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If you can't stand the heat of Objective Reality, get out of the kitchen!
Friday, March 12, 2004
New Article: Jupiter, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and the Return of the Mongols - Laura Knight-Jadczyk
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The Moon & Venus Trapped
We have commented frequently that the reality in which man resides is an illusion or dream world. We often state that, in our default state of being, we are asleep. In order to help clarify our point of view, today we consider some more specific examples of this slumber.
It seems that reality is not a concrete, thoroughly understood concept, no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that it is so. From the view of modern physics, it cannot even be said that mankind understands the fundamental construction of the universe. It is clear that we do not even understand what gravity is. There are equations that describe how this force acts upon physical objects, but nothing that is able to truly explicate how gravity works, or why it exists at all. It is entirely possible that gravity relates to consciousness in some way - but at this point, based on mainstream physics, all we can do is guess. We simply do not know.
Nonetheless, there are scientists who convince themselves that due to the progress mankind has made, we are somehow "masters" of this reality. Of course, we beg to differ. Wishing for something does not seem to make it so, at least in our current state. "Reason" from a scientific standpoint often involves discarding facts that don't support a theory for any number of reasons, including personal bias or political or religious pressure.
From a religious perspective, man seems to be thoroughly ridiculous in his reasoning. One might even say that in the case of religion, reason goes right out the window. We believe that the many different religions could be organized into different levels of awareness. For example, there are numerous Christians around the globe. Some of these Christians simply believe; others act on their beliefs.
A vast number of Christians wear their religion is a sort of badge of honor. They may not attend their churches regularly or participate in the prescribed rituals. Yet all they do is from the standpoint of "being Christian". Obviously, this is quite a contradiction - one cannot really say that one belongs to a certain religion if one neglects to actually participate in that religion. How can one declare, "I am a Christian" in one breath, and in the next breath support the murder of tens of thousands in a "War on Terror"? In this sense, many Christians are dreaming.
Humanity excels at destroying and killing. Our capacity to commit heinous acts has increased exponentially in recent times - yet we proclaim loudly that we believe in this god or that god, and that killing is wrong. These religious individuals are asleep in that they are not aware of the cognitive dissonance created inside them by the contradiction of their religion and the actions of the society that they support.
This dissonance is a rather useful tool for the powers that be. If our conflicting thoughts make us uncomfortable, we can simply rationalize the discomfort away by declaring that it must be the bad guys "out there". After the heathens are stamped out of existence, we can tell ourselves that Good has triumphed over Evil - end of story. In this case, one's beliefs are based only on the desire for them to be real. What is lacking is action.
Of course, there are those Christians who are deeply devoted to their beliefs. They actively participate in the numerous activities of their chosen organization. They may even speak out against all wars, adhering rigidly to the belief structure that has been laid out for them. In this case, the source of the rigid system of beliefs is not tested. If a true, honest comparison were made between religious doctrine, history, and the sciences, a good many red flags would be raised. In the search for knowledge, one cannot have a religion that contradicts science, or a science that contradicts religion, without making both false. Knowledge must be accurate and concrete. What is lacking is objectivity.
Our discussion is certainly not limited to Christianity. There are countless other religions and philosophies that need to be included, as well. But it seems that in every one of these cases, man is dreaming. And religion is not the only aspect of man's life that is a part of his slumber. We may identify strongly with a certain sports team, or the gated community in which we live. We desire that these organizations are the best. We convince ourselves that this idea is true. Then, we dream.
It is evident that no stone must be left unturned. If we see a rock upon our path - no matter how small - and we decide to ignore it, we are not accepting reality as it is. To deny any aspect of reality is to attempt to shelter ourselves from the chill wind of what is; it is an attempt to control. Uncovering reality will not always make us feel jolly and cheerful. Since entropy seems to be the way of this world, there is much about it that is horrific and disturbing.
Yet, as we mentioned, it appears that reality is not a concrete, well-understood concept. We don't know what the true nature of our existence is, or what of our "reality" is actually real, and what is a dream. What seems to be true is that desire is not enough; we must act. Action alone is also not enough; we must do based on objective understanding. And finally, an objective understanding of the world outside us is not possible without a brutally honest review of what is inside us.
