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If you can't stand the heat of Objective Reality, get out of the kitchen!
November 24, 2003
The well laid plans of the elite are beginning to take a very definite shape: Police brutality, clamp downs on rights, martial law. The dark hand that has for so long manipulated world events is being seen more and more. US and Israeli intelligence agencies are behind "terror attacks", yet there is no real terror threat to speak of EXCEPT US and Israeli intelligence gangs. Sharon wants the world to hate Jews, Bush and Blair want the world to hate Arabs; if the people do not comply they will be massacred until they do.
Meanwhile US troops are treating Iraqi schoolgirls to the joys of "freedom and democracy" by frisking them on their way to school, as their fathers are thrown into a nearby compound with bags tied over their heads.
Israel expels three Palestinians from the West Bank. Not surprisingly, Sharon sics Mossad on Iran's alleged nuclear program. If Bush doesn't take care of Iran, Sharon will make sure the job is done.
Speaking of Bush, the mainstream media in the US continues to push the idea that Bush has a 52% approval rating. Democrats hit back at Bush's first campaign ad for the 2004 election. It appears that the smoke and mirrors will continue to convince most Americans that democracy and dissent are still allowed in the Land of the Free, even as a teacher is chastised for expressing her disapproval of Dubya.
A letter to Rense.com very accurately describes the type of mind behind many of today's CoIntelPro operations. And we should know.
Bush's entourage wrecked the Queen's garden during their visit, couldn't have happened to a nicer Monarch. Why didn't she boot him out the door? She's the queen, after all?
Another helicopter crashes, this time in Afghanistan. But never fear, UAVs will soon ensure that no American lives are lost when conducting "peacekeeping" operations.
New Zealand's Prime Minister is searched for explosives at an Australian airport, a fire rages through a Moscow hostel, a sniper stalks Norway, sky watchers pay through the nose for a glimpse of the first solar eclipse in Antarctica in recorded history, and Las Vegas will soon be very thirsty. Oh, and for your health's sake, lay off the cornflake sandwiches.
One by one, the world’s terror attacks bear more of the hallmarks of US Intelligence, “Black Ops,” than of Islamic terrorism. The signs are unmistakable, the CIA backed industrio-religious crusaders are staging terror campaigns throughout the world - absolutely - positively.
The despicable US media giants were silent when undisputed proof surfaced that the CIA, NSA, British Intelligence, the US Secret Service and the FBI were all involved in the May 16th 2002 blast in a Philippine hotel room when their agent, Michael Meiring accidently blew his own legs off while constructing a bomb which was intended, if ignited as planned, to be a staged “Al Queda” terror attack, justifying a tightened US- Philippine military alliance.
Meiring who operated under the cover of being a treasure hunter was in fact a CIA operative under the direct protection of the White House (As evidenced by his swift NSA/FBI medivac to San Diego after blowing his own legs off). The US spook spent 10 years on assignment associating with Islamic groups, Abu Sayef, MNLF, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and other Philippine based Islamic groups, supplying them with US counterfeit notes (Courtesy of US intelligence) and bomb making materials so that they may create terrorist mayhem within the Philippines, giving the US a pretext to move in and, “help,” just like in Indonesia - just like nearly everywhere else these Mafia-like thugs can plant their terror and, “protection,” racket.
Meiring called his front company, Paruosia International Trading Incorporated Paruosia, in Christian fundamentalist lingo, means “Second coming of Christ.” - These intelligence asset/crusader types can’t resist revealing clues to their delusions of righteous grandeur.
What was the coverage from the CIA controlled propaganda machines, CNN, Fox and the rest regarding this explosive story of a CIA agent caught planting a terrorist bomb? - Zippo. Not a single mention of Meiring - Nothing.
Thanks to the CIA’s complete infiltration of the US major media and the collusion of media editors and journalists in this crusade and thanks to the cowardly and obedient journalists who are supposed to write about the real nature of this crusade, and thanks and to a population who’s minds have been so fabulously obliterated by years of programming by the mind slum that is television, the crusaders have had a free ride. After all these years infiltrating and or buying the media they have created their own consent machine, giving themselves a perpetual green light.
One by one you will see staged “Islamic Terrorist,” attacks throughout South East Asia. Up next Thailand. Since it would be patently ridiculous to claim that there are viable Islamic terrorist groups in Thailand the CIA/CNN lie being released into the LieScape is that Al Queda terrorists are using Thailand as a “Safe Haven.”
And of course Indonesia and the Philippines will continue to receive the heaviest brunt of these crusaders’ attacks
The crusaders know that their window of opportunity is closing fast - awareness is building throughout the world that it is in fact the dark hand of this group of US covert operators who is actually behind every single terror attack in the world - so the Bushes know that they must terrorize now before the world’s populations rise up, destroy their own complicit lying governments and take up arms against US interests around the world. But since the Bush filth and his type lack the skills to formulate a complete and total plan for global conquest, the extent of their current plan is to create as much terror and destabilization as they can and only afterwards, somehow hope to reap benifit and profit from all the apocalyptic confusion they create. [...]
At this stage, the most alarming thing is not that the US and
Israeli covert OPs are responsible for "terrorism" but that so many
people still fail to see this. As we have said before, (as did
Machiavelli hundreds of years ago) it is a natural aspect of human
nature to attempt to exploit and use others. Why then is it so
difficult for people to see that this is exactly what is happening
in the "war on terror". It is fake, bogus, a ruse. It is simple.
Wake up and see it, it is not strange or remarkable or
unbelievable, it is human nature for god's sake!
EXPERTS believe last week’s bombings in Istanbul could force the government to place the UK on ‘Red’ alert for the first time since the height of the Second World War.
If implemented, the new nationwide alert status would result in tougher security checks at public buildings, ports and airports across the country and give intelligence agencies like MI5 and the police wide-ranging emergency powers to increase surveillance, phone-tapping and the detention of terror suspects on the basis of intelligence reports. [...]
Comment: Like the Bush government, the Blair government has such a low opinion of the intelligence of the average UK citizen that they think that they can pass off the ridiculous notion that "Arab terrorists" would attack and kill the same British citizens that last week came out in massive numbers in support of what are essentially the same ideals of the "Arab terrorists" themselves.
Americans adore Bush or loathe him — how we became a nation divided
F. DICKERSON AND KAREN TUMULTY
There is an axiom in American politics that says whenever a sitting President is running for a second term, the election is more a referendum on him than a judgment on his opponent. President George W. Bush has taken this truism to a new level. With just under a year to go before Nov. 2, 2004, Americans are already finding ways to show how passionately they feel about their President.
