Thursday, July 31, 2003
Rep. Henry Waxman Tightens the Evidentiary Noose Around Nat'l Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Cheney Being Pulled Into the Quicksand
Bipartisan politics!!!!!! Don't forget ... this is OLD NEWS ... known BEFORE the "war" with Iraq ... in MARCH! ... JAY ROCKEFELLER CALLS FOR PROBE INTO FORGED DOSSIER March 14, 2003 -- LINK
The American gulag expands, The United States incarceration rate is up again, with more than 2.1 million men and women behind bars. That's one in every 143 Americans.
The usual mangled speech but Bush is let off the hook in rare press conference
Israel Approves New Settlement Construction in Gaza, Israel on Thursday published building tenders to expand a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip - defying a stipulation in the US-backed "road map"
The Four Ponies of Perdition: Hannity, O'Rielly, Limbaugh, and Savage, How media concentration has caused the banning of expert analysis.
Also on Thursday, the government said the weekly number of Americans lodging new jobless claims drifted down unexpectedly by 3,000 in the July 26 week to 388,000 from a revised 391,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said.
The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average rose 62.86 points, or 0.68 percent, to 9,262.91. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained 6.58 points, or 0.67 percent, to 994.07. The technology-laced Nasdaq Composite Index added 15.96 points, or 0.93 percent, to 1,736.87.
You don't hear much about the bond market, but..... 'The bond markets are far larger than the stock market and in 6 weeks bonds crashed further and faster than I can ever remember seeing. 'And you've hardly read a word about it. 'That's partially because there are only about five people in the world who understand the implications. .....
'.... the invisible bond market crash of the last 6 weeks is causing more problems than you can possibly dream of.' - Bob Moriarty ...and....
Insiders are dumping shares like maaaaad!
...threatening the real estate bubble with imminent collapse...
'...It is my contention that interest rates are about to start trending higher across the board in the US, and as a result abroad. And although there is no iron clad identifiable causal relation that can be attributed to this assertion, the markets are sending the message this is about to occur. The basis of the understanding one must know in order to grasp the core of this thesis is that dollars are actually a form of debt, and a call on the net worth of the US financial system....' Captain Hook
Why do you think silver mining shares like SSRI, HL, PAAS and CDE have been rising significantly recently...
....as silver looks set to explode... >>Full story...
Speaking in a reception hall at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, DeLay said that liberating Israel from Palestinian violence is part of the worldwide campaign against terror ...
DeLay, an evangelical Christian, is one of a group of increasingly powerful "Christian Zionists" who are staunch supporters of Israel and oppose uprooting Jewish settlers from the West Bank, where they believe Jews have a divine right ...
"Israel's fight is our fight. And so shall it be until the last terrorist on Earth is in a cell or a cemetery," DeLay said, drawing loud applause from the crowd of lawmakers and Cabinet ministers.
Palestinian lawmaker Saeb Erekat called DeLay's remarks "despicable and satanic."
"Our world is not divided between those who are pro-Israeli and those who are pro-Palestinian," Erekat said after hearing the text of DeLay's speech. "It is divided between those who are pro-peace and those who are against it, and DeLay truly deserves to head the camp of those who are against peace." >>Full story...
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
One of the administration’s "best and brightest" employed in the Pentagon’s Defense Research Projects Agency came up with the idea of establishing a futures market in which the commodity being traded is human tragedy. Dubbed the Policy Analysis Market, the program would allow traders to profit by correctly predicting assassinations and terrorist attacks in the Middle East ...
And who ultimately approved the Policy Analysis Market program? None other than John Poindexter.
You remember Poindexter - he was the retired rear admiral who was relieved from his position as National Security Advisor during the Reagan administration after being convicted of conspiracy, lying to Congress, defrauding the government and destroying evidence in the Iran-Contra scandal. The only reason he is not in jail today is because he was granted immunity in the congressional investigation of the scandal.
So, instead of being behind bars in some federal prison, Poindexter now is head of George W. Bush’s Terrorism Information Awareness program, out of which this proposal sprang. Poindexter is also behind the project to collect information on every American - including their most sensitive health records, credit information and what they check out of their local libraries - in order to create a database to allegedly fight the threat of terrorism.
It all keeps getting "curiouser and curiouser."
The fact that people with agendas like Poindexter’s, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft, are part of this administration should give pause to anyone with even an iota of common sense. This, along with decisions such as establishing the Policy Analysis Market raise questions about the abilities of those who surround this president, as well as their - and his - mental stability.
It is time to be afraid - really afraid - in America. - Portsmouth Herald >>Full story...
Inhofe cited findings of a study by Drs. Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that determined the 20th century was neither the warmest nor the century with the most extreme weather within the past millennium ...
But a climate expert at today's hearing told Inhofe that the mainstream climate research community believes the Soon and Baliunas study is "nonsense." The study is "fundamentally unsound," testified Michael Mann, University of Virginia environmental sciences professor and a lead author of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report ...
Today's hearing illustrated the contentious debate over climate change in American politics, as the Bush administration and some in Congress contend that the science is too uncertain for the government to force industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular carbon dioxide (C02).
For many there appears overwhelming evidence - from the United Nations, the U.S. government and independent researchers across the globe - that human activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels, is impacting the climate ...
Many scientists predict that the average global temperature could rise from one to four degrees Fahrenheit by 2050 and some say it could rise as much as 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 100 years.
