2
Sep
2005

Bigger disaster about to happen

Crisis Points!

From: Muriel Schmidt


Folks, This will be an important thread that will need to be monitored in the coming days. I can't cut and paste all of the crisis points right now...stay tuned....This is THE year folks. Top off your preps now....Diane

http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?t=164556

The thing that many people are not figuring out yet is the bigger disaster about to happen.

The Mississippi River is impassable to barge traffic. That means nothing will go north that is imported in (oil, coffee, sugar) and nothing exported out (grains, steel, etc.).

Nothing will move until all the channels are cleared and the levys stabilized.

Oilstorm.

Game over.


From Be Kind Whenever Possible

The Real Gas Gougers

How convenient for the oil industry that Hurricane Katrina hit just before the traditional Labor Day-weekend hike in gas prices. Now, John Nichols states, that instead of having to fake up some absolutely absurd excuse for jacking up gas prices, the industry can try and dupe Americans into thinking that they are suddenly paying $3.25 a gallon because of a storm.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090205K.shtml

From Margins of Society to Center of the Tragedy

Many African-American leaders note that the victims in New Orleans were largely black and poor, those who toiled in the background of the tourist havens, living in tumbledown neighborhoods that were long known to be vulnerable to disaster if the levees failed. Without so much as a car or bus fare to escape ahead of time, they found themselves left behind by a failure to plan.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090205J.shtml

'Hope is Fading' at New Orleans Convention Center

An explosion jolted residents awake early Friday, illuminating the pre-dawn sky with red and orange flames over the city where corpses rotted along sidewalks and thousands remained stranded - crying for food, water and a way to evacuate.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090205I.shtml

WAS THE STORM OR AFTERMATH ENGINEERED?

http://www.cyberspaceorbit.com/indexback177.html


Informant: Debi Clark

16th Weather Modification Conference

From the WMA Annual Meeting, San Diego, Ca. 2005; 16th Weather Modification Conference

http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache:QiCVBcXkFDoJ:ams.confex.com/ams/pdfpapers/86444.pdf+verified+weather+modification&hl=en
or here in PDF: http://ams.confex.com/ams/pdfpapers/86444.pdf


Informant: Debi Clark

Who Is Jamming Communicatins In New Orleans?

By Wayne Madsen
9-2-5

Who is jamming communications in New Orleans? Ham radio operators are reporting that communications in and around New Orleans are being jammed. In addition, perplexed ham radio operators who were enlisted by the Federal government in 911 are not being used for hurricane Katrina Federal relief efforts. There is some misinformation circulating on the web that the jamming is the resault of solar flares. Ham radio operators report that the flares are not the source of the communications jamming.

If anyone at the National Security Agency is aware of the source of the jamming, from direction finding or satellite intelligence, please discretely contact me at waynemadsendc@hotmail.com (from a private or temporary email account). In this case, the Bush administration cannot hide behind national security and it is the duty of every patriotic American to report such criminal activity to the press. Even though the information on the jamming may be considered classified -- it is in the public interest to disclose it.

Also, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reporting that no aircraft over New Orleans have been fired on over New Orleans or anywhere else in the area. Are the reports of shots being fired at aircraft an attempt by the Bush administration to purposely delay the arrival of relief to the city's homeless and dying poor? The neocons have turned New Orleans into Baghdad on the Mississippi.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/


Informant: beefree

Displacement Of Historic Proportions

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090205Y.shtml

Tell the world and ask: Why are the soldiers carrying assault rifles instead of water?

Please forward-----post to appropriate web logs as a general question and appeal-- rewrite in your own words if you like...

Why are the soldiers carrying assault rifles instead of water? CNN is broadcasting images a military convoy of some (12 to 15) supply trucks driving through deep water into the New Orleans convention center area since around 10:30am PDT Friday, Sept 2. Tens of thousands of people are without drinking water or food, STRANDED and crowded onto the tiny islands of dry land, into the fifth day since the hurricane. These people are literally DIEING from dehydration. Many are already dead. I ask again: Why are the soldiers carrying assault rifles instead of water? Where are the WATER TRUCKS?

There are obviously boxes of food, good, yes, but WATER IS NEEDED, more than anything. Carry in the drinking water -- Large trucks full of drinking water are needed immediately. Emergency water treatment facilities need to be set up. Emergency water collectors and water tanks should be brought in empty and positioned to collect clean, fresh rainwater BEFORE the next rains happen. It may be months or years before this flooded region is dry again, and normal water treatment plants may be out of commission for just as long. Immediate temporary solutions can be quickly implemented as longer term solutions are put in place.

Call the Red Cross, call the National Guard, call the white house and call upon CNN and also FSTV and PBS and Amy Goodman--Democracy Now! to publicly DEMAND them to send more swift boats, military planes and helicopters to drop into remote flood zones with packages of food, CLEAN FRESH WATER, inflatable row boats, life rafts and inflatable zodiac boats, emergency radios and telephones, low cost individual solar water distillers and other emergency survival and rescue supplies.

Call at least several Congressional Representatives and Senators and any elected officials anywhere in the USA. Anyone you know who knows anyone who knows anyone who knows anyone in the white house or the Federal or State levels of government. Create an ever increasing public outcry against the further occupation of ALL foreign lands and the continued neglect of our domestic needs.

Where is the Fresh WATER YOU BASTARD? You are NOT HUMAN
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x4550425

We are grossly underestimating the developing catastrophe in NO
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x4531415

CHINA just evacuated 790,000 in path of hurricane, "W"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x4565510


Informant: sash

Helping the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

http://www.omega-news.info/helping_the_victims_of_katrina.htm

'This is criminal': Malik Rahim reports from New Orleans

You'll find this Bay View web exclusive at
http://www.sfbayview.com/083105/thisiscriminal083105.shtml

There you can read more about Malik in a flier from his recent run for New Orleans City Council. Please distribute widely.

'This is criminal': Malik Rahim reports from New Orleans

by Malik Rahim

Malik Rahim, a veteran of the Black Panther Party in New Orleans, for decades an organizer of public housing tenants both there and in San Francisco and a recent Green Party candidate for New Orleans City Council, lives in the Algiers neighborhood, the only part of New Orleans that is not flooded. They have no power, but the water is still good and the phones work. Their neighborhood could be sheltering and feeding at least 40,000 refugees, he says, but they are allowed to help no one. What he describes is nothing less than deliberate genocide against Black and poor people. - Ed.

New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2005 - It's criminal. From what you're hearing, the people trapped in New Orleans are nothing but looters. We're told we should be more "neighborly." But nobody talked about being neighborly until after the people who could afford to leave . left.

If you ain't got no money in America, you're on your own. People were told to go to the Superdome, but they have no food, no water there. And before they could get in, people had to stand in line for 4-5 hours in the rain because everybody was being searched one by one at the entrance.

I can understand the chaos that happened after the tsunami, because they had no warning, but here there was plenty of warning. In the three days before the hurricane hit, we knew it was coming and everyone could have been evacuated.

We have Amtrak here that could have carried everybody out of town. There were enough school buses that could have evacuated 20,000 people easily, but they just let them be flooded. My son watched 40 buses go underwater - they just wouldn't move them, afraid they'd be stolen.

People who could afford to leave were so afraid someone would steal what they own that they just let it all be flooded. They could have let a family without a vehicle borrow their extra car, but instead they left it behind to be destroyed.

There are gangs of white vigilantes near here riding around in pickup trucks, all of them armed, and any young Black they see who they figure doesn't belong in their community, they shoot him. I tell them, "Stop! You're going to start a riot."

When you see all the poor people with no place to go, feeling alone and helpless and angry, I say this is a consequence of HOPE VI. New Orleans took all the HUD money it could get to tear down public housing, and families and neighbors who'd relied on each other for generations were uprooted and torn apart.

Most of the people who are going through this now had already lost touch with the only community they'd ever known. Their community was torn down and they were scattered. They'd already lost their real homes, the only place where they knew everybody, and now the places they've been staying are destroyed.

But nobody cares. They're just lawless looters ... dangerous.

The hurricane hit at the end of the month, the time when poor people are most vulnerable. Food stamps don't buy enough but for about three weeks of the month, and by the end of the month everyone runs out. Now they have no way to get their food stamps or any money, so they just have to take what they can to survive.

Many people are getting sick and very weak. From the toxic water that people are walking through, little scratches and sores are turning into major wounds.

People whose homes and families were not destroyed went into the city right away with boats to bring the survivors out, but law enforcement told them they weren't needed. They are willing and able to rescue thousands, but they're not allowed to.

Every day countless volunteers are trying to help, but they're turned back. Almost all the rescue that's been done has been done by volunteers anyway.

My son and his family - his wife and kids, ages 1, 5 and 8 - were flooded out of their home when the levee broke. They had to swim out until they found an abandoned building with two rooms above water level.


There were 21 people in those two rooms for a day and a half. A guy in a boat who just said "I'm going to help regardless" rescued them and took them to Highway I-10 and dropped them there.

They sat on the freeway for about three hours, because someone said they'd be rescued and taken to the Superdome. Finally they just started walking, had to walk six and a half miles.

When they got to the Superdome, my son wasn't allowed in - I don't know why - so his wife and kids wouldn't go in. They kept walking, and they happened to run across a guy with a tow truck that they knew, and he gave them his own personal truck.

When they got here, they had no gas, so I had to punch a hole in my gas tank to give them some gas, and now I'm trapped. I'm getting around by bicycle.

People from Placquemine Parish were rescued on a ferry and dropped off on a dock near here. All day they were sitting on the dock in the hot sun with no food, no water. Many were in a daze; they've lost everything.

They were all sitting there surrounded by armed guards. We asked the guards could we bring them water and food. My mother and all the other church ladies were cooking for them, and we have plenty of good water.

But the guards said, "No. If you don't have enough water and food for everybody, you can't give anything." Finally the people were hauled off on school buses from other parishes.

You know Robert King Wilkerson (the only one of the Angola 3 political prisoners who's been released). He's been back in New Orleans working hard, organizing, helping people. Now nobody knows where he is. His house was destroyed. Knowing him, I think he's out trying to save lives, but I'm worried.

The people who could help are being shipped out. People who want to stay, who have the skills to save lives and rebuild are being forced to go to Houston.

It's not like New Orleans was caught off guard. This could have been prevented.

There's military right here in New Orleans, but for three days they weren't even mobilized. You'd think this was a Third World country.

I'm in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, the only part that isn't flooded. The water is good. Our parks and schools could easily hold 40,000 people, and they're not using any of it.

This is criminal. These people are dying for no other reason than the lack of organization.

Everything is needed, but we're still too disorganized. I'm asking people to go ahead and gather donations and relief supplies but to hold on to them for a few days until we have a way to put them to good use.

I'm challenging my party, the Green Party, to come down here and help us just as soon as things are a little more organized. The Republicans and Democrats didn't do anything to prevent this or plan for it and don't seem to care if everyone dies.

Malik's phone is working. He welcomes calls from old friends and anyone with questions or ideas for saving lives. To reach him, call the Bay View at (415) 671-0789.


Informant: Debi Clark

Das Handy macht Schüler "sprachlos"

http://www.kleine.at/nachrichten/chronik/artikel/_723017/index.jsp

Hurricane Relief Effort

I know you join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to our 40,000 Members and activists who live in the hurricane-stricken areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Many members of the NRDC family -- and millions of others -- are in urgent need of assistance as they struggle to emerge from the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. If you are moved to donate, we recommend the following two websites that list highly-rated charities assisting in the relief effort:

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/content.view/catid/68/cpid/310.htm
http://www.networkforgood.org/topics/animal_environ/hurricanes/

Thank you for helping at this very difficult time.

John H. Adams NRDC Action Fund

KATRINA: Searching for Missing People

This website was sent to me to try and help anyone searching for those missing. It is an extensive site.

http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/PublicSafety/Hurricane_Katrina_Recovery.shtml

Go in peace and love.


This message was sent by Care2 Connect member: Judianne D.

Is the Catastrophe in New Orleans a Catastrophe of Nature or Policy?

Tantamount to Negligence
http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/20/20848/1.html

Ist die Katastrophe in New Orleans eine Naturkatastrophe oder eine politische?

Gleichbedeutend mit Fahrlässigkeit
http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/20/20849/1.html

BUSH STRAFES NEW ORLEANS - WHERE IS OUR HUEY LONG?

by Greg Palast

Friday, September 2, 2005

The National Public Radio news anchor was so excited I thought she'd piss on herself: the President of the United had flown his plane down to 1700 feet to get a better look at the flood damage! And there was a photo of our Commander-in-Chief taken looking out the window. He looked very serious and concerned.

That was yesterday. Today he played golf. No kidding.

I'm sure the people of New Orleans would have liked to show their appreciation for the official Presidential photo-strafing, but their surface-to-air missiles were wet.

There is nothing new under the sun. In 1927, a Republican President had his photo taken as the Mississippi rolled over New Orleans. Calvin Coolidge, "a little fat man with a notebook in his hand" promised to rebuild the state. He didn't. Instead, he left to play golf with Ken Lay or the Ken Lay railroad baron equivalent of his day.

In 1927, the Democratic Party had died and was awaiting burial. As depression approached, the coma-Dems, like Franklin Roosevelt, called for balancing the budget.

Then, as the waters rose, one politician finally said, roughly, "Screw this! They're lying! The President's lying! The rich fat cats that are drowning you will do it again and again and again. They lead you into imperialist wars for profit, they take away your schools and your hope and when you complain, they blame Blacks and Jews and immigrants. Then they push your kids under. I say, Kick'm in the a... and take your rightful share!"

Huey Long laid out a plan: a progressive income tax, real money for education, public works to rebuild Louisiana and America, an end to wars for empire, and an end to financial oligarchy. The waters receded, the anger did not, and Huey "Kingfish" Long was elected Governor of Louisiana in 1928.

At the time, Louisiana schools were free, but not the textbooks. Governor Long taxed Big Oil to pay for the books. Rockefeller's oil companies refused pay the textbook tax, so Long ordered the National Guard to seize Standard Oil's fields in the Delta.

Huey Long was called a "demagogue" and a "dictator". Of course. Because it was Huey Long who established the concept that a government of the people must protect the people, school, house, and feed them and give every man or woman a job who needs one.

Government, he said, "We The People" not plutocrats nor Halliburtons, must build bridges and levies to keep the waters from rising over our heads. All we had to do was share the nation's wealth we created as a nation. But that meant facing down what he called the "concentrations of monopoly power" to finance the needs of the public.

In other words, Huey Long founded the modern Democratic Party. Franklin Roosevelt and the party establishment, scared senseless of Long's ineluctable march to the White House, adopted his program, called it the New Deal, and later The New Frontier and the Great Society.

America and the party prospered.

America could use a Democratic Party again and there's a rumor it's alive -- somewhere.

And now is the moment, as it was in '27. As the bodies float in the streets of New Orleans, now is not the time for the Democrats to shirk and slink away, bleating they can't "politicize" this avoidable disaster.

Seventy-six years ago this week, Huey Long was shot down, assassinated at the age of 43. But the legacy of his combat remains, from Social Security to veterans' mortgage loans.

There is no such thing as a "natural" disaster. Hurricanes happen, but death comes from official neglect, from tax cuts for the rich that cut the heart out of public protection. The corpses in the street are victims of a class war in which only one side has a general.

Where is our Huey Long? America needs just one Kingfish to stand up and say that our nation must rid itself of the scarecrow with the idiot chuckle, who has left America broken and in danger while he plays tinker-toy Napoleon on other continents.