In August, KB Toys rolled out its George W. Bush Elite Force Aviator doll, a 12-in. action figure in full naval flight gear. At $39.99, it has set the sales record for collectible action figures on KB's website. There's also brisk traffic on the Web for donations in memory of Sally Baron, 71, of northern Wisconsin, and Gertrude M. Jones, 81, of Mandeville, La. Obituaries for both women contained requests that money be sent to any organization working for the removal of Bush from office. And in Jefferson County, Colo., West Jefferson Middle School teacher Martha Swisher sparked a furor by wearing a he's not my president button on her coat during a sixth-grade field trip.
Republicans in Colorado's state legislature honored the family that lodged the complaint; the teacher now wears a lapel pin to class that features an American flag and a peace sign. But there is little evidence of peace out there in an increasingly restive electorate. If Ronald Reagan was the Great Communicator, Bush is proving to be the Great Polarizer. Reagan and then Bill Clinton ushered in the modern age of the acrimoniously divided electorate, but George Bush has cleaved the nation into two tenaciously opposed camps even more than his predecessors.
He is the man about whom Americans feel little ambivalence. People tend to love him or hate him without any complicating shades of gray. Shout "George Bush" in a crowded theater, and people dive into two trenches. A new TIME/CNN poll shows that Americans are almost equally divided in their support for President Bush, with 47% suggesting that they are likely to vote for him and 48% saying they are not. For Bush, some of the signals are ominous: the poll shows his job-approval rating stands at 52%, down from its peak of 89% in October 2001, and his disapproval has reached a new high for his presidency of 43%. [...]
Comment: America loves to talk about the wonderful freedoms it enjoys versus other countries in the world. But what does it say when a sixth-grade teacher is not allowed to wear a button that simply reads, "He's not my President"?? The message conveyed was not rude or offensive - it was merely one woman's attempt at expressing her views about the man currently in charge in the US. And yet, despite all the outstanding liberties in America, she was made to change her pin to an American flag and a peace sign. In other words, she was not allowed the freedom to make a statement. She was not allowed the freedom to express her opinion.
It is most disturbing that Americans both young and old are convinced that it's not okay to speak out, unless you are praising The Great Leader. Given this situation, would it be too much of a stretch to suggest that the polls showing President Bush's 52% job approval rating just might be the result of the same kind of social and political pressure, if not an outright lie?
Edmund Burke said, "All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." We fear that too many good Americans are doing nothing.
America built a prison and put the world on Death Row
My life is like a cage of pain. Oh, I'm healthy enough for my age, though I eat too much junk and don't exercise enough. I talk to the most brilliant people, caring people, the ones most aghast at the way the world has become a slick cistern of vicious lies, where the truth is what powerful men say it is, and the old values like honor and sacrifice are laughed at by teenage boys boogie boarding in the surf and trying to figure out a way to live their lives without working. In this still warm November sunshine, trudging aimlessly along a pristine beach, amid shorebirds scurrying for their next meal, I feel like I am on Death Row.
Of course I am embarrassed to say this, with my easy life and available contentment all around me. I am shamed by men like Ernst Zundel, who languishes in his tiny prison cell in Canada, abused by callous guards and corrupt judges, who can speak of the noble nature of mankind and how it is time to organize that urge and rise up against the maniacs who enslave us with their jingoistic doublespeak. How can he, who has so little, see so much freedom, and how can I, who have so much, feel so imprisoned?
Sometimes I imagine I am living the life of the world, and try my darnedest to see where it is going, where things are headed. I haven't seen any dolphins this year, all year. Used to be, last year and before, I'd see them everytime I looked out to sea. But red tide's been in all summer. Shouldn't swim in it. Get a sore throat. But usually it doesn't smell like it sometimes does, when it makes you cough. The blight doesn't keep the tourists away. They're happy enough to have escaped the snows of New Jersey. But it miss my dolphins. It's not a good sign.
And I miss other things, too. Yes, of course that girl who lit my life but insisted I was lying. That's probably a lump of coal that will never leave my throat. But I miss my country, too, the one I was taught to believe meant liberty and justice for all. What a joke that was, when you finally get around to reading how George Washington slaughtered Indians in Ohio or American soldiers went around executing peasants in Vietnam without anybody ever hearing about it until 40 years later.
Of course, of course, and about American soldiers murdering innocent families in Iraq. Operation Iraqi Freedom, right? Freedom from life, is what.
I miss my country, the one I was taught I had. I think soon too I will miss my planet, given the condition of the fractured ionosphere, the particulated air, the poisoned oceans, and the toxic soil. (A friend put her hands in her garden in a well-heeled Sarasota subdivision recently and came out with chemical burns that took weeks to heel.) This is not to even mention the radioactivity being spread around the planet. You know. It's in the bullets. Oh yes, and also in the sperm of the soldiers who come home in one piece [...]
GILBERT PORTER BLYTHE
Since September 11, 2001, George W. Bush has made no attempt to understand the motives of people who hate us. A few hours after the World Trade Center collapsed, he announced that "America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world." Two days later, he spoke of terrorists who "hate our values" and "hate what America stands for." President Bush has never deviated from this theme. He insists that attacks on our soldiers in Iraq are led by people who "hate freedom."
In Mr. Bush's view, Arabs, the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Muslims all around the world do not hate us because we have hurt them or harmed their interests in any way. They hate us because they hate freedom, and America stands for freedom. It is only a small step to conclude that they hate us because we are good and they are bad. Some of the president's less simple-minded advisors paint a slightly more complex picture: Arabs are jealous of America's cultural and economic success, and their oppressive regimes channel internal discontent into hatred for America and Israel.
It is convenient but dangerous for Americans to convince themselves that their enemies have no real grievances, but want to kill us only because they hate our goodness and blame us for their own failures. If they really hate us for what we are rather than what we do, they cannot be reasoned with but must be treated as dangerous madmen. We need not think seriously about their motives or consider what we may have done to injure or offend them.
The almost deliberate blindness required for this point of view is particularly evident in the president's insistence that Iraqis attack our soldiers because the attackers "hate freedom." What they hate, of course, is occupation by foreigners, rule by infidels, daily humiliation, and the steady stream of Iraqi casualties added to the estimated tens of thousands we killed during the initial phase of the war. They do not hate freedom; they seek freedom from occupation and humiliation.
To insist that Osama bin Laden also hates freedom is equally obtuse, in light of his clearly stated reasons for opposing the United States: the presence of American troops on the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia, economic sanctions against Iraq, and especially our unwavering support for Israel. In his October 18 message to Americans he was quite explicit: "We are counting our dead, may God bless them, especially in Palestine, who are killed by your allies the Jews. We are going to take revenge for them from your blood, God willing, as we did on the day of New York." Mr. bin Laden has frequently denounced what he describes as the cultural and moral decadence of the West, but he has never cited it as a reason to kill us.
