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The 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.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. --Voltaire--
Faith of consciousness is freedom
January 17, 2003
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." Genesis 7:11 "And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat." Genesis 8:4
On January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was born. After the American Revolution, when asked what form of government the American people now enjoyed, his answer was, "A Republic. If you can keep it." The Republic died on the anniversary of Ben Franklin's birthday in 1893. Today, January 17, 2003, is the 110th anniversary of the American Empire. One hundred and ten years ago today, a group of rich white guys got the US Armed Forces to invade the Hawaiian Islands and forcibly overthrow the sovereign government of Hawaii. This invasion and overthrow of a sovereign nation outside the North American continent signaled the death of the American Republic, and the beginning of the AmeriKKKan Empire.
Panic, Shock Grip Bush-Rove Team At 1600 Pennsylvania - It isn't much of a surprise to me that George W. Bush's poll numbers are circling the drain. One need only look to the left, the right, up, or down to realize that almost nothing is going well in America. But then you'd have to have been off the planet for a couple years not to know that since the former Texas governor took office as the putative "President" of the United States at the wily invitation of five members of the United States Supreme Court, things have been going down hill.
The economy is tanking.
Corporate leaders, including Vice President Cheney, are facing investigations for the worst kinds of thievery from their stockholders.
The United States is loathed by most foreign populations and nearly all governments around the world, including our allies -- and yes, together with Great Britain, despite the masquerade from British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Unemployment has nearly doubled in the past 18 months, and huge layoffs in the near future have already been announced.
United Airlines is the first of many major air carriers to go into bankruptcy.
The Bush "Administration" has not found a single shred of evidence that Saddam Hussein has or is planning to use "weapons of mass destruction" against the United States or anyone else save for a few "empty" warhead that "could" have contained some sinister stuff before being discarded.
Mr. Bush has failed in his promise to catch or kill Osama bin Laden. Not a single important Al Qaeda member has been to trial or punished.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General, John "Southern Partisan" Ashcroft, is engineering the arrest of American citizens, among others, without due process of law -- and locking "illegal combatants" up in Cuba beyond the not-so-vigilant eyes of America's media.
And, of course, all the news you hear, see or read about all of the above -- and so many other issues and events -- is controlled by a handful of corporate CEOs who back the ideals of the Bush family, the Republican Party, and extremist ultra right wing ideologues.
News programming has become a twenty-four hour a day sham.
Talk radio is dominated by Neo-fascist commentators, and more than 80 million Americans get ALL their news from talk radio according to recent surveys.
When liberals or progressives attempt to present their points of view they are shouted down, ignored, smirked at by television and radio hosts -- or see the programs that they host cancelled.
Medical care is so costly that an average family of four pays more than $12,000 a year in premiums -- not including pharmaceutical care. Drug prices have skyrocketed and the White House sits by, promising pharmaceutical "aid" to seniors but doing nothing to deliver on the promise.
Americans in the super majority are begging for government-sponsored health care -- and not a single source is reporting this phenomenon.
Drug companies gave more money to right-wing candidates last year than any other sector of industry.
The White House has sent more than 100,000 young Americans off to the Middle East to prepare for a war that the entire world, free or otherwise, opposes.
And it does not help that George w. Bush looks and acts like a buffoon, sneering and smirking, thumbing his nose at all foreign leaders asking him to take an attack on Iraq more slowly and definitely more seriously.
The Attorney General spent more than $25,000 to cover the naked bosom of the bronze statue of Blind Justice outside his office -- probably the most expensive burkha in history. And Mr. Ashcroft is down on his knees praying to Jesus every morning -- although representing a nonsectarian justice system and a nation with a Constitution that clearly and literally separates church from state.
Mr. Bush has decided that giving minorities extra points on college admission scores is "unconstitutional" and is filing an amicus curiae brief to this effect in the Supreme Court -- even while paying lip service to fair and ethical treatment of unfairly treated black and Hispanic citizens.
Interest rates are about to skyrocket -- and the last bubble of wealth, personal real estate values, is about to burst.
Personal bankruptcies are at all-time highs, but the White House is busy pressuring Congress to make certain that working people cannot declare bankruptcy in any way that will free them from debt so that they might make a fresh start.
In Mississippi and many other southern states the rate of illiteracy among minorities is over 65%.
Mr. Bush has proposed tax cuts that help the wealthy and largely ignored and insulted the working poor by giving them a tax cut that will not even cover their annual cable televisions bills.
Progressive leaders are concentrating on driving people out of their SUVs -- when they might better spend their time and money driving the Vice President from office for the crimes he committed while Chairman of Halliburton, an oil services company which not only overstated its profits under the tutelage of Cheney-hired Arthur Andersen (itself a convicted felon) but also traded with Iraq under a Cayman Island corporation cooked up by Cheney and his board after Cheney lobbied Congress hard to insert loopholes in Iraqi sanctions to allow such "oil bidniss" on a more regular basis.