Critics believe the administration and its Congressional allies are casting doubt on the science in order to avoid difficult political choices about how to address the concern ...
There are several bills before the Senate that would put caps on carbon dioxide emissions and there is a good chance proponents will try to tack amendments with similar intent to the Senate energy bill this week. These caps would "devastate" the economy, said Inhofe, by increasing energy prices and causing coal-fired plants to switch to natural gas ...
"The climate of the 20th century is neither unreasonable nor the most extreme," Soon told the committee. There was a warming trend from about 800 A.D. to 1300 A.D., he said, then general cooling until 1900 A.D. - a "little ice age."
The Soon and Baliunas study gets beyond the observational biases of much of the climate research to date, said Dr. David Legates, director of Center for Climatic Research at the University of Delaware's Department of Geography.
It has the "inescapable conclusion that climate variability has been a natural occurrence," Legates said ...
Some media reports, in particular by Cox News Service, have also found the Soon and Baliunas research was underwritten by the American Petroleum Institution - an industry trade association - but Inhofe and others are adamant the study is sound. >>Full story...
Palestinian anger over fence Israel's insistence that it will continue to build the so-called security fence in the West Bank has angered Palestinian leaders ... who compare the concrete and metal construction to the Berlin Wall ... "Of all the burning issues, Bush chose the security fence. It's a disappointing evasion" -- Haaretz - Israel | In pictures: Israel's security fence
Satellite shows dramatic Aral loss ... half its area and three-quarters of its volume. Former fishing villages are now dozens of kilometres away from the shoreline.
Call to close child traffic loophole ... thousands of children are being trafficked to Britain each year and human trafficking is the fastest growing business of organised crime ... Police believe a ring of people trafficked the boy into Britain before he was ritually killed ... abused and beaten and sexually sold almost on a daily basis.
Saudis 'outraged' at 9/11 secrecy Since the Congressional report came out last week, Saudi Arabia has said repeatedly it has nothing to hide but cannot defend itself against rumours. "Twenty-eight blank pages are now considered substantial evidence to proclaim the guilt of a country that has been a true friend and partner of the United States for over 60 years," said Prince al-Faisal ... However, senators who compiled the 11 September report have also argued there was no reason not to declassify almost all of the information in the section dealing with foreign governments.
Al-Qaida Hijack Warnings Issued Federal officials say they have no plans to raise the nation's terrorism alert level despite warnings that five man al Qaida teams may be planning to hijack and crash more airplanes, similar to the Sept. 11 attacks.
DDP: HIV does not cause AIDS "HIV does not cause AIDS. That was one of the most startling pieces of information to come out of the 21st Annual Meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, held recently in Phoenix, Arizona July 19. Dr. Donald W. Miller, Jr. an attendee at the meeting, said, 'It's a shocking statement but it will very likely prove to be true,' Miller said of the claim."
Don't like taxes? Move to the "Free State" "Are you unhappy with your state government? Tired of paying taxes? Don't care if no one answers the phone when you dial 911? Then you should sign up to join the Free State Project ... a plan in which 20,000 people who don't like government would move to a single state and take it over through the political system. Once in control, they would dismantle the government. These are not your normal nutty political extremists. They have been on MSNBC, and Stateline.org did a feature article about them."
BuzzFlash Interview with Stephen Kinzer, Author of "All The Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror" A mesmerizing account of how a CIA agent, the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically elected Iranian government in 1953 which created the model, continuing through today, for CIA involvement in replacing governments that the U.S. finds fault with for one reason or another.
Sometimes when we're traveling, we get so engrossed in our own conversations we fail to see significant things. We speed by these emotional landmarks without noticing them. It may be the very thing we've been looking for all our lives, but we miss it for a distracting remark that happens to turn our heads in the wrong direction at that very moment.
Think of what constitutes the point of no return. The days that follow ignorant and unwise decisions are always filled with grief and remorse. Sometimes, in the distance between the moment where we passed it and the spot where we realize we've passed it, the epiphany dawns on us — there is no turning back, despite all our fondest wishing and hoping, despite all our teary promises to do better next time. Real life has no reset button. Then comes that hollow time, with its aluminized applause of silence, when understanding crashes in on us. Some mistakes, like the death of your mother or your son, simply cannot be corrected. Sometimes, in this life, there is simply no going back.
So it is with the American dream, lying crushed in the bleeding dust of official lies presented as eternal truths by neatly dressed young people trying in vain to speak English correctly in front of mobile television cameras, saying things like "the American people support what has been done in Iraq" and trying to show their spontaneous sincerity as the scripted words slither from their painted lips.
America has been twisted from an example of hope for the world into an armed robber intent on fleecing everyone it meets. Just recently, America has changed the world from a place of hope to a place of fear.
We pass by these significant events as the newsreel of our memories unfolds before us. We show appropriate horror at the mangled bodies of people we never knew, then go on about our business — to the mall for those birthday presents meant for people we hardly know, to work on time to meet the daily shift quota, or to our homes to retreat from the daily assault of debilitating images that assail us by using whatever substance pleases us at the moment. So many events we try to pass by and forget. Some can't, but most do.
