County, Florida, in 2000, candidate Pat Buchanan
received an unexpected 3,407 votes. Even he admitted it was a mistake,
the result of a confusing ballot; most of the votes were obviously
intended for Al Gore.
Those votes were far more than needed to tip the election away
from George W. Bush.
And this would have meant no war with Iraq,
which would have meant thousands of people still living who have
since been brutally killed. Its reasonable to speculate that
we would have seen the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden. Certainly
- barring the Iraq war and Mr. Bushís tax cuts for the wealthy
- we would not be facing record budget deficits as far as the eye
All resulting from a clumsy ballot layout.
Specifically, the infamous "butterfly" ballot.
A seemingly small thing, but the impact is immeasurable - and
itís only starting.
And it didnít take millions of years.
Boulder - At least 70 students worried about
war, a return of the draft and the future of the environment staged
an overnight protest in the Boulder High School library before leaving
peacefully this morning.
The students said they wanted assurances from political leaders
about the direction of the country.
Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., met with some of the students for about
an hour after they left the library at 7 a.m.
"We're worried that in four years we're
going to be at war with five countries and we're going to have no
trees," senior Cameron Ely-Murdock said. "I know that's
an extreme position, but I'm really worried about the draft."
[...] The sit-in began after school Thursday. The students, who
brought sleeping bags and food, said they were not protesting Bush's
re-election but were worried about the national debt, Iraq and other
"People are deciding stuff that's going to affect us, and
we didn't have a say in it," said Maisie Salinger, 15, a freshman
with a peace sign painted on her face.
The students said they wanted to talk to representatives of GOP
Gov. Bill Owens and U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo. Musgrave
sponsored the failed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
It was not clear whether either received a request or responded,
but Boulder County Republican Party vice chairman Bill Eckert met
with some students.
"They have every right to have their voices heard,"
"But their views are based on a lack of information
and knowledge, and I think we owe it to them to help alleviate their
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An error with an electronic
voting system gave President George W. Bush 3,893
extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.
Franklin County's unofficial results had
Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in
a precinct in Gahanna. Records show
only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.
Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder,
director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus
State and county election officials did not immediately respond
to requests by The Associated Press for more details about the voting
system and its vendor, and whether the error, if repeated elsewhere
in Ohio, could have affected the outcome.
Bush won the state by more than 136,000 votes, according to unofficial
results, and Kerry conceded the election on Wednesday after acknowledging
that 155,000 provisional ballots yet to be counted in Ohio would
not change the result.
The Secretary of State's Office said Friday it could not revise
Bush's total until the county reported the error.
The Ohio glitch is among a handful of computer troubles that have
emerged since Tuesday's elections.
In one North Carolina county, more than
4,500 votes were lost because officials mistakenly believed
a computer that stored ballots electronically could hold more data
than it did. And in San Francisco, a malfunction with custom voting
software could delay efforts to declare the winners of four races
for county supervisor.
In the Ohio precinct in question, the votes are recorded onto
a cartridge. On one of the three machines at that precinct, a malfunction
occurred in the recording process, Damschroder said. He
could not explain how the malfunction occurred.
Damschroder said people who had seen poll results on the election
board's website called to point out the discrepancy. The error would
have been discovered when the official count for the election is
performed later this month, he said.
The reader also recorded zero votes in a county commissioner race
on the machine.
Workers checked the cartridge against memory banks in the voting
machine and each showed that 115 people voted for Bush on that machine.
With the other machines, the total for Bush in the precinct added
up to 365 votes. [...]
Broward County corrected a computer glitch
Thursday that had miscounted thousands of absentee votes, instantly
turning a slot-machine measure from loser to winner and reinforcing
concerns about the accuracy of electronic election returns.
The bug, discovered two
years ago but never fixed, began subtracting votes after
the absentee tally hit 32,500 -- a ceiling put in place by the software
''Clearly it's a concern about the integrity of the voting system,''
said Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman, a canvassing board member
who was overseeing the count. ``This glitch needs to be fixed immediately.''
Florida's election chief, Secretary of State Glenda Hood, downplayed
the significance of a miscount she blamed on ''inadvertent human
error'' in the Broward elections office. Hood stressed that double-checking
procedures had caught what she described as an isolated error.
Hood maintained that the incident shows the system
worked. ``It's not a problem. . . . They made the correction.''
[...] Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Election
Reform Coalition, said such errors can undermine public confidence.