911 days between the two attacks, 9/11 and 3/11
The world is a game to these people, and we are the pawns. So brazen and crowing with success they just can't resist leaving their calling card. They know that so few will get it they can all have a laugh at our expense. People will be told what to believe, and they will believe it.
The same tactics are used as 9/11. Remember the passport safely landing on a pile of burning debris, and the copies of the Koran carefully placed at airports? These people think we are so stupid that we will fall for the same tricks all over again. They are probably right.
We have repeatedly covered the fact that al-Qaeda tapes were more than likely fakes:
The above AP article discusses Mohammed Atta visiting Spain, but conveniently leaves out Mohammed's funding for such trips and his connections to US Senator Bob Graham amd Mahmoud Ahmed. From American Coup d'état.
Let's not forget that This war on terrorism is bogus
Until recently the US has openly admitted that Bin Laden was not important. Now we receive regular reports that Pakistani troops have him surrounded, conveniently close to election time. Capture bin Laden and make Bush a world wide hero now that it can be said most of the Western world is in danger from this small band of super terrorists that receive orders from a remote cave.
On September 22, 2001 the Washington Post carefully documented Zacarias Moussaoui's Basque connection:
After Moussaoui's case falls apart, "al-Qaeda" is supposedly blowing up innocent lives in a country where the majority of the population strongly protested the Iraq Invasion. Actually the media is just insinuating al-Qaeda. For right now, they always include the tag line at the bottom of the article that the "case is still open." As an aside, on September 22, 2001, Powell mentioned in a speech about "getting tough on terrorism" that the US would target the ETA. We found a copy of this AP article yesterday, but it has since been scrubbed from the internet.
Now that al-Qaeda is on everyone's mind, the call for blood may ring louder than ever:
If anyone thought that one single item would change if Kerry is elected, they are obviously delusional:
Notice the insinuation that Muslim nations are not civilized and the country that has overthrown over twenty democratically elected governments is. Notice the insinuation that the Western world should get together and blow up all the Muslim countries. Who benefits?
For more on 9/11, see Laura Knight-Jadczyk's book The Occult Significance of 9/11.
Elizabeth Nash in Madrid
The finger of suspicion last night pointed to al-Qa'ida as possible perpetrators of yesterday's the bomb blasts in Madrid. Spain's Interior Minister, Angel Acebes, made a surprise second appearance to say that the government did not rule out the possibility that an Islamic group could have carried out the attack.
Police found a stolen truck in the town of Alcala de Henares, east of Madrid, that contained seven detonators and and a tape in Arabic containing verses from the Koran. Alcala was the starting point of one of the targeted trains.
BAYONNE, France, March 11 (AFP) - France joined international condemnation of the Madrid bomb attacks which killed more than 170 people Thursday morning and reinforced its police presence on its border with Spain.
"France condemns with the greatest firmness the cowardly attacks. Terrorism in all its forms and from whatever source must be fought unflinchingly," foreign ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous said.
"Paris sends the Spanish authorities its complete solidarity in this terrible trial and expresses its sincere condolences to families and friends of the victims," he said.
Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has sent a personal message of sorrow to his counterpart Ana Palacio, the spokesman said.
Precise details of the scale of the French police deployment on the border were not released.
07:22 AM EST Mar 12
TOKYO (CP) - Asian leaders on Friday joined the global condemnation of train bombings in Spain that killed nearly 200 people, with some calling for tighter security at home to guard against similar terrorist acts.