I realize that the middle of rising flood is a hell of a bad time to give Democrats swimming lessons; but it's act up now or we all go under.

A pedagogical note: As I travel around the USA, I'm just horrified at America's stubborn historical amnesia. Americans, as Sam Cooke said, don't know squat about history. We don't learn the names of a nation's capitol until the 82d Airborne lands there. And it doesn't count if you've watched a Ken Burns documentary on PBS.

I suggest starting with this: read "Huey Long" by the late historian Harry T. Williams. If you want to ease into it, get the Randy Newman album based on it (Good Old Boys) with the song, "Louisiana 1927". Listen to part of the song at http://www. GregPalast. com Do NOT watch the crappy right-wing agit-prop film, "Huey Long" by Ken Burns.


Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

http://www. GregPalast. com


Informant: gw

WORLD STUNNED AS US STRUGGLES WITH KATRINA

http://tinyurl.com/e2kz4


Informant: NHNE

World Can't Wait on the Bush Regime's response to Hurricane Katrina

Drive Out the Bush Regime people!!!

Immediate Proposal. Its time to act and organize in a new way! Response to the Gas Crisis and Bush Regime!

As you may have noticed, gas prices are going crazy and there have been rushes at the gas stations, some have even dried up. The Bush Regime has been busy passing off this 'gas crisis' as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Looking deeper we can see a link behind the severity of the disaster and the Bush Regime policies, particularly its' warmongering around the globe.

In fact, huge amounts of money have been diverted away from the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, or SELA. The Army Corp of Engineers, who oversees ports in the US, has not hidden the reasons for this. Money was diverted to pay for the war in Iraq. Though nature is a powerful thing in its' own right, the outrageous neglect of the Bush Regime has contributed to the severity of this disaster.

World Can't Wait supporters and all those outraged by this are encouraged to go to gas stations in their area and talk to people about the World Can't Wait Call, available here ( http://www.worldcantwait.org/WCW_Call_8-22.pdf ). This call Speaks to the severity of these times and shows what has to be done - to drive the Bush Regime from Power. Take out this call today, tomorrow and throughout this crisis. Let people know of the negligence and illegitimacy of the Bush Regime!!!

Atlanta World Can't Waiters have already begun to do this. The responses so far have been overwhelmingly positive. At just a couple of gas station, hundreds of flyers went out, contacts were made, and a number of stacks went out. One High School teacher took a stack to pass out to his students.

This is a great opportunity to take out this call and unleash more people to turn their outrage into a movement to bring about a future worth living in!

The World Can't Wait flyers are available online at http://www.worldcantwait.org/WCW_Call_8-22.pdf or get in touch with the Atlanta Committee via email or phone (below). Let us know how many flyers you need and give us a phone number to get back in touch with you.

Lilith and Janx Atlanta Committee
worldcantwaitatl@yahoo.com
(TOLL-FREE) 866-370-5404


Informant: Debi Clark

Hurricane Katrina is Our 911: Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us

The first US catastrophe of the post-911 world and it went about as many of us would have predicted.

People of color/ poor people/ people who possess no power were treated worse than animals.

Recall the very first imagess of people wading through chemical- laced, sewage-laden water and make every Black face White. Can you really imagine that the situation would have been allowed to deteriorate as it has?

Imagine middle-class white people in that hell-hole formerly known as the Superdome. Can't quite picture that? Oh..that's right. Black people don't really mind living in those conditions. And they like pickin' cotton too.

All human beings are worthy. But some are more worthy than others. Do you suppose the New York Times will publish biographies of each of the dead of Katrina as they did of 911?

Years from now will the public be still talking of the trauma these people (those who survive) experienced?

No, because what you get depends on who you are.

What about the trauma of the Palestinians compared to the trauma of the Jewish settlers? One is huge and we hear little or nothing about it. One is small and we hear about it every day for a week.

The government does not care for the least of us. That should not come as a surprise.

The least of us are treated differently. So one shot fired at a Chinook helicopter, and rescue attempts are put on hold. That is collective punishment. Just like one Palestinian turns himself into a suicidal bomber, so Israel invades and destroys entire villages. Collective punishment and racism. One of you did this to us, so we will turn our might on all of you. Doesn't matter that the one act had nothing to do with the other.

I'm glad to see the Black Caucus Jessie Jackson Reverend Sharpton and especially the Nation of Islam getting involved. What would Malcolm do? Malcolm would be there with the people sitting on the freeway, with the people outside the Superdome. If Malcolm were here, wouldn't be any bullets flying at helicopters trying to evacuate the sick and dying. Malcolm would know how to turn that desperation into constructive action. What would Mumia say? I hear Mumia's voice. I hear that distinctive cadence, can't quite make out the words. He will have the right words when words fail us all.

When all else fails blame the victim. FEMA head Mike Brown: "They" chose not to evacuate and now they are causing me all this damn trouble. Somehow 911 victims didn't get blamed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Damn. Ain't that just like Black folk, causing all that trouble.

20 foreign countries and the U.N. to date have offered assistance. Where are the corporate donations?? Where are the food companies, the water companies, the baby food companies?

What you get depends on who you are.

I recall trying to persuade people that Palestinians also grieve when their children die. I know..seems kinda like asserting that the sun rises, but there it is. If we were watching fair-skinned babies dehydrate right before the camera's eye..?

Charles Barkley, aka The Mouth, where are you? Sure would be nice if some athletes - or teams - or owners - gave even a couple of million. Chump change to them. Now that would be community service. Bill Gates - are you watching your TV?

60% of some police precincts not showing up for work!!? What is that about?! It got too hard, so I won't show up?

Hear a lot of folks are praying. I'm praying too. I'm praying for an end to racism. Those Black folk settled on the lowest-laying land in New Orleans, because it was land where no one else wanted to live. I'm praying for an end to classism. Those who had cars and money escaped. I'm praying for an enlightened leadership in our country which puts people above profits.

This is not a natural disaster.

Final comment: I never thought I would say this but I think for the most part CNN and MSNBC did a good job. Of course looting was exaggerated. In some cases cable news did a great job, such as when Anderson Cooper let his emotions show and actually broke down on the air. The reporters on the ground saw the misery and did not attempt to filter it. They did not sugar coat the horror. I shudder to think how much worse, if we were not seeing these images every day, every hour. I suspect that some of these reporters have been forever changed. Give them credit- they kept asking - where is the aid? They argued with the politicians and the bureaucrats and they challenged them. And (for-the-moment)Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans - Let's show some support for him when (if) this ordeal is over. He said the four- letter word, IRAQ and surely is going to be out of a job.


Informant: rasheedaas

Call the White House - Burn the phone lines!

Where is the food? Where is the water? Where are 500 buses to transport people? Where is the National Guard? (OK, we know where they are)

If you think "everything is being done" 4 days after Hurricane Katrina hit to help the New Orleans and other refugees, go to "airamericaradio.com" and scroll down to "9/2 - Click Here to Hear New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on sister station WWL" (interview of just last night -- Thursday night)

Here is the Mayor of New Orleans CRYING for help, not requesting, CRYING for help.

Keep pressure on bush until he acts to help the people of the southern states.

Contact your congress-members to pressure bush.

Call the White House comment line and hit 1-1 to get a live representative:

1-202-456-1111 (then 1 - 1) I just did & told them that I can't wait to see him impeached!


Informant: Debi Clark



http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

Stop the Death Machine in Iraq: Throw out All Military Recruiters

by Thomas Wheeler

...Yet the supplies of fresh meat for the military grinder -- where losses in killed, maimed and wounded have been much higher than expected -- are drying up at a fast rate. In the U.S. the mass media war propagandists were elated to be able to report that, despite increasing problems, up until the end of fiscal year 2004 (September 2004) all military services (barely) met their recruitment goals except for the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. Since that time the military recruitment shortfalls have quickly become a recruitment crisis for the Iraq occupation death machine. And everyone knows that without enough (at least somewhat-) willing bodies placed on the line in Iraq to operate the overwhelming firepower arrayed against the population there, the insurgency will quickly spiral out of the occupiers’ control. This means that in the immediate future Bush and Blair’s already-tenuous war and occupation could well be completely lost for a lack of enough willing cannon fodder....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Wheeler0901.htm

Global Warming and Widespread Blackouts are Just as Deadly as Terrorism

by Jason Leopold

Two years ago this month, a blackout plunged 50 million people in Northeastern U.S. and the Canadian province of Ontario into total darkness for more than a day, wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy. Now, it’s the devastation in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi wrought by Hurricane Katrina that has killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. The common thread in both disasters is that energy and environmental experts sounded early alarms about the potential for catastrophes like this unless the White House immediately took the necessary steps to upgrade the country’s aging power grid to stave off widespread power failures, and in the case of Hurricane Katrina, backed the Kyoto protocol, which aims to curb the air pollution blamed for severe climate changes that is no doubt the reason Katrina turned from a relatively small hurricane to a destructive monstrosity, due to high sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Weather Service. While supporting the Kyoto treaty would not have done anything to prevent an act of God like Hurricane Katrina or the destruction left in its aftermath, it would have been a step in the right direction. Global Warming isn’t some harebrained scheme cooked up in a laboratory by mad scientists. It’s an issue that is as real as terrorism. And it’s just as deadly....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Leopold0901.htm

Cheerleading the Climate Criminals

(Part I)
by Media Lens

Earlier this month, New Scientist reported the astonishing news that the world's largest frozen peat bog, comprising an area the size of France and Germany combined, was melting. According to researchers who have been studying the permafrost of western Serbia, the bog could unleash billions of tons of methane, a greenhouse gas twenty times as potent as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. If this were to happen, the consequences for the climate system, and for humanity, would be appalling. (Fred Pearce, “Climate warning as Siberia melts,” New Scientist, August 13, 2005) One of the researchers involved warned of an “irreversible ecological landslide.” Another concerned scientist said: “When you start messing around with these natural systems, you can end up in situations where it's unstoppable. There are no brakes you can apply.” (Ian Sample, “Warming hits ‘tipping point’,” The Guardian, August 11, 2005) In response, Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth, said: “If we don't take action very soon, we could unleash runaway global warming that will be beyond our control and it will lead to social, economic and environmental devastation worldwide.” (Sample, ibid.) But within just a couple of days, a surreal silence had descended. Where were the declarations by governments of radical action on energy, trade, transport and food production? Where were the impassioned newspaper editorials? Where were the urgent television and radio debates? Nowhere. One can only conclude that our society is, quite literally, insane....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/MediaLens0901.htm

Zero Tolerance: Bush Gets Tough as New Orleans Suffers

by Jack Random

On the third day of hell, the president gets tough: “I have zero tolerance for lawlessness.” With all undue respect, Mr. President, you have a great deal of tolerance for a vast array of lawlessness. You tolerate corporate crime: fraud, tax evasion, no-bid contracts and cooking the books. You tolerate political crime: disenfranchisement, election fraud, slander and outing intelligence agents for political revenge. You tolerate international crime: overthrowing democratic governments, torture, attacks on journalists, the Geneva conventions and wars of aggression. You tolerate the pharmaceutical industry’s malfeasance, trading thousands of lives for arthritis relief. You tolerate intolerable labor standards both here and abroad. You tolerate industrial waste, poisoning the air, land and water, and contributing far more than your fair share to the problem that precipitated this “act of god.” In many ways, yours is the most tolerant administration in history....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Random0901.htm

“Transformation”: How Rumsfeld Smashed the National Guard

by Mike Whitney

The changes that are taking place in the military under the deceptive name of “transformation” have nothing to do with national defense. Rather, the military is being converted into a taxpayer-subsidized security apparatus for multinational corporations. Its primary task is to seize dwindling resources through force of arms and crush indigenous movements that resist US aggression. On the home front, the changes brought on by transformation are equally dramatic. Traditional defenses provided by the National Guard have been substantially weakened to allow the Pentagon to insert itself into domestic affairs and establish an ongoing military presence within the United States. Donald Rumsfeld has already stated that the military will play a greater role in dealing with the after effects of any future terrorist attack. There’s no doubt that he will honor that commitment....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Whitney0901.htm

They Are Dying at This Moment

by Brandy Baker

Please, take my baby,” a woman stuck in New Orleans was reported saying as she gave her two-month-old child to a woman who was on a packed bus. The mother did not know this woman to whom she gave her baby and may never see again. This selfless act of saving her baby was reported on CNN: sandwiched between reports of “looters” and gunshots. I am having a hard time believing that the richest country in the world with the strongest military ever known to the human race was not able to respond more quickly to the tragedy in New Orleans so that more lives could be saved. Oh wait, much of the military is in Iraq fighting an illegal war instead of saving lives here in New Orleans. Billions of dollars that we need for events like this are drained by an illegal occupation in a land that most Americans knew little to nothing of before 1991....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Baker0901.htm

Waiting for the Outside World

by Mike Ferner

What would it be like to endure suffering on a scale somewhere between a nuclear attack and Hurricane Katrina -- with nobody “out there” to mobilize assistance for you? That is the case today in Iraq....

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Ferner0901.htm

The disaster and future fallout from the “Katrina” catastrophe will be with us for months to come

September 2nd 2005

EARTH CHANGES TV NEWSLETTER

ECTV Adds Special “Hurricane Katrina” Page

by Mitch Battros – ECTV

The disaster and future fallout from the “Katrina” catastrophe will be with us for months to come. As a result, we have added a special “Hurricane Katrina” page to our website. It is on the left side menu. I have made this free to all. There is much to learn from what has happened; it very well may be a blueprint for events to come.

Katrina Link: http://www.earthchangestv.com/hurricanekatrina.php

I have spent the last 10 years in preparing myself, and through Earth Changes TV, my national and world community for the times we have entered. It has been told to us by our ancestors and passed down from generation to generation. The one harmonious message passed on by almost every ancient tribe from the beginning is… “change will come, and you will be different”. They knew of natural rhythmic cycles that came before them, and will be here after we are gone. Simply put, it is the rhythm of life. The Hopi’s speak of the end of the 5th World. The Mayan Calendar tells us of the time of transition (December 21st 2012). The Bible tells us of ‘Revelation’ in the end times. The Egyptians tell us of “Ra” (Sun) to return in the later years. The Aztecs show in their calendar a center glyph of the Sun with its tongue hanging out. This is translated to say “In this time, the! Sun will speak to us”.

I know some of you would like to think we humans are all powerful (at least in our present state of being) to change the rhythm (or cycle) of nature….Wrong. We are nothing but a flea at the end of a lion’s tail. Yes, you can make a strong argument that man is intended to rise above the angels; I cannot argue this. It is believed by many that an angel, as mighty and blessed as they are, will never be more than an angle. But for us humans, we have the capacity “to rise above the angles”. Most religions and spiritual paths affirm this knowledge. The principle of “ascension” crosses many beliefs, from Buddhism to Catholicism, to Hinduism, to Egyptians, to Countless indigenous tribes. But I think we can all agree, collectively we’re still pretty far from utilizing our higher potential.

Many disasters have been in our past, many disasters are still ahead. I suggest to you we should not fear the disaster itself, but our reaction to such disasters. Do your current actions and beliefs reflect the wisdom of our ancestor’s message… “change will come, and you will be different”. This statement empowers us to choose if the time of transition will be a painful one, or an enlightening journey. Have you taken the necessary actions of basic preparedness in your personal, spiritual, and community life?

