Monday, 31 December 2007
Sunday, 30 December 2007
The picture above shows MOLTEN STEEL being removed from the World Trade Centre rubble pile. However, from all accounts (even the official NISTs report concedes this point) the fires in the WTC buildings were too weak to cause such melting. Conventional building fires, including ones initiated with aviation kerosene, cannot raise the temperature of structural steel to its melting point of around 1300 degrees celsius. According to all the available data, the fires in the Towers could only have reached a maximum temperature of around 650 degrees celsius- yet here we can see steel so hot that it has taken on a yellow look (an observation that indicates a temperature of between 850-1000 degrees celsius !!).
There are only two ways which would enable this steel to reach such a high temperature.
1. In a blast furnace.
2. From Explosives.
The rubble pile was not a blast furnace.
Therefore one must assume that explosives were the most likely agent.
Furthermore, we have supporting eyewitness testimony from firefighters and civilians which reveals that many of them felt, and were knocked over by, huge explosions occurring in the lower floors of the WTC buildings -far away from the fire zones.
Recent analysis conducted by physics Professor Steven Jones has now uncovered the chemical signature for the explosive THERMATE in multiple samples taken from the WTC steel and dust- proving, without doubt, that explosives were used. The newly formed, Architects for 911 Truth organisation, with over 200 building professionals onboard, concurs with these findings.
The science here is clear cut. Whatever one thinks about the various theories floating around out there, one thing is certain: The Twin Towers (and Building 7) at the World Trade Centre site were rigged with explosives. Most importantly, such an operation would take many weeks to plan and carry out. Therefore, part of the 911 attacks against the World Trade Centre complex MUST have been an "Inside Job" as Bin Laden's men would not have had the necessary time or access to wire these buildings.
The charade must end. If we are honest with ourselves we must now seriously consider ALL the evidence-- including material which indicates the complicity of certain elements within the US government in the attacks of September 11. A new independent criminal investigation must be launched and the "war on terror" must end.
Archaeologists say it is an important discovery because it might confirm the existence of an ancient trade between China and the West.
The 13th century Nanhai Number One treasury ship and its cargo of around 70,000 priceless artefacts, fine Chinese porcelain, copper coins, gold and silver is now resting on a huge recovery barge.
Never before has such a large or ancient ship been recovered in such an intact state.
The ship will be taken to a giant tank in a new specially built museum, where visitors will be able to watch as archaeologists uncover its long hidden treasures.
The vessel is believed to be from the Song Dynasty and historians hope it will shed new light on the era.
The Chinese authorities spent more than $46 million to retrieve the ship.
This story is a few days old, but worth checking out if you haven't read it. It will be interesting to see what sort of artifacts they manage to recover. Perhaps, if many organic materials survive, we will see results similar to what was found with the Tudor warship Mary Rose. A real insight into aspects of our past.
Paul’s campaign said "According to the New Hampshire State Republican Party and an Associated Press report, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul will be excluded from an upcoming forum of Republican candidates to be broadcast by Fox News on January 6, 2008." The decision appears to have been made by Fox News.
“Given Ron Paul’s support in New Hampshire and his recent historic fundraising success, it is outrageous that Dr. Paul would be excluded,” said Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman Kent Snyder. “Dr. Paul has consistently polled higher in New Hampshire than some of the other candidates who have been invited.”
Snyder continued, “Paul supporters should know that we are continuing to make inquiries with Fox News as to why they have apparently excluded Dr. Paul from this event.” Link to PR
Ron Paul made history on December 16th when he raised over 6 million dollars in one day. The amount is more than any other political candidate in history has accumulated in one day. In fact, Paul financially speaking is in the best position to win the Republican nomination and is already funded through February 5th when 23 states are up for grabs.
Fox News is once again flying the flag for the "USSA."
Also expect the New Hampshire Republican party votes to be heavily rigged against Ron Paul. The US is no longer a democracy, rather a corpocracy...
Incidently, guess who is getting the most web traffic at the moment, Fox News or Ron Paul ? See here.
Saturday, 29 December 2007
I've previously written about the importance of 9/11 polls, as most people follow the herd. In other words, since polls show that the majority of people doubt the government's version of 9/11, citing the polls is very important in convincing people who are not yet aware that the official explanation makes no sense.
Well, I just read a study which says that even one dissenting voice can give people permission to think for themselves. Specifically:
Solomon Asch, with experiments originally carried out in the 1950s and well-replicated since, highlighted a phenomenon now known as "conformity". In the classic experiment, a subject sees a puzzle like the one in the nearby diagram: Which of the lines A, B, and C is the same size as the line X? Take a moment to determine your own answer...