It is only by convincing ourselves we are the blameless victims of unfathomable hatred that we can justify acts that shock the world and that even our European allies oppose: preemptive war, unilateral violence, and detention without charges. We are so convinced of our own purity and of the irrational wickedness of our enemies that we turn on our former friends, most strikingly against the French, if they fail to understand that we are in a struggle of pure good versus pure evil.
There is a not-coincidental similarity between the president's views of good and evil and the Jewish preoccupation with anti-Semitism. Jews have always insisted that if gentiles dislike them it is because of who they are, not what they do. Adopting a view like that of Mr. Bush's view of attacks against the United States, they refuse to consider whether their own actions may cause hostility. In the United States, the Anti-Defamation League, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and countless smaller organizations are on constant alert for anti-Semitism anywhere in the world, yet the ADL and the Wiesenthal Center are silent as to why anyone would dislike Jews. The Steven Roth Institute of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University has extensive files of reported anti-Semitism but nothing to say about what causes it. For those organizations, anti-Semitism is like Mr. Bush's conception of Osama bin Laden: an irrational upwelling of pure evil.
Some Jews have tried to explain anti-Semitism. Hannah Arendt concluded that 20th-century anti-Semitism was an outgrowth of totalitarian Marxism and Nazism that somehow singled out Jews as unacceptable outsiders. Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School argued that it was part of what they called "the authoritarian personality" and was something akin to mental illness. In his 1978 book In Bluebird's Castle, George Steiner wrote that Nazis were anti-Semites because Jews had better, more humane values. Robert Wistrich, who calls anti-Semitism "the longest hatred," published his views in a 1999 book whose title summarizes his findings: Demonizing the Other.
Some Jews have argued that Christians hate Jews because they see them as "Christ-killers," but that does not explain persistent hostility toward Jews by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or why Muslims have repeatedly repressed Jews. The most common view among Jews is the one expressed by the World Union of Jewish Students in its brief Internet discussion of the causes of anti-Semitism, in which it concludes it is a "persistent hate without logic." That is an almost perfect expression of Mr. Bush's view of anti-American terror: it, too, is "hate without logic."
The Jewish dismissal of gentile grievances is just as sweeping and self-serving as Mr. Bush's dismissal of Arab and Muslim grievances against us.
Human beings do not "hate without logic."
Sustained hatred takes too much energy for it to be wasted on millions of innocents.
Over the centuries, Jews have been disliked because of their clannishness, contempt for non-Jews, disrespect for national institutions, disloyalty, sharp business practices, and many other things people do not like.
But just as Mr. Bush has convinced himself that the Iraqis who attack our soldiers "hate freedom," Jews have convinced themselves they are blameless targets of irrational hatred.
Comment: It should be noted that the above mentioned grievances against Jews certainly did not provoke the Jewish holocaust during WWII, it took "Zionist" intervention to effect the extermination of 6 million. In facilitating the sacrifice of millions of their "own kind" the "Zionists" created an enduring Jewish victimhood that has been used ever since to allow them to continue to literally get away with murder.
For many Jews, any criticism of Jews or of Israel is hatred and bigotry. Practically the entire world deplores Israel's treatment of Palestinians, yet the Israeli authorities refuse to examine their own motives or behavior. Instead, they insist their critics are anti-Semites, meaning, presumably, that if any other group treated Palestinians as they do, the world would approve.
It is, of course, very much in the interest of American Jews to encourage Mr. Bush in his delusions about the motives of our enemies. Arabs and Muslims hate us primarily because we support Israel and pay for the weapons with which it kills Palestinians. If we were to think about the motives of terrorists rather than dismiss them as delusional murderers, we might reconsider our support for Israel. That would be anathema for Jews, many of whom make no secret of their passionate commitment to Israel.
For the many influential Jews in Mr. Bush's circle and in the media, that is why it is important to encourage Americans to think like Jews, that is, to ignore or downplay the concrete reasons others may have to hate us, and to think of them as irrational fanatics who respond only to force. It is in the interest of Jews for gentiles to think like Jews, to see the world as a black-and-white battleground of the virtuous against the wicked, rather than as a complex tangle of competing claims in which there may be legitimacy on both sides. George W. Bush is only the most important and powerful convert to that view of the world.
It would be entirely in keeping with our increasingly Jewish way of thinking to invent a new word, analogous to anti-Semitism, to describe those who hate freedom. "Anti-libertism" or "libertophobia" are awkward constructions, but with enough repetition, Americans could be trained to believe that all attacks on the United States are just vicious, irrational acts of "anti-libertism" to be forcibly put down. Acts of "anti-libertism" obviously would be the work of maniacs rather than rational men acting on real grievances.
In fact, the word is unnecessary. We already have the word we need. Only America stands with Israel in a world filled with anti-Semites. Only the United States defended Israel when it bombed what it said was a terrorist camp in Syria in retaliation for a Palestinian suicide bombing in October. Only the United States and its client states — Micronesia and the Marshall Islands — voted with Israel against a UN General Assembly resolution in September urging Israel to withdraw its threat to "remove" Yasser Arafat. No fewer than 133 nations voted the other way. In 2001, when delegates to a conference on racism in South Africa criticized Israel, only the Americans walked out in solidarity with Israel. It is no surprise that the Arab world sees America and Israel as joint enemies. Muslims burn American flags at the same rallies at which they burn Israeli flags, and chant "death to America" with almost as much as passion as they chant "death to Israel."
Mr. Bush may as well announce that American and Israeli interests really are indistinguishable, and that attacks on the United States are really attacks on Israel, motivated by the same blinkered hatreds. Let us therefore use the word that most readily comes to mind, and recognize that those who hate us are, first and foremost, anti-Semites and that hatred of America is simply another form of "the longest hatred." More than ever, in our thinking and in our behavior, we are all Jews now.
23 November 2003
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has accused the EU of inaction against rising anti-semitism and alleged Muslims in Europe pose a threat to the lives of Jews, in an interview released Monday.
The European Union's approach to the Middle East "is not balanced right now", the Israeli leader was quoted as saying by the website.
"The state of Israel cannot afford to deposit its destiny in the hands of the Europeans who are known for their unbalanced policy," he said.
Sharon highlighted an opinion poll of 7,500 people in the EU's 15 member states this month that suggested Europeans believe Israel is the biggest threat to world peace -- ahead of North Korea, Iran and the United States.