See ECTV’s Survival Tips: http://www.earthchangestv.com/survival/index.php

Kritik an Fixierung auf Wirtschaftswachstum bei allen Parteien

Diskussionspapier

02.09.05

Mit einer scharfen Wachstumskritik an allen Parteien hat sich der Regionalverband Südlicher Oberrhein des Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND) mit einem "Thesen- und Diskussionspapier" zu Wort gemeldet. "Unbegrenztes Wachstum ist dauerhaft möglich und die einzige Lösung aller Probleme" sei die nicht hinterfragte Botschaft praktisch aller Parteien. Doch hinter solchen Aussagen, Wahlkampfparolen, Wirtschaftsinteressen, Wünschen und Problemlösungsansätzen stünden "unhinterfragte Mythen und der alte, zerstörerische Irrglaube, unbegrenztes Wachstum sei dauerhaft möglich". Kopfrechnen sei in Wahlkampfzeiten nicht angebracht. "Doch bei einem anhaltenden Wachstum von 3 Prozent verdoppelt sich das Bruttosozialprodukt alle 23 Jahre, bei 5 Prozent sogar bereits alle 14 Jahre", schreiben die Umweltschützer aus Südbaden. "Und eine Menge, die exponentiell wächst, vertausendfacht sich jeweils nach der zehnfachen Verdoppelungszeit. Dauerhaftes exponentielles Wachstum einer Wirtschaft ist nicht möglich und führt zwangsläufig zur Selbstzerstörung." Als Problemlösungsansatz könne es langfristig und global nicht dienen. Durch die periodischen Kriege im Laufe der Menschheitsgeschichte sei das bisherige Wachstum immer wieder unterbrochen worden. "Es wäre anzustreben, die aktuellen Probleme ohne großen Krieg in den Griff zu bekommen."

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=11770

Please Help Working Families Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

An Activism Alert from the Cultural Workers Consort...

Like all of you, the visions of what's going on in the Gulf Coast region for me defy comprehension. Detailed reports from NPR and Pacifica on radio, as well as CNN and others on TV, cannot explain just how its possible that thousands and thousands of people are caught in the worst disaster our shores have known. When I first heard someone say "this is our tsunami" I did not realize how correct they were. Words cannot decscribe the level of tragedy we learn of daily from the safety of our television screens or radio speakers.

Perhaps the saddest part is that, as usual, the people who are among the poorest in our country are also those in the thick of this nightmare. Economic conditions that kept people dangling over the poverty line for generations have now erupted into a local "third world". These poor and working class folks, some elderly, some children----all in great need---- have been waiting for aid and our federal government has surely been slow to act. Finally, days after the fact, Bush is taking a helicopter tour of the south. He broke away from vacation for this. Advocates for social justice cannot wait on this detached figurehead of the very privileged. Happily, many organizations have lept at the opportunity to collect much-needed funds and the AFL-CIO, for all its warts, has immediately established a Union Fund that will help many. Donations from everyday people are the only way to fight a problem of such magnitude. The following message is one way to help

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE AFL-CIO E-ACTIVIST NETWORK AND LETS DO THE WORK WE NEED TO DO NOW SO THAT OUR FALLEN SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN THE SOUTH MAY HAVE SOME HOPE.

In Solidarity, John Pietaro



Dear Working Families e-Activist,

Please Help Working Families Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina has devastated working families in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Please help.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/f7aV1q61jubU/

Click on the link below to make a tax-deductible contribute to the Union Community Fund's special Hurricane Relief Fund. Donations will be targeted to meet the most critical needs among working families.

(Click here)
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/f7aV1q61jubU/

No drinking water. No food. No electricity. No homes to return to. No workplaces to go back to. No schools for the children.

Most of us cannot imagine the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane left behind massive, unprecedented and enduring needs. Immediate needs for rescue, safe drinking water, shelter and food are staggering. The longer-term needs—help for working families whose livelihoods were washed away, for the injured and for survivors—are hard to imagine.

Those of us fortunate to be outside the hurricane's path must help—and we must help now. The AFL-CIO's Union Community Fund has established a special Hurricane Relief Fund that will target help where it's needed most by working families. We are working with the labor federations in affected states and with relief organizations to make sure your contributions help brother and sister union members whose lives have been turned upside down. Please click on the link below to make your tax-deductible contribution now:

https://secure.ga3.org/08/UCF_Katrina_Relief

Please give, and please give generously. We must match this human disaster with our compassion, and match our caring with contributions that will make a difference for traumatized working families now and during the long rebuilding process.

Caring about each other is what marks us as union members and working family activists. Let’s put our values to work right now.

https://secure.ga3.org/08/UFC_Katrina_Relief

Thank you for doing your part for working families during this national tragedy.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO Sept. 1, 2005

P.S. Please forward this e-mail to your co-workers, friends and family.

The Union Community Fund—labor’s charity for working families and communities in distress—is nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the Union Community Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Tell your friends and co-workers about the special Hurricane Relief Fund of the Union Community Fund. Please urge them to contribute today.

http://www.unionvoice.org/join-forward.html?domain=wfean&r=NdaV1q61jcgP

Peace Buses to Pick up People in New Orleans?

Here's a vision: all of us peace people across the country hire buses to go to New Orleans to pick up people and bring them back to our own communities.

There are reports of as many as 300,000 people trapped in N.O. -- Meanwhile there are people in all of our communities that are offering their homes for these people through Craig's List and MoveOn-- but the people in N.O. don't have access to computers or a way to get to these homes.

So, how about if we each send buses down there, pick up as many people as we can and bring them back to a place where they can be safe and comfortable?

Not only would this be a wonderful thing for us to do, it would also make a statement about the inhumanity of our government as opposed to the basic goodness of the normal citizens in this country-- We could even put peace signs on the outside of the buses-- good press.

Of course this would be an expensive thing for us to do, depending on how near your city is to N.O., but with some phone calling, we may be able to get funding from local businesses.

A number of us are working on this here in Boston-- please let me know if you like this idea and we can coordinate our efforts.

Peace and Solidarity,
Amy Hendrickson
peace@texnology.com
Brookline PeaceWorks Not in Our Name

From ufpj-news




UNITED FOR PEACE & JUSTICE | 212-868-5545

YOU BET YOUR LIFE

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/090205_bet_life.shtml


Informant: Martin Greenhut

Mobilize to Save New Orleans

Something HAS to be done!

-------Original Message-------

From Subject: Re: Mobilize to Save New Orleans

My father has a small plane and has been trying all week to get info on how he can help and he says he is being refused and that FEMA is lying on TV about having all their rescue teams on the way. He said he just got off the phone with the head of a 400 unit rubber boat FEMA approved rescue squad who are not being allowed to help. The FEMA folks he was finally able to get on the phone referred him to their webpage titled "How to Work with FEMA" that is all about how to become a PAID contractor - not a volunteer.

Meanwhile...

Nagin: 'No more goddam press conferences'

5:30am CDT -- CNN is rebroadcasting a radio interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. He is demanding help, urging the nation to flood Washington with phone calls telling the CUT THE BULLSHIT. Where are the promised 40,000 Guard troops? Where are the 500 buses?

Audio soon.

PERMA-LINK http://www.total411.info/2005/09/nagin-no-more-goddam-press-conferences.html


Feds bar US' local govts from aiding New Orleans?!

Total411.info monitors LibertyForum fairly regulary and finds this has the ring of truth. Everyone around the country should confirm with any local officials you know personally and then call the White House and tell them to STOP BLOCKING AID TO KATRINA VICTIMS. 202-456-1414.

via LibertyForum http://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php? Number=293930967:

"I just got this e-mail from a friend. I've cut the last names out, but I know this guy well enough to know this isn't bull shit".

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share a very interesting story with all of you. After watching CNN for the past few days Jennifer and I were trying very hard to figure out a way we could help these poor people out in New Orleans.

I wanted to personally find someone I could trust and work with so today I made contact with the Mayor of XXXXXXX, MD. who's an old friend, a member of the local Catholic Church and extremely experienced with disaster relief as he has been involved all the way down to South America personally rebuilding homes for three families with funds raised strictly out of XXXXXX.

XXXXXX is not much different from New Orleans and the coast as it is a barrier island and most of the Eastern Shore is below sea level and in flood planes everywhere.

Heck, most of you saw photos of our home early this summer and the flooding we had after a severe rain storm. I spent three days pumping the water off our property and thank God the water never came close to our home but we're 40 miles from the ocean. Imagine how Ocean City looked during and after that same rain storm.

Nevertheless, I called Jim YYYYYY, (Mayor of XXXXXXX) and asked him how we could help and to my surprise I could not believe Jim YYYYYYY actually sounding frustrated and even upset as he had already set up a task force completely packed and ready to go as of this past Monday morning. Jim was at a convention in Miami last week for disaster relief and hurricane relief when they were updated the entire time about Katrina.

When he returned home Sunday he immediately put things together to help out and get this, they had to apply to the Federal Government to volunteer! After Sept. 11th Bush created a new task force in which any disaster relief had to be approved by the Government and background checks would have to be done first before any person or group could go and help.

Jim had been waiting 4 days to hear something back and they have heard nothing at all. So if everyone wonders why these people are dying and why there's no real help like there was immediately while the Twin Towers were hit, this is why. In my opinion

I am outraged to hear they want to rebuild and use Federal Funds to do so in an area that floods out completely just in regular rain storms. If you haven't been there when it's raining then you have no clue how bad it is there. One thing we agreed upon is that XXXXXXXX does not have the poverty New Orleans has and it is extremely sad these people never had a real chance to get out because they had no transportation or money to get out. So before you throw money into relief funds, please wait and see where your money will be going. We need to help these people directly and not the Federal Government.

Jim YYYYYYY will once again be using local funds in which we will personally be heading down there and rebuilding families homes that will be in dry areas and not rebuilt in wetlands. The funds will be personally handled for probably three families and this is what we should all be doing to help. It's too easy send money to the Red Cross but it sure does feel better to give knowing your money is truly helping certain people directly. We all need to help one way or another. However, you needed to know why no one is truly coming together and helping these people the past three days and this is a fact. Hopefully you can find a local group that can help as well but if you want to know more about what Jim YYYYYY is doing just let me know and I'll keep you posted.

PERMA-LINK < http://www.total411.info/2005/09/feds-bar-us-local-govts-from-aiding.html


FEMA declares war on Louisianans' property rights

This is from the FEMA briefing held Thursday afternoon. Here's the C- SPAN video <javascript:playClip('rtsp://video.c- span.org/project/hur/hur090105_fema.rm')>. This bit starts at 24:17 --

REPORTER: Did you hear that today, people were refusing offers of rescue? We've heard over and over that today and yesterday that sometimes when approached by rescue teams in boats, some people say "No, we're staying." Do you know if that's still happening?

MIKE BROWN, FEMA DIRECTOR: I don't know if this is still happening. But I do know that it's happened some yes and it's happening some this morning... and I have no rationale to give you why that's the case....

Sometimes people just refuse to be taken away, and we may reach a point where we have to take them out.

REPORTER: That was my question. Do you force them out at some point?

BROWN: At some point if someone refuses to move, it will hamper the rescue effort, the clean-up effort, and at that point there will be a plan developed, a decision made, about how we will extract those people from the area.

Then at 31:42: REPORTER: There's been some talk by some Parish presidents, specifically the one in Jefferson Parish, about encouraging people to come back Monday. Do you think that would be an unwise thing to suggest to people?

BROWN: It's really incumbent upon everyone to recognize that we shouldn't do anything that's going to hinder rescue efforts, we shouldn't do anything that's going to hinder the recovery efforts it's still a very dangerous situation...

We will actually send a lot of urban searech and rescue teams that have been identified as having been under floodwater and we will check the structural integrity of those homes. And some of them may be reflagged where they cannot go in except with a local official, or with one of the team members to get what belongings they can and get out of there. It's going to be that kind of tedious longterm process that we have to do house by house.

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This last part is particularly outrageous. Most of the houses that will still be standing have been flooded before, and FEMA is going to play code-inspection games while people to get back in the city and get on with rebuilding. State and local authorities should not stand for this. The beginning of Brown's response here is a not-so-veiled threat against local officials to back off. If New Orleans is to be saved, state and local officials need to stand up to these fed thugs and the rest of the country needs to back them.

PERMA-LINK http://www.total411.info/2005/09/fema-declares-war-on-louisianans.html


Thursday, September 01, 2005

FEMA bars rescue volunteers from New Orleans Live interview on Fox News Channel at 9:43 am -- volunteer rescue worker indicated that FEMA has barred hundreds of rescue volunteers with boats from going into the city.

Pretxt for this is a purported incident of gunfire.

PERMA-LINK http://www.total411.info/2005/09/fema-bars-rescue-volunteers-from-new.html


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Nagin: White House ignores pleas to save New Orleans; helicopters diverted

Total 411.info) 8:07 pm CDT -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has given a remarkable interview to WWL TV, broadcast on wwltv.com. Nagin said that the National Guard's Blackhawk helicopter carrying the sandbags to plug the hole in the levee on 17th St. Canal was diverted to rescue misssions.

Nagin said he called the governor, and that he and other state and local officials are unsuccesfully trying to get through to the White House to ask if the people in Washington know what they're doing.

The White House switchboard is 202-456-1414.

To ask the La. Air National Guard to ignore Bush's treasonous orders and plug the hole, call (504) 271-6262.

PERMA-LINK http://www.total411.info/2005/08/nagin-white-house-ignores-pleas-to.html


--- In ABORDC@yahoogroups.com, "Debbie Russell" <debstuff@h...> wrote: This is disgusting. We are the richest country in the world, by FAR, and we can't airlift food and water into New Orleans. People are dying and BUSH DOES NOTHING! FEMA (declared a national emergency on GAS, but not for PEOPLE!) & National Guard are not being called in. Red Cross is nowhere to be found.

RALLY at NOON; BRIDGE ACTIONS at 5pm; Meeting at 6pm

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COME HELP: NOONTIME RALLY AT CAPITOL: bring poster & banner & paint/marker materials to work on banners for 5pm bridge actions.

BRIDGE ACTIONS - 5pm: organize one of your own or find those at bridges over I-35/downtown. Remember that hanging banners over the railing is illegal, but holding banners above the line of the railing is not.

6pm MEETING: Meet at Enchanted Forest on Oltorf, 1 block east of S. Lamar to plug into organizing to help refugees in Austin. This is a beautiful piece of land that can house at least 100 people camping - with bathhouse and portapotties. Start asking friends and neighbors for tent/sleeping bags/pillows/camping chair donations (write names/numbers on all items, both bag cover and item) - and drop off to Enchanted Forest-just inside the beautifully crafted front gate, in front of the dome structure. Also need: water donations (large 2.5 gallon preferred over small bottles); food
(simple, non perishables); folding tables and ice chests (ice donations occasionally would be great!). If you can volunteer a significant number of hours to help with operations there, please contact me at 573-6194 if you can't show up to the meeting today.

A letter from a CodePinker:

(SEND LETTERS TO): comments@w...

To President Bush:

I heard on the radio this morning that a 10-year-old girl in the New Orleans convention center was raped yesterday. There are dead bodies out front and people inside without food and water. There are people in hospitals dying because the generators aren't working and the workers can't keep the patients alive without electricity to help.

The people needing to be rescued in New Orleans haven't seen FEMA or the Red Cross, and the governor of Louisiana says there aren't enough National Guard troops to keep the order.

This is the consequence of your war in Iraq. Utter chaos and American citizens dying of starvation, dehydration, and worse. I will have to learn to forgive you one day for these unimaginable sins, but I hope you never forget what you did to these people.