As President Bush visits a memorial for victims of the 9/11 attacks today, he continues to refuse to clarify dishonest comments he and his national security adviser made denying they had any warning that a terrorist attack was imminent before 9/11. (1)
In May 2002, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice claimed, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that [Al Qaeda] would try to use an airplane as a missile." (2) Similarly, President Bush denied having any idea about the threat, saying on 5/17/02, "Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to kill on that fateful morning, I would have done everything in my power to protect the American people." (3)
The problem is that these denials contrast sharply with warnings the White House did receive prior to 9/11. Specifically, the Administration was warned before 9/11 that Al Qaeda was planning to use airplanes in an attack against the United States and that the terror group had recently considered using airplanes as missiles. ABC News and Dateline NBC reported that White House officials acknowledge that U.S. intelligence officials delivered a one-and-a-half page document to President Bush on August 6th that warned that "bin Laden's terrorist network might try to hijack American planes." (4, 5, 6) Those warnings came at the same time that U.S. and Italian officials were warning that "Islamic terrorists might attempt to kill President Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the [July 2001] Genoa summit of industrialized nations." (7)
These warnings came at the same time top Administration officials were being told to change their own personal flight plans because of "threats." Attorney General John Ashcroft stopped flying commercial airlines and instead began "traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines" because of "what the Justice Department called a 'threat assessment." (8) (To this day, the details of that threat assessment have never been made public.) Similarly, Newsweek reported that the day before the 9/11 terror attacks "a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns." (9)
Mike Zinna will be the first to tell you what he thinks of many of Jefferson County's top government officials in what is typically a critical and even profane diatribe.
But a terrorist, he says, he's not.
That's why he was incensed to find himself face to face Thursday morning with officers from the FBI's joint terrorism task force, complete with what he said was a bomb-sniffing dog. He was being investigated because of a mushroom-cloud cartoon he put up on his political website, Jeffcoexposed.com .
A spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said her agency and the FBI received complaints about the cartoon [...]
FLASHBACK: Careful: The FB-eye may be watching
Reading the wrong thing in public can get you in trouble
Comment: Also see the recent CounterPunch article The FBI is on My Trail. In this case the FBI may be doing Israel's political bidding:
WASHINGTON - President Bush told evangelical Christians what they wanted to hear Thursday, ticking off highlights of his "compassionate conservative" agenda, from halting late-term abortions to banning gay marriage. [...]
Bush opened his address via satellite to the National Association of Evangelicals Convention in Colorado Springs by lavishing praise on the group.
"You're doing God's work with conviction and kindness," Bush said. [...]
"We're working to build a culture of life," he said, noting that he had taken "an important step" last November when he signed legislation outlawing certain late-term abortions. [...]
Comment: Hmm, blowing up Iraqi and Afghani children with cluster bombs yet preventing abortions "builds a culture of life"? We guess Bush means that blowing up Muslims and lying about why is doing the Lord's work.
Rosa Prince and Gary Jones
A BRITISH captive freed from Guantanamo Bay today tells the world of its full horror - and reveals how prostitutes were taken into the camp to degrade Muslim inmates.
Jamal al-Harith, 37, who arrived home three days ago after two years of confinement, is the first detainee to lift the lid on the US regime in Cuba's Camp X-Ray and Camp Delta.
The father-of-three, from Manchester, told how he was assaulted with fists, feet and batons after refusing a mystery injection.
He said detainees were shackled for up to 15 hours at a time in hand and leg cuffs with metal links which cut into the skin.
Their "cells" were wire cages with concrete floors and open to the elements - giving no privacy or protection from the rats, snakes and scorpions loose around the American base.
He claims punishment beatings were handed out by guards known as the Extreme Reaction Force. They waded into inmates in full riot-gear, raining blows on them.
Prisoners faced psychological torture and mind-games in attempts to make them confess to acts they had never committed. Even petty breaches of rules brought severe punishment.
Medical treatment was sparse and brutal and amputations of limbs were more drastic than required, claimed Jamal.
A diet of foul water and food up to 10 years out-of-date left inmates malnourished.
But Jamal's most shocking disclosure centred on the use of vice girls to torment the most religiously devout detainees.
Prisoners who had never seen an "unveiled" woman before would be forced to watch as the hookers touched their own naked bodies.
The men would return distraught. One said an American girl had smeared menstrual blood across his face in an act of humiliation. [...]
Jamal added: "The whole point of Guantanamo was to get to you psychologically. The beatings were not as nearly as bad as the psychological torture - bruises heal after a week - but the other stuff stays with you." [...]