''The bigger picture is that it cast doubt
on the accuracy of the elections,'' she said. To resolve
any concerns, Rodriguez-Taseff said Broward should recount everything
-- not just absentees.
The miscounted votes were the second major flaw
in Broward's election, which was also marred when thousands said
they didn't get their absentee ballots in the mail.
''I wish it hadn't happened, in that we're trying to regain credibility
for this office,'' Snipes said. ``But people will have to look at
the whole issue and put it in perspective.''
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Police arrested 57 people
Wednesday as nearly 2,000 protesters decried the re-election of
George W. Bush and the continuing war in Iraq.
San Francisco police said the large demonstration that started
around 5 p.m. was peaceful, but a smaller group of about 150 later
splintered and marched through Civic Center and the Tenderloin.
Fifty six were cited and released and one protester was arrested
for assaulting an officer.
Officer Maria Oropeza said the protester was seen throwing a glass
bottle at officers. Shards of glass from the shattered bottle flew
at officers but did not cause any injuries, she said.
Raucous demonstrators chanted "We're going to beat back the
Bush attack, get the troops out of Iraq."
Anti-Bush signs were in abundance, proclaiming "Nov. 2, 2004
-- a sad day" and "Overthrow King Bush." One man
held a sign that said "Stop mad cowboy disease."
"I want Bush to know that just because he won the election
he doesn't have a mandate and needs to listen to other perspectives,"
Liz Farinella, 35 of Oakland, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
A large truck carrying drummers in orange T-shirts led the procession
down the Market Street.
About a dozen Bush supporters, wielding signs that read "The
silent majority has spoken" also showed up and marched behind
"I'm in this to promote the fact that we won," said
Victor Tracey, 20, a San Francisco State University student.
OTTAWA - Canada is starting to look like a
pretty good place to live for thousands of Americans who are unhappy
about George W. Bush winning the presidential election.
The self-assessment pages most popular Canada's
official immigration website is receiving a record number of visits
since Bush won a second term, and most of the hits are from the
Within hours of Bush's acceptance speech Wednesday, six times
more Americans than usual surfed the site.
There were about 179,000 visitors to the site Wednesday, almost
twice the previous one-day record set last year. About 64 per cent
of those visitors were Americans. [...]
A North American travel card and hi-tech scanners
are being looked at by U.S. officials to nab terrorists and beef
up border security. The card, which would
be for use by Canadian, Mexican and U.S. citizens for travel in
North America, could help curb the use of phony documents,
said Robert Mocny, the deputy director of U.S. homeland security.
"Fraudulent documents are a huge concern," Mocny has
said. He said no decision has been made on the use of the cards.
His officials are also testing cutting-edge technology to scan
information from travellers as they leave the U.S.
The system is to be operational by June, when travellers
will be required to report to border agents as they exit the U.S.
A document given on entry will be automatically scanned as the
person leaves. "We are working to digitize the border,"
he said at a downtown Toronto hotel. "We want to know who is
knocking at our door."
Mocny and his officials were visiting Toronto and Montreal yesterday
to talk to trade and trucking groups about the U.S.-VISIT program,
which requires everyone except Canadian citizens to be photographed
and finger-scanned before they're allowed into the United States.
"This applies to anyone who requires a visa," he said.
"It is a simple process that enhances the security of the U.S."
He said nationals of 27 countries who wouldn't
normally need visas for the U.S. will have to undergo the finger-scan
Mocny said U.S.-VISIT is being tested next week at the Blue Water
Bridge in Sarnia. It will be installed by Dec. 31 at 17 crossings
along the Canada-U.S. border.
The new measures will not cause delays at the border because they
take only about 15 seconds, officials said. The fingerprints will
be compared against 1.2 million in U.S. police databases, Mocny
OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) - A man shot and killed
his girlfriend and another person at a suburban Milwaukee hotel
Friday, then sprayed a hallway with bullets, wounding two others,
The gunman - who was wearing body armour
and had a fully automatic weapon and a handgun - then took
another guest hostage before releasing him unharmed a 30 minutes
later, Police Chief Thomas Bauer said. The suspect was then arrested.
The gunman fired 30 to 40 rounds in the rampage, Bauer said. His
name was not immediately released.
Two victims were taken to hospitals, and Bauer said he believed
they were seriously wounded.
Investigators believe the shooting started in the middle of the
night after the gunman had a fight with his girlfriend in their
room at the Comfort Suites and she called relatives to pick her
The man killed his girlfriend, then shot to death a hotel guest
who stepped into the hallway after hearing the noise, Bauer said.
