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most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure
uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other
possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are
viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.
October 23, 2002
20 armed men seized a Moscow theater in the middle of a performance on Wednesday, firing shots into the air and taking the audience hostage, the Federal Security Service said. The gunmen, some of them wearing explosives, demanded an end to the war in Chechnya and began laying mines in the building, according to news reports.
REGIME CHANGE BEGINS AT HOME - VOTE! - We've said it before, and we'll say it again: the Bush Administration is brilliant at marketing. No Presidency has relied more on careful messaging and media placement. The folks that are working for Bush are so good at this that if you watch the news, you get the idea that everyone agrees with him. Of course, we all know that that's not true. Most Americans are quite wary of the war on Iraq, and a whole lot of us see the President as playing a cynical election-year game. The problem is that without the attention of the media, this dissent is hard to see -- ordinary people don't hold press conferences to tell the world what they're thinking. That's where we need your help. We've put together a placard that you can put in your car window. Here's what it looks like: "Regime Change Begins at Home. Vote." You can download the placard for free.
Russia rejected the new U.S. draft resolution on Iraq Tuesday, dealing a sharp blow to American efforts to gain U.N. backing for the automatic use of force if weapons inspectors are thwarted by Baghdad. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov's statement said the U.S. document failed to meet Russian criteria. His comments to Russian reporters were the Kremlin's first official reaction to the U.S. proposal presented on Monday to the other four permanent members of the Security Council. "The American draft resolution...does not answer the criteria which the Russian side laid out earlier and which it confirms today," Ivanov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
Strong earthquake with magnitude 6.2 hits near Denali National Park, jolting much of Alaska. - In Healy, just north of the park, Grandview Bed and Breakfast co-owner Shelly Acteson said the quake knocked just about everything off her walls and shelves and was frighteningly loud. "Usually they kind of roll, you can kind of hear them coming," she said. "This one sounded like it was kind of mad — boom, boom, boom." - The "Good Friday" earthquake in Alaska that left 131 people dead in 1964 measured 8.5 on the now-abandoned Richter scale — 9.2 by the current measurement system — and was centered in Prince William Sound near Anchorage.
CIA Is Expanding Domestic Operations - The CIA's domestic field offices recruit foreigners living temporarily in the United States -- for example, scientists at universities, diplomats at embassies and business executives -- to work as agents for the CIA when they return home. They also conduct voluntary debriefings of Americans, mainly business executives and academics, who have recently returned from abroad. The division also is responsible for handling some defectors and for limited counterintelligence targeting. Comment: Gee, this sounds like the Gestapo in Germany, or the KGB in the former Soviet Union...
President Bush signed into law a bill giving him the tools he wants to wage an expensive, no-end-in-sight global fight against terror and possibly Saddam Hussein. "Our nation faces grave new dangers, and our nation must fully support the men and women of our military who confront these dangers on our behalf," Bush said. The legislation provides a hefty increase in defense spending and financing for military construction projects in 2003. "The bill says America is determined and resolute to not only defend our freedom but to defend freedom around the world, that we're determined and resolute to answer the call to history and that we will defeat terror," Bush said. [...] The $355.4 billion defense bill, increases spending by more than $34 billion over the previous fiscal year. "It's the largest increase in defense spending since President Reagan was the president," Bush said Tuesday. "Any time the United States of America sends our youngsters into harm's way they deserve the best pay, the best training and the best possible equipment. ... It doesn't matter how long it takes to defend freedom, we'll do it. ... We have a duty to future generations of Americans to make this land secure." Comment: Unfortunately, Bush's plans do not include any future generations of ordinary Americans - just future generations of the elite who he believes will survive the global holocaust he is planning, along with the upcoming cataclysms, in their Underground Bunkers that have been being prepared for this moment for the past 50 years.
What are the Koreans saying? The U.S. ruling quarters are now resorting to highhanded practices and war to retrieve their foreign and domestic policy setbacks. They should stop such criminal attempts and behave themselves, lending an ear to the demand of the world people for peace. Rodong Sinmun today says this in a signed article as regards the strong-arm policy still pursued by the United States in the international arena in a bid to dominate the world.