The homeless are being driven out of one city and into another rather than being provided with food and shelter as one would do for any pathetically poor stranger.
HMOs persist on denying medical care to the mentally ill and instead out them on the streets to be raped, murdered and maimed.
The chasm between rich and poor in America is widening to 19th Century proportions.
Union strength has been decimated to such an extent that collective bargaining has become an inside joke on Washington's K Street.
The White House has now shut down all the streets surrounding it and placed batteries of surface to air missiles around its perimeter.
The Vice President hides out in bunkers, ostensibly to be able to save the Republic if and when Washington is attacked by some unnamed source.
We are about to spend $2 trillion of OUR money on a war for which we are unprepared and from which we may not be able to extricate ourselves.
In short, the nation has gone partially insane -- and television news has utterly failed to notice.
The West Strongly Determined to Conquer Whole World - To put it short, the major phenomenon of the current century is the global war, which is called globalization. This war is already on: the Cold War stage is gone, while September 11th of 2001 was the start of the new, Hot War stage. This war is waged by the united West, which wants to conquer the entire humanity and to establish its global reign. However, the West does so not because of its stupidity or sick intentions. The West does so due to the historic necessity. Without this war, the West can not survive or preserve the level, at which its society lives.”
The basic opponents of the Western supersociety are: the Islamic world, and the Asian communism with China at the head. “The war against the Islamic world is waged under the disguise of the need to fight with the international terrorism. A military campaign is about to start in Iraq; other Muslim countries are likely to be attacked in the future as well. If the West is through with them, there will definitely be a fight with China.”
“However, we can witness the anti-globalization protest now too. One of its forms is what is called the world terrorism. In addition to that, there is the anti-globalist movement, which also becomes the anti-American one. This movement is not organized very well yet. It does not have either a single center or a clear ideology. Nevertheless, it has a future to make, which means that the movement will develop and grow next year. I think that the anti-globalist movement will become a lot stronger in 2003. It will be able to affect the process of the world evolution. I mean evolution, not revolution. Revolutions are out of the question at the moment.”
As we sit and wait for another war against Iraq, we should remember all the winning lies of Operation Desert Storm. The Gulf War was itself a propaganda masterpiece, which wowed the TV audience far more than it threatened the grotesque regime in Baghdad. And because the propaganda always blocked our view of things, it left us with important questions that remain unanswered to this day: How exactly—and for how long—did the Reagan and the Bush administrations fund and arm Saddam? (The president obscures that cozy prior relationship, by harping on Hussein's “unrelenting hostility to the United States.”) Comment: A must read!
Flawed Report; Iraqi Warheads Found - Let's be clear. These were not 'chemical warheads.' In the Iraqi arsenal, a warhead is a warhead - an empty ordnance space strapped to a missile. What matters is the payload, be it explosive or chemical or nuclear. The item placed in the warhead denotes the designation. These warheads were stone-cold empty, so by definition they are not 'chemical warheads.' They are, in fact, nothing, because they were loaded with no payload. Furthermore, the word 'warhead' is in itself misleading, as these were artillery munitions.
Second. Iraq is allowed by UN resolutions to have a variety of weapons, including the Al Samoud missile. We did not want to pull Iraq's fangs completely after the Gulf War, considering the neighborhood they live in. We allowed them to keep missiles that fly only a certain distance (150km most often). Many people will not know this, and will think the presence of these munitions will represent a breach of the UN resolution. This is not the case.
Third. Scott Ritter informed me today that these munitions were part of Iraq's declaration last December. I await further confirmation of this, and so should the journalism world.
Fourth. This is absolutely a vindication of the inspections regime. They found the stuff, and it will be destroyed, an no American soldiers or Iraqi civilians died in the process. Inspections work.
Fifth. Recall how the UNSCOM inspections were undermined by meddling from the American intelligence community. Understand that this warhead story did not come from Blix, or through the normal channels, but through a Japanese (read: close ally) inspector whop contacted the news media and let rip before the facts were in hand. Why?
The US needs no second UN resolution to act - and by the end of the month the case against Iraq will be made, says US Secretary of State Colin Powell. - This ominous development on a day in which Saddam Hussein has warned that the US will be defeated if it tries to invade.