"I would say, in my opinion, EU governments are not doing enough to tackle anti-semitism," he said, while singling out Italy -- which holds the EU's rotating presidency -- for taking a "more balanced position" on the peace process.
In his EUpolitix.com interview, Sharon insisted that disapproval of Israel in Europe was the same as hatred of Jews.
"You cannot separate here; Israel is treated as a Jewish state," Sharon said.
"This anti-semitism exists (in Europe) and what pushes it is a collective anti-semitism that incorporates Israel into this equation."
He added: "An ever stronger Muslim presence in Europe is certainly endangering the life of Jewish people. This attempt of dismissing our legitimacy to self-defence is testimony to anti-semitism.
"Of course the sheer fact that there are a huge amount of Muslims, approximately 70 million in the EU, this issue has also turned into a political matter."
Comment: Sharon's "logic" is ridiculous. While Israel is a Jewish state, it is Sharon's government that enacts brutal policies against the Palestinians AND against Israelis in an attempt to keep them at each others throats. Sharon is attempting to lay the blame for HIS actions on the entire Jewish population, but to what end? Why would he seek to continually outrage international opinion and implicate the ordinary Jew? Does Sharon WANT the world to hate Jews? Here is evidence for something that we have been saying for a long time now. It appears that the Zionist "elite" have very specific plans for the rank and file Jew. Considering the actions of Zionists towards ordinary Jews in WWII, we get the idea that they are perhaps planning a repeat performance, but this time broadening the scope to include many millions more.
Former US leader Carter backs alternative Mideast
Former US president and Nobel peace prize winner Jimmy Carter has thrown his weight behind a controversial alternative peace plan for the Middle East known as the Geneva Initiative. [...]
Sharon personally heading Israeli efforts to stop
Iran nuclear bomb: radio
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is personally supervising efforts to stop arch enemy Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal, Israeli army radio said on Sunday.
Israel's hardline premier has also instructed the foreign ministry to lobby other countries to act to stop Iran's nuclear activities, the radio said.
Mossad, Israels's overseas intelligence service, which is directly answerably to Sharon, has been put in charge of "all other aspects" of efforts to foil the Islamic republic's alleged covert nuclear programme, it added. [...]
23, 5:50 PM ET
Ahmed al-Mushkah, 27, from Jenin, was the first to be taken to the Gaza boundary, military sources said.
"Even if Israel transfers all Palestinians anywhere in the world, it will not help it," Mushkah told reporters on arrival at the Erez crossing. [...]
Twelve years ago this month Robert Maxwell plunged to his death off a yacht. In a new book, former Mirror journalist Geoffrey Goodman says he now suspects Maxwell was murdered
Robert Maxwell died 12 years ago this month, November 5 to be precise. He died as he lived - an enigma wrapped in mystery. There were at least two post mortems on his waterlogged body after it had been dredged from the ocean. The speculations about how he died remain active to this day. Was it suicide, or heart failure in a grossly overweight body; was it an accident of fate, or was it murder?
At the time of his death I was prepared to believe in the suicide theory, it fitted the circumstances. Or I could have been persuaded that it was some form of natural cause - he was a sick man, used to taking medication on a substantial scale, and drugs to ease his pain and breathing problems following an earlier operation to remove part of his lung. It was even feasible that Maxwell took an overdose of drugs which left him semi-conscious as he opened the door of his cabin on his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine: gasping for air, fumbling toward the deck rail, he slid overboard in the early hours of darkness off the Canaries on that fateful morning. I have, however, changed my view on all this. I no longer believe that he was not murdered.
Bob Maxwell knew he was in irreversible trouble in his business affairs. Everywhere he looked, his great empire seemed to be collapsing around him - except for the still-profitable Mirror Group Newspapers. His American acquisitions were a crushing debt burden. He had rifled the entire pension funds of Maxwell Communications to try to ease that debt burden, and he mortgaged virtually all his wealth on a huge gamble with fate. There was no one left to rescue Bob Maxwell - except one possible saviour. He still had friends in very high political places. If they failed him then commercial disaster would swiftly turn to criminal investigations. So what happened to those political friends in high places?
Maxwell built up a tremendous catalogue of politically-influential contacts with wide commercial implications. For over 20 years he had established a network of commercial and political interests in the communist countries of Eastern Europe, which was a linchpin of his Pergamon Press Company. His biographies - or to be accurate, bland hagiographies - of virtually all the Communist leaders were a lucrative earner.
Yet this extraordinary quilt of commercial contacts with the East European communist world concealed something else - Maxwell was also involved in passing intelligence to the west about the communist rulers. In fact, he was almost certainly being used as - and using himself as - a two-way intelligence conduit. This arrangement included passing intelligence to the Israeli secret forces with whom he became increasingly involved towards the end of his life. Maxwell was highly regarded by the Israeli government. He was certainly used by them to help in the process of Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union and, in return, he was seen by the Soviet government as an important contact in dealings with Israel. This involved commercial interests as well that linked Maxwell with secret defence deals between Israel and the countries of Eastern Europe. Maxwell had important investments in the Israeli defence industry, especially in the trading park at Haifa.
My own research focuses on these aspects of Maxwell's life. The possibility that Maxwell could have ended up in the Old Bailey on charges of criminal fraud raised critical questions for a number of countries involved in the Maxwell triangle of international dealings. Bob Maxwell in the dock of the Old Bailey was not a prospect any of these groups, which included the US, Britain, Soviet Russia, Israel and France, would have appreciated. The intelligence services in all of these countries were aware of the dangers. My own theory is that any one of them - or even a combination of several - could have been responsible for Maxwell's death. If Maxwell was keeping one final hope of a last-minute financial reprieve and help from some of his old friends in high places then it could have come from any one of these sources.
But it did not. Instead came death. Of course, it is unlikely that the truth will ever emerge. But of one thing I can remain quite certain: Bob Maxwell was an unlikely suicidal figure. Indeed, he believed he could walk on water.
ELLIOTT MINOR, Associated Press Writer
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Some 10,000 demonstrators chanted and waved signs Sunday outside the Army's Fort Benning in their annual protest against a military school for Latin American soldiers on the base.
Opponents of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, blame the school for atrocities committed by some of its graduates in Latin America. [...]
State Repression in Miami:
A New Level?
From what I and others have witnessed in these last days in Miami, the level of violence and repression that the state is prepared to marshal against us as a movement has increased dramatically. Thousands of militarized police, in full riot gear, including electrified shields, tanks, automatic and semi-automatic weapons, tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags, violently arresting peaceful demonstrators, in some cases with tazers, in others at gun point. Combinations of these and similar means have been used, of course, in response to global justice movement actions in the past.