I heard you flew over the area in a helicopter two days after the hurricane was over, and that's it. At least have the decency to look like you care, to look like you're doing something. But better yet, get your act together and fix this problem. I am outraged and saddened beyond belief. I am not an angry person by nature, but as I type this, I am shaking with anger I have never felt in my life.

These people are dying. Do everything in your power to fix this.

Right now.


Informant: smilingmoon14

Katrina: Important Points Brought Out by on Air America

Here are some VERY GOOD points and questions.....IF WE can think of these good solutions....WHY can't they? Could it be ...They don't want to?

Check it out!!

Thanks Hazel!!

Annie

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I listened to Air America all afternoon yesterday, 9/1. Many important points:

1. Only 72 Helicopters to evacuate 10,000 people.

2. Inflated boats could have been dropped from helicopters.

3. Small planes could have banners behind with instructions.

4. Wal-Mart and all stores should have opened to the public for free merchandise.

5. People stayed behind because they were told they would lose their jobs if they left.

6. The majority of the folks left behind are/were poor folks with no money at the end of the month and no way to get out..... was this intentionally created to eliminate these people?

7. Medical supplies could have been dropped.

8. Planks of water, food, medicine, clothing, etc. could have been dropped.

9. These people need Gatorade...and this should have been supplied and dropped....

10. My thought: All Greyhound and other buses and trains nearby should have been brought in before the hurricane hit and taken people out of there for free. The "authorities" knew the poor people had no money to get out.

11. Babies were taken out without their parents to who knows where....

12. No news shows mentioned......that bodies are all over the place and many were being eaten by alligators.

13. Looters were being arrested and handcuffed to be taken to......where?

14. My thought: If it is true that there are internment camps all over the US (800 supposedly) which are completely supplied, manned and ready for action....... If this is true, then why aren't they being used? Because this is a lie.....fear propaganda to keep the Internet distracted from true events..... These reports come out every few months.

15. FEMA has supposedly been training and having disaster drills constantly.... If this is so, why have they been unable to perform relief and organization?

16. Why is it that ALL of Louisiana's National Guard is in Iraq? Perhaps because they were waiting for this hurricane season to HAARP this particular area of poor folks, mostly black.......and guess who will most likely be doing the "reconstruction".....might it be Halliburton? Very convenient for "them" to now create jobs...

17. Where is the "knowledge" that Jeb Bush has about a devastation like this? Why is he so quiet?

18. AND WHAT IS GOING ON ELSEWHERE, IN THIS COUNTRY AND GOVT. THAT IS KEEPING US CITIZENS DISTRACTED?

19. Reports have been that the world has been offering help and this govt has refused help.

20. The idiot's main thoughts are about reconstruction.....with barely any mention of the people.

21. Was this a "training exercise" on a large scale.

22. Why haven't companies like Coca-cola, etc. offered free water.

23. Is this the start of martial law for the country?

24. Interesting that all military leave had been cancelled BEFORE this horror occurred...isn't it?

25. Something to think about........the TimeTraveller, John Titor, said civil war began in the US in 2005..... Also, I have heard that this summer was being referred to as "The Summer of Blood"...Why?

26. Where is Cheney?

27. There was more, but those are the things that stuck in my mind.

28. Do you really think that this was a totally natural event?

29. Someone was shooting at the military which caused them to back off and other relief efforts, too.....do you really think that these devastated people would shoot at those who were attempting to help? Or were those bullets conveniently fired by inside ops in order to keep help away so that more people would die?

I pray for the safety of all of us.


Informant: smilingmoon14

Catastrophic Success

This is going on in the BACKGROUND???....As this disaster is taking up all the news.

It is to watch and be aware NOW.

Thanks Glen....

Annie


http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:IHkhQHsIFMsJ:rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/+%22Wednesday,+August+31,+2005%22++%22rigorous+intuition+%22&hl=en


Saturday, August 27, 2005

Threat assessment

/Put your ear to the train tracks, put your ear to the ground, You ever feel like you're never alone even when there's nobody else around?/ - Bob Dylan

Is Wayne Madsen http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/ 's life at imminent risk?

Thanks to LibertyThink http://www.sianews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2605
by way of the RI discussion board http://p216.ezboard.com/frigorousintuitionfrm10.showMessage?topicID=583.topic "ex-NSA analyst WAYNE MADSEN under threat of Assassination - flees Washington":

/At Wayne Madsen's request we are putting this message to him from a source high in a United States Intelligence agency. Wayne is now in hiding and on the run after his source revealed that a private contractor assassination team had been hired to take him out./

This is the message Madsen received:

/We have reason to think that a "project" will be undertaken against "someone" considered problematic now...not next week but NOW. That person is not specified but is in the US, in an apartment setting and lives alone. It is a "he" and he works via www. This information is specific to an intent but not specific to a person. The source is impeccable and you know my track record which have parallel sourcing. The "project" will be assigned to "parallel contractors" who will make any action appear random and witnesses would suggest Middle Eastern in source. Actions would be carried out in or near the home. We do not hear things like this often (almost never) and so far every warning of this type has been within 24 hours of action and these warnings have proven
100% accurate in the past. We do not know of any direct reason for someone to use this source to provide wrong or misleading information or for use by those who are "contracting" this action. Your recent work and profile make us tell you this directly.

Please respond with a note that all is normal there. Please consider the warning we received as it can be applied to many including yourself. It is possible that someone considers "us" linked in some way and that this warning may be a "deterrent" to work that some may not want completed. We have no reason to think this but I want to consider every possible angle and application to this warning. Please consider what can be done while taking any measures you think necessary to avoid this "project". We consider this warning as coming with the highest level "authenticity" and purity of motive, but the subject and message subject and its specifications were too unusual to be sure of intent./

I'm sure, if no harm befalls him, Madsen's many critics will level his survival as a credibility issue. But just as Hugo Chavez says http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N2685349.htm "If anything happens to me then the man responsible will be George W. Bush" in order to pre-empt his assassins, let's consider that life is the enemy of our enemies, and always hope for it. Even if it means we look paranoid, and don't get to say /I told you so/.

/posted by Jeff at 9:30 AM
http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2005/08/threat-assessment.html /32 comments http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2005/08/threat-assessment.html#comments

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Informant: smilingmoon14

Vacation is Over: An Open Letter From Michael Moore to George W. Bush

You can love him or hate him....But he puts his finger....Directly on the right spot!

Annie

Vacation is Over... An Open Letter From Michael Moore to George W. Bush Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours,

Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
http://www.MichaelMoore.com

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.


Informant: smilingmoon14

Waiting for a Leader

I saw the speech mentioned below yesterday and almost fainted in disbelief at Bush's terrible speech and behavior. I was sure this would be the final nail in his coffin, but then a Republican emailed me this morning saying this must be God's punishment on a Soddom and Gomorrah-like city like New Orleans! Let's hope others will finally take the "red" pill to see reality ... (or is it the "white"?) :-)

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/opinion/01thu1.html

September 1, 2005

Waiting for a Leader

George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed. He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast. He advised the public that anybody who wanted to help should send cash, grinned, and promised that everything would work out in the end.

We will, of course, endure, and the city of New Orleans must come back. But looking at the pictures on television yesterday of a place abandoned to the forces of flood, fire and looting, it was hard not to wonder exactly how that is going to come to pass. Right now, hundreds of thousands of American refugees need our national concern and care. Thousands of people still need to be rescued from imminent peril. Public health threats must be controlled in New Orleans and throughout southern Mississippi. Drivers must be given confidence that gasoline will be available, and profiteering must be brought under control at a moment when television has been showing long lines at some pumps and spot prices approaching $4 a gallon have been reported.

Sacrifices may be necessary to make sure that all these things happen in an orderly, efficient way. But this administration has never been one to counsel sacrifice. And nothing about the president's demeanor yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of carelessness - suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.

While our attention must now be on the Gulf Coast's most immediate needs, the nation will soon ask why New Orleans's levees remained so inadequate. Publications from the local newspaper to National Geographic have fulminated about the bad state of flood protection in this beloved city, which is below sea level. Why were developers permitted to destroy wetlands and barrier islands that could have held back the hurricane's surge? Why was Congress, before it wandered off to vacation, engaged in slashing the budget for correcting some of the gaping holes in the area's flood protection?

It would be some comfort to think that, as Mr. Bush cheerily announced, America "will be a stronger place" for enduring this crisis. Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of future hurricanes. But since this administration won't acknowledge that global warming exists, the chances of leadership seem minimal.


UNITED FOR PEACE & JUSTICE | 212-868-5545


Informant: dmetke

From ufpj-news

The People of the Dome

My friend Les Evenchick, an independent Green who lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans in a 3-story walkup, reports that 90 percent of the so-called looters are simply grabbing water, food, diapers and medicines, because the federal and state officials have refused to provide these basic necessities.

Les says that "it's only because of the looters that non-looters -- old people, sick people, small children -- are able to survive."

Those people who stole televisions and large non-emergency items have been SELLING THEM, Les reports (having witnessed several of these "exchanges") so that they could get enough money together to leave the area.

Think about it:

- People were told to leave, but all the bus stations had closed down the night before and the personnel sent packing.

- Many people couldn't afford tickets anyway.

- Many people are stranded, and others are refusing to leave their homes, pets, etc. They don't have cars.

You want people to stop looting? Provide the means for them to eat, and to leave the area.

Some tourists in the Monteleone Hotel paid $25,000 for 10 buses. The buses were sent (I guess there were many buses available, if you paid the price!) but the military confiscated them (!) and would not let the people leave. Instead, the military ordered them to the now-infamous Convention Center.

HOW SIMPLE it would have been for the State and/or US government to have provided buses for people BEFORE the hurricane hit, and throughout this week. Even evacuating 100,000 people trapped there -- that's 3,000 buses, less than come into Washington D.C. for some of the giant antiwar demonstrations there. Even at $2,500 a pop -- highway robbery -- that would only be a total of $7.5 million for transporting all of those who did not have the means to leave.

Instead, look at the human and economic cost of not doing that!

So why didn't they do that?

Why have food and water been BLOCKED from reaching tens of thousands of poor people?

On Thursday, the government used the excuse that there were some very scattered gunshots (two or three instances only) -- around 1/50th of the number of gunshots that occur in New York City on an average day -- to shut down voluntary rescue operations and to scrounge for 5,000 National Guard troops fully armed, with "shoot to kill" orders -- at a huge economic cost.

They even refused to allow voluntary workers who had rescued over 1,000 people in boats over the previous days to continue on Thursday, using the several gunshots (and who knows WHO shot off those rounds?) to say "It's too dangerous". The volunteers wanted to continue their rescue operations and had to be "convinced" at gunpoint to "cease and desist."

There is something sinister going down -- it's not simply incompetence or negligence.

How could FEMA and Homeland Security not have something so basic as bottled drinking water in the SuperDome, which was long a part of the hurricane plan? One police officer in charge of his 120-person unit said yesterday that his squad was provided with only 70 small bottles of water.

Last year, New Orleans residents -- the only area in the entire state that voted in huge numbers against the candidacy of George Bush -- also fought off attempts to privatize the drinking water supply.

One of the first acts of Governor Kathleen Blanco (a Democrat, by the way) during this crisis was to TURN OFF the drinking water, to force people to evacuate. There was no health reason to turn it off, as the water is drawn into a separate system from the Mississippi River, not the polluted lake, and purified through self-powered purification plants separate from the main electric grid. If necessary, people could have been told to boil their water -- strangely, the municipal natural gas used in stoves was still functioning properly as of Thursday night!

There are thousands of New Orleans residents who are refusing to evacuate because they don't want to leave their pets, their homes, or who have no money to do so nor place to go. The government -- which COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE provided water and food to residents of New Orleans -- has NOT done so INTENTIONALLY to force people to evacuate by starving them out. This is a crime of the gravest sort.

We need to understand that the capability has been there from the start to DRIVE water and food right up to the convention center, as those roads have been clear -- it's how the National Guard drove into the city.

Let me say this again: The government is intentionally not allowing food or water in.

This is for real.

MSNBC interviewed dozens of people who had gotten out. Every single one of them was WHITE.

The people who are poor are finally leaving the horrendous conditions in the SuperDome and are being bussed to the AstroDome in Houston.

Call them "People of the Dome."

If people open fire on the National Guard coming to remove them against their will, will New Orleans become the first battle in the new American revolution?

Mitchel Cohen Brooklyn Greens / Green Party of NY


From ufpj-news


UNITED FOR PEACE & JUSTICE | 212-868-5545

Legal Land Theft and the Supreme Court

"It is obvious that behind Robert's clean-cut conservative mask hides a proponent of oligarchy." Legal Land Theft and the Supreme Court - by Paul David Collins ©, Sept. 2nd, 2005

If property can be taken away from the people for private economic development, then that means the government is giving preferential treatment to private forces. Those private forces would be correctly labeled an aristocracy. The Supreme Court has been prostituted out to the Power Elite for the purpose of transforming the Republic into an oligarchy.

Read the entire article at:
http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/Commentary/Eminent_Domain.htm

Legal Land Theft and the Supreme Court - by Paul David Collins ©, Sept. 2nd, 2005

When a student is introduced to the subject of American political science, the three branches of the national government is one of the first topics explored. The student is taught that the judicial branch's primary task is to interpret the law. It was for this purpose that the Supreme Court was created. In June of 2005, a Supreme Court ruling in Kelo versus New London, a case concerning the issue of eminent domain, drastically redefined the Court's role in national politics. CNN's Parija Bhatnagar reported the following concerning the
Supreme Courts ruling:

The Supreme Court may have just delivered an early Christmas gift to the nation's biggest retailers by its ruling Thursday allowing governments to take private land for business development.

Retailers such as Target, Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond have thus far managed to keep the "eminent domain" issue under the radar -- and sidestep a prickly public relations problem -- even as these companies continue to expand their footprint into more urban residential areas where prime retail space isn't always easily found.

Eminent domain is a legal principle that allows the government to take private property for a "public use," such as a school or roads and bridges, in exchange for just compensation.

Local governments have increasingly expanded the scope of public use to include commercial entities such as shopping malls or independent retail stores. Critics of the process maintain that local governments are too quick to invoke eminent domain on behalf of big retailers because of the potential for tax revenue generation and job creation.

The Supreme Court's decision Thursday clarified that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private and public economic development. (No pagination)

The Court's actions in this particular case make it painfully obvious that the justices have become little more than politicians in robes. Do not be deceived. Supreme Court nominees are no longer chosen based on their judicial philosophy. It is naive to believe that a potential nominee is called into the Oval Office by the President and asked whether he or she is a proponent of judicial activism or judicial restraint. A simple question is posed to the nominee: "Are you willing to dance?" Eager to ascend up the political ladder, the nominee will invariably answer in the affirmative. So the Supreme Court is now made up of justices dancing to a political tune. This leads to the next question: "Who is calling the tune?"

The answer to the above question is disturbing. If property can be taken away from the people for private economic development, then that means the government is giving preferential treatment to private forces. Those private forces would be correctly labeled an aristocracy. The Supreme Court has been prostituted out to the Power Elite for the purpose of transforming the Republic into an oligarchy.

The Kelo versus New London ruling will help preserve the blueblood tradition of stealing the commoners' lands in the name of profit. This is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. In fifteenth century England, major landowners began fencing in common land. Originally, those lower down the economic food chain used these lands as tilling and grazing grounds. All of that had changed by 1600. Major landowners had enclosed one-eighth of England's arable land (Chambers et al. 474).