As a punishment, inmates would be confined so tightly they would be forced to lie in a ball for hours. During lengthy interrogation, they would be tethered to a metal ring on the floor.
Jamal said: "Sometimes you would be chained up on the floor with your hands and feet actually bound together. One of my friends told me he was kept like that for 15 hours once. [...]
"They would shut off the water before prayers so we couldn't wash ourselves according to our religion."
"The food was terrible as well, up to 10 years out-of-date. They would open a hatch and shove it through a section at a time. [...]
"They would play tricks on people by denying them things - you might be the only person on your block who didn't get any bread. I prided myself on never asking them for anything. I would not beg." Jamal said they were told they had no rights. "They actually said that - 'You have no rights here'. After a while, we stopped asking for human rights - we wanted animal rights. In Camp X-Ray my cage was right next to a kennel housing an Alsatian dog.
"He had a wooden house with air conditioning and green grass to exercise on. I said to the guards, 'I want his rights' and they replied, 'That dog is member of the US army'. [...]
Comment: A few days ago we ran a story about a 12 year-old who had been at Guantanamo who thought it was great. He went to classes and took courses, he did sports, etc. This testimony shows what happened to the older prisoners. The frightening thing is that this is the future for everybody on this planet. The bombing in Madrid is the justification for European countries to more explicitly begin the lock-down. Chris Floyd, in his article below, discusses the coming Theocracy in the US.
These people are not playing a game. They are very serious about achieving their goals. They know that the planet is facing a catastrophic future, be it from the climate or comets or war, take your pick, and that the populations will have to be heavily controlled. These control measures are being put into place as we speak. Dissidence in the US will soon be a crime. Will Europe be far behind?
Vik Iyer, Caroline Gammell and Owen Fairclough PA News
A Briton detained at Guantanamo Bay spoke for the first time today about his ordeal, accusing the US military of punishment beatings and psychological torture.
Father-of-three Jamal al Harith, 37, from Manchester, was one of five Britons released from the camp in Cuba after being incarcerated for more than two years. [...]
The website designer said he accidentally strayed into Afghanistan, believing he was being driven to Turkey. He was arrested there on allegations of spying. [...]
Speaking to reporters outside the family’s terrace home in Bath Road, Tipton, Dr Mohammed Naseem, chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque and a well-known Muslim figure in the region, condemned the treatment of the detainees.
He said: “I think back to the times of Stalin and Hitler when people were being taken away somewhere where no one knew where they were.” [...]
If enacted, the Constitution Restoration Act will effectively transform the United States into a theocracy, where the arbitrary dictates of a "higher power" can override law.
By Chris Floyd
One of the sticking points in crafting the just-signed "interim constitution" of the Pentagon cash cow formerly known as Iraq was the question of acknowledging Islam as the fundamental source of law. After much wrangling, a fudge was worked out that cites the Koran as a fundamental source of legal authority, with the proviso that no law can be passed that conflicts with Islam.
We in the enlightened West smile at such theocratic quibbling, of course: Imagine, national leaders insisting that a modern state be governed solely by divine authority! Governments guaranteeing the right of religious extremists to impose their views on society! What next -- debates about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Oh, those poor, ignorant barbarians in Babylon!
Well, wipe that smile off your face. For even now, the ignorant barbarians in Washington are pushing a law through Congress that would "acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty [and] government" in the United States. What's more, it would forbid all legal challenges to government officials who use the power of the state to enforce their own view of "God's sovereign authority." Any judge who dared even hear such a challenge could be removed from office.
The "Constitution Restoration Act of 2004" is no joke; it was introduced last month by some of the Bush Regime's most powerful Congressional sycophants. If enacted, it will effectively transform the American republic into a theocracy, where the arbitrary dictates of a "higher power" -- as interpreted by a judge, policeman, bureaucrat or president -- can override the rule of law.
Pentagon awards 1.1 billion dollars in Iraq
contracts to US, UK firms
Saddam had WMDs destroyed in 91, claim
Comment: 10,000 Iraqi innocents dead, blown to bits with American ordnance and apathy, their torn limbs littering the streets of their home towns, and for what? So that a small group of men could satisfy their lust for power, while at the same time satisfying American citizens' desire to maintain the illusion that they really do live in "the land of the free and home of the brave".