What makes Miami different, more frightening, is that all of these tactics were used in the absence of direct action.
On Thursday morning, for example, we experienced all of these tactics without even touching the fence. Later in the day and into the evening on Thursday, and then again on Friday, we witnessed police combing the city, searching vehicles, accosting activists, in some cases throwing them to the ground at gun point, some of these including death threats.
Again, the significance of what has occurred is not simply that we have been repressed, brutalized, and criminalized, but that we have been repressed, brutalized, and criminalized based solely on our political identities as actors on behalf of a better world, and not on anything we were able to in fact do.
Comment: How far must it go before the American people realise what is happening? Yes it is incredibly hard to accept as reality, yet there it is, in glorious technicolor. It is time to awaken to reality. The US is fast becoming an overt fascist dictatorship, with all the "benefits" such a regime brings to its citizens. The problem of course is that there really is little that anyone can do to stop it, the plans have been hundreds of years in the making. Any attempt to bear arms and resist by force will simply result in the a larger death toll, indeed incitement to revolt through infiltration of groups may well be one of the methods used to justify "culling of the herd".
The most effective way to resist is to accept what IS and begin to See and understand who we are. We are here to learn the truth. Only for those that are able to stand up and simply begin to see and accept the Truth about themselves and this planet does the possibility of something new and different exist. There will be no outside help in the form of "saviors" or "aliens" (regardless of what is presented to us) the task begins and ends with you, what you See and what you Do.
8 People Arrested at Benefit for Activist People of Color
Brooklyn, NY – People attending a fundraising event in Brooklyn were shocked early this morning by unprovoked and violent assault at the hands of the NYPD. Up to 100 people attending a fundraiser for activists of color were indiscriminately sprayed with chemical agents, beaten with nightsticks, and harassed by a throng of police officers. Witnesses say there was no cause for the assaults and the subsequent arrests following the melee.
Approximately 21 marked police vehicles arrived at The Critical Resistance office 968 Atlantic Avenue, the location of the fundraising event, at around 2AM, to investigate an officer’s report of someone standing outside the party allegedly holding an “open container.” Within minutes, the police unleashed their wave of violence onto the crowd, provoking onlookers and beating down attendees who were not resisting their orders. Over 20 people were experiencing effects of the pepper spray that was erratically sprayed into the air by the officers. The officers were also attempting to take the event sign-in sheet.
All tenants of the private, residential building were present at the event, did not request police assistance, and no one in the building placed a complaint with the precinct or the emergency response system. Witnesses report that no warrant was presented upon police entrance. Organizers responded peacefully to police threats and physical provocation, and cooperated with police.
“I was stunned at the severity of the attack, and I am genuinely concerned for the safety and well-being of those who were unfairly detained and arrested,” said witness at the scene of the incident.
ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Civil liberties groups and politicians raised the prospect Sunday that FBI monitoring of anti-war protesters could stifle legitimate dissent and jeopardize people's First Amendment right to speak their mind.
"What is the chilling effect that will be felt by Americans all across the country if they think they will come under FBI scrutiny just by going to a protest?" said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. [...]
"There is a very clear difference between legitimate forms of civil disobedience and terrorism, and we have to keep that in mind," Romero said. [...]
Comment: There are
a few groups of people who are speaking out against the Bush
Reich's policies. Given the recent efforts to expand the reach of
the Patriot Act, such relatively small groups can and will be
easily and perhaps violently silenced when the time
Monday, 24 November,
The Libyan secret service agent was sentenced two years ago to life in prison for the 1988 bombing, with a recommendation that he served at least 20 years.
However, a change in the law meant Megrahi, 51, had to again come before the Scottish courts so that the punishment period could be set.
Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988, causing the deaths of 270 people.
By Richard H. Curtiss
With the handover to the United Nations this spring for trial in The Hague of two Libyan suspects in the bombing of Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988, United Nations sanctions upon Libya were “suspended,” but not lifted. This ended the principal hardships imposed since 1992 upon the Libyan people, which were the ban on international air travel to and from Libya, and the resulting high prices and scarcity of foreign-made goods and equipment, which had to be imported via Libya’s neighbors.
U.S. sanctions against Americans doing business with Libya or even travel by Americans to Libya remain in place, but obviously will be re-examined at some point. The original object of the U.S. sanctions was to force Libya to turn over the suspects and, if they are found guilty, to force Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to accept responsibility for the crash of the Boeing 747 in which all 259 passengers, of whom 189 were Americans, and 11 people on the ground were killed. However, Qaddafi already has distanced himself from the suspects by saying, in a BBC interview in October 1998, that the bombing might have resulted from Libyans “taking their own revenge” for the U.S. bombing of Tripoli two years earlier.
The principal effects of the U.S. sanctions have been to penalize U.S. oil companies, which now operate in Libya with a U.S. government waiver but without U.S. citizen employees there, and to discourage other U.S. companies from doing any business at all with Libya. As for any effect of the U.S. sanctions on Libya itself, no other countries have the success rate of American exploration and drilling companies in finding and extracting petroleum around the world, but there are few other goods or services provided by U.S. firms in any field that cannot be matched by European, Asian or other sources.
So the principal result of the U.S. sanctions is to exacerbate the unfavorable U.S. balance of payments, and to inflict some residual hardships on Libyans with relatives in or educational or business ties with the United States. Probably, therefore, as many Americans as Libyans are hoping that the trial of the two suspects, Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, who have been on leave with pay from their jobs with Libyan Arab Airlines for the past seven years, will somehow bring closure to the long-running dispute. [...]
JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle is demanding that Republicans stop showing their first television ad of the 2004 presidential race, which he called "repulsive and outrageous."
The 30-second ad, which aired in Iowa over the weekend, features clips of Bush during his State of the Union address last January. It portrays Bush as a fighter of terrorism and says his opponents "are now attacking the president for attacking the terrorists."
"It's wrong. It's erroneous, and I think that they ought to pull the ad," Daschle told NBC's "Meet the Press" program on Sunday.
"We all want to defeat terrorism," the South Dakota senator said. But "to chastise and to question the patriotism of those who are in opposition to some of the president's plans I think is wrong." [...]
Some of Region's Unused Millions Could Be Lost
Becker, Sarah Cohen and Spencer S. Hsu
Two years after Congress approved a massive infusion of cash to help gird the Washington area against terrorism, much of the $324 million remains unspent or is funding projects with questionable connections to homeland security.
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, lawmakers doled out the money quickly, with few restrictions and vague guidelines. Left to interpret needs on their own -- and with little regional coordination -- cash-strapped local and state officials plugged budget holes, spent millions on pet projects and steered contracts to political allies.