The gunman then fired down two hallways, took another guest hostage
and called Milwaukee TV station WITI, which transferred the call
to police, Bauer said.
Robin Martin, 41, said he woke up and opened his door on the third
floor to investigate a noise.
"Half a dozen guys in SWAT outfits,
automatic weapons and sidearms were in the hall. It scared the hell
out of me," Martin said. "One of the men said,
'Sir, shut the door.' I did so immediately."
Another lawsuit has been filed
against top officials in the Bush administration, accusing them
of complicity in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon.
William Rodriguez, a former maintenance worker at the World Trade
Center, has filed suit in a Philadelphia federal court naming George
Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others as being complicit
in the 9-11 attacks. Rodriguez claims that top officials either
planned the attacks or had foreknowledge of the attacks and permitted
them to succeed for the purpose of exploiting a “New Pearl
Harbor” in order to launch wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.
The lawsuit—Rodriguez v. Bush, et al., Civil Action No. 04
CV 4952—was filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia
on Oct. 22.
The phrase "new Pearl Harbor" comes
from a declaration of principles by the neo-conservative Project
for the New American Century. In it, the neo-cons proposed that
an event is needed to propel American public opinion toward supporting
the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and U.S. military domination of
the Middle East.
"The official story of what actually
took place on 9-11 is a lie," Philip Berg, Rodriguez’s
attorney, told Margaret Atheling Rowe of yuba.net, an Internet news
site. “We do not pretend to have put together a full and definitive
account of how, and by whom, the attacks were carried out. But information
reported in the mainstream media, and viewed in the light of common
sense and the laws of physics, demonstrates that the official story,
examined closely, is not credible.
Berg is also the attorney for Ellen Mariani, the wife of Louis
Neil Mariani, who died when United Air Lines flight 175 was flown
into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9-11.
The official story contains an alarming number of inconsistencies
and implausibilities, said Berg.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican-born maintenance worker
at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, rescued 15 people.
Rodriguez, who had the master key to the North Tower staircases,
unlocked doors and led firefighters up the stairwell, aiding in
the evacuation of hundreds of additional people who might have otherwise
Rodriguez re-entered the building three times after the first plane
struck, and was the last person to exit the North Tower alive except
for those few survivors later pulled from the rubble. He survived
the collapse of the North Tower by diving beneath a fire truck to
avoid the avalanche of concrete and steel. After on-site treatment
for his injuries, Rodriguez plunged right back into the rescue efforts.
The next morning, Rodriguez returned to the site to continue to
aid in rescue efforts.
Later, Rodriguez became an unofficial spokesman for survivors and
helped in the creation of the World Trade Center Memorial Fund.
Berg, a former deputy attorney general in Pennsylvania,
maintains that many prominent figures in politics, the military
and the mass media consider the official story of 9-11 to be untrue.
But while the truth is emerging bit by bit, thanks to anonymous
whistleblowers and independent researchers, “to
date no one with the stake in being a senator, a presidential candidate,
or a media celebrity has found the courage to risk being ridiculed
as a ‘tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist.’ ”
Berg points out that the only senator who has dared to publicly
question even parts of the official story, Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.),
has received threats ominous enough to compel him to shut down his
Washington office until after the coming election.
In his interview with yuba.net, Berg continues:
Some facts cannot be denied. Clearly, 9-11 was carried out by more
than one person. Therefore, by definition, there was a conspiracy.
What we’re arguing is that the true conspirators have abused
their enormous power and the trust of the American people to concoct
and to sell to the world a false conspiracy theory, to justify war
and mass murder for economic and political gain.
Since the neo-cons, allied with the president,
said in almost so many words that they wished for a new Pearl Harbor,
why dismiss out of hand an allegation that they used their undeniably
sufficient power to actually bring it about? Why has there
been no full and transparent investigation? Isn’t it shocking
that the federal government grabbed up all of the physical evidence,
and that no police authority has conducted a true criminal investigation
into 3,000 homicides?
Instead of due process of law, government officials and the mass
media convicted Osama bin Laden, and had names and photos of his
19 accomplices on the Internet, literally within hours of the attacks.
Asked why he decided to bring this controversial lawsuit, Rodriguez
said that having survived the World Trade Center disaster when so
many did not, he feels he must learn the truth of what happened
on that day.