In the days following these events, we try to rationalize that some mistakes can be corrected: we can go to court and demand a recount for an election that has been so obviously stolen; we can catch the perpetrators of a stunningly horrific crime and try them in a court of law in accordance with the finest traditions of democratic justice; wecan appeal to the better natures of elected officials who pass laws without even reading what's on the paper; we can take to the streets to protest decisions to drop nuclear weapons on peasants far away; or we can point out to anyone who'll listen that our leaders are lying about everything they say.
But in the days after that, we learn to our shocked dismay that the courts are closed to people without flashy pedigrees, that elected officials seem not to want to catch the villains who perpetrated a shocking mass murder, that legislators only really listen to representatives of large companies who can fund their vacation homes, that large protests are really great social events that accomplish nothing, and that precious few people really care whether our leaders are lying or not, as long as we have our homes, our paychecks, and our cold beer and warm beds.
Most fail to perceive that if you fail to adequately protect what you have now, chances are good that you won't have it for very long. I'm talking about the future here, although you probably didn't realize it.
Listen, can you remember that sound you heard when you passed the point of no return. No, of course not. You were busy. Talking about something else.
Since the turning of the millennium, we have passed by four events that have changed the consciousness of our nation and the world forever and irrevocably.
1. The stolen election of the year 2000, in which the surreptitious denial of voting rights to tens of thousands of people of color and manipulation of computerized voting systems turned the vote count infavor of fascism, turned America into a police state. Few then were prescient enough to have predicted democracy would soon die, but it has.
Now there's no going back. The deed is done. The Constitution is nullified. Habeas corpus is gone for the first time in 800 years. The police can come into your home at any time for any reason. People can be executed without legitimate trials. All as a result of a fixed vote. We should have seen it coming. But we were talking, and the moment passed by. Now, no amount of second-guessing can turn back the clock. Just look at the political opposition, acting as if nothing really serious has happened, that they can fix the difficulties with a few pieces of legislation. And still America slumbers.
But there is no going back. Democracy died when a bill was passed by those who didn't even read it. The new American way. Goosestepping in silence. And all across the political spectrum, the phony functionaries who grovel for our votes (and who will ignore us when they have them) act as if this shameful occurrence was normal. Perhaps it IS normal in a society of treasonous pigs with no scruples, which is apparently what America has become. Just a gaggle of dishonest accountants who don't really care where the numbers come from.
2. The mass murder of many thousands of people in New York City ,Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania was blamed on Arab terrorists minutes after it happened, yet all the top officials insisted during those tear-stained days that they had no premonition such a monstrous event could even happen.
Do you understand how those two thoughts do not and cannot co-exist in the same logical space? And if they don't, and you do understand, you also understand that your entire sociopolitical paradigm was shattered that day, because you know 9/11 was the handiwork of the rich manipulators who run our society, a hard-hearted ruse with which to plunder Arab treasures to the robotic applause of the drugged-out and brain-dead American populace.
3. America dropped radioactive bunker buster bombs on defenseless peasants in Afghanistan, leaving them to twitch in the dust as their children developed horrific red tumors on their heads. This was billed a direct response to capture the alleged perpetrator of the 9/11 horror. Yet when the alleged perpetrator was offered up for trial in a neutral country, the U.S. ignored him and continued bombing. And it turns out the war in Afghanistan was planned long before 9/11. How can you launch a war that was planned before the crime was committed, and then insist the war was in response to the crime? Did we miss all this? Were we talking about something else when all this happened?
4. Now America can bomb anyone it wants to for any reason. The reasons don't have to be the truth, or even grounded in reality. They can be total fantasy. This is the scenario we are now witnessing in Iraq, where even proven presidential lies barely raise eyebrows and most agree that Iraq needed to be bombed because the president and the TV anchors said so. What was it we were doing when this became a logical action? What trip were we taking when we missed that point that honesty was no longer necessary for doing business in the world? And once they decided they could kill all those innocent prisoners at Guantanamo without real trials, where we going then? What was the sound of the Constitution being ridiculed by federal judges and taken away forever? Did you hear it? What did it sound like?
Was it like T. S. Eliot's "not with a bang, but with a whimper"?
Right after all those wonderful millennium fireworks celebrations, we came to a fork in the road, only almost nobody noticed, because we were all too busy having so much fun and congratulating ourselves about what a wonderful world we had.
Since that magical moment, we have been travelling full speed down the wrong road, with most of us still pretending that everything's OK, that when we wake up in the morning, things will be as they always have been, the stock market will rise, certain alluring items at the store will be on sale, that our jobs will be there and we'll always have plenty of gas in our cars. What was it we were talking about when these events happened? What did we think about them? What did we do about them?
What will you be talking about when you pass the point of no return? Baseball? Dietary supplements? Social obligations?
We're going full speed down a road of no return. We took a wrong turn at the millennium fork. Plenty of people noticed, but nobody said anything. We were all making too much money, all having too much fun.
Had we been a realistic, functional society — one that cast our focus on the health and maintenance of our lives and our world rather than one that seeks to escape from our responsibilities because we are so afraid of death — we could have learned plenty from those four post-millenium events that have so profoundly changed our world for the worse
Were we not led in the wrong direction by the pathetic prostitutes we see on the TV screens every night, we could have found out that Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush conspired to deprive over 90,000 people of their legitimate right to vote. I'm not saying any of the subsequent events would have changed if Al Gore had been the president (after all, Bill Clinton bombed the hell out of Yugoslavia at the behest of the International Monetary Fund, and the murderous masquerades in Waco and Oklahoma City were not exactly good advertisements for an open, honest government), but it doesn't seem as likely that Gore would have rammed the Patriot Act down our throats, despite the fact that it was written by Democrats, or bombed New York City on the basis of Dick Cheney's think-tank report. Who knows? Maybe he would have. The people in OKC sure think he might have.