Sales of an identification chip intended to be implanted in a person's body will resume immediately now that the US Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) (FDA) has completed its review of the device, the chip's maker Applied Digital Solutions Inc. announced Tuesday. The company made headlines this spring after a Florida family became the first ever to be implanted with VeriChip. The device, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin and works by emitting a radio frequency that transmits a unique verification number.
Comment: Where are the Fundies when the very things they have been ranting about for the past 100 years or more actually begin to happen in front of our eyes? Well, obviously, the "enemy" or the "Beast" has to be "over there" or "according" to their own ideas. The shaping up of our reality with America as the Beast Empire and George Bush as the False Prophet, is in our faces here and now. Let's have a quick look at what the Fundies own "sacred scriptures" predict:
Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first, the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, who is the son of doom. Who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshipped, taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God. And now you know what is preventing him being revealed, so that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work in the world, but it is concealed only until he who conceals is taken out of the way... And then the lawless one will be revealed and the Lord will slay him with the breath of his mouth and bring him to an end...
The coming of the lawless one is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of pretended miracles and signs and wonders and delusive marvels - all of them lying wonders - And by unlimited seduction to evil with all wicked deception for those who are perishing because they did not welcome the Truth, but refused to love it...
Therefore, God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, in order that all may be judged and conedemned who did not believe in the Truth... [ II Thessalonians, 2:2 thru 12, excerpts, Amplified, Zondervan]
Comment: I can sure see the present situation, including the silence and delusion of the vast majority of Christians, in the above "prophecy." And it certainly goes with some things the C's have said about " Denver Reveals the Government." As most of you know, Denver is the seat of NORAD and some major underground base activity. We can see George Bush as the puppet of the "Lawless One," and we suspect that the remark "it is concealed only until he who conceals is taken out of the way... And then the lawless one will be revealed and the Lord will slay him with the breath of his mouth and bring him to an end" just might have something to do with cataclysmic activities that will bring to the awareness of people the REAL plans of the Global Elite, as they are being put into motion by George Bush.
Humans take up 83 percent of the Earth's land surface to live on, farm, mine or fish, leaving just a few areas pristine for wildlife, according to a new report this week. People also have taken advantage of 98 percent of the land that can be farmed for rice, wheat or corn, said the report, produced by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network in New York.
Another tremor hit Manchester on Wednesday taking the number of quakes to shake the region to 19. - The earthquakes are part of an unusual phenomenon called "earthquake swarms". Whilst earthquake swarms are unusual, they have occurred before in the UK. Comment: Can any reader find out for us here when and where other such "swarms" have taken place? Exact dates and coordinates?
It's the Economy, Stupid! - USA TODAY survey of tossup election races shows candidates believe jobs and the economy, not Iraq war or terrorism, matter most to voters
Two Galleria-area hotels have canceled reservations of Falun Gong practitioners in Houston to demonstrate against Chinese President Jiang Zemin when he visits here this week. "I don't understand what the problem is," said Lisa Nappi, a Falun Gong practitioner from Virginia. "This is America. This is a free land." Practitioners from around the world have come to Houston to peacefully protest what they consider Jiang's attempt to eliminate their belief system. They say the Chinese government pressured the hotels to cancel their reservations because Jiang does not like Falun Gong. The hoteliers said the Chinese government did not contact them.
Former CIA Chief Richard Helms Dies - the spymaster who led the CIA through some of its most difficult years and was later fired by President Nixon when he refused to block an FBI (news - web sites) probe into the Watergate scandal, is dead. He was 89. Helms played a critical role in many of the CIA's most controversial and troubling operations, from plotting the assassinations of foreign leaders such as Fidel Castro to overthrowing the Marxist government of Chilean President Salvador Allende Gossens. After studiously living most of his life out of the public eye, Helms would come to see his name linked to many of his agency's most nefarious abuses, embarrassments and illegal activities. - Helms headed Operation Chaos, which spied on, poked into and disrupted the private lives of U.S. citizens as the CIA improperly investigated whether the increasingly energetic and powerful anti-Vietnam War movement had links to foreign countries. Under Nixon, the CIA's role in domestic spying hovered on the extreme edge of the agency's charter and at times crossed over into activities that were clearly illegal, author Thomas Powers wrote in his authoritative 1979 book about Helms, "The Man Who Kept the Secrets." By the mid-1970s it had become clear that Helms had intentionally misled Senate committees investigating the agency. Helms defended his testimony by maintaining that his mission was to protect intelligence secrets and that he'd not been obliged to tell the truth to Senate committees that held no CIA oversight power.