"If what the government has told us
about 9-11 is a lie," said Rodriguez, "somebody has to
take action to reveal the truth. If suing President Bush is what
I have to do to accomplish that, so be it."
Falluja - a predominantly Sunni Muslim town 50km (30 miles) west of
Baghdad - has emerged as one of the main obstacles to the US and Iraqi
governments as they attempt to pacify Iraq.
a thriving city, Fallujah has been reduced to rubble and hundreds
of its inhabitants murdered by the US military
The town has gained a reputation as the heart of the resistance,
where the most wanted man in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is said
to be hiding out with his bands of suicide bombers and hostage-takers.
It is also a stronghold of Saddam Hussein loyalists.
"Falluja is a cancer," said
US Maj Gen Richard Natonski, whose 1st Marine Division have massed
on the outskirts of the city.
"We can't have a sanctuary for the enemy and expect to make
progress," he said last week.
"It's a rats' nest but if we
have to go in and clear it out we will," he added. [...]
DUBAI (Reuters) - A group led
by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appealed on Friday to Iraqi
militants holding an Iraqi-British aid worker to free her unless
she was proven to be a spy, a message posted on an Islamic Web site
The unknown militant group holding Margaret Hassan, director of
Care International's now halted operations in Iraq, has threatened
to turn her over to Zarqawi's group unless British troops quit Iraq.
"We call on those responsible for her abduction to free her
... unless there is proof of her being an agent," Zarqawi's
group said in the message.
It said the captors were obligated to publish any evidence they
might hold against her. The message could not be immediately authenticated.
"Those who use this hostage like a playing
card have not understood our religion well," the message said.
"We announce to the whole world that if they hand over this
hostage to us we would release her immediately unless it is proven
that she plotted against Muslims," it added.
Two Palestinian children have
been killed in an explosion in south Gaza.
Hospital sources said seven-year-old Ahmed al-Smari and his eight-year-old
cousin, Mohammed, died when a tank shell
hit their home in Khan Younis.
An Israeli army spokesman has categorically denied that the Israeli
forces were operating in the area at the time of the explosion.
The Israeli spokesman speculated that the explosion was caused
by a roadside device intended for Israeli forces.
Two Israeli soldiers suffered minor injuries on Friday when explosive
devises went off during an operation near the Gaza-Egyptian border.
Reports say three Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in
Gaza on Thursday in the Bureij refugee camp. According to an Israeli
army statement, a tank had targeted four Palestinians carrying an
The Gaza Strip has been occupied by Israel since it captured the
territory in the 1967 war.
LEMSFORD, AR - So slight residents in Mississippi
County didn't even feel it, but experts say there was an earthquake
there on Wednesday.
The University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information
in Tennessee reported the 1.9 magnitude earthquake.
Researchers said it was about 2.5 miles west of Lemsford in northeast
Arkansas. A geologist said residents probably wouldn't have
even felt it.
Tehran, Nov 5, IRNA -- An earthquake measuring
3.8 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale shook the city
of Nahbandan in the Southern Khorassan province on Friday.
According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics
Institute, the tremor occurred at 10:28 hours a.m local time (0658
There were no reports of any casualty or damage to property caused
by the quake.
Iran is situated on some of the world's most active seismic fault
lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are of usual occurrence.
MT. ST. HELENS - Still going up...
Scientists say the lava dome in the crater of Mount St. Helens
has risen more than 300 feet in the past nine days.
The magma pushing up inside the volcano is making the lava dome
grow vertically. It has grown outward about only 90 feet in places.
The U.S. Geological Survey says even though the new rock is about
1,000 degrees it has not yet melted the crater glacier.
The lava dome is steaming and the plume occasionally reaches an
altitude of 11,000 feet -- about 2,600 feet above the crater rim.
The steam has dropped a small amount of ash on the south flanks
of the mountain.
Scientists continue to monitor the volcano, taking rock and gas
samples and measuring its changing shape.
KENT - Its a "chilling" mystery --
how did chunks of ice wind up in an 8-year-old's bed in Kent?
Troy Hualte and his family came home Thursday night around 6 p.m.
from their daughter's ballet practice and weren't prepared for what
"I tucked my ballet shoes under my bed," 8-year-old
Breeze Haulte. "Then I saw a big hole
in the ceiling. I turned the light on immediately... and
ran out and got my dad."
"My daughter went into her room to put her things away and
came out quickly and said 'Dad, there's something silver hanging
over my bed,'" her father Troy added.