The great lesson that has been missed by the stifling of the investigation into the World Trade Center disaster is the opportunity to see a continuity of manipulative aggression in the foreign policy of the United States throughout the 20th Century. I mean, the situation now is not that much different than it was in the 1890s when a stock market crash was engineered by rich industrialists, and then a new grand plan of imperialism was undertaken by U.S. presidents that resulted in major carnage in the Philippines, Cuba and even Hawaii that rivals in dishonest insincerity what has recently taken place in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Had there been a legitimate and independent investigation into the horror of 9/11, more people could have seen that the land of the free and the home of the brave has been provoking wars for profit around the world throughout the 20th Century, and that even the U.S. motivation for participation in World Wars I and II are subject to alternative interpretations that clearly reveal the main cause of them was manipulative profit-seeking from Wall Street and Washington.
A truly legitimate investigation into the grand deception of what is called 9/11 might also have revealed that it doesn't really matter who is president — that the tyranny and the murder goes on no matter who is president, because that's the way it has always been in America.
A real investigation into 9/11 might just have allowed us the opportunity to at least hope for a humane world, and possibly work toward one. A real investigation would have enabled us to see, perhaps, that American capitalism engineered by behind-the-scenes billionaires, funding both the Bolsheviks and Hitler, has caused all the wars of the20th Century.
But now the cat is out of the bag for all the world to see. Naked and vicious power, with nothing — secular or sacred — able to stand in its way. No reason needed to use it, only an impulse toward gluttony by a sufficient number of godless petronazis mouthing religious phrases to keep the evangelical zombies lulled ecstatically in their apocalyptic aspirations.
As one commentator said the other day, the neocon conspiracy that has grabbed control of the United States and its military might is now much more dangerous than Hitler's Third Reich or the Soviet Union's Red Menace ever were, in part because there is no one to stop America from turning the whole world into a radioactive wasteland like the one that now exists in Iraq, but also because there is no voice of freedom anywhere in the world able to stand up and oppose the American Zionist propaganda machine that trumpets is new, horrid messages that twist the truth and obscure the atrocities. Like "freedom is economic slavery" and "democracy is a one-party system where all opposition is treason." The irony is that the rich patricians uttering these sadistic slogans are the ones who are the real traitors to the people of the world, and everything human and holy.
There was a time, not too long ago (I'm thinking '60s or '70s here), when idealism could have prevailed, where the noble nuances of selflessness and concern for others could have determined the future we have chosen for ourselves. But corporate fascism belittled and marginalized such quaint sentiments as inferior to naked profits and sophisticated selfishness, and now we are travelling down a road on which there are no U-turns. Although it happened very recently, we are well past the point of no return, and the road not taken will forever haunt us in our dreams, in each needlessly dead body we see sacrificed on the evil highway of pure profit.
What was it we were talking about when all this happened, and how important does it seem to us now, now that we can no longer turn back around, and make all those needlessly dead people live again?
And we teach our children that stealing money from the dead is all we need to make us feel good. Rejoice, ye faithful, this is the new American way.
Surely, this is the point of no return. We passed it some time ago. What was it you were saying when we passed it?
John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the coast of Florida and can't believe how many Americans just don't care about the world they live in. Autographed copies of his collection of Internet essays, "America's Autopsy Report," may now be ordered ($18.95, plus $5 shipping and handling) by writing to him at 250 N. McCall Rd. #2, Englewood FL 34223, or by e-mail through Pay Pal. Link found at RumorMillNews.com
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
This information is relayed without qualification, as I am knowledgeable in the level of integrity of the researcher that has made this information available to the public. There is both risk and restraint that has been exercised in the preparation of this statement.
A meeting has taken place recently between an investigative researcher and a well placed military source. The identity of both parties is to be protected. The source has intimate knowledge of at least one aspect of the aerosol operations, and asserts the following:
1. The operation is a joint project between the Pentagon and the pharmaceutical industry.
2. The Pentagon wishes to test biological diseases for war purposes on unsuspecting populations. It was stated that SARS is a failure as the expected rate of mortality was intended to be 80%.
3. The pharmaceutical industry is making trillions on medications designed to treat both fatal and non-fatal diseases given to populations.
4. The bacteria and viruses are freeze-dried and then placed on fine filaments for release.
5. The metals released along with the diseases heat up from the sun, creating a perfect environment for the bacteria and viruses to thrive in the air supply.
6. Most countries being sprayed are unaware of the activities and they have not consented to the activities. He states that commercial aircraft flying are one of the delivery systems.
7. Most of the "players" are old friends and business partners of the senior Bush.
8. The ultimate goal is the control of all populations through directed and accurate spraying of drugs, diseases, etc.
9. People who have tried to reveal the truth have been imprisoned and killed.
10. This is the most dangerous and dark time that I have experienced in all of my years of serving this country.
Pentagon's Futures Market Plan Condemned -- "The Pentagon is setting up a stock-market style system in which investors would bet on terror attacks, assassinations and other events in the Middle East. Defense officials hope to gain intelligence and useful predictions while investors who guessed right would win profits."