The District funded a politically popular jobs program, outfitted police with leather jackets and assessed environmental problems on property prime for redevelopment. In Maryland, the money is buying Prince George's County prosecutors an office security system. In Virginia, a small volunteer fire department spent $350,000 on a custom-made fire boat. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments used some of the money for janitorial services. [...]
But critical needs remain unaddressed, according to federal assessments and interviews. Many of the region's hospitals are already strained and, without adding beds and personnel, would be overwhelmed if thousands needed medical attention in an emergency. In the District, hospital officials estimate that just 400 beds could be freed in a disaster.
Some police officers are still waiting for basic protective gear. Public health labs swamped by the anthrax attacks of 2001 have no additional capacity today. Most local governments have no efficient way to give instructions to residents shut off from radio and television, such as a "reverse 911" system that automatically telephones people at home. There is no comprehensive plan to unite families separated in a disaster. [...]
Pictures of US soldiers searching young girls on their way to class have provoked renewed international outrage.
Exclusive photos show US-led occupation forces frisking schoolgirls – a move condemned by the girls’ parents and international human rights organisations alike.
One father, Abu Muhammad, told Aljazeera.net on Sunday that if he ever hears his daughter has been touched by American soldiers again, he would “not be responsible for the consequences”.
“This humiliation has got to end now. I refuse to live like this. I’d rather die and I’ll take a few soldiers with me – and that’s a promise, not a threat.”
CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is already conducting an investigation and seeking legal advice after previous Aljazeera.net pictures showed troops tying up little girls in their own home.
Washington CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said such treatment of young children can only increase resentment of American troops in Iraq, a development that will “ultimately demoralise troops further”.
senior US officers continue to justify their actions, stressing
children could be carrying explosives.
Central Command refused to
comment on the latest series of pictures, but two weeks ago Major
David Farlow warned Aljazeera.net not to publish similar photos on
In another heavily-criticised
development, US-led occupation forces now regularly put bags over
the heads of Iraqi detainees.
US Rights advocates and lawyers believe Washington is quietly embracing this psychological torture as an acceptable means in its desperate search for information that may help crush Iraq’s resistance movement. The United States director of Physicians for Human Rights, Holly Burkhalter, condemns the policy as unacceptable.
she said her government does not “have a policy on torture"
and is pressing the Pentagon for assurances detainees will not
continue to be treated in such a manner.
Comment: Take a good look at the pictures above. From recent signs, it seems that Americans may well be seeing pictures of their own countrymen and women in similar positions; bags on heads, patted down in the street, marched off to "holding centres"...
Five US soldiers have been killed and seven injured when their helicopter crashed near the American military headquarters north of the Afghan capital.
The soldiers were involved in a US military operation, dubbed Mountain Resolve, in the east of the country when Sunday's crash happened.
It is not clear what caused the crash, and the military said it is investigating. [...]
CIA: No evidence of WMD
Comment: Are we surprised? Of course not. It was clear very soon after the first allegations were made that they were trumped up and bogus. The result of these lies is however a little more difficult to accept. See here for a graphic illustration of the price that has been and continues to be paid...
Blair and Chirac renew
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac today declared their determination to combat international terrorism in the aftermath of the suicide bomb attacks on British targets in Istanbul.
Concluding an Anglo-French summit in London, Mr Blair – standing next to the French leader – told a news conference at Lancaster House they had agreed on the need to combat the scourge of terrorism at every level.
Mr Blair said: “I thank the President for his warm sentiments of solidarity in the light of what took place in Turkey last week, and his condolences at the British casualties.
“We agreed that it is important that we do everything we can at every level we can to combat this menace in our world.
Comment: This may be a long shot, but could it be possible that while Chirac agrees that he needs to "combat the menace of terrorism", his understanding of who the terrorists are is different to that of Blair's? Time will tell.
DOGANBEY, Turkey -- NATO on Thursday rolled out its new strike force designed to spearhead the transformation of the Cold War alliance into a 21st-century peacemaker.
War games involving air, sea and land forces from 11 nations mark the debut for the NATO Response Force which brings together elite troops from around the alliance into a single unit to tackle threats from terrorists, rogue states or regional crises.
French paratroopers, Spanish marines, Turkish special forces and German ground-attack planes will team up to deal with a fictional threat to U.N. personnel and civilians from terrorists and hostile soldiers on the coast close to this Aegean Sea city.
The exercise aims to show off the potential of the prototype response force, which should be fully operational in 2006 with a strength of 20,000.
NATO's military commander, U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, believes setting up the new force is one of the most important decisions in the 54-year history of the alliance.
"It marks an important recognition on the part of the alliance that the international security environment has changed dramatically," said U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, NATO's supreme military commander.
Jones said the force, combined with other technological and institutional changes at NATO "will ensure the relevance of the alliance in the 21st Century and will provide a credible means to face and defeat the threat than now faces all our peoples."
Comment: What is not being said in the above is that the people themselves are seen as a "threat" by the exponents of this"New World Order". In the minds of the self proclaimed "elite" the world is a very small place, and in their plans for a "NWO" there is no room for diversity of belief and thought. There is no place for individual freedoms, the entire global population must be brought under one belief system, one mind that serves one "leader". Humanity is being corralled like cattle, psychologically and soon physically. Control is the name of the game, but to what end? We suggest you look to human treatment of livestock for your answer.
EU needs military arm to be taken seriously by US:
The European Union must have an independent military arm if it wants to be taken seriously by the United States as well as to combat terrorism, Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel said Sunday.
The US government has reacted suspiciously to plans by four EU countries that opposed the war in Iraq -- Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg -- to set up a military planning headquarters for the bloc. [...]
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark was frisked at Sydney Airport for explosives in an incident that has embarrassed the Australian Government.
Despite having a NZ security officer with her, Miss Clark was pulled out of a queue on October 28 and given a body scan with a new explosives detection device to make sure she was not a bomb-carrying terrorist, The Age has learned.
Senior Australian Government sources said the incident was an embarrassment. It was not regarded as the right way to treat the leader of Australia's close ally, they said.
"You won't be surprised to hear the New Zealand Prime Minister was not found to be carrying any explosives," a spokesman for Transport Minister John Anderson said.
The Government sources said: "It was a bit silly to frisk the New Zealand Prime Minister. We would expect her to be recognised by airport security staff." [...]
The Australian officials were told who she was, Miss Clark's senior adviser Mike Munro said.
This did not stop them. They decided to continue the scan and even sent the results to a laboratory for testing.
Miss Clark is believed not to have made a fuss and her advisers were diplomatic about the incident.