The gotcha is that the subject is seated alongside a number of other people looking at the diagram - seemingly other subjects, actually confederates of the experimenter. The other "subjects" in the experiment, one after the other, say that line C seems to be the same size as X. The real subject is seated next-to-last. How many people, placed in this situation, would say "C" - giving an obviously incorrect answer that agrees with the unanimous answer of the other subjects? What do you think the percentage would be?
Three-quarters of the subjects in Asch's experiment gave a "conforming" answer at least once. A third of the subjects conformed more than half the time.Get it so far?
People tend to defer to what the herd thinks.But here's the good news:
Adding a single dissenter - just one other person who gives the correct answer, or even an incorrect answer that's different from the group's incorrect answer - reduces conformity very sharply, down to 5-10%.
Why is this important? Well, it means that one person who publicly speaks the truth can sway a group of people away from group-think.
If a group of people is leaning towards believing the government's version of 9/11, or believing the official mythos of the war on terror, or that the U.S. holds "free and fair elections", or that impeachment should "stay off the table", a single person who speaks the truth can help snap the group out of its trance.
There is an important point here regarding the web, as well. The above-cited article states that:
when subjects can respond in a way that will not be seen by the group, conformity also drops.
What does that mean? Well, on the web, many people post anonymously. The anonymity gives people permission to "respond in a way that will not be seen by the group". But most Americans still don't get their news from the web, or only go to mainstream corporate news sites.
Away from the keyboard, we are not very anonymous. So that is where the conformity dynamic -- and the need for courageous dissent -- is vital. It is doubly important that we apply the same hard-hitting truthtelling we do on the Internet in our face-to-face interactions; because it is there that dissent is urgently needed.
Bottom line: Each person's voice has the power to snap entire groups out of their coma of irrational group-think. So go forth and be a light of rationality and truth among the sleeping masses.
“There are few things as odd as the calm, superior indifference with which I and those like me watched the beginnings of the Nazi revolution in Germany, as if from a box at the theater. ... Perhaps the only comparably odd thing is the way that now, years later....”
These are the words of Sebastian Haffner (pen name for Raimund Pretzel), who as a young lawyer in Berlin during the 1930s experienced the Nazi takeover and wrote a first-hand account. His children found the manuscript when he died in 1999 and published it the following year as “Geschichte eines Deutschen” (The Story of a German).
Friday, 28 December 2007
The problem Pilger is describing, is the harsh fact that all too many so called 'journalists' sold themselves and now never will be able to return to 'real journalism', the investigative and honest way of working which has to be rebuild.
These Quislings themselves have destroyed it, they have been the grave diggers of the honest part of the profession, and it is definite that without their collaboration most of all those people suffering at present, would not have been occupied, chased, jailed, tortured, wounded, maimed, killed and made into killers.
The only solution to resolving the "crisis of dead journalists" and ending the War on Terror is to take matters into our own hands.
We need to spread information about the real issues of corrupt government over the internet. We need to lobby journalists everywhere, via letter or email, and remind them of the most important stories they are missing - that 911 was an inside job and that the Iraq War occurred due to deliberate and criminal lies rather than a simple "failure of intelligence". It is our job here to act on behalf of everyone, to forward important stories and get the word out.
Our corrupt leaders and the complicit corporate media can only get away with their criminal actions so long as the majority of the people remain unaware of what they have done.
A special note to all independent members of the judiciary- lawyers and judges - it is past time something was done. The evidence for launching criminal trials is already available (see the links above to get a clue). All that is required is your courage and, of course, the support of the informed public.
This year is different. All Americans are now imprisoned in a world of lies and deception created by the Bush Regime and the two complicit parties of Congress, by federal judges too timid or ignorant to recognize a rogue regime running roughshod over the Constitution, by a bought and paid for media that serves as propagandists for a regime of war criminals, and by a public who have forsaken their Founding Fathers.
Americans are also imprisoned by fear, a false fear created by the hoax of “terrorism.” It has turned out that headline terrorist events since 9/11 have been orchestrated by the US government. For example, the alleged terrorist plot to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower was the brainchild of a FBI agent who searched out a few disaffected people to give lip service to the plot devised by the FBI agent. He arrested his victims, whose trial ended in acquittal and mistrial.
Many Europeans regard 9/11 itself as an orchestrated event. Former cabinet members of the British, Canadian and German governments and the Chief of Staff of the Russian Army have publicly expressed their doubts about the official 9/11 story. Recently, a former president of Italy, Francesco Cossiga, said in an interview with the newspaper, Corriere della Sera (November 30, 2007), that “democratic elements in America and Europe, with the Italian center-left in the forefront, now know that the 9/11 attack was planned and executed by the American CIA and Mossad in order to blame the Arab countries, and to persuade the Western powers to undertake military action both in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
We can and must fight against this world of lies by getting the truth out about the crimes of our leaders- starting with the US neocons.