"Traders who believe an event will occur can buy a futures contract. Those who believe the event is unlikely can try to sell a contract. The Web site does not address how much money investors would be likely to put into the market but says analysts would be motivated by the "prospect of profit and at pain of loss" to make accurate predictions."
"Two Democratic senators demanded Monday the project be stopped before investors begin registering this week. "The idea of a federal betting parlor on atrocities and terrorism is ridiculous and it's grotesque," Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said."
"The market is a project of a DARPA division called FutureMAP, or "Futures Markets Applied to Prediction." FutureMAP is trying to develop programs that would allow the Defense Department to use market forces to predict future events, according to its Web site"
"DARPA has received strong criticism from Congress for its Terrorism Information Awareness program, a computerized surveillance program that has raised privacy concerns. Wyden said the Policy Analysis Market is under retired Adm. John Poindexter, the head of the Terrorism Information Awareness program and, in the 1980s, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal." >>Full story...
Hill Hits Gambling Program On Terror -- The latest brainchild of a contentious Pentagon program, an online gambling parlor that allows anonymous investors to make money predicting assassinations and terrorist attacks, is drawing fire from Capitol Hill. The Terrorist Information Awareness office will open the waging scheme Friday and begin signing up 1,000 traders to deposit funds for transactions. In a report to Congress, TIA said the program will provide the Defense Department "with market based techniques for avoiding surprise and predicting future events." Online trading begins Oct. 1, and by Jan. 1, at least 10,000 traders will be able to participate in the Policy Analysis Market. >>Full story... Policy Analysis Market | DARPA's FutureMap
Monday, July 28, 2003
Sgt Walters, a 33-year-old military cook from Oregon, blond and slim but not a photogenic female warrior, had been serving with the ill-fated 507th Maintenance Unit, in which Jessica Lynch was a supply clerk.
In the days following the elaborately staged rescue of Pte Lynch from her hospital ward on April 1, a blizzard of American media reports told how the soldier had exhausted all her ammunition before capture, in an isolated and brave "fight to the death".
They suggested that it was only after a prolonged battle, in which she was shot and stabbed, that she was eventually taken prisoner. In all, 11 soldiers were killed and six captured. It subsequently emerged, however, that the young soldier's rifle had jammed and her injuries were caused by her lorry colliding with another vehicle as the convoy came under attack.
Last week, with no fanfare, the US Army released a detailed report into the incident which makes it clear that a lone American fighter did, indeed, hold out against the Iraqis - but that the soldier was not Pte Lynch. It says that following the ambush, Sgt Walters may have been left behind, hiding beside a disabled tractor-trailer, as Iraqi troops closed in. The report confirms that he died of wounds identical to those first attributed to Pte Lynch.... Link found at Rense.com >>Full story...
My sympathies to Sgt Walters' family and to the families of all the soldiers who have lost their loved ones
The Frankfurt-based central bank, which sets interest rates for the 12 countries sharing the euro, gave its opinion at the last meeting of the 18-member governing council on July 10, said the person who declined to be named. ECB spokeswoman Regina Schueller declined to comment. Officials of the 12 central banks declined to comment.
Freddie Mac is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors after overstating earnings, leading to the ouster of its top three managers. The difference between yields on Freddie Mac notes and comparable U.S. government debt has increased this year as investors perceive Freddie Mac debt to be more risky ... >>Full story...
Friday, July 25, 2003
A petroleum geophysicist, McMillan was chairman and chief executive officer of the Permian Exploration Corporation and affiliated companies; chairman of First Federal Bank; and a managing member of Three Rivers Cattle Ltd. Co., a cattle-ranching operation.
McMillan was an assistant secretary of defense in the administration of President George H. W. Bush in 1990 under then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. In July 2001, McMillan was appointed by President Bush to serve as chairman of the Board of Sallie Mae Inc.
Sunday, July 20, 2003
Friday, July 18, 2003
March 14, 2003
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee asked the FBI on Friday to investigate forged documents the Bush administration used as evidence against Saddam Hussein and his military ambitions in Iraq.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said he was uneasy about a possible campaign to deceive the public about the status of Iraq's nuclear program.
An investigation should "at a minimum help to allay any concerns" that the government was involved in the creation of the documents to build support for administration policies, Rockefeller wrote in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Rockefeller asked the FBI to determine the source of the documents, the sophistication of the forgeries, the motivation of those responsible, why intelligence agencies didn't recognize them as forgeries and whether they are part of a larger disinformation campaign.
The documents indicated that Iraq tried to by uranium from Niger, the West African nation that is the third-largest producer of mined uranium, Niger's largest export. The documents had been provided to U.S. officials by a third country, which has not been identified.
A U.S. government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was unclear who first created the documents. The official said American suspicions remain about an Iraq-Niger uranium connection because of other, still-credible evidence that the official refused to specify.
The Niger documents marked the second time that ElBaradei has challenged evidence presented by the United States meant to illustrate Iraq's nuclear weapons program. He also rejected the U.S. position that aluminum tubes imported by Iraq were intended to make nuclear bombs.