But Labor foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd has called for an apology for Miss Clark from Mr Howard and criticised her treatment by the airport staff.
"Surely Helen Clark, having been identified, should have been extended the courtesy due to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Had John Howard been subjected to this he would have had a pink fit - if it was in New Zealand or anywhere else," Mr Rudd said. [...]
GROUND FARCE 1
Royal officials are now in touch with the Queen's insurers and Prime Minister Tony Blair to find out who will pick up the massive repair bill. Palace staff said they had never seen the Queen so angry as when she saw how her perfectly-mantained lawns had been churned up after being turned into helipads with three giant H landing markings for the Bush visit.
The rotors of the President's Marine Force One helicopter and two support Black Hawks damaged trees and shrubs that had survived since Queen Victoria's reign.
And Bush's army of clod-hopping security service men trampled more precious and exotic plants.
The Queen's own flock of flamingoes, which security staff insisted should be moved in case they flew into the helicopter rotors, are thought to be so traumatised after being taken to a "place of safety" that they might never return home.
The historic fabric of the Palace was also damaged as high-tech links were fitted for the US leader and his entourage during his three-day stay with the Queen.
The Palace's head gardener, Mark Lane, was reported to be in tears when he saw the scale of the damage. [...]
This is according to new court testimonies published on Sunday in the Chilean newspaper La Nacion.
The paper cited 12 retired helicopter mechanics who, breaking decades of silence, recounted macabre details of the operation to Judge Juan Guzman, who is investigating charges of human rights abuses under Pinochet's 1973-1990 rule.
La Nacion's report was based on leaks of confidential testimonies provided to Guzman and his team of detectives.
The mechanics, who all admitted to participating in some of the body-dumping flights over the Pacific Ocean between 1974 and 1978, said the scheme was planned and carried out by the Army Aviation Command in conjunction with Pinochet's secret police, DINA, as a way of hiding evidence of massive human rights violations.
"There were at least 40
trips. In each one, they loaded eight to 15 bundles (corpses)
aboard the Puma helicopters," the paper said.
Thirteen years after Chile's return to democracy, the country is still struggling to piece together its recent history amid almost total silence from military personnel who played a role in the deaths of some 3500 people in Pinochet's witch hunt of leftists.
Comment: What the above article does not mention are the reports that some of these "dumping flights" involved people that were still alive. We find it hard to grasp the depth of depravity required to do such a thing to another human being, yet this, and worse things have been done millions of times over the course of the last century alone. While Pinochet was ultimately responsible, it would not have been possible without the aid of Henry Kissinger and the US government and its secret services. America has been the driving force behind much of the massive pain and suffering that human beings have experienced on the planet over the past 200 years, and they are by no means finished, as the glare of the the "evil empire" now turns towards its own citizens.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Wright Brothers demonstrated that man could fly. A century later, we're looking at a future in which planes fly without humans. [...]
Already, drones have dropped bombs in the Middle East, snapped images of dangerous terrain from thousands of feet in the air and monitored traffic on congested roads. [...]
"It's no longer 'yes or no' -- the technology and the systems are accepted," says Daryl Davidson, executive director at the trade group Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). "These things are here to stay and they are proliferating."
Proliferating, yes, but not without doubts about their ability to operate safely over urban centers, their cost, and a crash rate that for some far outstrips fighter jets. [...]
Worldwide spending on UAV development is likely to run to about $3.35 billion in 2012. That's up from $1.88 billion this year.
Wall Street is taking note.
"UAVs could be the next very big growth area," says Jun Zhao, a defense analyst for U.S.-based fund manager Federated Investors. "The Department of Defense has to make a decision whether they will fund legacy programs or skip a generation and go directly to transformation."
His bet? Traditional-platform budgets will suffer. "With civil aviation in the doldrums, drones represent an entirely new market," says Zaloga. "It's a great way to grow a business." [...]
Comment: Never mind that UAV technology is all about eliminating civil liberties and slaughtering innocent people - it's all about making money, no matter the cost in human life.
his fine article, Baldknobber writes, "Anonymous Accusation: In
recent years, Federal, state and local law enforcement bodies have
started arresting and punishing people due to anonymous
accusations. Now when you show up in court you have no right to
know who has accused you of a crime. Without any chance of any
repercussions, individuals, groups and organizations now commonly
issue accusations to get revenge, gain unfair advantage, or simply
because they were going on assumption rather than actually being
witness. The right to know your accuser was a cornerstone of
American justice; it created an environment which brought
accountability to legal prosecution. Without it, people are now
going to jail, being fined, and losing their children in civil
disputes without ever knowing why."
Former President Bill
Clinton, for example, has more Antimatter Fandom around him than
any celebrity to recent date, and his wife former First Lady
Hillary Clinton comes in an astoundingly close second. Antimatter
Fandom first became apparent to me during the middle Nineties, in
fact, during the Clinton Era, and exploded exponentially through
the late Nineties, until now, where it is commonplace to be an
ordinary person minding one's own business and then suddenly find
oneself the object of someone else's virulent Antimatter Fandom the
formerly ordinary person, suddenly find yourself having to consult
lawyers, who are often barely even aware of what Antimatter Fandom
is, psychiatrists to try to decipher for you the clearly disturbed
mentality of the No See Ums who are generating your libelous new
celebrity on a 24-hour round the clock basis, and publicists to try
to counter the reckless lies being printed and spread about you
with CNN ticker reliability.
Antimatter Celebrity attracts people and their admiration, and is
often hard at work at something that arguably would improve human
existence: the president who genuinely cares for low-income
Americans; the outspoken woman lawyer who mentors younger women
instead of competing with and undermining them; the Native American
tribal leader trying to improve life on the reservation who gets
smeared by the campaign of a counterfeit leader who isn't even
Indian but wants to be; the freelance producer who bankrupts
herself to provide science fiction fans with a new version of their
long-defunct favorite British TV show at last; and in my case, the
friend of that person who is going to see justice. These are the
qualities of the people who most consistently attract Antimatter
Fans and Celebrity. Jeff Rense is one of them.
Comment: Regular readers of the Cassiopaea site will be aware that this site and its authors have been subject to attacks of the type described above. It would appear that this is just another tactic in the portfolio of CoIntelPro operations that have been used for decades in an attempt to discredit and silence those that seek and speak the truth. As mentioned above, hate seems to be the driving force for these people and their activities. They simply hate the truth and will do whatever they can to ensure it remains buried.
It is an essential part of attempting to see the reality of the world we live in to be aware that these people exist and will stoop to any vile and pernicious act they deem necessary to extinguish the light of truth. The irony is that more often than not the slanderers are themselves guilty of the most reprehensible acts. It is as if in the act of leveling slanderous accusations at others, they somehow temporarily purge themselves of the shame of their own dark, closeted past.