People who don't know, and who do not realise the consequences of doing nothing, will be condemned to a future of diminished freedoms in a highly controlled corporate/government state. Link to this article and get the word out now and this situation can be averted.
Thursday, 27 December 2007
“Don’t let anyone tell you the President was deceived by false intelligence … they knew,” McGovern said.
For the next 40 minutes, he relayed a series of events leading up to 9/11 which illustrate the President’s desire to go to war with Iraq well before 9-11, that reliable CIA evidence showed that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction and was presented to the administration and the “facts were fixed” in order to legitimize the invasion.
The worse thing about this situation is the mainstream media, that has access to all the information showing the Bush Administration deliberately lied to start a war in Iraq, has done nothing to correct the record and hold anyone accountable for the crime.
The mainstream media is either complicit (the US run media) or asleep at the wheel (global media) - arrogantly assuming that the pretense of legality portrayed on the corrupt US corporate networks is the truth.
Our media is letting us down. Thankfully the online news keeps alive the hope of seeing justice eventually done. And justice needs to be served so that we can prevent corrupt politicians (namely the neocons) from launching more wars.
The latest bank estimate of $US700 billion in losses made this week by Rob McAdie, the UK-based head of credit at Barclays Capital, is $US300 billion more than a headline-grabbing Golden Sachs estimate that jolted US markets just last month.
And it is light years from the $US50-100 billion in losses predicted by US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to Congress in July. Expressed another way, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank say only 15 countries have a GDP higher than $US700 billion.
The economic news just gets better and better ! The lesson here is that things are definitely worse than they seem. One must hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
When the economy slows, and credit dries up companies will downsize (or go out of business). For the individual the best thing to do is to avoid having debt. If you lose your job and owe a lot of money times will be tough indeed.
Stockmarkets around the world, that have been fuelled by borrowed money, be it through home mortgage derivatives or capital raised to enable all the "mergers and acquisitions," will crash back down to levels that exclude much of this debt component. For the investor- beware !
Seven years after the war's official end, he is among the many watching as the countries appear to be gearing up for Round 2 — a conflict that would have implications far beyond the Horn of Africa, which the West has long feared could become a safe haven for Islamic extremists. http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/Fear_of_war_increasing_in_Horn_of_A_12262007.html
And heaps more of those sub-prime loans are set to re-set to a higher rate in the early part of 2008. When this happens we will see a new wave of foreclosures driving the housing prices down. People with big mortgages, and those who took out a lot of equity against their houses when prices were inflated, will find they owe a lot more money than their houses are worth.
The economic fundamentals in the US are not good. The US consumer is being crippled under a mountain of debt while the costs of goods (oil, consumer imports) go up as the US dollar sinks. World Economic growth is set to slow substantially as the US enters a period of severe recession. Avoid getting into debt.
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Tuesday, 25 December 2007
US Lawyer Groups Pressure Congress to Act Over Criminal Destruction of CIA Torture Evidence and Similar Crimes Committed by the Bush Administration
Jesselyn Radack told a news teleconference last week that the destroyed tapes are “part of a pattern.” She said, “There are some 5 million missing White House e-mails. No one knows where the hit lists are from the U.S. Attorney massacre. And now the CIA interrogation videotapes have been erased. This is criminal.”
She added, “Remember when the Justice Department prosecuted Enron and Arthur Anderson for destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice? Now the Justice Department is trying to block congressional oversight and legal proceedings involving this latest scandal.”
Thankfully the Lawyers here are standing up for Justice and drawing attention to the issue. This has occurred because the crimes- destruction of evidence- are so blatantly obvious. We can only hope that some group whether it be Federal, State or a private organisation, takes these matters to their logical conclusion.
"We've now found two large tombs that fall right within the area where we think he could be. The largest tomb is immense - around 90 metres long by 50 wide, with walls more than five metres thick.
"Right next door is a second tomb, around 70 by 50 metres with very thick walls and a complicated internal structure which could point to a courtyard or temple.
"They dwarf everything in the area - Imhotep may have designed his own tomb to compare with the Step Pyramid he built. A person of his standing could command the artisans and labour needed to build such imposing structures.
"All the information points to this being the most probable place he could be."
Sunday, 23 December 2007
"The notion that the CIA wasn't cooperative or forthcoming with the 9/11 commission is just plain wrong. It is utterly without foundation," spokesman Mark Mansfield said Saturday. "The CIA's cooperation and assistance is what enabled the 9/11 commission to reconstruct the plot in their very comprehensive report."