Thursday March 11, 08:46 PM
DUBAI (Reuters) - A letter purporting to come from Osama bin Laden's militant Islamist al Qaeda network says a big attack on the United States is in the final stages of preparation, a London-based Arabic newspaper says.
"We bring the good news to Muslims of the world that the expected 'Winds of Black Death' strike against America is now in its final stage...90 percent (ready) and God willing near," the letter said.
The letter, signed by the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades which said it is part of al Qaeda, was sent to the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper on Thursday. A copy of the letter was faxed to Reuters in Dubai.
It was not possible to independently authenticate the letter. [...]
US issues security alert to American
citizens in Jordan
"We are sending this message to you at this time because the embassy has become aware of information that in mid-January 2004, unidentified terrorists were possibly planning attacks against hotels in Jordan," the statement said.
"We have no information that US-owned hotels were being targeted specifically ... (nor) further information on the timing, method or participants in this possible threat," it added. [...]
President Gloria Arroyo fears a major terrorist attack may be imminent in the Philippines and has asked neighbors for information to help her fight the threat, a top security adviser said.
National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales said the attack would likely come from Muslim militants, blamed for bombings at an airport and a port in the southern Philippines city of Davao early last year that killed 38 people.
There have been no other major terrorist actions in the country since then, but Gonzales said a fresh wave of deadly attacks in other countries suggest that "we have to be far more vigilant." [...]
Zimbabwe is to charge more than 60 men said to be mercenaries with plotting to "destabilise a sovereign government," Home Minister Kembo Mohadi has said.
The men were detained after their plane was impounded in Harare on Sunday.
Zimbabwe has accused the group of planning a coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. A government minister has said the men could face the death penalty.
A French diplomat is about to start a new life - as foreign minister for the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Salome Zurabishvili, 51, was born in France to Georgian parents, but won a posting back to Georgia as the French ambassador. She will now be granted Georgian citizenship in addition to her French passport.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said it had been "his dream" to appoint to the post since he met her in 1996.
"She made a brilliant career in France but she stayed a Georgian at heart and a true patriot," he told reporters. Mr Saakashvili said he believed such an appointment was "unprecedented in the history of diplomacy".
He said he had cleared the move with French President Jacques Chirac during a visit to Paris. "It is a very important gesture on the part of the French government, a very significant gesture on the part of the French president."
The Holy Grail, according to a legend hundreds of years old, was taken to England by Joseph of Arimathea, who buried it in Glastonbury. Researcher and author Mark Amaru Pinkham, however, has uncovered evidence that shows the Grail resides in Scotland’s mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, a stronghold of the controversial Knights Templar. Pinkham is the author of The Guardians of the Holy Grail:
The Knights Templar, John the Baptist, and the Water of Life, a book that exposes hidden secrets Templar Knights brought to Europe from the Middle East, and tells why those secrets could not be revealed until now. [...]
Russian presidential race
seen as preordained
Comment: Exactly the same can be said of the US government. US citizens however, deeply immersed in the illusions that their own government have foisted upon them, and which they willingly embrace, will at every turn reject they idea that theirs is not "the greatest democracy on earth". Do the words "hoodwinked on a massive scale" mean anything to anyone? "Not I!", we hear you say. Sure. Wishful thinking will get ya every time.
Friday 12 March 2004, 11:37 Makka Time, 8:37 GMT
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has been impeached for violating elections laws.
The country's opposition-dominated parliament voted 193 to 2 on Friday to strip the president of his position after a last ditch attempt by Roh to avert the vote by issuing a public apology failed.
"I hereby declare that the motion to impeach President Roh Moo-Hyun has been approved," Speaker Park Kwan-Yong announced.
But chaos erupted inside the parliament as Roh supporters and opposition members hurled punches and threw their shoes at each other.
Thursday 11 March 2004, 8:09 Makka Time, 5:09 GMT
The US trade deficit has hit an all-time high of $43.1 billion, disproving forecasts that a recent fall in the dollar would help exports.