Pilotless United States surveillance aircraft scour the trackless, desolate sands of the vast Arabian desert known as the Empty Quarter looking for signs that operatives of Al Qaeda have sought refuge among the nomadic tribes there, according to senior Yemeni officials. Comment: Are they anything like the "pilotless" aircraft that struck the Pentagon?
Fact sheet: What is known about the sniper - Fourteen shots have been linked to the sniper. Ten people have been killed and three wounded. In the first shooting incident October 2, no one was hurt. The killer may be driving a light-colored van or truck with a ladder rack on the roof. Investigators found a spent shell and a tarot card in a wooded area around the October 7 shooting of a boy at a Bowie, Maryland, middle school. The tarot's "death" card had a handwritten message on it: "Dear Policeman, I am God." The killer seems to favor suburban gas stations. The sniper also has struck four times at shopping centers. The shooter appears to choose victims near major thoroughfares, such as Interstate 95, that he can use to make a quick getaway. The shooter is using a high-powered .223-caliber assault rifle or hunting rifle accurate up to 730 yards. All of the deaths have been caused by a single shot -- "one shot, one victim," in sniper's parlance.
An unusually powerful electronic attack briefly crippled nine of the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic this week, officials disclosed Tuesday. Most users didn't notice the hour-long attack. The FBI and White House were investigating. One official described the attack Monday as the most sophisticated and large-scale assault ever against these crucial computers. The origin was not known. Seven of the 13 servers did not respond to legitimate network traffic, and two others failed intermittently during the attack, officials confirmed. Service was restored after experts enacted defensive measures, and the attack suddenly stopped. The 13 computers are spread across the globe as a precaution and operated by U.S. government agencies, universities, corporations and private outfits. "We were prepared; we responded quickly," said Brian O'Shaughnessy, a spokesman for VeriSign, which operates two of the 13 computers in northern Virginia.
October 22, 2002 - Former White House chief of staff and an international investigative journalist want to know what the Pentagon knows about unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. - "It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon," ex-Clinton aide John Podesta said Tuesday. - Despite earning little credence, cases of strange aerial phenomena that defy explanation abound -- whether witnessed by thousands of Arizona residents, commercial airline pilots or a U.S. president. Comment: How about being subjected to a major COINTELPRO rather than "earning little credence," you dimwits!
One of the most mysterious cases, the Kecksburg, Pennsylvania incident of December 5, 1965, is the first cited in the group's request for records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Despite an official government story that the object was a meteorite, some eyewitnesses claimed that a military truck took an acorn-shaped object the size of a small car from the rural Pennsylvania crash site to an Air Force base in Ohio. "We can't come up with a reason why this information is being withheld. The government won't even acknowledge that the incident took place but we know that it did," said Leslie Kean, a California-based freelance reporter who drafted the FOIA request.
In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the government did take the UFO search seriously and top generals considered the pros and cons of informing the U.S. public, Kean said, citing top secret memos. In 1969, however, the Air Force terminated Project Blue Book, concluding that no reported UFOs were threats to national security. Paradoxically, Kean notes, the military continues to deny some requests for UFO information by citing national security concerns.
Comment: And we propose that the entire 9-11 event, the current drive to decimate the population, the building of massive underground bases for "survival of the elite" and global manipulations beyond all decency, including the poor people duped and misled by the New Age COINTELPRO as well as standard religions, is due to the presence of the Aliens. This is WHY the military continues to deny requests for UFO information, all the while ridiculing it and subjecting the subject - and any science deriving from it - to the most atrocious flaming and disinformation in history.
Don Ecker Research Director UFO Magazine, sez: Think you know what's what? Well, let me tell you, Richard Sauder's research will shock the Hell out of you and FORCE you to ask, "What the Hell's going on?!??" Warning! This is not for the "fainthearted"! Digs deep into the tantalizing proof of the existence of these facilities, both underground and undersea. Comment: We can assure you, they aren't spending all that money to build bases underground just to "hide" from view. Oh, no indeedy! They KNOW they are gonna need them, and to hell with the rest of humanity - those they don't kill off first, that is.