In a statement e-mailed separately Saturday, Mansfield suggested the commission should have been specific about wanting videotapes.
Here we see a game played out, for the benefit of a largely uninformed public, between two lying factions.
Both entities, the CIA and the 911 Commission, were involved in covering up the evidence showing that 911 was an inside job. We have the Commission hypocritically accusing the CIA of withholding information relevant to the investigation and the CIA claiming it was being co-operative when the facts behind the matter to not bare witness to this defence.
The CIA simply told the 911 Commission that their suspects had confessed to the 911 attacks and the Commission, after being denied access to these individuals, accepted the CIA's story.
With the news of the destruction of the video "confession" evidence the CIA has been put in the public spotlight- and rightly so.
Friday, 21 December 2007
Using the available evidence, members of the US Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Military, House of Representatives or Senate must launch an immediate criminal investigation into the attacks starting with the detention of suspects for questioning- starting with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, General Meyers, General Eberhart et al.
Thursday, 20 December 2007
But that's not the question that 9/11 victim's family members, scientists, engineers, architects, military leaders and lawyers are asking. When 9/11 activists talk about "conservation of momentum" or "conservation of energy", they're not talking about the oscillation from the plane impacts.
What they're referring to is:
(1) The speed of the collapses of WTC 1, 2 and 7 should have been slowed much more than actually observed by the still-intact portion of the buildings below the collapse zones; and
(2) Once the upper 30-story block of the South Tower started toppling over sideways, it should have continued to fall sideways well away from the base of the South Tower.
(Further scientific PROOF of the inside job can be found here.)
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
The US is "stuck" right over the top of vast oil reserves- much of it unexplored and untapped. Whether the oil is getting pumped out in the near term or not is not as significant as simply being in control so that no other country can gain access to the wealth and influence such resources command. Strategically speaking the mess in Iraq is not such bad thing for the megalomaniacs in the Pentagon and White House.
Although it's not only about the oil, but it does play a large part in the current adventure.
(thanks to Tired for the link !)
This is a MUST SEE video for all US readers. If you do not act to protect the vote then you will just get more of the same. Ron Paul is the best chance your country has of altering the status quo. The vote has been rigged in the past and it will be again.
Get out and act. Spread the word about Ron Paul and stop the vote fraud. You deserve nothing less than free and fair elections.
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
As 24 hours approach on the West Coast, Paul supporters bested John Kerry’s fund raising record from 2004 when $5.7 million was added in 24 hours. After their “Tea Party” money bomb, Dr. Paul has $6.4 million and counting.
And, Paul donations again set a 24 hour internet record.
Supporters through out the United States raised $4.3 million in 24 hours Nov. 5; now , the scrappy grassroots internet savvy supporters have beaten their own record by about 150% as of 2 a.m. Dec. 17. The supporters of Dr. Ron Paul for President started the $$$ Party with just 11.5 million and now has over $18. million thanks to their army of devotees who have raised GOP eye brows as the only candidate not supporting the War in Iraq.
Paul's fundraising popularity continues to draw envy from other camps. And, why not, none of the Republican or Democratic candidates have succeeded at increasing their fundraising each and every quarter. Paul’s stats: $640,000 (1 Q), $2.4 million (2 Q), $5.1 million (3 Q) and they have already surpassed the $18 million for this quarter. Mike Huckabee seems to be surging in the polls yet has raised under $3 million since October !st.
Jesse Benton, a campaign spokesman, said that Paul has attracted 107,000 donors this quarter and their median donation has been $50.
Meanwhile, in North Carolina, when residents of Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte looked up in the sky Friday, they did not see Superman. No, the Paul blimp launched before 9 a.m. Dec. 14 and the Who Is Ron Paul aerial billboard The blimp will be floating past major East Coast cities and hopefully be in the sky for the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8.
Paul initially served in Congress during the late 70s and early 80s. In 1976, he and three other Republicans first endorsed Gov. Ronald Reagan for President. After voluntarily relinquishing his seat in 1984 to return to his medical practice, Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th Texas Congressional District.
Having been called a citizen/statesman, Dr. Paul has never voted for a tax increase, never voted for an unbalanced budget, and never voted for federal restrictions on gun ownership. In addition, he’s not voted to raise congressional pay or taken a government paid junket.
Despite heavy pressure to follow the majority, Paul voted against the Patriot Act, against internet regulation and against the Iraq War.