ElBaradei has said his inspectors have found no evidence that Saddam has revived its nuclear weapons program.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=514&ncid=514&e=5&u=/ap/20030314/ap_on_go_co/us_iraq_forgery_6 (expired link)
Posted at Rumormill News on March 14: http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=29886
And here: http://bloggingwithastro.blogspot.com/2003_03_09_bloggingwithastro_archive.html#90745173
These are the men who, without virtue, labour, or hazard, are growing rich, as their country is impoverished; they rejoice, when obstinacy or ambition adds another year to slaughter and devastation; and laugh, from their desks, at bravery and science, while they are adding figure to figure, and cipher to cipher, hoping for a new contract from a new armament, and computing the profits of a siege or tempest. - Samuel Johnson
Link found at Undernews
Thames Valley Police said the unidentified male body was discovered at 9.20 this morning at Harrowdown Hill, just a mile from Dr Kelly's home in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. A spokesman said the body matched Dr Kelly's description and that the case was being treated as an unexplained death.
Formal identification was not expected until tomorrow. but police offered condolences to Dr Kelly's family ...
SANDERS: Thank you, Madam Chair.
And, Mr. Greenspan, nice to see you again.
Mr. Greenspan, I have long been concerned that you are way out of touch with the needs of the middle class and working families of our country, that you see your major function in your position as the need to represent the wealthy and large corporations.
And I must tell you that your testimony today only confirms all of my suspicions, and I urge you -- and I mean this seriously, because you're an honest person, I think you just don't know what's going on in the real world -- and I would urge you come with me to Vermont, meet real people. The country club and the cocktail parties are not real America. The millionaires and billionaires are the exception to the rule.
You talk about an improving economy while we have lost 3 million private sector jobs in the last two years, long-term unemployment is more than tripled, unemployment is higher than it's been since 1994.
We have a $4 trillion national debt, 1.4 million Americans have lost their health insurance, millions of seniors can't afford prescription drugs, middle-class families can't send their kids to college because they don't have the money to do that, bankruptcy cases have increased by a record-breaking 23 percent, business investment is at its lowest level in more than 50 years, CEOs make more than 500 times of what their workers make, the middle class is shrinking, we have the greatest gap between the rich and the poor of any industrialized nation, and this is an economy that is improving.
I'd hate to see what would happen if our economy was sinking.
Now, today you may not have known this -- I suspect that you don't -- but you have insulted tens of millions of American workers.
You have defended over the years, among other things, the abolition of the minimum wage -- one of your policies -- and giving huge tax breaks to billionaires.
But today you have reached a new low, I think, by suggesting that manufacturing in America doesn't matter. It doesn't matter where the product is produced. We've lost 2 million manufacturing jobs in the last two years alone; 10 percent of our work force. Wal-Mart has replaced General Motors as the major employer in America, paying people starvation wages rather than living wages, and all of that does not matter to you -- doesn't matter.
If it's produced in China where workers are making 30 cents an hour, or produced in Vermont where workers can make 20 bucks an hour, it doesn't matter. You have told the American people that you support a trade policy which is selling them out, only working for the CEOs who can take our plants to China, Mexico and India.
You insulted Mr. Castle. Mr. Castle, a few moments ago -- a good Republican -- told you that we're seeing not only the decline of manufacturing jobs, but white-collar information technology jobs.
Forrester Research says that over the next 15 years, 3.3 million U.S. service industry jobs and $136 billion in wages will move offshore to India, Russia, China and the Philippines.
Does any of this matter to you? Do you give one wit of concern for the middle class and working families of this country? That's my question.
GREENSPAN: Congressman, we have the highest standard of living in the world.
SANDERS: No, we do not. You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care and decent paying jobs. Wrong, Mister.
GREENSPAN: May I answer your question?
SANDERS: You sure may.
GREENSPAN: Thank you.
For a major industrial country, we have created the most advanced technologies, the highest standard of living for a country of our size. Our economic growth is crucial to us. The incomes, the purchasing power of our employees, our workers, our people are, by far, more important than what it is we produce.
I submit to you -- may I?
GREENSPAN: The major focus of monetary policy is to create an environment in this country which enables capital investment and innovation to advance. We are at the cutting edge of technologies in the world. We are doing an extraordinary job over the years.
And people flock to the United States. Our immigration rates are very high. And why? Because they think this is a wonderful country to come to.
SANDERS: That is an incredible answer.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2003
116 IN THE SHADE: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR PHOENIX...
121 IN PARKER, AZ...
PALM SPRINGS, 119...
Peru: At least 60 dead, intense winter cold spell...
#2: New Trade Treaty Seeks to Privatize Global Social Services
#3: United States' Policies in Colombia Support Mass Murder
#4: Bush Administration Hampered FBI Investigation 46 into Bin Laden Family Before
#5: U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water System
#6: U.S. Government Pushing Nuclear Revival
#7: Corporations Promote HMO Model for School Districts
#8: NAFTA Destroys Farming Communities in U.S. and Abroad
#9: U.S. Faces National Housing Crisis
#10: CIA Double Deals in Macedonia
#11: Bush Appoints Former Criminals to Key Government Roles
#12: NAFTA's Chapter 11 Overrides Public Protection Laws of Countries
#13: Henry Kissinger and Gerald Ford Lied to the American Public about East Timor
#14: New Laws Restrict Access to Abortions in U.S.