15 quakes hit Manchester, UK in 24 hours - Experts describe the number of tremors to hit the county as "unusual" and say they are "excited" about analysing the findings.
Iraq as Prison State - In the wake of 9/11, many were struck by the oddity of Bush's vow to topple the "axis of evil," since none of the three bogey-states (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) had much use for Osama bin Laden and his gang of murderers. - But we now know that the war plans for Iraq were more of a prequel than a sequel to Afghanistan. It was germinating long before al-Qaeda hit the New York City and the Pentagon. Hence, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's instruction to his coven of generals only hours after the attack to try to pin part of the blame on Saddam Hussein. -
Over the next few months, Rumsfeld reiterated his request, asking the CIA on at least 10 separate occasions to escavate evidence of an Iraqi / al-Qaeda link. The CIA couldn't find a thing. Still, when the Pentagon exhausted its bombing targets in Afghanistan, the administration's sites turned to Iraq. And the mainstream press and the US Congress have played along, giving Bush a free pass to go after Saddam with few questions asked. -
In an effort to add fiber to their charges, Blair and Bush have trotted out a number of Iraqi defectors. But this odd collection has demonstrated about as much credibility as the members of the Kuwaiti royal family who falsely claimed before congress back in 1990 that Saddam's troops had dumped babies our of incubators in the hospitals of Kuwait City. -
Even Bush tried to make the case early on, but got tangled up in his own tortured syntax: "I see linkages between someone who is willing to murder his own people. I hold Saddam Hussein to account and we are going to do that." Now it's clear why Dick Cheney, the executive producer of the Bush Administration, insists that Tony Blair makes all the really big speeches. -
But still the beat of the war drums goes on. The less sense the war makes, the louder the battle cries. I get the feeling that Bush and Blair are going to have to attack quickly or stand down. The resistance to this war is strong already and mounting daily. Of course, the support of the French, Russian and German governments can be bought. That's taken for granted. The real problem for both Bush and Blair is at home, where hundreds of thousands have already taken to the streets, with even bigger demonstrations in the works.
Professors say the universe will collapse in the relatively near future. - 10 to 20 billion years. Comment: Don't believe everything you read. This one is nonsense.
A Michigan woman apparently drowned her two daughters and then shot herself to death, authorities say. The bodies of the 24-year-old woman and her daughters, whose ages and names were not released, were discovered Monday when the woman's 8-year-old son came home from school.
Israel to ask for American economic assistance that could top $10 billion. - Don't know about you, but we sa "NO!"
A note found by police in the woods near Saturday's sniper shooting indicated a possible threat to local schools, according to several high-ranking school and government officials. That information prompted Richmond-area school superintendents to reverse an earlier decision and close schools yesterday. Schools remain closed today in most of the metro Richmond area.
The United States said it expects a "messy" diplomatic battle over its proposed new UN resolution on Iraq but warned the other members of the Security Council that it expected action soon.
A revised US resolution on Iraq presented to the UN Security Council is not acceptable to Russia, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov warned. "The US resolution project which was presented yesterday so far does not correspond to the criteria (for a settlement of the Iraqi crisis) which Russia has put forward and by which it stands," the Interfax news agency quoted Ivanov as saying Tuesday.
Dozens of Iraqis protested against Saddam demanding to know the fate of missing relatives after their loved ones were not found among those recently released from prisons.
Three people were killed and 24 injured, according to police, in a bomb blast in downtown Bogota, reminiscent of the August attack that claimed 21 lives.
Washington Post sez: For Bush, Facts Are Malleable Can we say "LIES?" - President Bush, speaking to the nation this month about the need to challenge Saddam Hussein, warned that Iraq has a growing fleet of unmanned aircraft that could be used "for missions targeting the United States." Last month, asked if there were new and conclusive evidence of Hussein's nuclear weapons capabilities, Bush cited a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency saying the Iraqis were "six months away from developing a weapon." And last week, the president said objections by a labor union to having customs officials wear radiation detectors has the potential to delay the policy "for a long period of time." All three assertions were powerful arguments for the actions Bush sought. And all three statements were dubious, if not wrong. Further information revealed that the aircraft lack the range to reach the United States; there was no such report by the IAEA; and the customs dispute over the detectors was resolved long ago.