You can catch the latest money totals at http://www.Ronpaul2008.com
Monday, 17 December 2007
Presidential Candidate Ron Paul is the only runner with a live counter for campaign donations. His goal this quarter was to raise 12 million dollars. At present the meter shows he has almost 16 million in donations.
So far he has broken all online records thanks to his message of smaller government, no more interventionist wars and his goal of defending the individual liberty of every American.
Democrats Robert Wexler of Florida, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Friday distributed a statement, "A Case for Hearings," that declares, "The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our constitution. The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens."
Sunday, 16 December 2007
Leahy, and the Judiciary Committee's top Republican Arlen Specter, wrote to Attorney General Michael Mukasey after news broke last week that the CIA destroyed several hundred hours of recordings depicting harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists.
“I am disappointed that the Department of Justice declined to provide us, either publicly or in a classified setting, with any of the information Senator Specter and I have requested," Leahy said in a statement released Friday. "The Judiciary Committee has an important role in the oversight of the Department of Justice. Oversight fosters accountability. This Committee needs to fully understand whether the government used cruel interrogation techniques and torture, contrary to our basic values."
Contempt of Congress is a crime.
The new US Attorney General could easily be charged by Congress for such a refusal of oversight with regard to the Senate investigations. However, as we have seen with similar refusals of co-operation by members of the Bush Administration- notably Condoleezza Rice vs Congressman Henry Waxman, there will be no action taken by the investigators. Oversight hearings have become a joke. Those under investigation will not take them seriously until we see the offending individuals subject to criminal charges and jail time.
As things stand, the Democrats running the show are either corrupt or lacking in courage to take the necessary measures.
In fact, the biggest complaint Paul gets on the campaign trail is from people claiming the Fed cut too much or not enough. But according the Texas congressman, this shouldn’t be the central bank’s job anyway.
“If you believe in free enterprise and capitalism,” Paul said, “you should have the market forces determining interest rates.”
It’s the distortion of interest rates by manipulating the money supply that causes bubbles, like the one in housing, to form, he said, and rarely does the Fed take responsibility when these bubbles burst. “They’re not held accountable,” even after the “total chaos” of the past year.
Don't forget to donate to Candidate Ron Paul's campaign this Sunday 16th December. It's the 2007 Boston Tea Party !
Friday, 14 December 2007
Experts warned that it was a sign that the credit crisis could escalate over the Christmas period, even though the Bank has now embarked on a major series of interest rate cuts for the first time in almost eight years.
Crunch time coming up.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
In a report "Recession Coming" released today, the bank's US team said the credit crunch had started to inflict serious damage on US companies.
Morgan Stanley is looking for interest rates to be cut further. This might help the money market situation somewhat but will cause a run on the US dollar and increase the cost of imported goods including oil. Low interest money will be available to keep the banks going but everything will be more expensive for low to middle income earners. Expensive imported oil will be like a tax on the whole economy.
We will also see a continuation of the bankruptcies- mortgages, businesses in general and financial institutions- as the debts they carrying become more and more unserviceable. As the economy slows there will be less money (jobs) and business profit to service all the debt. People and companies running with large amounts of debt will go under.
Try to minimise your debts if you can. This goes for everyone else in the global economy since a (severe) recession in the US will drag down the rest of the world.
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
by Gordon Prather
Well, there's some semi-good news. Our courageous National Intelligence Council has just judged [.pdf] "with a high degree of confidence" that Iranian authorities had already halted, way back in 2003, what the NIC inexplicably still characterizes as a covert "nuclear weapons program." Some details of that alleged program, obtained from the hard-drive of a laptop computer, allegedly stolen in Iran in 2004, had been supplied to us a few months later, apparently by the same wonderful folks who had earlier supplied us the "intelligence" on Iraq, obtained by them from "Curveball."
The intelligence on Iran's "covert nuclear program" is obviously cooked up. Essential reading.
by Dr. David Ray Griffin
The 911 Commission Report claims to have conducted a thorough investigation into the September 11 attacks but this is not true. Upon inspection we can clearly see the Report is a fraud built on numerous omissions and distortions. There are so many lies contained in the report that any reasonable person must conclude there is a cover-up in process.
Dr Griffin's article is a MUST READ for those who are just discovering the problems with the official narrative into 911.
In the video you will see pictures of yellowish orange metal being removed from the World Trade Centre rubble pile. From the colour we can determine that the metal is likely to be steel at approximately 850-1000 degrees celsius . The metal was obviously much hotter since it has had time to cool. The problem here is that the official NISTs study only provides evidence for fires in the WTC buildings at 650 degrees celsius. NIST shows that the fires, characterised by the billowing black smoke (which we all saw), were typical oxygen starved fires that burn at around 400-600 degrees celsius.