In the eighteenth century, notions and concepts of democratic institutions and representative, constitutional republicanism began to be popularized. With this rise in popularity, the masses began to breathe easy, believing Olympian delirium had finally been expunged. Perhaps now the common person would enjoy the property rights as well. After all, two of the inalienable rights recognized by America's Founding Fathers were the right to liberty and property. This meant that man had an inalienable right not only to produce, but also to keep that which he produced. One's incentive to be productive comes from these two rights.

However, the plight of the Native Americans painfully illustrates the fact that the bluebloods' tradition of land theft was far from over. As Dr. James W. Wardner points out in The Planned Destruction of America: "It was the privately owned railroads which initially worked with the government to steal Indian land and water. Now it's the privately owned oil conglomerates and agribusinesses" (150-151). Wardner explains how this was accomplished:

Through a number of "Leasing Acts," the federal government through the secretary of the interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been authorized to lease public and Indian lands and mineral rights to private corporations (MNCs). By 1973 the federal government had leased 680,854 acres of public land and 258,754 acres of Indian land, containing over 20 billion tons of coal to approximately fifteen multinational oil companies.

Through the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887, 38 million acres were stolen outright from the North American Indians by the government. As if that wasn't enough, Indian landowners were forced to sell an additional 23 million acres between 1887 and 1934 because of inability to pay their taxes and mortgage payments. By 1934 the Indians has lost nearly two-thirds of their land or 90 million acres! (149)

Whites and other Americans that were not of Native American descent were able to brush off these crimes because they were largely unaffected by such land theft. Social engineering has programmed the majority of Americans to reside strictly in their belly buttons, unmoved by injustice so long as they go unharmed. With Kelo versus New London, the debt collector has finally come knocking at our doors and it is now our turn to pay.

Fortunately, there has been some movement in the right direction. Shortly after the decision in Kelo came down, over 40 states began taking steps to limit their general policing power as it pertains to property seizures. However, this can only be considered a starting point. What is needed now are Supreme Court Justices who are unwilling to prostitute themselves out to the Power Elite. Blocking the confirmation of Bush's current nominee, John G. Roberts, would certainly begin to reverse the trend.

Many conservatives within the controlled conservative movement have misidentified Roberts as one of their own. Nothing could be further from the truth. Roberts has backed several authoritarian measures that would aid the Power Elite in transforming America into an oligarchy. One such measure was his proposal for the establishment of a national ID card, ostensibly to fight illegal immigration. In USA Today, Joan Biskupic and Tony Locy reported the following:

When he worked in the Reagan White House in 1983, John Roberts made the case for a national ID card, saying in a memo that it would help address the "real threat to our social fabric posed by uncontrolled immigration." (No pagination)

The two journalists explored the rationale behind Robert's proposal:

"I recognize that our office is on record in opposition to a secure national identifier, and I will be ever alert to defend that position," Roberts wrote to White House counsel Fred Fielding on Oct. 21, 1983. "I should point out, however, that I personally do not agree with it. I yield to no one in the area of commitment to individual liberty against the spectre of overreaching central authority, but view such concerns as largely symbolic as far as a national ID card is concerned."

Roberts said the USA already had "for all intents and purposes, a national identifier - the Social Security number." A national ID would not "suddenly mean constitutional protections would evaporate and you could be arbitrarily stopped on the street and asked to produce it." (No pagination)

Robert's support of authoritarian measures did not end with his days in the Reagan White House. His action in July 2005 show that he is still a long way off from walking the straight and narrow. William Grigg elaborates:

Roberts participated in a July 15 decision by a panel from the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the Bush administration's claim that the president can designate any individual as an "enemy combatant" and detain that individual indefinitely. The July 15 decision also assented to the administration's claim that the president can create special military tribunals to conduct trials of enemy combatants, rendering decisions that are not subject to judicial review of any sort. (No pagination)

It is obvious that behind Robert's clean-cut conservative mask hides a proponent of oligarchy. Moreover, the democrats cannot be expected to save us from him. When the democrats started using the filibuster to block the President's nomination, Senate majority leader William Frist proposed the "nuclear option". The "nuclear option" was a call for a vote to do away with the filibuster. With the republicans dominating both the House and the Senate, elimination of the filibuster was almost guaranteed. This led to the "Gang of 14", which was a group of fourteen senators, coming together and reaching a compromise. Democrats promised not to use the filibuster unless there were "extraordinary circumstances". A clear and concise definition of "extraordinary circumstances" was never presented.

Charles Schumer has done a good job at talking tough when it comes to the Roberts nomination. However, it should be noted that good ole Chucky has never been on our side. Schumer showed his authoritarian propensities when he lumped all members of citizen militias into a criminal category. While there are some shady characters in the militia movement, there are also many law-abiding citizens who correctly fear the rise of a garrison state. The senator also shamefully sided with the ATF against the Branch Davidians during the time of the Waco atrocity. Schumer's threats of releasing the dogs of war on Roberts is merely a publicity stunt to convince his supporters that he fought hell and high water for their interest. Behind closed doors away from the media's eye, Roberts and Schumer are merely Establishment kissing cousins.

Grass roots opposition is what is called for here. Instead of relying on a well-dressed politician who promises the world and delivers absolutely nothing, Americans should voice their sentiments for themselves. If the majority of Americans were heard through petitions, letters, and phone calls to their representatives, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the rest of the Senate would have no choice but to be receptive. In the very least, they will realize they are no longer dealing with an ignorant and indolent public.

Sources Cited

a.. Bhatnagar, Parija. "Eminent domain-A big box bonanza?" CNN 24 June 2005.

b.. Biskupic, Joan and Tony Locy. "Roberts argued for ID Card, against women's rights act." USAToday, 18 August 2005.

c.. Chambers, Mortimer et al. The Western Experience Volume B: The Early Modern Era. 8th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2003.

d.. Grigg, William Norman. "The Roberts Nomination: Presidential Power Uber Alles." The New American 20 July 2005.

e.. Wardner, Dr, James W. The Planned Destruction of America. DeBary, Florida: Longwood Communication, 1994.

About the Author

Paul D. Collins has studied suppressed history and the shadowy undercurrents of world political dynamics for roughly eleven years. In 1999, he completed his Associate of Arts and Science degree. He is working to complete his Bachelor's degree, with a major in Communications and a minor in Political Science. Paul has authored another book entitled The Hidden Face of Terrorism: The Dark Side of Social Engineering, From Antiquity to September 11. Published in November 2002, the book is available online from www.1stbooks.com, barnesandnoble.com, and also amazon.com. It can be purchased as an e-book (ISBN 1-4033-6798-1) or in paperback format (ISBN 1-4033-6799-X). He also co-authored the book, The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship: An Examination of Epistemic Autocracy, From the 19th to the 21st Century, which is available online here.

http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/Commentary/Eminent_Domain.htm


Informant: Milo

Order Out of CHAOS - DEAD BODIES IN TREES

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90351;show_parent=1

Violence, Chaos Mark Exodus From New Orleans

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90349;show_parent=1

Capital Plaza Could Have Helped the Hurricane Refugees

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90342;show_parent=1

PLEASE, PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90341;show_parent=1

Were the levees of New Orleans breached on purpose?

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90306;show_parent=1

American born Terrorists in New Orleans

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90305;show_parent=1

Post-Katrina news the mainstream media isn't reporting

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90302;show_parent=1

Financial Relief

Hats off to a group of progressive Dems. They are offering a common-sense response to protect the thousands of families and small businesses who will be left financially devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

http://tompaine.com/uncommonsense/index.php#6038

Beyond Petroleum

by Brian Siu, TomPaine.com

Hurricane Katrina has highlighted the U.S. oil supply's vulnerabilities. It also opens the door for smart alternatives.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050902/beyond_petroleum.php

Anarchy in the USA

The Sun

By EMILY SMITH US Editor in New Orleans and CLODAGH HARTLEY

HURRICANE-ravaged New Orleans descended into a lawless hell last night.

Gangs armed with looted automatic weapons freely roamed the flooded US city, robbing homes, businesses — and hospitals.

Innocent civilians were at the mercy of the gun gangs as anarchy reigned — and even cops came under fire when maniacs walked into the city's police HQ firing their AK47 rifles.

Others shot at firemen battling to put out a blaze at the Oakwood Shopping Centre.

They also shot at an Army helicopter helping in the evacuation of
25,000 people who had sought refuge in the city's Superdome.

Jefferson Parish President Aaron Brusard said: "We have descended into hell. This is complete and total lawlessness."

Earlier a National Guardsman at the Superdome had been wounded by a gunshot.

The rescue operation had to be cancelled — leaving those at the stadium trapped in squalor.

The hunt for survivors of Monday's storm — feared to have killed thousands — was suspended as cops were ordered to hunt down looters instead.

Last night New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin made an urgent plea for more aid to help stricken citizens.

He said: "This is a desperate SOS. Right now we are out of resources and don't anticipate enough buses. We are running out of supplies."

Mr Nagin's pleas came as President Bush ordered in 10,000 more National Guard troops to boost the 10,000 already there. He vowed "zero tolerance" of lawbreaking.

Congress is expected to convene an emergency session in the next few days to pass a $10billion relief package.

With the ever-growing risk of disease from stinking water up to 20ft deep in places, many who failed to escape before the storm hit were in despair yesterday.

Rev Issac Clark, 68, said: "We are out here like pure animals. We don't have help."

Scenes of horror lay around every corner. Daniel Edwards, 47, pointed to an elderly woman dead in her wheelchair — a blanket thrown over her — and said: "I don't treat my dog like that."

Next to the woman another body lay wrapped in a sheet.

Elsewhere the body of an old man lay on a settee on a grass bank.

Around him hungry babies wailed. Mr Edwards said: "You can do everything for other countries but you can't do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military but you can'tget them down here."

Armed gangs trying to get their hands on drugs attacked hospitals — already struggling without power.

Doctors and nurses had to fight them off.

A patient at a Ronald McDonald care home told how it was attacked by a mob.

Joseph Winn said: "They came in the windows saying they wanted the TVs, the furniture, everything.

"I told them we were a charity but they said, `Charity doesn't exist here anymore'."

The driver of an old folks' bus was carjacked by gunmen who threatened to kill him. Vital food, water and medical supplies were stolen en route to hospitals.

Nursing home boss Peggy Hoffman said: "Now we'll have to equip our department heads with guns and teach them how to shoot."

Half a million people fled as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city — but 40,000 are estimated to have been left behind.

There were Third World-style scenes yesterday as crowds fought to get on buses from evacuation centres where they had been taken.

Many, including mums with children and the elderly and sick, had spent a night with no shelter.

They included thousands packing the muddy banks of a once busy motorway. They pushed, begged and cried out to officials to let them on to just a few buses waiting to take them away.

Leon Nunez, 80, was worried about his diabetic wife Muriel, 79, who lay unable to move after no food for days. He said: "I'm worried we will die waiting.

Meanwhile disabled people were trampled in the stampede for coaches. The sick begged for help, including wheezing children whose asthma drugs were swept away by the storm.

Arthur Dennis, 37, said: "Why do I feel like I'm going to die before I get on a rescue bus?"

He had been trapped on a roof for three days with no food or water.

Arthur said: "I saw dead bodies floating by with the snakes. But it's almost worse here. People are getting violent."

Meanwhile the mobs were getting closer as across the city gunshots rang out and fires raged.

Thugs smashed their way into a Walmart superstore and used dustbins and inflatable mattresses to float away food, clothes, TV sets — and stolen weapons.

There were similar scenes in other devastated towns on the US Gulf Coast, including Biloxi and Gulfport.

Those evacuated may not be allowed to return to their homes for months — by which time there could be little left.

Conditions in the huge refugee camp at the Superdome were becoming unbearable last night — fuelled by heat and humidity.

Angry crowds tried to flee but were held back by troops. Fights broke out — and there was horror when at least seven bodies were spotted in the water outside.

Around 20 British tourists are among those there.

Wayne Henry got a text message from son Peter, 20, late last night telling him he had endured the "worst two days of his life".

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005400726,00.html


Informant: maintzger

Volunteers Being Turned Away From New Orleans

By Authorities At Gunpoint. -We need to get the word out to local stations

From Indymedia-New Orleans
http://neworleans.indymedia.org/news/2005/09/3941.php

9:30PM Thurs Sept 1. Update: Please help spread this message:

There are supplies sitting in Baton Rouge for the folks in New Orleans, but the National Guard has the city surrounded and is not letting anyone in or out. They are turning away people with s[QUOTE]upplies, claiming it is too dangerous. If we have planes that can drop bombs on people in Iraq, certianly we can air drop supplies into the city. Our goverment is KILLING the people of New Orleans. This is the message I am now sending to all major media sources, national and worldwide, as well as posting to email lists, blogs, etc. The story is getting out that the people there are not getting supplies, but the truth of WHY is not. Please help spread the word, we must get this story out. Please so not let any more of my friends die.

I can be reached at 254.640.8441 - feel free to call me or give my number to any media that needs a contact person to talk to.

Here is my message:

I am a resident of the Bywater in New Orleans (9th Ward). I am one of the lucky ones that was able to evacuate before the storm.

I have recently managed to speak to some friends stranded in New Orleans. They are starving and dehydrating and there is no news of when they will be receiving food and water. I have spoken to relief efforts and understand that there are plenty of supplies waiting for these people, BUT THEY ARE NOT BEING ALLOWED INTO THE CITY.

The National Guard has the city surrounded and is not letting anyone in or out, except the buses being evacuated. The excuse that they can not bring supplies into New Orleans because of the looting and gun fire is not a valid excuse - if they are too afraid to enter the streets of New Orleans, they need to be air dropping supplies into the city. If the United States is capable of sending planes that can withstand enemy fire to drop bombs in Iraq, certainly they are capable of air dropping supplies into a city where the worst of the gunfire they could encouter would be from semi-automatics.

Our government is killing the people of New Orleans. By witholding supplies, they are ensuring more deaths, and I hold them complicit.

Please bring this matter to the attention of the people of the United States. They need to know that New Orleans is deliberatly being denied food and water. Perhaps if the people there had food and water, they might not be shooting off guns.

Please feel free to call me for further information or with any questions. I appreciate your attention to this most serious matter.

I fear for my friends.

Sincerely,

Andrea Garland Get Your Act On!
http://www.getyouracton.com

On another note, Jeffrey and I are in the process of getting a large vehicle and loading it up with donated supplies needed for longer term cleanup efforts (generators, chain saws, solar cooking equipment, etc.). Some basic info and a paypal link is at Get Your Act On! http://www.getyouracton.com and more detailed info will be posted later. Please help spread the word about this, as well. We live 6 blocks from one of the hardest hit areas in New Orleans, so we intend to bring these necessary tools to our neighbors.

Also heard that part of the reason our house flooded is they dynamited part of the levee after the first section broke - they did this to prevent Uptown (the rich part of town) from being flooded. Apparently they used too much dynamite, thus flooding part of the Bywater. So now I know who is responsible for flooding my house - not Katrina, but our government.

Another article talks of genocide:
http://neworleans.indymedia.org/news/2005/09/3943.php


Just talked to the gentleman at the number above and am now contacting the media here in florida. The situation there in N.O. is absolutely a night mare. He said that thousands of people are dying and many thousands dead and no one can get in the city, he also said that he is now getting a van and supplies and is going to try and go back into the city to get some of his friends out. You can reach him at 1 254 640 8441. Please contact your local stations and let them know what is happening, now!