#15: Bush's Energy Plan Threatens Environment and Public Health
#16: CIA Kidnaps Suspects for Overseas Torture and Execution
#17: Corporate Media Ignores Key Issues of the Anti-Globalization Protests
#18: World's Coral Reefs Dying
#19: American Companies Exploit the Congo
#20: Novartis's Gene Research Endangers Global Plant Life
#21: Large U.S. Temp Company Undermines Union Jobs and Mistreats Workers
#22: Fish Farms Threaten Health of Consumers and Aquatic Habitats
#23: Horses Face Lives of Unnecessary Abuse for Drug Company Profits
#24: Wal-mart Takes Union Busting to the State Level
#25: Federal Government Bails Out Failing Private Prisons
New Zealand farmers are posting envelopes filled with manure to parliament to show their disgust with a "flatulence tax" being imposed. Farmers are being charged about R3 a cow to help pay for research into livestock emissions of methane and nitrous oxide. >>Full story...
Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built the US Railroads.
Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did they" use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.
So who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions. The roads have been used ever since.
And the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for (or by) Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches derives from the original specification for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
Specifications and bureaucracies live forever. So the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse's ass came up with it, you may be exactly right, because the Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of two war horses.
Now the twist to the story...
There's an interesting extension to the story about railroad gauges and horses' behinds.
When we see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.
These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory at Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs might have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains.
The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track is about as wide as two horses'behinds.
So, a major design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years go by the width of a horse's ass.
... and you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important...
Friday, July 11, 2003
Thursday, July 10, 2003
-- aboard AirForce One, June 4 2003
First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill.
-- Washington, DC, May 19, 2003
So one of my visits -- one of the reasons I'm visiting here is to ask the question to people. Because if there's -- moving too slow, or people are saying one thing and the other thing is not happening, now is the time to find out.
-- Pierce City, MO, May 13, 2003
I think war is a dangerous place.
-- Washington, DC, May 7, 2003
I don't bring God into my life to -- to, you know, kind of be a political person.
-- interview with Tom Brokaw aboard Air Force One, April 24, 2003
We're fighting an enemy ... that will wear civilian uniforms....
-- Washington, DC, March 25, 2003
...If we use military force, in the post-Saddam Iraq the UN will definitely need to have a role. And that way it can begin to get its legs, legs of responsibility back.
-- Lajes, Azores, March 16, 2003
We appreciate our own support for ensuring that the just demands of the world are enforced.
-- Washington, DC, March 13, 2003
I know there's some concern about overstating of numbers, you know, invest in my company because the sky's the limit. We may not be cash flowing much, but the sky's the limit. Well, when you pay dividends, that sky's the limit business doesn't hunt.
-- Kennesaw, GA, February 20, 2003
...[A]s we insist that Congress be wise with your money, we're going to make sure we spend enough to win this war. And by spending enough to win a war, we may not have a war at all.
-- Kennesaw, Georgia, February 20, 2003
I believe we can achieve peace at home....
-- Washington, DC, January 30, 2003
Should any Iraqi officer or soldier receive an order from Saddam Hussein or his sons or any of the killers who occupy the high levels of their government, my advice is don't follow that order. If you choose to do so, when Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried and persecuted as a war criminal.
-- St. Louis, MO, January 22, 2003
I'm the person who gets to decide, not you.
-- reacting to a reporter's statement in the lead-in to his question that "we're headed to war in Iraq," Crawford, TX, December 31, 2002
I had a cordial meeting at that meeting last night. We greeted each other, cordially.
-- Prague, Czech Republic, November 21, 2002
One of the problems we have is that enough people can't find work in America.
-- Bentonville, AR, November 4, 2002
The solid truth of the matter is, when you find -- if you want to help heal the hurt -- if you want to hurt people and help people in pain, the best way to do so is to call upon the great strength of the country, which is the compassion of our fellow Americans.
-- Bentonville, AR, November 4, 2002
It's been raining, so she needs to sweep the porch, because the President of China is coming tomorrow.
-- explaining Laura Bush's absence to an audience in Charlotte, NC, October 24, 2002. Asked the next day if she appreciated the remark, Mrs. Bush shook her head and mouthed, "No."
All of us here in America should believe, and I think we do, that we should be, as I mentioned, a nation of owners. Owning something is freedom, as far as I'm concerned. It's part of a free society... It's a part of -- it's of being a -- it's a part of -- an important part of America.
-- Washington, D.C., October 15, 2002
You need to listen carefully to the debates that goes on in our nation's capital. You see, some of them are -- goes on with people trying to get to the nation's capital. Some of them, they talk about the government's money.
-- Manchester, NH, October 5, 2002
The definition of a patriot in the face of the evil done to America is to serve something greater than yourself in life, is to help somebody in need, is to love a person one at a time, as we remember that -- which I know we will.
-- Manchester, NH, October 5, 2002
We need an energy bill that encourages consumption.
-- Trenton, NJ, September 23, 2002
There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again.
-- East Literature Magnet School, Nashville, Tennessee, September 17, 2002. Couldn't quite get out "... fool me twice, shame on me."
...[T]here is a value system that cannot be compromised, and that is the values that we praise. And if the values are good enough for our people, they ought to be good enough for others, not in a way to impose because these are God-given values. These aren't United States-created values. These are values of freedom and the human condition and mothers loving their children.
-- interviewed by Bob Woodward, Crawford, TX, August 20, 2002
I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
-- interviewed by Bob Woodward, Crawford, TX, August 20, 2002
I believe the enemy has wakened a spirit in this country that understands in order to fight evil, in order to fight evil -- that in order to fight evil, you can do so by loving your neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself.