Nevertheless we have this Molten Steel at ground zero- a very serious "anomaly". As a consequence a source of intense heat is required to account for this Molten Metal. This phenomena can only be attributed to two causes:
1. A blast furnace (the rubble pile was not a blast furnace), or
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
If explosives were used, then part of the attacks on the WTC complex MUST have involved inside help. US authorities need to launch a proper criminal investigation into 911 and round up suspects for questioning.
Monday, 10 December 2007
Unbelievable. It is the US that is causing chaos everywhere you turn.
The MSNBC article hides the fact that many Arab delegates strongly disagreed with the US Defence Secretary's views. Iran has not done anything overly destructive whereas the US has invaded 2 countries based on a pack of lies, these being Bin Laden's involvement in 911 (+ see here) and the threat from Iraq's non-existing Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Although not many in the audience would have been informed about the facts refuting the official story of 911 they would generally accept the position that the US had invaded Iraq under deliberately false pretenses.
And as for Iran, the US government and their submissive, largely uncritical, mainstream media has REPEATEDLY LIED about Ahmadinejad's comments on Israel, about Iran's involvement with the Improvised Explosive Devices used by the Iraqi insurgency, and about Iran's nuclear program in general.
Not all the delegates at this conference are fools for US propaganda.
Vladamir Putin is arguably the most popular leader in Russian history, although you'd never know it by reading the western media. According to a recent survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal, Putin's personal approval rating in November 2007 was 85 per cent, making him the most popular head of state in the world today. Putin's popularity derives from many factors. He is personally clever and charismatic. He is fiercely nationalistic and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of ordinary Russians and restore the country to its former greatness. He has raised over 20 million Russians out of grinding poverty, improved education, health care and the pension system, (partially) nationalized critical industries, lowered unemployment, increased manufacturing and exports, invigorated Russian markets, strengthened the ruble, raised the overall standard of living, reduced government corruption, jailed or exiled the venal oligarchs, and amassed capital reserves of $450 billion.
Russia is no longer up for grabs like it was after the fall of the Soviet Union. Putin put an end to all of that. He reasserted control over the country's vast resources and he's using them to improve the lives of his own people. This is a real departure from the 1990s, when the drunken Yeltsin steered Russia into economic disaster by following Washington's neoliberal edicts and by selling Russia's Crown Jewels to the vulturous oligarchs. Putin put Russia's house back in order; stabilized the ruble, strengthened economic/military alliances in the region, and removed the corporate gangsters who had stolen Russia's national assets for pennies on the dollar. The oligarchs are now all either in jail or have fled the country. Russia is no longer for sale.
In the early years of his presidency, it was believed that Putin would comply with western demands and accept a subordinate role in the US-EU-Israel centric system. But that hasn't happened. Putin has stubbornly defended Russian independence and resisted integration into the prevailing system. .
The triumphalism which swept through Washington after the fall of the Berlin Wall has been replaced with a palpable fear that Russia's power will grow as oil prices continue to soar. The tectonic plates of geopolitical power are gradually shifting eastward. That's why the US has joined in The Great Game and is trying to put down roots in Eurasia. Still, it's easy to imagine a scenario in which America's access to the last great oil and natural gas reserves on the planet--the three trillion barrels of oil and natural gas located in the Caspian Basin---could be completely blocked by a resurgent Russian superpower.
The most powerful of the Washington think tanks, the Council on Foreign Relations, recognized this problem early on and decided that US policy towards Russia had to be reworked entirely.
One must remember that when the US government and its proxies (corporate media & think tanks) speak forcefully about promoting "democracy" they are only ever talking about the opportunistic furthering of US business or strategic interests. Atrocities in the Congo, Burma, and oppression in many other countries are of minor concern to these groups since there is no immediate benefit to the US "establishment" in these areas.
Sunday, 9 December 2007
Those who know about the centrifuges used to refine uranium tell me they must spin at an almost unrivaled velocity—almost unrivaled, because Bush administration statements are being spun at equivalent speed by White House and corporate media spiders.
The spinners have resurrected the discredited argument that Iran’s nuclear program must be for weapons, because Iran’s oil and gas should suffice to meet all its energy requirements.
Thus, the administration’s Pravda, also known as the editorial page of the Washington Post, on Dec. 5: “Iran’s massive overt investment in uranium enrichment meanwhile proceeds...even though Tehran has no legitimate use for enriched uranium.”
And thus another major administration mouthpiece, also known as the New York Times, on Dec. 6, in an op-ed, “In Iran We Trust?” by Valerie Lincy and Gary Milhollin: “Why, by the way, does Iran even want a nuclear energy program, when it is sitting on an enormous pool of oil that is now skyrocketing in value.”