Informant: Dani Djinn

02.09.05

http://www.omega-news.info/02_09_05_pfarrer_engelbrecht.pdf

050902 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

http://www.omega-news.info/050902_r_mobilfunk_newsletter.rtf

Wake of the Flood

By William Rivers Pitt t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Friday 02 September 2005

All last night sat on the levee and moaned, All last night sat on the levee and moaned, Thinkin' about my baby and my happy home. -- Led Zeppelin, "When the Levee Breaks"

This will come as no surprise, but columnist Molly Ivins has again nailed it to the wall. "Government policies have real consequences in people's lives," Ivins wrote in her Thursday column. "This is not 'just politics' or blaming for political advantage. This is about the real consequences of what governments do and do not do about their responsibilities. And about who winds up paying the price for those policies."

Try this timeline on for size. In January of 2001, George W. Bush appointed Texas crony Joe Allbaugh to head FEMA, despite the fact that Allbaugh had exactly zero experience in disaster management. By April of 2001, the Bush administration announced that much of FEMA's work would be privatized and downsized. Allbaugh that month described FEMA as, "an oversized entitlement program."

In December 2002, Allbaugh quit as head of FEMA to create a consulting firm whose purpose was to advise and assist companies looking to do business in occupied Iraq. He was replaced by Michael D. Brown, whose experience in disaster management was gathered while working as an estate planning lawyer in Colorado, and while serving as counsel for the International Arabian Horse Association legal department. In other words, Bush chose back-to-back FEMA heads whose collective ability to work that position could fit inside a thimble with room to spare.

By March of 2003, FEMA was no longer a Cabinet-level position, and was folded into the Department of Homeland Security. Its primary mission was recast towards fighting acts of terrorism. In June of 2004, the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for levee construction in New Orleans was cut by a record $71.2 million. Jefferson Parish emergency management chief Walter Maestri said at the time, "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay."

And then the storm came, and the sea rose, and the levees failed. Filthy sewage-laced water began to fill the bowl of New Orleans. Tens of thousands of poor people who did not have the resources to flee the storm became trapped in a slowly deteriorating city without food, water or electricity. The entire nation has since been glued to their televisions, watching footage of an apocalyptic human tragedy unfold before their eyes. Anyone who has put gasoline in their car since Tuesday has come to know what happens when the port that handles 40% of our national petroleum distribution becomes unusable.

And the response? "Bush mugs for the cameras," says Kevin Drum of The Washington Monthly, "cuts a cake for John McCain, plays the guitar for Mark Wills, delivers an address about V-J day, and continues with his vacation. When he finally gets around to acknowledging the scope of the unfolding disaster, he delivers only a photo op on Air Force One and a flat, defensive, laundry list speech in the Rose Garden."

Newsweek described it this way: "For all the president's statements ahead of the hurricane, the region seemed woefully unprepared for the flooding of New Orleans - a catastrophe that has long been predicted by experts and politicians alike. There seems to have been no contingency planning for a total evacuation of the city, including the final refuges of the city's Superdome and its hospitals. There were no supplies of food and water ready offshore - on Navy ships for instance - in the event of such flooding, even though government officials knew there were thousands of people stranded inside the sweltering and powerless city."

Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert twisted the knife on Thursday by bluntly suggesting that we should not bother rebuilding the city of New Orleans. "It doesn't make sense to me," Hastert said to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago. "And it's a question that certainly we should ask. We help replace, we help relieve disaster. But I think federal insurance and everything that goes along with it ... we ought to take a second look at that." This sentiment was echoed by the Republican-American newspaper out of Waterbury, CT: "If the people of New Orleans and other low-lying areas insist on living in harm's way, they ought to accept responsibility for what happens to them and their property."

This is it, right here, right now. This is the Bush administration in a nutshell.

The decision to invade Iraq based on lies has left the federal government's budget woefully, and I daresay deliberately, unprepared for a disaster of this magnitude, despite the fact that decades worth of warnings have been put forth about what would happen to New Orleans should a storm like this hit. Louisiana National Guard soldiers and equipment, such as high-water Humvees for example, are sitting today in Iraq while hundreds or even thousands die because there are not enough hands to reach out and pull them from the water. FEMA - downsized, redirected, budget-slashed and incompetently led - has thus far failed utterly to cope with the scope of the catastrophe.

Actions have consequences. What you see on your television today is not some wild accident, but is a disaster that could have been averted had the priorities of this government been more in line with the needs of the people it pretends to serve. The city of New Orleans, home to so much of the culture that makes America unique and beautiful, is today drowning underneath an avalanche of polluted, diseased water. This, simply, did not have to happen.

Remember that the next time you hear Bush talk about noble causes, national priorities and responsibility. This has been an administration of death, disaster, fear and woe. The whole pack of them should be run out of Washington on a rail. Better yet, they should be air-dropped into the center of New Orleans and made to see and smell and touch and taste the newest disaster they have helped to create.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090205Z.shtml


Informant: Andrea Ball

KATRINA: THE WORST IS COMING UNLESS WE ACT NOW

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=90299;show_parent=1

Are we Americans More Willing to Spend Money to Kill than to Save Lives?

Another Angle on Katrina

Steven Leser, August 31, 2005
Elite TV

I'm guessing that when most Americans read the title of this article, they will be offended at the suggestion. We Americans pride ourselves on being humanitarians, willing to do whatever necessary to alleviate the suffering of our fellow man and resorting to war only when absolutely necessary. I know we like to think of ourselves that way, and I think those thoughts and feelings are genuine, but do we and our government respond according to those values with our wallets?

In 2005, the US will spend approximately 80 Billion dollars on the war in Iraq, bringing our total expenditures on that war to over 200 Billion. In contrast, the total requested 2005 budget for USAID, the US Agency responsible for doling out assistance to foreign countries for disaster relief, health and economic growth concerns, is only 3.6 Billion Dollars. FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the government body tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disasters has a 2005 budget of only 7.3 Billion Dollars. [...] Read it all at
http://www.elitestv.com/pub/2005/Aug/EEN4315fea4a829f.html


© Virginia Metze

Hurricane Katrina: Weather Warfare Conspiracy?

This is not such a secret to many of us....Have known about this for years now.... Tesla and his Technology.

Date: 09/01/05 16:59:36

Subject: SCALAR weather & storm modification---secret government weapons ----webwulf]

*They can control the eye of the storm from a satellite, they just move it on the edge of the eye of the storm and can guide it anywhere they want it. I was being facetious when I said Bush should call Putin, after he steered a cyclone away from Brazil, which was documented. Our technology is suppose to be superior to Russia's, and five other countries have it too. We spend billions on this technology. There is no reason this event should have happened, and could have been prevented.*

*The US has absolute control over air, sea, and space. It happened because it was meant to happen.*

*Dr. Bearden knows it, and everyone in this scientific disciplaine knows it too!*

----- Original Message -----

*Sent:* Thursday, September 01, 2005 3:23 PM
*Subject:* Re: SCALAR weather & storm modification---secret government weapons ----webwulf

*New York Times excoriates Bush*
http://rawstory.com/news/2005/New_York_Times_excoriates_B_0901.html

/*Wednesday, August 31st, 2005* /*Report from Inside New Orleans Hospital: "Who is Left Behind?...The Sickest, The Oldest, The Poorest, The Youngest"*

*Another foreign journalist killed by our military, and another jailed without charges, but let go later, after protest. Video:
http://play.rbn.com/?url=demnow/demnow/demand/2005/aug/video/dnB20050831a.rm&proto=rtsp&start=2:03>

*There could be several reasons Tesla Toys were used:*

*1) Another mock drill for wider spread Martial Law in the US, the theme for the last 6 months.*

*2) Practicing for an Earthquake attack on Iran, if military attack is impossible, and lack coalition forces.*

*3) Rebuilding costing billions, taking years and a band-aid on the high unemployment, but make him look like a hero. *

*4) A cash cow for Halliburton if they rebuild the oil rigs, platforms, and gasoline refineries. *

*5) Take the heat and focus off Bush for Iraqgate now by outraged Americans.*

*6) Distraction from the investigations by the Secret Grand Jury in Chicago.*

*7) To get rid of 50,000 to 500,000 /"Useless Eaters"/ who probably didn't vote for Bush anyway, while grandstanding, with 12 foreign nations who offered help, even made by his axis of evil nations.*

*8) Increase the price of oil. Bush using reserves sounds good, but instead oil prices higher, not lower to enrich his cronies. They were pledge against US debt, so in reality they are probably not being used, and it's more double-speak. Where are his good Saudi buddies now? Iran offered 5,000,000 barrels at $35/barrel.*

*9) Seize property worth billions from those who can't pay taxes, because they have no money, homes, jobs, or anyway to recover. They will suddenly pump it out and build shopping malls, casinos, hotels, as they do after fires out West.*

*The "clean" break in the levee was very suspicious, which had just been reinforced and strengthen by a contractor. Why was the funding cut -- we have billions for Iraq? Last year, Russia steered a cyclone away from a S. America country for a small fee. Why didn't Bush call Putin? Nero twiddles his thumbs while New Orleans drowns.*

*From Stu:/ "Hello Mr. Bush, this is for our OWN people. How dare you ask us to send our money to the Red Cross. Take the money out of your own pocket, Halliburton, and the Oil companies with their obscene profits."/ -- Barry*

----- Original Message -----
*From:* MWlfg
*To:* *Media above redacted*
*Sent:* Thursday, September 01, 2005 1:00 PM
*Subject:* SCALAR weather & storm modification---secret government weapons ----webwulf

A quote from an article available on this link:
http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=77&contentid=2660&page=2>

Source of foregoing quote by Tom Bearden:
http://www.cheniere.org/books/ferdelance/s64.htm

Today, weather engineering is also part of the Pentagon's military arsenal and is at the command of America's public enemy Nr. 1, the shadow government.

Basically, the U.S.A. lost the cold war - contrary to all newspaper allegations - against the Soviet Union because of scalar weapons and weather controlling technology. This is one of the key reasons for the multi-trillion dollar Pentagon black budget and secret arms program, namely to catch up in the scalar arms race. The main part of this technology was developed for the Pentagon by Israel and its ultra-secret scalar weapons program and is the reason why the U.S.A. has basically lost its sovereignty to a clique of internationalist scalar terrorists with hyper-tech abilities (such as also demonstrated in the "plane" deceptions on 9-11-1).

Much fine print would need to be added here to explain the exact meaning of the terms "Israel" and "Pentagon" in the foregoing context. The terms are not identical with the alleged constitutional governments of Israel and the U.S.A. Essentially, the body of people involved is one and the same. It has close ties with the international central banking cabal (Bank of England, Vatican/Jesuits, Federal Reserve Bank/Alan Greenspan, AIG/Starr International/Maurice Greenberg, Citibank/David Rockefeller, Carlyle Group, Blackstone Group/Henry Kissinger/Maurice Greenberg/Pete Petersen, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group, World Bank, Neocon cabal, et al., also with alleged Rothschild banking interests involved from the European side). Politically, there is a tight control group with its center being, purportedly, the four: Kissinger, Bush Sr., Hillary Clinton, William Rockefeller-Clinton. In brief, the Bush-Rockefeller Crime Syndicate (if Bill's family name "Clinton" is corrected, according to the alleged fatherhood [Winthrop Rockefeller, former Arkansas governor and some say Clinton look-alike], into "Rockefeller"). Many details are omitted here due to time and space restrictions.

For specific (but not all) analytical details, see book by Tom Bearden, Fer de Lance (updated 2nd edition 2002),
http://www.cheniere.org/books/ferdelance/index.html

For insightful details of the multi-trillion dollar Pentagon black budget as a secret second Manhattan Project see especially:
http://www.janes.com/regional_news/americas/news/jidr/jidr000105_01_n.shtml

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0401/S00151.htm

Gradually, we are finding out which weaponized horror of Satanic control freaks these many shiploads of money have gone to pay over decades!

3. Category 5 mega-hurricane Katrina bears signature marks of being rigged and magnified using scalar weather engineering. There has been a suspicious increase in frequency of otherwise very rare category 5 hurricanes. Before hurricane Andrew (1992, apparently a time when scalar technology was available) there were only two recorded category 5 hurricanes in the U.S.A. Katrina is actually moe than category 5; it is category 5+ (the scale has no category 6). It originated as a small medium hurricane, but suddenly and inexplicably over the Gulf of Mexico it exploded into a monster of category 5 (allegedly due to the warm Gulf waters that have never behaved this way any time before). Then, the next item of suspicion is the target: New Orleans, shaped like a basin and beneath sea level, also conveniently a center of oil refining for the U.S.A. and located near the Gulf of Mexico oil production.

The mainstream media have turned away from normal news reporting and are hypnotized by the orchestrated mega-hurricane. A well-known pattern of diversion and orchestrated tragedy is once more staged with a chilling routine.

The oil price has risen steeply over $70 dollars a barrel due to the hurricane Katrina news reports. The city is being evacuated, a large volume of domestic American crude oil and gas production has been shut down.

4. The war on the American people is ongoing. 11-22-63, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia and 9-11-1 were merely episodes to break the force of the Republic. Traitors are manipulating the events from behind the screen. Vigilant networks of concerned citizens have watched for the usual "mock drills" as reported recently by Webster G. Tarpley, and have most likely blocked this customary venue for the shadow regime's orchestrated routine tragedies. The regime is upping the ante by resorting to its secret weapons of stealth and deception in its frantic death fight.

*MANKIND IS FIGHTING DEADLY MONSTERS---posing as ordinary human beings----"leaders" and "officials" !!!!*


Informant: Karana777

Hybrid Seed

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/hybridSeed.php

Comparing Japan and America

Pat Ormsby (our EHS reporter in Japan) has asked me to send you in her update "Comparing Japan and America" for posting. She said she emailed it to you a few weeks ago but you may not have got it.

Best, Imelda, Cork.



Comparing Japan and America

Busy with projects, I have been out of touch with Japan's Gauss Network [Japan's EHS support network] for several months, but the major topics appear to be the problem of cellphone use on trains, especially with regard to people with pacemakers, with the barrier-free concept being brought up; the insane and probably illegal push by electric utilities and household electronics makers for all-electric housing (electric heating, induction heater cooking which involves high levels of EMF); and imprudent placement of high tension lines.

The June Gauss Tsushin newsletter had a good article by Hitoshi Ariizumi on harmful effects of low-frequency sound waves and electromagnetic waves, which I will have to sit down and read through. (I have scanned through it, and he is comparing the two because they involve sensitivity to phenomena which our traditional five senses don't catch.)

My annual trips to America used to be somewhat of a break from the constant cell phonery of Japan, but no longer. In fact, it seems to be worse than in Japan, because nobody has even heard of a problem with EMF in America. They have no idea what I am talking about. It used to be just the jet-set that had them, but now far more people are getting cell phones, and public transportation is hell for me. Worse than that, it seems to me that the phones in America are more harmful than those in Japan. This is subjective. But I always felt a distance of about two meters from phones to be okay in Japan, and in April, I heard another electrosensitive lady at the Gauss Network meeting say the same thing. This contrasts with the four meters I hear about from the ES in Europe. I also felt a problem at about four meters in America. If you are in a crowd, say shopping, this means that you will deal with far more effects of radiation. People tend to stay about a meter or more from strangers if they can, so at two meters, you'll have a few exposures now and then to the radiation, but at four meters if half of the people are carrying phones, the exposure will be nearly constant.