Mortgage Rates Fall to Near Record
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgage rates dropped sharply to near last year's record lows, mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac said on Thursday. [...]
"The economy is clearly much weaker than we had anticipated," Nothaft said. "There is no pressure on inflation to increase and that means the Fed is going to keep an accommodative monetary policy at least through the third quarter of this year and perhaps to the end of the year." [...]
MetLife to Sell Sears
MetLife, which is based in New York, expects to close the deal in the second quarter and take a $90 million gain. The company said the sale won't have a material impact on operating earnings.
MetLife spokesman John Calagna said the company entered into a confidentiality agreement with the buyer and won't disclose the price or the name of the acquiring company. [...]
The Sears Tower, which is 88 percent occupied, has struggled with sagging demand for office space and tenants' lack of enthusiasm for high-profile buildings after the terror attacks of 2001. [...]
Marine Corps Plane Crashes in San
By Haaretz Service
An Israeli security team will visit India shortly to train its security forces and intelligence teams for "anti-insurgency operations" in Kashmir...
The Israeli-Indian deal is reported to include agreement on an intelligence-sharing arrangement between the two countries.
Comment: India is being played for a sucker. Israel does not share intelligence data. Reports like this will surely work to keep the Muslim population continually agitated though.
United Nations -- Red-faced, the world body acknowledged yesterday that a flight recorder that may be linked to the crash that triggered the 1994 Rwandan genocide has turned up in a United Nations filing cabinet. The Paris daily Le Monde reported this week that a so-called black box from the plane, which was shot down by rockets, was sent to UN headquarters in New York and never seen again. [...]
Tulane suspends deal with cadaver broker
Wednesday March 10,
When Tulane University found itself with a temporary oversupply of cadavers that had been donated to science a few years ago, the school did what it usually does: It called a cadaver broker.
Tulane said it assumed the broker would ship the bodies to other universities, where medical students would dissect them.
Instead, the broker sold the bodies to the Army, and the Army blew them up in land-mine experiments.
The Army says it did nothing wrong and has a legitimate need to study whether special boots can prevent land-mine injuries. The broker said he only did what brokers do: link up buyers with sellers.
But others say that blowing up bodies is not what donors have in mind when they turn over the remains of loved ones "to science." And Tulane said it, too, was surprised.
What Types of Cyborg Implants Are
I was wondering if you would be able to tell me a little more about the types of implants that we have available at the moment. I also am curious about what kinds of possibilities there are for neural networks such as the ability to create a human who has remote access to the Web without need of a computer.
George W. Bush Is Getting
In the past three years, the NBIC program has convened hundreds of researchers, entrepreneurs and policy wonks from academia, business, federal agencies and the military to brainstorm what will happen when petaflop chips running expert systems, back-engineered from the hippocampus, can be stuck into the brain as an internal modem using nanowires that are spit out by gene-tweaked extremophile bacteria. The NBIC's initial report stunned even the most optimistic techno-utopians with its predictions of rapid human enhancement [...]
Identix buys skin
recognition technology company
Comment: The robotisation of humanity. Your humanity will be defined by how efficient a machine you are. Let's face it though, most people are already half way there. Like good little robots, your every move will be monitored...
Russian Government to Install Cameras in Every
Moscow Apartment Building
Comment: Even in your rental car...
GPS Keeping Tabs On Car
Undoubtedly, many renters are never that careful. Lee claims he had no idea he couldn't leave California and never imagined he was being tracked. “It does feel as though you’ve been spied on,” he says. [...]
"In a little-noticed side effect of the war on terrorism, the military is edging toward a sensitive area that has been off-limits to it historically: domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement," according to The Wall Street Journal.
"Historically, Americans haven't trusted the military to do domestic police work. The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, passed in response to abuses by federal troops in the South after the Civil War, prohibits the use of the military 'to execute the laws' of the U.S."