As U.S. officials expressed President Bush's willingness to talk to North Korea over the crisis that has arisen as the United States prepares for possible war with Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell reassured Pyongyang that Washington wanted to find a peaceful solution for the Korean peninsula. "We don't want to escalate any crisis. We don't want war," Powell was quoted as saying in an interview with Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. "We have no unfriendly intentions toward North Korea ... we are seeking to solve the situation diplomatically." White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Pyongyang had chosen to isolate itself from the international community. "We have made plain that we will talk to North Korea about dismantlement of their programs," he told reporters. "North Korea has chosen to develop nuclear weapons, to isolate itself from the world and not to talk to the United States."
But then, about Iraq: " The White House called the discovery of the undeclared warheads "troubling and serious" and clear evidence that Saddam was not disarming as required under a tough new U.N. resolution passed last November."
Comment: I am just speechless. Talk about a hypocritical, two-faced, cretin. Twelve rusty pipes, years of American lies and propaganda, and we are gonna bomb Iraq. Pyongyang kicks sand in Bush's face, and he's all over him, whining like a puppy that can't hold its water. Sheesh!
British Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomed on Friday what he said was the accelerating pace of weapons inspections in Iraq and called on President Saddam Hussein to make the most of his chance to disarm. Blair held an hour of talks with chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix at his country residence outside London, one day after U.N. inspectors announced they had uncovered empty warheads in Iraq designed to carry chemical warfare agents. Blix played down the significance of the discovery, saying on arrival in Britain it was no "smoking gun." British officials also insisted that London, which has backed Washington's tough line on Iraq, would not rush to judgment. Neither man spoke to reporters after their meeting but Blair's spokesman said he had underlined his strong support for the inspectors.
Britain gave a cautious response on Friday to the discovery in Iraq of empty rocket warheads designed to carry chemical warfare agents and said there should be "no rush to judgment." Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, speaking ahead of talks between Blair and chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, said the experts needed time to carry out their work. "We do have to be patient. It's their job to do the inspections and to make whatever assessments have to be made in respect to what they have found," the spokesman said. "This find is clearly interesting. We're not saying otherwise, but we do have to go one step at a time." U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq said on Thursday they had found 11 empty rocket warheads designed to carry chemical warfare agents, all in "excellent condition," at the Ukhaider Ammunition Storage Area, 120 km (75 miles) south of Baghdad. A 12th warhead needed further checks, they said.
Iraq to sign oil deals with Russian companies - Stroitransgaz, an oil and gas construction company, would be awarded a contract to develop block four in Iraq's western desert, the official told Reuters. Soyuzneftegaz would sign to develop the Rafidain field in southern Iraq. United Nations sanctions forbid any investment in Iraq until the lifting of Gulf War sanctions. Comment: The question is, what is Russia gonna do when the US attacks its interests in Iraq? Probably a lot more to this than meets the eye, but then when is that not the case in the world of oil deals?
Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes said he had signed a new "landmark" military protocol agreement with Russia even as regional arch foe Pakistan claimed its own breakthrough in its relations with Moscow. The protocol signed in an hour of closed-door talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov "covers all major issues of procurement and related matters," Fernandes told reporters. "I would call this a landmark document," he said. "We have succeeded painlessly in sorting out our old problems." A long-term ally dating back to the Soviet era, India has been engaged in long-standing talks with Russia, which accounts for more than 70 percent of its military hardware. Ivanov declined to discuss future Russia-India cooperation in details but said their plans were "big and serious."
Fighting The Fear Factor - Local scientists are quietly working to give UFO sightings a measured look and lend legitimacy to those who spot them - The National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena. Headed by former NASA scientist Richard Haines of Los Altos, the year-old group is one of several private organizations saying that UFOs deserve a measured, scientific look. With research helpers around the country, it's a confidential sounding board for professionals in the taboo-bound aviation field. Haines' focus is on helping flight and ground crews safely handle something many have experienced but few have talked about. "Everybody's so God-darned afraid of everything," Daniels said.
"How does science rationally deal with a phenomenon that stays with an airliner at high altitude (and) at high speed for 20 minutes?" he asked. "It automatically eliminates a long list of mundane phenomena." Haines' group has collected 1,300 pilot reports and is gathering more from government and private sources in many countries. "This is kind of snowballing," said Ted Roe of Vallejo, the group's executive director. "First off, we're learning that the phenomenon is distributed globally." [...]
It's all a magic show of the mind, most scientists tend to think. Few have ventured in. But Haines is attracted because he believes a conservative approach can gain on the mystery. A former NASA behavioral scientist who worked on manned moon missions and later helped design aircraft cockpit displays, he has published more than 70 journal articles in his specialty. He prides himself on his caution. [...]
Haines stands apart from the UFO culture and even from the acronym itself. He instead likes UAP, for unidentified aerial phenomenon. The coinage is picking up currency: Scientists and aviation experts adopted the acronym for a November conference at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on aerial mysteries and interstellar travel.