-- Stockton, CA, August 23, 2002
There was certainly a very strong sentiment that we're on the right track when it comes to holding people to account who lie, steat or cheal....
-- responding the question of what was the most important thing he learned from the recent so-called economic forum. Crawford, Texas, August 16, 2002
Let's see. There I was sitting around the table with foreign leaders looking at Colin Powell and Condi Rice....
-- responding the the question of why he was not addressing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples convention, Washington, DC, July 10, 2002
My foreign policy is -- Fidel Castro is a dictator.
-- Washington, DC, May 14, 2002
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Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
There is no longer any serious doubt that Bush administration officials deceived us into war. The key question now is why so many influential people are in denial, unwilling to admit the obvious...But even people who aren't partisan Republicans shy away from confronting the administration's dishonest case for war, because they don't want to face the implications...
After all, suppose a politician - or a journalist - admits to himself that Mr. Bush bamboozled the nation into war. Well, launching a war on false pretenses is, to say the least a breach of trust. So if you admit to yourself that such a thing happened, you have a moral obligation to demand accountability - and to do so in the face not only of a powerful, ruthless political machine but in the face of a country not yet ready to believe that its leaders have exploited 9/11 for political gain. It's a scary prospect.
Yet, if we can't find people willing to take the risk - to face the truth and act on it - what will happen to our democracy?
Paul Krugman, The New York Times, June 24, 2003
July 1, 2003 1600 PDT (FTW) -- Let's just suppose for a moment that George W. Bush was removed from the White House. Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Wolfowitz and Rove too. What would that leave us with? It would leave us stuck in hugely expensive, Vietnam-like guerrilla wars in --Iraq and Afghanistan.
It would leave us with the Patriot Act, Homeland Security and Total Information Awareness snooping into every detail of our lives. It would leave us with a government in violation of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments to the Constitution. It would leave us with a massive cover-up of US complicity in the attacks of 9/11 that, if fully admitted, would show not intelligence "failures" but intelligence crimes, approved and ordered by the most powerful people in the country. It would leave us with a government that now has the power to compel mass vaccinations on pain of imprisonment or fine, and with no legal ability to sue the vaccine makers who killed our friends or our children.
It would leave us with two and half million unemployed; the largest budget deficits in history; more than $3.3 trillion missing from the Department of Defense; and state and local governments broke to the point of having to cut back essential services like sewers, police, and fire. It would leave us with a federal government that had hit the debt ceiling and was unable to borrow any more money. And we would still be facing a looming natural gas crisis of unimagined proportions, and living on a planet that is slowly realizing that it is running out of oil with no "Plan B". Our airports however, would be very safe, and shares of Halliburton, Lockheed and DynCorp would be paying excellent dividends.
This is not good management.
Leaving all of these issues unaddressed is not good management either.
And this is why, as I will demonstrate in this article, the decision has already been made by corporate and financial powers to remove George W. Bush, whether he wants to leave or not, and whether he steals the next election or not. Before you start cheering, ask yourself three questions: "If there is someone or something that can decide that Bush
will not return, nor remain for long, what is it? And if that thing is powerful enough to remove Bush, was it not also powerful enough to have put him there in the first place? And if that is the case, then isn't that what's really responsible for the state of things? George W. Bush is just a hired CEO who is about to be removed by the "Board of Directors". Who are they? Are they going to choose his replacement? Are you going to help them?
What can change this Board of Directors and the way the "Corporation" protects its interests? These are the only issues that matter.
So now the honest question about the 2004 Presidential campaign is, "What do you really want out of it?" Do you want the illusion that everything is a little better while it really gets worse? Or are you ready yet to roll up your sleeves and make some very unpleasant but necessary fixes?
The greatest test of the 2004 presidential election campaign is not with the candidates. It is with the people. There are strong signs that presidential election issues on the Democratic side are already being manipulated by corporate and financial interests. And some naïve and well-intentioned (and some not-so-naïve and not-so-well intentioned) activists are already playing right into the Board's hands. There are many disturbing signs that the only choice offered to the American people will be no choice at all. Under the psychological rationale, "This is the way it has to be done," campaign debates will likely address only half-truths and fail to come to grips with - or even acknowledge - the most important issues that I just described. In fact, only the least important issues will likely be addressed in campaign 2004 at the usual expense of future generations who are rapidly realizing that they are about to become the victims of the biggest Holocaust in mankind's history. The final platforms for Election 2004 will likely be manifestos of madness unless we dictate differently.
It is amazing to see such words of honesty coming from The New York Times as those of Paul Krugman. I am not referring to the recent scandals over falsified stories that brought down a reporter and two editors at the Times. That particular drama was overplayed by CNN, Fox and The Washington Post as punishment for the Times' opposition to the invasion of Iraq. The most vicious dogs of war are sometimes armed with sharpened, saliva-drenched keyboards. No, Paul Krugman's words represent the essence of what From The Wilderness has stood for since its very first issue. Unless people find the will to address scandals, lies, and betrayals of trust that, by their very existence, reveal that the system itself is corrupt and that the people controlling it - both in government, and in America's corporations and financial institutions -- are criminals, there is no chance to make anything better, only an absolute certainty that things will get worse..... >>Full story...