In "Deployed in the U.S.A.: The Creeping Militarization of the Home Front," Cato Senior Editor Gene Healy writes: "Deploying troops on the home front is very different from waging war abroad. Soldiers are trained to kill, whereas civilian peace officers are trained to respect constitutional rights and to use force only as a last resort. That fundamental distinction explains why Americans have long resisted the use of standing armies to keep the domestic peace." He goes on to say: "The Posse Comitatus Act is, unfortunately, a weak and porous barrier to military involvement in domestic law enforcement, but it is designed to protect both our liberty and our safety. [...]
Comment: Martial law, troops on the streets, curfew, mass encarcerations. "But they wouldn't do that!" Dream on, the choice is yours.
Elk Leave Area Plagued by Mystery
RAWLINS, Wyo. - Elk are starting to move out of an area where nearly 300 have died from mysterious causes in the past month.
The herds recently began migrating south from the Red Rim Wildlife Habitat Management Area near Rawlins toward Atlantic Rim and their spring and summer ranges, said pilot Dwight France, who has been monitoring the elk for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
During a recent flight, dozens of elk carcasses could be seen from the air. At least 289 elk have died or been euthanized since early last month as the result of an ailment that left many unable to get up, Game and Fish spokesman Tom Reed said. [...]
Port Moresby - Authorities in Papua New Guinea ordered police to search part of a remote island after locals told of seeing a giant dinosaur-like creature roaming the area, local media reported Friday.
Villagers on the island of New Britain this week reported seeing a three-metre tall, grey-coloured beast with a head like a dog and a tail like a crocodile, The National newspaper recounted.
Christine Samei told reporters she saw the "dinosaur" early on Wednesday in a marsh just outside the provincial capital Kokopo on the eastern end of New Britain.
"I heard the people talking about it and went there to see for myself. Its very huge and ugly looking animal," Samei said.
A local ward councillor, Michael Tarawana, told the newspaper that villagers said the creature had been sighted by women on several occasions and had reportedly eaten three dogs.
On Thursday, six police officers armed with M-16 assault rifles and villagers carrying bush knives searched the marsh new Tinganavudu village but found no trace of the creature, The National said. The search was confirmed by government officials in the capital, Port Moresby. [...]
An American historian says that more than a million Europeans were enslaved by North African slave traders between 1530 and 1780, a time of vigorous Mediterranean and Atlantic coastal piracy.
The number of white European slaves is only a fraction of the trade that brought 10 million to 12 million black African slaves to the Americas over a 400-year period, historian Robert Davis says, but his research shows the slave trade was more widespread than commonly assumed. The impact on Europe's white population was significant.
"One of the things that both the public and many scholars have tended to take as given is that slavery was always racial in nature — that only blacks have been slaves. But that is not true," said Mr. Davis, an Ohio State University professor.
"Enslavement was a very real possibility for anyone who traveled in the Mediterranean, or who lived along the shores in places like Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, and even as far north as England and Iceland." [...]
Observing the sky with the green filter of it panoramic camera, the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit came across a surprise: a streak across the sky. The streak, seen in the middle of this mosaic of images taken by the navigation and panoramic cameras, was probably the brightest object in the sky at the time. [...]
Global advertising could take on a whole new meaning.
MOSCOW, Russia (AP) -- Orion, the Big Dipper and Andromeda could be joined in the heavens by ads for soft drinks and cigarettes if a Russian inventor's device catches on. [...]
The Indian supreme court has banned a Hindu religious cult, the Anand Marg, from staging a dance ritual in public. [...]
The cult maintains the Anger Dance - or Tandav - involving daggers, snakes and human bones is part of their religion. [...]
BRAIN DISORDER CAUSES MYSTERIOUS MUSIC HALLUCINATIONS
The Sunday Telegraph Magazine
Janet Dilbeck clearly remembers the moment the music started. Two years ago she was lying in bed on the California ranch where she and her husband were caretakers. A mild earthquake woke her up. To Californians, a mild earthquake is about as unusual as a hailstorm, so Dilbeck tried to go back to sleep once it ended. But just then she heard a melody playing on an organ, "very loud, but not deafening," as she recalls. Dilbeck recognized the tune, a sad old song called When You and I Were Young, Maggie. [...]
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