Brazil - Torrential rains swept through the state early on Thursday, leaving 89 people injured and another 1,098 homeless, according to the civil defense unit. In all, 7,678 people were forced to evacuate their residences. So far, 2,709 homes have been destroyed in the mudslides, many built precariously in hillside shantytowns. Another 69 were at risk of collapsing as heavy rains continued across the area, authorities said. More than 30 municipalities declared a state of emergency, but the worst damage was in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's fourth-largest metropolitan area, where 15 people were killed. Several other deaths were reported in four small towns in the surrounding area.
Icelanders are turning cold on the idea of joining the European Union, an opinion poll showed this week -- a situation which may threaten the fate of the European Economic Area trading bloc. In contrast with fellow Nordic non-member Norway, popularity has plunged, with a Frettabladid newspaper poll showing only 26 percent of Icelanders want to apply for EU membership, while 46 percent do not. A poll in Norway this week said a record high of 57 percent were in favor of membership and 29 percent against. The pro-EU Federation of Icelandic Industries said the diverging trends were worrying because the fates of Iceland and Norway were interlocked in the European Economic Area, which offers Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein 80 percent of the trade benefits and obligations of EU membership.
Muslims and Arabs will attack American targets everywhere if the United States goes to war against Iraq, a senior member of the militant Islamic movement Hamas said in Gaza on Friday. He made the new threat during a march by 3,000 Palestinians through the winding streets of Gaza City on the 12th anniversary of the 1991 Gulf War. Some protesters fired shots shot in the air and others held portraits of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "If Iraq is attacked... all American targets will be open targets for every Muslim, Arab or Palestinian," Mahmoud al-Zahar, told reporters. "Any attack against Iraq will be answered by resistance everywhere and American interests everywhere will be targeted. We say that all American targets will be open targets to every Muslim, Arab, or Palestinian," he said. Hamas, responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in the 27-month-old Palestinian uprising, has said previously that its strategy is to carry out attacks only against Israelis in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel.
Comment from astute reader: Just wanted to mention an idea that came to me while I was doing my routine reading of the news. After a while, two of the stories really stood out in my head. The first one is came out couple of days ago and basically states, " mossad to begin targeted murders on American soil". Then the next one states, " Hamas - American Targets Fair Game If US Hits Iraq". Well, we all know Bushy boy is losing popularity on many fronts. Hmmmm... We also know that Israel is asking for that $150 billion aid package. Well, what if this aid package is Israel's pay-off not just for nine-eleven but also for fresh operations which are going to take place all over the USA that will be blamed on Arabs! Wow! Could you ever imagine what would happen if Israel was discovered. What a setup. My question is can't the Israelis see this?
Comment: The above scenario is not crazy, IMHO. After all, if the reader will take a few minutes to have a look at this linked flash presentation, it will be painfully obvious that the Bush Gang are anti-Semitic to the core. And the only explanation for their current cozying up to the Israelis is to set them up. Spy vs. Spy, eh?
A defiant President Saddam Hussein said Friday that Iraq had mobilized its forces to defeat U.S. troops at the gates of Baghdad should they invade his country. "We have determined and planned to defeat the aggressors. We have mobilized our abilities, including those of the army, people and leadership," he said in the text of a televised speech marking the 12th anniversary of the Gulf War. "Baghdad, its people and leadership, is determined to force the Mongols of our age to commit suicide at its gates," Saddam said, referring to the Mongol armies Hulagu Khan that sacked the Iraqi capital in 1258 ending the Abbasid Caliphate.
Comment: Strange that Saddam refers to America as the Mongols... Nostradamus says in quatrain 10.72:
In Nostradamus' day, the seventh month was September. And funny that date: 1999 - sorta reminds one of 9-11 in a fluid reality way. Interesting to play with, so have a look at The False Prophet for more speculation along this line.
At least another 79 people have died from a cold wave that has claimed more than 1,450 lives continued to grip South Asia, sending temperatures in several north Indian cities plunging to their lowest levels in decades, officials said. In Bangladesh, 23 more people died overnight, pushing the toll in the country to over 700, newspaper reports said Friday. After a slight increase in temperatures on Wednesday, the mercury fell Thursday to 9.7 degrees Celsius (49.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in Dhaka, the lowest recorded in the capital this season. Meteorologists said temperatures were unlikely to change in the next few days. Many rural areas of the subcontinent are ill-prepared for cold weather, as much of the year is hot and sticky. The cold spell has badly affected agriculture in Bangladesh, with planted saplings yellowing from the lack of sunlight and stored seeds attacked by insects drawn by the damp weather. The country has also been hit by a dense fog, blamed largely on heavy air pollution, which has disrupted transportation. Comment: It's pretty chilly in Florida, too. And has been that way for almost a month. It makes you wonder about C's comment:
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