Twenty eight foreign students died in a fire that destroyed a university hostel in the Russian capital Moscow, a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry said.
Seventy eight other students were injured and rushed to hospital, the Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Beltsov as saying.
However, an official with Moscow's fire department said over 100 students had been injured, Interfax reported. [...]
India will "respond positively" to Pakistan's offer of a unilateral ceasefire along the Line of Control that divides the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali said his country's soldiers would stop hostilities at the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. [...]
Two shots from a rifle hit Joergen Henriksen's taxi while he was waiting outside of the Storting, Norway's parliament, late Sunday night. The cabbie and police were baffled and concerned by the incident, and the details of the shooting remain a mystery. [...]
"A silencer must have been used because there were no loud reports. The few people standing near our cars didn't react. They didn't understand what was happening and just hurried on their ways," Johansen said.
Police admitted that they, for the time being, do not have a clue about who fired the shots, or why. [...]
Robert Matthews, Science Correspondent
[...] The new findings, reported in the latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, add to the growing concern over food products with a high glycemic index (GI). By producing a surge in blood sugar, the foods trigger the release of a large amount of insulin, high levels of which have already been implicated in birth defects. [...]
The findings come amid mounting evidence that high GI foods may pose a significant threat to health. Earlier this year, high GI diets were linked to 50 to 80 per cent increases in risk of oral and ovarian cancer by researchers at the Centre for Cancer Research in Aviano, Italy. [...]
Within the scientific world there is mounting anger over what is being seen as foot-dragging by the food industry over its role in the increase in obesity, which according to official figures is responsible for 30,000 premature deaths a year in Britain.
Comment: Smoke and you will die! Or so say many of the labels on tobacco products these days. Not a word is said however about the poisonous food that we eat every day...
Six to 8 inches of snow was expected by the end of the day in much of Minnesota, the National Weather Service said.
The storm was blamed for at least one traffic death, the state Department of Public Safety said. [...]
Despite the drought-fighting effort to cut water consumption, customers of local agencies used 0.5 percent more water in October than in October 2002.
Southern Nevada Water Authority officials attributed the increase to last month's record high temperatures and lower-than-normal rainfall. [...]
The water authority's board of directors is expected today to designate Jan. 1 as the start of a "drought alert," prompting even tougher watering restrictions. [...]
Lake Mead provides 90 percent of Southern Nevada's water supply and sits at slightly less than 60 percent of capacity, leaving a growing white ring that hovers above the waterline. The lake is reeling from the effects of depressed snowpack in Wyoming and Colorado, which feeds the seven states of the Colorado River basin. [...]
Monday, 24 November,
The spectacle was the first recorded total eclipse of the Sun in Antarctica.
A group of around 300 stargazers, eclipse chasers and scientists in a Boeing 747 plane got a spectacular view of the phenomenon at exactly 2240 GMT.
Those on board the specially chartered Qantas plane, on a round-trip from Melbourne, had paid up to AU$12,000 (£5,096) and came from as far afield as Houston, Texas, US.
Researchers the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) have spent three years looking for trace remains of pharmaceuticals in drainage water and the sea near Tromsoe in northern Norway. The project has focused on 16 substances and a high concentration of caffeine was one of the surprising finds.
The sea area around Trondheim, Oslo and Bergen will now also be studied, in order to map the presence of caffeine in the water. The study also focuses on seeking traces of certain pain-killing and anti-depressive substances. [...]
MUSICAL symphonies played on the giant rotating blades of wind turbines are being considered by one of Scotland’s leading power companies in an attempt to engage the public with the growing energy-generating source.
ScottishPower has commissioned Alex Hamilton, an environmental artist, to come up with ideas and works to change the public’s perception of wind farms and turn them into radical recreational areas. [...]
He also suggests that detachable instruments could be made, which would fix to the end of the blades and work in a similar way to an Aeolian harp. Named after the Greek god of the wind, an Aeolian harp is a small box across which are stretched strings tuned to resonate in unison, producing rising and falling harmonies when air moves over them.
Mr Hamilton said: "Music and harmonies could then be created by using different attachments producing different notes, and it would then be possible to commission musicians for a programme of concerts in the park environment."
If the project wins ScottishPower’s approval, the wind music would not be permanent, and would only be produced at scheduled times. [...]
Three burglars were arrested in Brazil after they returned to a house and asked for the receipts for the goods they had stolen.
The young thieves told the owners of the house in Belo Horizonte that they were struggling to sell the stereo, TV and mobile phones because they didn't have the original receipts.
A police spokesman told Estado de Sao Paulo: "We have never seen anything so stupid." [...]
Doctors fear that we may be on the verge of witnessing a global pandemic of obsequious pro-American fawning and toadying. Governments have been advised to put up posters bearing the image of the carrier of the disease at their local airports
Doctors have issued a global warning about a newly detected disease that is rapidly making its way across the world via air travel. The sickness is called the George Bush Association Syndrome (GBAS), is highly contagious and has no known cure.
It appears to be a disease that primarily affects politicians and heads of state, and those who become infected show dangerous symptoms of loss of political will and direction which include the inability to form a coherent foreign policy without the approval of Washington; acute fear of losing American aid and diplomatic support; an unhealthy paranoia of Muslims and all things remotely connected to Islam, Arabs and Muslim culture; a tendency to mouth the platitudes and inanities of the ‘war against terror’ discourse and a creeping blindness to the contradictions of American foreign policy. At the final stages of the disease those infected become permanent ‘guests’ of the White House and can be seen standing outside the White House’s main door, begging bowl in hand.
The ‘super spreader’ of this disease is an American citizen going by the name of George W Bush Junior who apparently thinks that he actually won the last American Presidential election and who suffers from the delusion that he is the most important man in the world. The disease is spread through close physical contact, and a handshake or pat on the back/head is enough to pass it on to unwitting victims.
On various occasions we have received letters from readers protesting that the Signs pages is "all doom and gloom" and in their opinion we miss the "good" that is happening in the world. While we understand that for some readers this is a natural reaction to being faced into the reality of what is happening on the planet, as we have stated before, we do not make the news, we just report it. While we would love to be able to report on a "wonderful awakening of humanity" and laying down of arms, unfortunately this is simply not what is happening. Faced with the choice of Seeing reality as it is, or falling into self calming and illusion, we will choose truth over all else.
Having said that, by way of a slight reprieve from the daily onslaught of watching our progress on the road to destruction, we present our readers with a little operating room humour (WARNING: Strong Language) - enjoy.
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