Back in 1976—with Gerald Ford president, Dick Cheney his chief of staff, Donald Rumsfeld secretary of defense—the Ford administration bought the Shah’s argument that Iran needed a nuclear program to meet its future energy requirements.
That argument, of course, is even more valid today, with the price that can be obtained for oil and the specter of Peak Oil.
Cheney and Rumsfeld persuaded a hesitant President Ford to offer Iran a deal that would have meant at least $6.4 billion for U.S. corporations like Westinghouse and General Electric, had not the Shah been unceremoniously dumped three years later.
Under torture these guys would have confessed to anything.
Apart form hiding evidence of illegal interrogation methods the destruction of the CIA tapes is just another example of how the government story of the 911 attacks is a total fraud.
We have overwhelming scientific evidence that proves these attacks MUST have involved inside help.
Saturday, 8 December 2007
House Judiciary Leader, Democrat Congressman John Conyers, Says 'NO' To Impeachment of Bush and Cheney
Conyers is talking crap here. An impeachment investigation is held BEFORE there is a vote.
So what if the resolution is likely to be voted down ? The important thing is such investigations will expose the serious misconduct (crimes) that has occurred over the last 7 years. The American people are entitled to hear the evidence as the case is built during public hearings.
By doing nothing Bush and Cheney are getting a free ride with no one even attempting to hold them accountable or put them under the spotlight.
This lack of action goes to show that the Democrats, even the supposedly good ones, have no backbone. History will not look too kindly upon this episode in US politics.
Thursday, 6 December 2007
Powering the suits in the field might be a problem, especially for long operations. However, where there is a ready supply of power (via a cable) the exo-frames would be ideal for doing heavy labour- moving crates, loading artillery shells, lifting engines etc.
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
The LA Times is right on the money. CNN was avoiding all the real issues in the debate- issues in which Ron Paul would have come out as being the dominant contender.
Apart from pushing a discussion on illegal immigration- CNN's pet topic of the hour- I would say the debate was equally about limiting the message of the anti-big government, anti-War candidate Paul.
Intelligence agencies will be criticised for shifting their position. But sensibly, when new information is obtained, the picture should be changed. Ignoring contrary evidence leads to intelligence failures, most famously the claims about Saddam Hussein's stockpiles of biological weapons.
Mr Flitton, in your article about the revised intelligence on Iran you refer briefly to the Iraq War "intelligence failures" implying the intelligence agencies got it wrong and made errors when they "ignored" the contrary evidence in relation to WMDs.
I take issue with your version of events here. It appears you have fallen victim to the "intelligence failure" meme- a discourse not based on facts but on White House talking points.
Rather than being "mistaken," the truth of the matter is the intelligence was DELIBERATELY altered by neoconservative officials and their supporters according to a pre-determined political decision to go to war with Iraq. (I cite the Downing Street Memos, the Dodgy Dossier and Richard Clarke's testimony concerning Rumsfeld's reaction to the 911 attack - to pin this on Iraq- as key evidence.)
You must realise that the neoconservatives in power at the time of 911 had been wanting to attack Iraq since the end of the 1st Gulf War. Thanks to September 11 they got their opportunity to steamroll any opposition to the pre-emptive war doctrine and sideline the cooler heads in the State Department and Pentagon.
After 911 there was a heinous manipulation of the Intelligence to suit the new agenda. Highly dubious or outright false "intelligence" on Iraq's WMDs- material that would ordinarily have been discarded- was given top billing by the White House. Information was cherry picked, through the neocon run Office of Special Plans set up inside the Pentagon, in order to fit the WMD war agenda.
At the CIA Director George Tenet pandered to White House directives with similarly doctored collations of WMD "evidence". Alterations here were made at the top level based on political pressure. Take the UN speech made by Colin Powell. Tenet in the background nods his head but every core piece of analysis in that address was erroneous.
For example we know that many nuclear experts at the time considered the aluminium tubes, originally claimed to be for nuclear centrifuges, were not of sufficient quality for the task and were more than likely purchased for use in Rocket Artillery. Analysis such as this was deliberately suppressed in order to make it seem as if the tubes could only have been part of an active nuclear program. Powell's claim that most US experts agreed with his position were outright lies.
In considering the Iraq WMD "intelligence failure" as a whole, we should ask former Australian intelligence analyst Andrew Wilkie whether the raw intelligence actually supported the case of Iraq's imminent threat. Wilkie quit in protest before the war on the basis that there was no case to be made for attacking Iraq.