But let me stop griping here. I went to Chicago to the clinic of Dr. Joseph Mercola, an alternative practitioner whom I learned about via Omega's newsletters. Now here is a really positive contrast: while I carefully choose my words in Japan to describe my reactions to EMF and try to alert my doctors to what I regard as a dangerous situation for the public, only to be ignored repeatedly, the staff at Dr. Mercola's clinic were polite and helpful, asking me to describe my condition and countermeasures. Far from belittling me or suggesting that this was psychosomatic, they provided literature, as they do to all their patients, suggesting everyone should avoid exposure to EMF. They perform useful testing, and make dietary and lifestyle suggestions to help improve the quality of life. I highly recommend them to anyone with ES or other environment-related conditions.

My husband and I both turned out to have high levels of mercury, which should be no surprise as we eat so much fish in Japan. I have heard that some ES have gotten relief through mercury detoxification, so the next step for my husband and me will be to get our amalgams removed and we will probably have to do that overseas. But we are experiencing good effects from following the recommendations of the clinic, and anticipate further action to be very worth while.

Dr. Mercola is an admitted fan of new technology, but he also has an open mind. One of his latest newsletters had an in-depth article on the dangers of EMF. I recommend checking out his site at http://www.mercola.com

Regarding the proposal I mentioned earlier this year for a Union of Mobile Non-Users, the last I heard was that the details are still being hammered out. Swearing never to use a cell phone is probably extreme, and at the same time, probably realistic. I mean, do we really expect industry ever to get its act together and make a cell phone that is actually harmless?

I wouldn't hold my breath, and we will probably run out of oil in the meantime and be sent back to the stone age, but yes, never is a very long time. I think it would be better to put forth the challenge to industry to make something even the most sensitive can accept. The late Dr. Neil Cherry proposed very low levels of radiation, and said it was possible to achieve.

On the other hand, the Union of Mobile Non-Users is proposed not only for the ES, but also for everyone with other ethical objections to the technology: the social disruption, the pollution, resource wars, etc. These are problems that would not be solved by further technological refinement. However, extreme stances will guarantee a small union, and I hope we can make it open to anyone with any objection whatsoever to cellphone technology as it exists, and use it as an instrument to lobby for the most essential ameliorations.

I will attempt to brave the radiation of central Tokyo for the next Gauss Network meeting, and have a better report early in September.

Yours truly, Pat Ormsby

PS I just talked to Arthur Firstenberg, who is now in Santa Fe, where he says he is experiencing effects from phones at two meters rather than the usual four, and that this makes a huge difference in his health. We speculate it may be due to geomagnetic anomalies.

Totengräber des Sozialstaates ohne Zaudern

01. September 2005

Zum so genannten Wechselgipfel von Union und FDP erklärt Bundeswahlkampfleiter Bodo Ramelow:

Union und FDP wollen die Verhältnisse in Deutschland ändern. Wer sich ihre Wahlprogramme anschaut und die Kirchhofsche Begleitmusik dazu anhört, kann dies nur als Drohung verstehen. Die Totengräber des Sozialstaates wollen ohne Zaudern ans Werk gehen. Das Werkzeug hat ihnen Rot-Grün geliefert, doch sie wollen noch ein ganzes Stück tiefer graben. Mehrwertsteuererhöhung, weitere Entlastung der Besserverdienenden, keine Angleichung des ALG II, Kopfpauschale in der Krankenversicherung, Einschränkung des Kündigungsschutzes, Verlängerung der Arbeitszeit ohne Lohnausgleich was da Arbeitsmarktprobleme lösen und Familien fördern soll, wird genau das Gegenteil bewirken und die Kluft zwischen Arm und Reich in Deutschland noch weiter vertiefen. Es ist eine höhere Dosis der gleichen Medizin, die in den letzten Jahren von Rot-Grün verabreicht wurde und Deutschland einen neuen Rekord bei der Arbeitslosigkeit und bei der Kinderarmut gebracht hat. Wer diesen Weg in den Unsozialstaat verhindern will, hat nur eine Alternative: die Linkspartei. Nur sie kann Schwarz-Gelb noch verhindern und den neoliberalen Zeitgeist stoppen.

http://sozialisten.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/view_html?zid=29697

Bush sees hurricane damage from Air Force One

Wouldn't want him to get his shoes dirty...

Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:48 PM ET
Reuters

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's plane swooped low over three states on Wednesday, giving him a somber view of the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina as he returned to Washington to oversee the U.S. government's response.

Air Force One descended to less than 3,000 feet (900 meters) over Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to allow Bush to see some of the worst damage.

At 2,500 feet over New Orleans, the president and his aides could see the skin of the Superdome roof peeled back by the storm's fury.

"It's totally wiped out," Bush remarked as the modified Boeing 747 moved east past Slidell, a Louisiana community reduced to a pile of rubble and sticks.

"It's devastating, it's got to be doubly devastating on the ground," Bush said, according to his spokesman Scott McClellan. [...] Doubly devastating on the ground? You don't say... To read the rest, go to the Reuters web page, http://tinyurl.com/8ggsm


© Virginia Metze

The man has no feelings, none, for anyone other than himself

Believe it or not, my first communication from New Orleans area came from Chef Paul Prudhomme today. I am a customer, and he sent out a very full report on what is happening. It is good that one of my icons is still alive and functional.

A note from a reader who makes an excellent point:

"[...] Last night, while I was watching the horrors in the south from Hurricane Katrina, I thought, not only how Bush has made it worse for those people because of our National Guard is gone, with their equipment destroying Iraq, and not being here to help; but that his policies have led to increased global warning which have created these increased intensity storms. I fear that we shall be referring to New Orleans in the future as New Atlantis - the city that once was!"

It is good to see that Bush IS getting criticism, finally. Though of course his administration is trying to blame the New Orleans leaders. The man has no feelings, none, for anyone other than himself. He should be removed under the 25th amendment... (I think it is the 25th)

© Virginia Metze



http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

Will Hurricane Katrina awaken an America bent on spiritual death?

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/3359/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

I've never seen anything like this

http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001788.htm


Informant: NHNE

A Can't-Do Government

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/02/opinion/02krugman.html


Informant: NHNE

Sign the Green Party petition to support Cindy Sheehan



Sign the Green Party petition to support Cindy Sheehan's efforts to meet with President Bush.

The Green Party of the United States through its Peace Committee (GPAX) invites you to sign a petition to support Cindy Sheehan's efforts to meet with President Bush to get answers to many unanswered questions.

Now, especially, with the imminent disbanding of Camp Casey, we need to keep the pressure on.

The petition can be found at this link:
http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/Greens/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=103

Thanks for your support. Together we can change the world.


Sent by Care2 Connect member: Nizzy NB



Cindy Sheehan
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

All I did was say they can't run a fair election

http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article308783.ece


Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Military-Gastronomic Complex

http://www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt111.html

The Roller Coaster Ride

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/benderman-m6.html

Political Idealism Is the First Casualty

http://www.lewrockwell.com/hadar/hadar27.html

The War for the Future

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/morris3.html

Who Lost New Orleans?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan33.html

THE VERY REAL THREAT OF MULTIPLE CATASTROPHE IS KNOCKING AT OUR DOOR

On Jul 26, 2005, at 10:45 AM, Redneck RN wrote:

- Another site you need to check out is actually a company that sells vet medicine/supplies. They will sell you antibiotics used for animals (SAME stuff we humans take & pay a premium for). Their site is http://www.lambriarvet.com/Antibiotics.php . Remember that something catastrophic DOES happen, chances are that --

1. ANY medical services will be so overloaded just taking care of the critically ill & dying, that the chance of getting ANY medical treatment is going to be slim to none.

2. We may have NO means of even getting TO a doctor due to the very real possibility of the declaration of martial law.

3. You MUST be able to treat yourself & family in times of disaster --- there may be NO other resources available.

4. Remember: even the common flu can turn into pneumonia which if untreated CAN KILL YOU!!

5. What appears to be a minor injury can also kill you if infection sets in & YOU DO NOT HAVE THE MEANS TO TREAT IT!

FOLKS WAKE UP -- THE VERY REAL THREAT OF MULTIPLE CATASTROPHE IS KNOCKING AT OUR DOOR!!! PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE HEED & GET WHAT YOU NEED TO KEEP YOU & YOURS ALIVE & HEALTHY!!!

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Mary, I'm reading back over this post you made back on 7/26 and a chill is running up my spine. Yes, you were preaching to the choir here...but maybe someone shared this email with someone who listened and is now sitting warm and dry in a motel room somewhere with a full belly rather than at the Convention Center in New Orleans starving to death.

Thanks for your post Mary. Peace - Anna

Victims of Hurricane Katrina Need Your Help Now

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp
http://www.networkforgood.org/topics/animal_environ/hurricanes/?source=YAHOO&cmpgn=NEWS

Background Intelligence on the American Red Cross

Founded in 1881 by American humanitarian Clara Barton, the American Red Cross (officially named The American National Red Cross) was first chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1900. A second charter, still in force, was granted in 1905. Not long after, however, John D. Rockefeller pirated the entire blood banking industry, along with the administrative leadership of the ARC. As you will soon learn, this quintessential coup de tats represented more than a glorious economic opportunity. The takeover of the ARC, and the entire blood industry, was apparently required to fulfill a far more sinister, even occult-linked, political objective-eugenics management for a racially purified planet.

To begin, during this time, John D. Rockefeller and his associates were making a concerted effort to control the entire field of medicine in America. During the 1890s, Rockefeller interests in medical education and "scientific medicine" were spearheaded by Frederick T. Gates, John D. Rockefeller's investment manager. 1901 saw the founding of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. In 1902, Rockefeller's General Education Board was founded with a mission to annihilate the causes of racial discords. This agenda was clarified two years later with the publication of John D. Rockefeller's Occasional Letter No. 1 in which he detailed his plans to mold Americans to his concept of "perfect human nature." This, he claimed, might best be accomplished by destroying parental influence, traditions and customs, while reducing national intelligence levels.

http://www.tetrahedron.org/articles/apocalypse/red_double_cross.html


Informant: Debi Clark

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Still flaring like mad, the latest image is getting old, though... http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/c3/

And this is the latest high res image of the Atlantic/Florida region and WHY have they stopped putting in the outline of the lower states? Hard to tell exactly how far these new storms are from land.
http://tinyurl.com/6jxkn

Di

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Hi Di,

try this http://www.intellicast.com/Local/USNationalWide.asp?loc=usa&seg=IntlSat&prodgrp=World&product=AtlanticHIRES&prodnav=none

Take care, V

Congress Knows Virtually Nothing About Codex

(excerpt)

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct
Thomas Carlyle

Congress Knows Virtually Nothing About Codex! Congressional Codex Briefing 9/20/05!

Summer is just about over. After one last weekend of frolic and fun, it's back to the routine of school, work and schedule.

And that's true for Congress, too. It's back to the same old, same old of special interest groups, lobbyists and, for those who indulge, corruption and influence peddling in seedy, greedy Washington . This Year, Health Freedom is the New Special Interest Group!

You and I, Americans who believe that our health belongs to us, not to the illness industry, are about to tell Congress what they need to hear, starting with Codex. Believe it or not, virtually no one in Congress has any idea what Codex is. We are about to change that.

There will be a Congressional Briefing on Codex Alimentarius on September 20, 2005 in Room 2220 Rayburn.

We can thank Congressman Ron Paul and his Senior Aide Norman Singleton for taking a leadership role in arranging this briefing. And I will be there to tell Congressmen and women the same shocking, outrageous facts about Codex that you can find on our website. There will be two other physicians (Dr. Julian Whitaker and Dr. Charles Simone) and two attorneys (Jim Turner of Citizens for Health and Jonathan Emord) to tell the members of Congress and their staffers what Codex is, how they and their families will suffer if the US is not kept Codex-free and what they need to do to protect us all.

That is, if there if anyone shows up. It's Up to Us to Get Congress to Our Codex Briefing

Here's how it works: there are lots and lots and lots of briefings on Capitol Hill. And every briefing is important enough to someone to go to the trouble of setting it up. Staffers and Congress people are overworked so they pay attention to what is right in front of them without much time or attention to spare for anything else. So the only way to get our message to Congress is to get Congress to the briefing.

The way to make sure that we have the full house we need to make the impact we need to make is for all of us to take a few simple steps and then pass this email along to your circle of influence and urge them to take these steps, too.
4 Simple Steps to Urge Congress to Attend Codex Briefing

Step 1: Email Congre ss: Cut and paste a letter that says something like:

"I am writing to you at the suggestion of the Natural Solutions Foundation to urge you to attend the Congressional Briefing on Codex Alimentarius on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, room 2220 Rayburn. Codex Alimentarius, a UN Trade Commission, is a serious threat to the health and health freedom of this country. Although it is billed as "Consumer Protection" nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Codex is poised to degrade both the food supply and the health of all Americans if we allow our protective legislation to be overridden in favor of corporate profits at the expense of excess deaths and needless suffering.

These subjects are vitally important to me and I look to you to protect my health and health freedom from the damage they will sustain through harmonization with the pro-illness standards and guidelines of Codex Alimentarius."

Step 2: Call Congress: The Congressional Switchboard will transfer you to the offices of your Congressional Members. The number is 202-224-3121. Just call and tell your member's Congressional offices that you urge them to attend the Congressional Briefing on Codex Alimentarius on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, room 2220 Rayburn.

Step 3: Visit your Congressmen and Women in their local offices: Take a group of friends and tell your Congressmen and women that you want them to go to the Congressional Briefing on Codex Alimentarius on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, room 2220 Rayburn. Tell them you also expect them to protect DSHEA and other protective legislation for our health and our health freedom. Tell them how you expect them to vote: take a copy of the Natural Solutions Foundation's legislative action page.

Step 4: Pass this email along: Grass roots advocacy is still the most powerful force in our political system. When Congress sees an email in the in-box, they count it as the opinion of 13,000 voters. Think about that for a moment. We, the health freedom advocates of America , are the new special interest group. If you suggest to everyone in your circle of influence that they follow these steps suddenly, we are a force to be reckoned with, a voting force! What Qualifies Us As a Special Interest Group? Numbers!

Between 82 and 90% of all Americans take Nutritional Supplements (depending on which survey you count on). And of those, 60 million people in America are committed to the LOHAS values (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability). LOHAS are active in protecting what they believe in. The rest of America can be, too. There are about 297 million people in the US . Do the math: it's pretty encouraging.

We, the Health Advocacy forces are 238 million strong. We can vote and we have friends who can vote, too! Congress knows that and they know that when we to gather our influence, they had better listen of they are not going to get elected again! They know that they must get through the primary elections and then the general election each time they want to go back to their jobs in Washington. And they know that if you are interested enough to take these steps, they had better listen up because you are serious and so are your friends.

Yours in Health and Freedom,

Rima E. Laibow, MD Medical
Director Natural Solutions Foundation
rima.laibow@healthfreedomusa.org

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Robertson’s fatwa

Acton Institute
by Robert A. Sirico

08/31/05

Pat Robertson speaks his mind on his television show The 700 Club, often with an unpolished spontaneity that is missing from network news. Viewers evidently like this, and assume that he speaks from the heart. But every now and then, this unvarnished approach causes an explosion that reveals more than we really wanted to know about the heart of evangelical politics in this country. Thus did a firestorm of outrage greet Robertson’s casual but very sincere call for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Chavez, a sworn enemy of President Bush, often proclaims that U.S. officials are plotting to kill him...

http://tinyurl.com/aq985


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Disenfranchised voters ... or propaganda puppets?