Does the Sun have a doomsday twin? - In 1846, researchers noticed that Uranus was wobbling in a way that confounded Newton's Law of Motion. This meant they had two options: rewrite the most time-honoured of the laws of physics, or "invent" a new planet to account for the extra gravitational pull. Compared to Newton's reputation, an eighth planet seemed much less massive and Neptune was discovered.
Today scientists working in the University of Louisiana have discovered a statistical anomaly of similar proportions. Professors John Matese, Patrick Whitman and Daniel Whitmire have studied the orbits of comets for 20 years, and their recent findings have led to startling theories. -
Intrigued by the work of two palaeontologists working for the University of Chicago, Prof Whitmire, along with Nasa colleague Dr Al Jackson, had earlier attempted to explain the amazing discovery that six apocalyptic events, including the extinction of the dinosaurs, have all occurred, like clockwork, every 26 to 30 million years. To try to explain this mass extinction cycle, they looked to the possibility that comet showers were to blame.
The latest effort of Matese, Whitman and Whitmire studies 82 comets from the huge cloud of comets, called the Oort cloud, that exists around our solar system. They took the aphelia of these comets, the points on their orbit that are farthest from our Sun, and plotted them on a globe. Expecting to find an even distribution, they instead found that a particular band of sky, about one sixth the total, contained more than one quarter of all the comets, and that about 25 per cent of the comets coming from this cloud have anomalous paths. So what was affecting the orbits? They went on to theorise that the best explanation is the existence of a previously unknown body - that our solar system is made up of the Sun and a shadowy partner, either a brown dwarf or a massive planet, in a wide binary system. In effect, the solar system had two stars, the Sun and a dark companion, spinning around each other. -
Now I know what you're thinking Surely I'd have noticed a second Sun in the sky? But, as Prof Whitmire explained, the process of assumption based on statistical anomalies has always been a cornerstone of scientific discovery. According to their current theory, he says, "the companion is a brown dwarf star or massive planet of mass between two and six times the mass of Jupiter". A brown dwarf is a star too small to sustain the nuclear fusion that powers our Sun, and so is relatively cool (surface temperature of less than 1500C) and so also very dim, being barely hot enough to give off light. -
But it gets worse. Under their original theory, called the Nemesis theory, this small dark star, which lurks at around 90,000 times farther away than the Earth is from the Sun, may be on an orbit that, once every 30 million years, ploughs it into the densely packed inner cloud. Here its immense gravitational pull would drag out several of the Oort comets and give them the "kick" needed to send them towards the Sun on orbits perilously close to the Earth. This explains, in the professor's view, the ominous mass extinction cycle, due to regular periods of increased cometary activity every 30 million years.
Comment: See the C's take on the Twin Sun, and Cometary Showers: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It is also important to know how these ideas compare to, and differ from, the ideas of Zecariah Sitchin and his "Nibiru" or "Planet X" hypothesis. As time passes, and more and more events of the so-called "End Times" seem to be developing right in front of us, the C's information becomes stronger with repeated validation, and the research we have done based on these clues indicate that we are, indeed, on the threshold of an amazing experience.
Former President George Bush said Sunday in Des Moines that his son faces the toughest times in the White House since the Civil War. "The fact is he is wrestling with problems probably as tough as any president has wrestled with since Lincoln," Bush said in headlining a fund-raising dinner for U.S. Rep. Greg Ganske's bid for the U.S. Senate. "Roosevelt, of course, faced World War II, but there we knew who the enemy was," the senior Bush told 800 Republicans at the Polk County Convention Complex. "The enemies we face in this country today are very, very different. They are shadowy - cowardly, you might say. They can strike anywhere." Bush said nothing in his 15-minute address about his son's effort to oust President Saddam Hussein in Iraq - a nation whose army U.S. and allied forces drove from Kuwait in 1991, when the elder Bush was president. Bush also said nothing about the nation's wobbly economy, the very issue blamed for his re-election defeat in 1992. Comment: And we notice that he didn't mention the fact that FDR manipulated the attack on Pearl Harbor in order to get the US into the war. The guy is such a liar - with so many connections to so much deception - that it is amazing that he can stand up in public and pretend he isn't. But then again, we learned in the Adventures that this is the mode of the psychopath.