Similarly in the alternative media, we find that the US Knight Ridder news agency reported (before the war) that the intelligence used to justify Saddam's WMD aspirations was highly contentious, if not false.
There was no intelligence failure, only a political effort to push faked and misleading information to the public in order to justify a war.
Despite criticism in certain quarters (notably Joseph Wilson's refutation of the Niger Uranium transaction) the White House fabrications found good traction with the cheer leading US corporate media which hyped these lies in a patriotic rush to defend the US against terrorist threats. Almost all notions of critical review, fact checking and research with regard to White House WMD claims were thrown out the window.
The detail about accepting the "faulty intelligence" line is extremely important because it deflects responsibility away from those who initiated a war that has brought death to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of Coalition troops.
The War in Iraq was completely unnecessary and to imply that it came about through an intelligence "mistake" only perpetuates the lie and protects the criminals who recklessly told these lies. Please revise your position on this matter.
There will be no justice and more wars if we continue to let the neoconservative war architects get away with murder.
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
The finding is part of a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran that also cautions that Tehran continues to enrich uranium and still could develop a bomb between 2010 and 2015 if it decided to do so.
The conclusion that Iran's weapons program was still frozen, through at least mid-2007, represents a sharp turnaround from the previous intelligence assessment in 2005. Then, U.S. intelligence agencies believed Tehran was determined to develop a nuclear weapons capability and was continuing its weapons development program. The new report concludes that Iran's decisions are rational and pragmatic, and that Tehran is more susceptible to diplomatic and financial pressure than previously thought.
The US media, as untrustworthy as they may be in many instances, has this story out all over the place undermining any existing case for an immediate strike against Iran.
Enough of the animal remains to show it ran quickly and was far more muscular than scientists believed such dinosaurs were.
Today, that contempt for democracy is on display again. In California right now, there is a naked, out-in-the-open ploy to rig the 2008 presidential election - and it may succeed.
In this case the rigging is not due to electronic fraud but a devious redistribution of votes in California.
Monday, 3 December 2007
Both sides -- the lobbyists and the Bushies -- have rung the gong, because both are fairly convinced that in 2008 Democrats will sweep elective offices, from the White House to the lower House, and will then actually start catering to the electoral inmates, rather than the plutocratic wardens who have profited so handsomely from seven years of Bush's corporate piñata.
Where these lobbyists got the idea that elected Democrats aren't as amenable to legal bribery as their Heyakian counterparts is beyond every thinking soul; at any rate, that's the prevailing theory, so it's serious crunch time -- wipe off the books any remaining, regulatory protections that menace the sustained flow of fat into already fattened corporate pocketbooks.
The top end of town is bleeding the majority of the population with excessively low wages and an increasingly hostile working environment. This situation will not last.
(photo from Billionaires For Bush website.)
Sunday, 2 December 2007
The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index shows that home prices dropped 4.5 percent from the third quarter of 2006. The past quarter saw prices decline at the fastest rate since the index was created.
Robert Shiller, the index’s developer, says homeowners face a historic downturn in the housing market and that the current market is “out of the range of historical data” because the boom itself was far beyond any for which reliable data exists. He says declining home prices in the neighborhood of 50 percent are feasible in many areas.
Back in 2004, the Trumpet warned that America was experiencing the biggest housing bubble ever: “We are truly in uncharted territory. Yet the U.S. economy has been perking along largely because it’s been propped up by the greatest housing bubble ever known. We’ve shown how that simply cannot continue. When it starts to unravel, it will likely lead to the biggest bubble bust in world history, hurtling the U.S. economy into chaos …. The shock waves could lead to a major global recession like we’ve never seen.”
The US economy breaks and we all suffer.
Saturday, 1 December 2007
Evidence Showing Explosive Demolition Was used at the World Trade Centre Towers on September 11 - an Inside Job
The KEY material here is the fact we have tons of MOLTEN STEEL in the World Trade Centre rubble. There is no reasonable explanation for this phenomena other than the application of explosive devices . Explosively rigged buildings mean part of the 911 attacks must have had inside help.
Almost nothing is more important than revealing the truth about the 911 attacks and blowing the lid on corruption thereby giving the general population a new 21st century perspective on the world in which we live. Get this information out and make a difference.
"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use the pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time; a tremendous whack." -Winston Churchill
From the CNN story we can see that the Ron Paul supporters have woken up to the fact that most US politicians are corrupt and do not have their best interests in mind. The Anti-War and Anti-big government Paul is just what they are looking for.
It was interesting to see the CNN reporter framed Paul as another Ross Perot- a third party foil. He doesn't give Paul enough credit- that rather than taking votes away from the other more "serious" candidates, he is the most appealing and genuine of the lot.