Frontiers of Freedom
by Kaye Grogan

09/01/05

It's unfortunate many people practice trying to beat the voting system by conjuring up ways to conduct massive voter fraud, so their favorite candidate can have a better chance of winning at all cost. This is not the American way -- it's the crook's way. Where were these people when the importance of being honest was being instilled in others? Voter fraud is certainly nothing new, but stopping the abuse in its tracks can go a long way in helping to clean up fraudulent behavior at the voting polls. It seems somewhat archaic that a fail proof voting machine has evaded the modern high-tech industry. After spending millions to create the touch screen voting technique, voting problems intensified instead of lessening...

http://tinyurl.com/8wpst


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A fit of (oil) peak

Boston Globe
by Chip Giller & David Roberts

09/01/05

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine. Let us explain. The last few months have seen a surge of stories on so-called 'peak oil.' That's the moment when we're pulling as much oil out of the ground as we'll ever be able to pump. Supply hits its peak and begins an inexorable decline, regardless of demand. Hurricane Katrina has shown what kind of damage short-term supply disruptions can do; peak oil represents long-term and permanent supply disruption. But peak oil is not a matter of economics or politics. It's cold, hard geology. Nobody knows for sure when the peak will occur. Estimates range from a few years ago to 50 years hence. But expert consensus is closing in on the next five to 15 years. This isn't a Y2K bug situation; the exact moment we hit the peak isn't that important. What really matters is how we handle the descent...

http://tinyurl.com/9ga8f


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hallmark of Bush presidency: Control over information flow

Christian Science Monitor
by Pat M. Holt

Disagreements with President Johnson over the Vietnam War drove Congress to circumscribe the powers of the presidency so much that when Johnson left the White House in 1969, it was said it would take until the end of the century to restore those lost powers. Thanks to a succession of weak presidents, the end of the century arrived without much having been done in this respect. Richard Nixon, impeached by the House over Watergate, resigned to avoid trial by the Senate. Gerald Ford was unable to deal with the mess Nixon left. ... Jimmy Carter was weakened by the hostage crisis in Iran and the botched rescue attempt. Ronald Reagan and his vice president, George H.W. Bush, had the Iran-contra scandal. For Bill Clinton, it was Monica Lewinsky and an impeachment trial (he was acquitted)...

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0901/p09s01-coop.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The backward march of wisdom

The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

09/01/05

What I want to know is, who walked the Earth first: the dinosaurs or Strom Thurmond? It seems that the advocates of fast-forward 'intelligent design' -- the folks who, by totaling up the biblical begats, believe that the universe was created in 4004 B.C. -- are erecting mini-theme-parks that feature secondhand dinosaur sculptures they've acquired in their scavengings. By putting such Tyrannosaurus Wrecks on display, they mean to prove to the public that people and dinosaurs once roamed the world together, just as their biblical time-clock and that old Raquel Welch movie clearly demonstrated. Silly stuff, certainly, but at the rate we're going, it may make it into the 2008 or 2012 Republican platform...

http://www.prospect.org/web/view-web.ww?id=10187


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why the levee broke

AlterNet
by Will Bunch

09/01/05

Washington knew exactly what needed to be done to protect the citizens of New Orleans from disasters like Katrina. Yet federal funding for Louisiana flood control projects was diverted to pay for the war in Iraq. ... New Orleans had long known it was highly vulnerable to flooding and a direct hit from a hurricane. ... When flooding from a massive rainstorm in May 1995 killed six people, Congress authorized the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, or SELA. ... Yet after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain...

http://alternet.org/story/24871/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

When Katrina becomes our Baghdad

Strike the Root
by Doug Herman

09/01/05

But most folks forget, in their patriotic self-absorption, that we brought the devastation on Iraq. Suddenly the shock of being on the receiving end of some equally powerful and devastating force -- 'Hell on earth' -- stuns them...

http://www.strike-the-root.com/52/herman/herman10.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Cindy Sheehan spark: Mainstream America stirs

CounterPunch
by Lynn Gonzales

09/01/05

What strikes me most about Camp Casey and its inhabitants is how very centrist, mainstream and organic this movement is. One would not be hard pressed to call it divine intervention. The euphoria and unity among Democrats, disenfranchised Republicans, people of faith, previously a-political military families, rural heartland people, as well as seasoned anti-war activists is absolutely palpable. Time and time again people told me that they had never been a part of a protest before. That they had opposed the war in Iraq in silence; voiceless and isolated in their perceived powerlessness to stop it. And then Cindy's story moved them, and they felt compelled to come to Crawford...

http://www.counterpunch.org/gonzalez09012005.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



Cindy Sheehan
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Why thousands may die

Common Dreams
by Cynthia Bogard

09/01/05

It's harrowing enough to leave town in one's reliable vehicle armed with luggage, credit cards and cash, bound for some well-heeled friend or relative who lives at a higher elevation. It's quite another thing to leave with no cash, no car, no credit and no out of town relatives with room to spare. Poor people without employment typically depend on very local resources for their survival, especially when money and food stamps run out. Even in the most generous northern states, public assistance checks usually run out in the middle of the third week of the month no matter how good at budgeting a mother may be. The last ten days of the month are spent trading what resources you have for what you need, calling on those who owe you a favor, asking for leniency in paying for necessities and pawning the few worthy possessions you own. And waiting for the check." [Editor's note: The true nature of the welfare state is laid bare. And all the government (left and right) is concerned with is 'keeping order', while thousands die - MLS]

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0901-31.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why New Orleans is in deep water

Chicago Tribune
by Molly Ivins

09/01/05

This is a column for everyone in the path of Hurricane Katrina who ever said, 'I'm sorry, I'm just not interested in politics,' or, 'There's nothing I can do about it,' or, 'Eh, they're all crooks anyway.' Nothing to do with me, nothing to do with my life, nothing I can do about any of it. Look around you this morning. I suppose the National Rifle Association would argue, 'Government policies don't kill people, hurricanes kill people.' Actually, hurricanes plus government policies kill people...

http://tinyurl.com/8pbew


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

End of the binge

The American Conservative
by James Howard Kunstler

Among the strange delusions and hallucinations gripping the body politic these days is the idea that the so-called global economy is a permanent fixture of the human condition. The seemingly unanimous embrace of this idea in the power circles of America is a marvelous illustration of the madness of crowds, for nothing could be farther from the truth. The global economy is, in fact, nothing more than a transient set of trade and financial relations based on a particular set of transient, special sociopolitical conditions, namely a few decades of relative world peace between the great powers along with substantial, reliable supplies of predictably cheap fossil fuels. The result, as far as America is concerned, has been an extended fiesta based on suburban comfort, easy motoring, fried food in abundance, universal air conditioning, and bargain-priced imported merchandise acquired on promises to pay later -- a way of life described by Vice President Cheney as 'non-negotiable'... (for publication 09/12/05)

http://www.amconmag.com/2005/2005_09_12/cover.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Supreme Court justice appointees

from Reason to Freedom
by Sandra Price

09/02/05

President Bush has made it very clear that his appointees for Supreme Court Justices will be 'Conservative' choices. I read this as meaning more personal choices will be removed from the American citizens and the Courts will take over how we are born, who we are allowed to marry, how many children we have, and how we are allowed to die. Religion will be taught in our public schools as an academic subject but that will be the only item of discussion over the quality of the schools themselves. To me this is the most insulting attack on our individual rights ever imagined by any President. But it seems as if this is what the American voters want...

http://www.reasontofreedom.com/Supreme_Court_Appointees.html

Economics and politics

Free Market News Network
by Dr. Hans Sennholz

09/01/05

The connection between economics and politics is clearly visible. Economic production sustains human life which, for most people, is the most important concern in life. The prestige of democratic government, its rise and fall, usually depend on its economic performance. Economic policies must please the greatest number of people who decide democratic elections and reelections. But voters, as well as the representatives they elect, may also be guided by economic notions and doctrines that are popular rather than fitting and exact. Public opinion may be swayed by appeals to emotion and preconception rather than reason and common sense. Political writers and speakers may dwell on controversy and conflict rather than on theoretical correctness; periodicals, newspapers, broadcasts on radio, television, and other forms of communication may follow suit. Articulate politicians usually add their explanations and interpretations. They may prefer to be popular rather than correct...

http://www.freemarketnews.com/pview/5963/2483/html/index.php


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Katrina, Iraq and the Know-It-All Syndrome

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

09/02/05

Instead of protecting New Orleans from the relentless assault of the Gulf, the erosion-control equipment purchased by the U.S. government is over in 'liberated' Iraq, being used to shield our troops from the deadly accolades of a grateful populace. A more dramatic -- and tragic -- demonstration of the principle of how war (and State action) diverts resources away from rational uses would be hard to find. The know-it-alls in Washington, D.C., know nothing -- and, worse than that, they don't know that, either. Instead, sitting comfortably in their offices a good distance from the disaster they unleashed -- either directly, in the case of Iraq, or indirectly, as in New Orleans -- they remain supremely indifferent to the commoners' fate...

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7137


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

For the third time since George W. Bush became president, Americans are paying a catastrophic price for bad government

Remain silent!
Salon
by Joe Conason

09/02/05

For the third time since George W. Bush became president, Americans are paying a catastrophic price for bad government. As the costs are tallied once more in death and dollars, we are being told that the wise and patriotic thing to do is shut up -- as if good citizens are obliged to remain silent about unwise and incompetent leadership. Honest political debate over how and why we lost the great city of New Orleans, according to the latest dictates from the right, means 'an excess of recrimination,' 'finger-pointing' and 'villain hunting.' Such a 'vulgar' exercise risks overshadowing our normal national unity and generosity in confronting disaster with 'divisiveness' and 'partisanship.' We are piously advised instead to do good and find common ground, to 'be humble, compassionate and helpful.' Thus speak the sages of the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal. In short, we must simply write checks to the Red Cross and choke off any critical impulse... [subscription or ad view required]

http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2005/09/02/criticizing_bush/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Department of Homeland Screw-up

Slate
by Tim Naftali

09/01/05

The response to Katrina thus far indicates two flaws in the Bush administration's thinking about homeland security. The federal government hasn't learned how to plan for a tragedy that demands putting a city on sustained life-support, as opposed to a one-moment-in-time attack that requires recovering the dead and injured from debris and then quickly rebuilding. And DHS appears unwilling to plan for the early use of the U.S. military to cope with a civilian tragedy. Presidential administrations have perennially underestimated the difficulty of the latter task...

http://www.slate.com/id/2125494/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The state and the flood

LewRockwell.Com
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

09/02/05

'No one can escape the influence of a prevailing ideology,' wrote Ludwig von Mises, and Gulf Coast residents know precisely what it means to be trapped -- ostensibly by a flood but actually by statist policies and ideological commitments that put the government in charge of crisis management and public infrastructure. For what we are seeing in New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region is the most egregious example of government failure in the United States since September 11, 2001. Mother Nature can be cruel, but even at her worst, she is no match for government. It was the glorified public sector, the one we are always told is protecting us, that is responsible for this. And though our public servants and a sycophantic media will do their darn best to present this calamity as an act of nature, it was not and is not...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/flood.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

New Orleans in chaos with fights, rapes

Cincinnati Enquirer

09/01/05

New Orleans descended into anarchy [sic] Thursday as corpses lay abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out, cops turned in their badges and the governor declared war on looters who have made the city a menacing landscape of disorder and fear. 'They have M-16s and they're locked and loaded,' Gov. Kathleen Blanco said of 300 National Guard troops who landed in New Orleans fresh from duty in Iraq. 'These troops know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so, and I expect they will'...

http://tinyurl.com/9how8


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq: Media ignores continued US casualties

US Department of Defense

09/02/05

[Editor's note: Yes, this entire entry is an editor's note, and the link is to the Defense Department's news release page. American media seems to go through periods of not reporting on US casualties in Iraq. For whatever reason -- other, more pressing stories such as Hurricane Katrina, or bloodier, more sensational event in Iraq itself come to mind -- these deaths simply go unmentioned or barely mentioned. Rational Review, on the other hand, has had continuing coverage of casualties in Iraq as a plank in its editorial policy since the beginning of the war. So, instead of to the media, let's go to the source: The US Army has thus far reported losing two soldiers killed in action on August 29th and one on the 30th. This is something we believe our readers should know, and keep in mind - TLK]

http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

THE PASSION OF CINDY SHEEHAN



http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/3360/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news



Cindy Sheehan
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Modell Porto Alegre - Bessere Politik durch Bürgerbeteiligung

Veranstaltungshinweis der ödp München:

"Modell Porto Alegre - Bessere Politik durch Bürgerbeteiligung" Referentin: Sue Dürr, attac München

Am Donnerstag, 08. September 2005, 19.30 Uhr in der Gregor-Louisoder-Umweltstiftung in der Brienner Str. 46, U 1/7 und Tram 20/21 Stiglmaierplatz (3 min zu Fuß) U 2/8 Königsplatz (5 min zu Fuß)

Schon seit 16 Jahren trägt der partizipative Bürgerhaushalt in Porto Alegre, Brasilien, zu einer besseren Politik und einer lebenswerteren Stadt bei. Dieses Modell soll im Vortrag von Sue Dürr, attac München, näher beleuchtet werden. Es kann auch bei uns ein Einstieg sein in eine bessere, gerechtere und zukunftsfähige Welt.

Bestechend an dem Modell ist nicht nur die hohe Beteiligung der Bürger an der Stadtpolitik, sondern auch die erstaunlichen Ergebnisse bei der Verbesserung der Infrastruktur und Bildung sowie bei der Sanierung der Elendsviertel. Porto Alegre, eine 1,6-Millionen-Stadt, war vor der Einführung des Modells pleite - nun konnte die Pleite abgewendet werden. Korruption hat stark abgenommen. Frauen nehmen vermehrt teil an politischen Entscheidungen.

Das Modell hat viele Nachahmer gefunden. In Brasilien haben 200 Städte partizipative Bürgerhaushalte eingeführt, zahlreiche weitere Städte in Lateinamerika ebenso. Bei der UNO-Konferenz "Habitat" im Jahr 1996 bekam Porto Alegre den Titel, "Hauptstadt der Demokratie". Und die Funke springt jetzt über nach Europa: Barcelona, St. Denis ... In mehreren deutschen Städten sind Projekte im Gange, um dieses Modell auch bei uns einzuführen.

Der Vortrag wird folgende Fragen klären: Was sind die Voraussetzungen für die Einführung eines solchen Systems? Wie funktioniert es in Porto Alegre? Wie könnte es bei uns umgesetzt werden?

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Markus Hollemann Regionalbeauftragter

Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei (ödp)
Stadtverband München
Fon 089/45 24 74 15 × Fax 089/244 365 397
E-Mail m.hollemann@oedp-muenchen.de http://www.oedp-muenchen.de

Veranstaltungen der Münchner ödp in der Gregor-Lousioder-Umweltstiftung, Briennerstr. 46, Eintritt frei:

Do., 13. Okt. 2005, 19.30 Uhr "Sollen Eltern für ihre Kinder zur Wahl gehen?" Referent: Priv. Doz. Dr. K. Peter Merk, Rechtsanwalt

Do., 10. Nov. 2005, 19.30 Uhr "Der GRÜNE Abschied von Ökologie und Demokratie" Referent: Jean Fuchs, Buchautor
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