That "something silver" was insulation. There was a
hole in the ceiling. On her bed were grapefruit-sized
"I climbed up on the roof and noticed that there was one
very large hole and must have busted whatever it was up on impact,"
Understandably, it left Breeze a little uneasy.
"She was frightened last night," her mom Rachel said.
"She didn't want to come and get her pajamas out of her dresser
and she slept in her brother's room (Thursday) night and then she
came into our room last night scared that it might happen again."
Troy called the FAA and was told the ice
probably did not come from a plane. The ice in his daughter's
room was clear. Ice chunks that fall from passing planes are blue.
But the FAA will investigate.
In the meantime, the mystery continues.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Wet snow blanketed
parts of Texas, closing roads and cutting power to thousands.
The heaviest accumulation Tuesday was more than a foot in the
Lubbock area, where the storm closed four roads and left 10,000
to 15,000 homes without electricity.
The Texas Panhandle saw as many as 8 inches, according to the
National Weather Service.
“The snow is extremely wet and heavy, and it came with bad
wind,” National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Ellis
Many of the outages came when wind gusts up to 45 mph caused tree
limbs to break and knock out power lines, Ellis said. [...]
(Australia) - THE DRIEST October since 1991
will leave many of the district's farmers with yields barley high
enough to cover their input costs.
Most towns have registered at least 20 millimetres of rainfall
less than their averages, a figure that will no doubt raise the
blood pressure of farmers heading in to harvest.
In 1991 Murray Bridge received 1.8mm, Kar-oonda 2mm and Meningie
This season's dry spell may mean yields for many farmers will
reach only 25 per cent of those in 2003.
Not only has the region missed out on vital rain, but it has also
experienced extremely hot weather, including
the hottest October day ever recorded (records date back
to 1966), on October 12, when it reached 39.7 degrees.
California firm will make recombinant drug for strategic national
| LOIS R. EMBER
Chemical & Engineering News
November 5, 2004
Secretary of the Department of Health &
Human Services Tommy G. Thompson has announced an $877.5 million
contract to VaxGen to produce 75 million doses of a new recombinant
anthrax vaccine. VaxGen—a spin-off of the biotech firm Genentech—is
receiving the first contract under the 2004 Project Bioshield Act.
To prevent cost overruns, HHS has negotiated a fixed-price award
with the company.
The vaccine, a purified recombinant protective antigen (rPA) against
anthrax toxins, will be delivered within two years to the strategic
national stockpile. The stockpile was set
up under Project Bioshield.
According to HHS, the vaccine has undergone animal testing that
demonstrates that it is effective in protecting against aerosol
exposure to anthrax spores. Clinical trials have shown it to be
safe in humans.
The Food & Drug Administration, however, has not reviewed
safety and efficacy data on the vaccine, and probably won’t
for several years. Bioshield allows the vaccine
to be used before FDA approval if the Centers for Disease Control
& Prevention declares an emergency.
Unlike the current anthrax vaccine, which requires a series of
six shots, the new vaccine is being evaluated as a three-dose vaccination
series. The contract for 75 million doses thus translates to sufficient
vaccine to protect 25 million people.
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
at Fort Detrick, Md., conducted initial work on the rPA vaccine.
In 2002, VaxGen licensed the Army’s product and NIH’s
National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID),
which is part of HHS, funded the company’s efforts to develop
a manufacturing process. This funding under
Project Bioshield is part of the government’s effort to speed
up research on new medical countermeasures against potential bioterror
In a press release announcing the award, NIAID Director Anthony
S. Fauci said, “In an exceptionally short period of time,
we have dramatically accelerated our research capacity to develop
a new medical countermeasure against one of the most deadly agents
AP - As NASA's Mars rovers keep rolling past
all expectations of their useful lives, scientists have a happy
mystery: For some reason one of the vehicles has actually gained
The rover Opportunity recently experienced
an unexplained rejuvenation from what can so far be described only
as two or three significant "cleaning events," said
Jim Erickson, the rover project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena.
"Now we're assuming they're cleaning, but all we can really
say is that overnight the solar panels produced between two and
five per cent additional power immediately," he said.
"We're surmising that for some reason dust is being removed
from the solar panel and that's increasing the efficiency of the
sunlight being converted to electricity."
The rover team has been bandying theories about, but has not yet
worked out the cause.
"One favourite is that a dust devil happened to pick the
vehicle to go through and go over the surface of it and clean it
off a little bit," Erickson said. [...]
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