Law enforcement sources said a hand-written note found near the scene of Saturday's sniper shooting in Virginia "hinted at a demand for money" and threatened "more killing." One official said it contained a timeline for authorities to act, and if they failed, then there would be more attacks.
Earth's little brother found? - Astronomers have discovered the first object ever that is in a companion orbit to the Earth. Asteroid 2002 AA29 is only about 100 metres wide and never comes closer than 3.6 million miles to our planet. But it shares the Earth's orbit around the Sun, at first on one side of the Earth and then escaping to travel along our planet's path around the Sun until it encounters the Earth from the other side. Then it goes back again. Comment: Is it REALLY an "asteroid?"
Russia 'disappointed' with new Iraq text - Russian officials are reported to have voiced disappointment with a new US draft resolution on Iraq, saying it is not very different from previous proposals aimed at compelling Baghdad to disarm. - The United States has submitted the new draft resolution to the four other permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Britain, France and Russia. But a "reliable source" in Moscow quoted by the Russian news agencies Itar-Tass and Interfax said the document "does not differ much from the previous proposals submitted by the United States and Britain".
The US has warned of new terrorist attacks in Indonesia as it moved to put the Islamic militant group, Jemaah Islamiah (JI), on a list of terrorist groups. - Foreign governments, including the US, have named Jemaah Islamiah as being involved in the Bali attack. US officials hinted it would soon be added to a list of 34 terrorist organisations worldwide.
Six Americans of Yemeni descent have been indicted in Buffalo, New York on charges of supporting the al-Qaeda terror network. - Although there is no specific evidence connecting the men to a specific attack on the US, prosecutors allege that the men were an al-Qaeda "sleeper cell", who had spent time in militant camps in Afghanistan, training in the use of weapons and explosives. It is also alleged they were lectured by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. All six men have declared their innocence, with four of the six denying they had ever been to Afghanistan or any training camps. Comment: And of course, the public will not be able to evaluate the evidence because it is "secret!"
The Eritrean Government has reacted furiously to criticism from the US State Department. The US State Department called on the Eritrean Government to release two local employees of the US embassy in Eritrea who have been in detention since last year; Ali Alamin and Kiflom Gebremichael. It also urged the Eritrean Government to grant them an open and fair trail and "respect fundamental human rights." The Eritrean Foreign Ministry released a statement which said it totally rejected the state department's position, and called on it to refrain from unwarranted intervention. But the statement also contains some surprises, with the government accusing the previous administration of President Bill Clinton of employing the CIA to seek to unlawfully change the government in Asmara, during the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia.- In essence, the Eritrean statement implies that the top 11 Eritrean government officials, including former leaders of the liberation movement, who publicly criticized the Eritrean president after the recent war with Ethiopia, were recruited by the CIA. Comment: Ya don't say! Gee, sounds like what the CIA is trying to do here in America - force a "Regime Change" by manufacturing an attack and using it as a platform to create a war so that the government of America can be "unlawfully" changed.
Martha Stewart 'faces' civil charges - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Ms Stewart what is called a Wells Notice, the Wall Street Journal reported. It gives her an opportunity to explain her actions before the SEC makes its final decision, but is usually a formality before charges are filed. Comment: I guess Martha is a circus ring distraction. Too bad they don't issue such notices to folks like George Bush and Dick Cheney and the rest of the Gang of thugs and thieves running this country into the ground.
The US and China have signed billions of dollars worth of business deals a day before Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrives in the US. The deals signed in New York include US investments in alcohol, oil, telecoms, and engineering sectors.
Reader commentary on current geo-political situation: With all of the hubub going down about the Iraq "near nuclear" situation and now North Korea, and with Pakistan being taken over by "fundamentalist" groups, it got me to thinking: Where the heck did Israel get their alleged nuclear weapons?
Admittedly, it is not known for sure that they have nuclear weapons, but it is widely *assumed* that they have them, not the least of which is that whenever confronted their response is something like "wink, wink, nudge nudge, we would not tell you, now would we?"
Making a nuclear weapon is not a trivial process. To do so requires either the ability to enrich uranium or to process plutonium. Since plutonium only grows in special kinds of reactors, the barrier there is not the processing but the reactor itself.
The bottom line is that to make a bomb, requires a lot of infrastructure. To build an assembly line to make the supposedly hundreds they are thought to have requires a LOT of infrastructure. Also, it seems to me that one would really want to test the device to make sure it works within the parameters of the design. Test firing it as a first use seems like a really bad idea.
The bottom line is that there are not a lot of unaccounted for nuclear explosions because this stuff is monitored all over the world. There is one unexplained event which occured off the coast of South Africa, out in the middle of the ocean, which has always been suggested to be the Israeli's test detonation. But the bottom line is that *nobody* has put together a nuclear weapons program without many test detonations and that event was a singularity.
So how did Israel get the bomb, assuming they have it? My guess is that they did not develop a bomb, they were simply given some of ours.
Our nuclear devices are exceedingly difficult to compromise. They have been very carefully designed by some very paranoid people to only detonate where and when they are supposed to, for what are extremely obvious reasons. It has been repeatedly claimed that no terrorist could ever get a stolen US weapon to detonate without some deep and inside knowledge, which is known by only a very very few people, and frankly I believe the "party line". The very container of the bomb is designed to make the weapon inoperable if the outside is compromised, etc.
It is another not-too-secret secret that we have shared this technology with other nuclear enabled countries. Even in the height of the Cold War we were sharing nuclear security technology with the Soviet Union. The reasons for this are also obvious, it is just as important to us that a Russian bomb not be inadvertently detonated as a US bomb. After all, it only takes one nuclear weapon to ruin your whole day.
So my bet is that the Israeli nuclear weapons were simply given to them by the US.
This would also explain some of the serious spying that Mossad did to the US, and why the Israeli spies were listed as being so incredibly serious compromises to US security.
If you gave Israel a whole bunch of bombs just to make them feel better because they were our allies and surrounded by enemies, would you give them *all* of the codes needed to set them off, or would you hold something back to retain some measure of control? After all, they are your bombs.
Conversely, if you were Israel and you had these bombs, wouldn't you do just about anything to take control over the deployment decision?
Perhaps all of the spying was the Mossad's attempt to compromise the ability to program the bombs to detonate when *they* needed. It has always been maintained that it is extremely difficult to set one of these suckers off, not that it is physically impossible.
So perhaps one of the background details to what is going on with Iraq and the whole middle east situation is that the US now knows that:
1) Israel has "the bomb"
Anyway, just some thoughts on Israeli Nukes because it has always bothered me that they just simply do not have the infrastructure needed to pull it off. After all, Israel is a really tiny country and there just isn't that much space. They also don't have all of the oil money that Iraq has to go do things like hollow out mountains and such.
I've read (don't remember where) that Israel is the third strongest nuclear power on earth; and also, that the annual US aid to Israel is greater than the US combined annual aid to all other countries.
Now these are strong statements, which I hope are disinformation. If anyone has any evidence of the truth of these statements, I'd appreciate you bringing it forward.
With our Zionist controlled media, facts concerning Israel seem hard to come by.
Is Israel largely a welfare state, funded by US taxpayers? What, in fact, does Israel produce of value? Does Israel mainly produce, sell, broker and use armamants on defenseless people?
If Israel lacks the internal infrasructure to produce a massive war machine, could they, in addition to taking all the bombs Uncle Sam will give her, be building off-shore and quietly "importing" their own nuclear bombs and other war materials? Could such a build up have gone on unnoticed for the last 50 years? Would the world-wide Zionist controlled press tell us about such an Israeli accumulation?
What frightens me, most, however, is the possibility (and I'm only stating this as a possibility) that Israel has already threatened the Bush gang with the nuclear bombing of an American city...unless... we unleash massive bombing raids on Iraq because Iraq is the only Middle Eastern country that can pose a real counter-threat to Israeli aggression any where in the world.
On the other hand, it may be that Israel doesn't have to produce anything of value to justify the US lavishly pouring money into it the way it does: it may be that Israel is probably no more than just another piece on the global chess board, and if you play chess, you know that the value of certain pieces sometimes resides in the fact that you can actually sacrifice them in order to open up further avenues of attack. A "good" player actually doesn't have any compunction to sacrifice a bishop or a rook if the end result is that he's going to be in a possition to advance his pieces to occupy and dominate more and more squares on the board.
In other words, the current geopolitical situation can only be explained when an underlying imperialistic design behind the actions of the MIC is factored in. Short of that, it's difficult indeed to understand what does the US stands to gain from all this investment.
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