Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A wish for humans to exercise their humanity in the New Year

I had intended to write a year end 'in review' of all the news.

But then the road to hell is paved with good intentions, since I am not planning on going to hell any time soon..... or ever, if that kind of thing is possible?
So I thought, I am going to take a pass on that idea.
Maybe a focus on something more positive was in order?
But what?

Then for some reason I thought of this cartoon? Called "A wish for wings that work"
I haven't seen it for sometime. It was one of those quirky cartoons. About a penguin named Opus. A good sort of a penguin, but a penguin with an issue. His wings don't work. He wants wings that work. He wants to fly! To soar and swoop. To travel great distances, to visit exotic places, to meet other birds and have great experiences. Of course he cannot.

Anyway, it is an adorable story. With a moral of course.

So I think that is what is on my mind...

As an old year leaves us, with a new one set to arrive. How will we as the wonderful living beings that we truly are fulfill our lives and our destinies?
Will we feel ok with who we are, when we as a collective may have to go without that which we have been accustomed to for so long? When we as members of the human race come to the realization that a great many things are wrong in this world. Not only that, it will be up to us, as a cooperative and collaborative group to correct these wrongs.

We've watched the growing number of people world wide losing homes. We witness the restlessness and the disenchantment of youth, expressed through protest, some of it violent. We are aware that hunger has increased everywhere, absolutely everywhere in the world. Not limited just to 3rd world countries, but to the so called first world nations.

We watch wars being waged, some of us in our human collective have to experience them, and all the horrific terror and misery that can be wrought upon them.
We have been witness to countries like the US and Israel attacking substantially weaker nations. Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine come to mind. What of these people, collectively being punished for living on a desired piece of land. Wether the desire stems from geography or resources, oil or water, it matters not. Someone, some entity, is using phony righteousness, as their weapon is crushing these humans for nothing other then being born in the 'wrong' place. In a geographical area that is coveted by the powerful.

What will we, as the human race do about this growing imbalance between the powerful and the powerless? Will we 'wish for wings that work"? And not live our lives to their fullest? Will we be paralyzed by perceived shortcomings instead of seeing our strengths? The strength in our numbers? The strength in working together? The strength in cooperating, the strength in kindness?

In the end Opus realizes he is ok, just how he is. He doesn't need 'wings that work'. He is not deficient and is capable of great things despite his perceived 'shortcomings'. He needs no special gifts, no special accoutrments to be a wonderful living being.

Nor do we.

So in closing, for the New Year, I would like to see humanity actually being humane.

It is all within our grasp.

We are already capable of it. We need nothing extra or expensive for the job. We need our hearts, we need our brains, and we need to love our entire human family as our equals. We need to see ourselves as part of the whole human race.

sigh...maybe I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one.........

Happy New Year to All, wherever you may be in this big beautiful world of ours.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Researchers unlock the secrets of 1918 flu pandemic



Researchers have found out what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly -- a group of three genes that lets the virus invade the lungs and cause pneumonia.

They mixed samples of the 1918 influenza strain with modern seasonal flu viruses to find the three genes and said their study might help in the development of new flu drugs.

The discovery, published in Tuesday's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could also point to mutations that might turn ordinary flu into a dangerous pandemic


Is it just me? Or does this story give you the creeps? Just thinking about scientists tinkering with this stuff. Of course it is always said, it is for prevention purposes, but is it? I don't know?

It would be a good way to massively reduce the population wouldn't it? Especially as you read a little further and the article says...

H5N1 is circulating among poultry in Asia, Europe and parts of Africa. It rarely affects humans but has killed 247 of the 391 people infected since 2003.

A few mutations would make it into a pandemic strain that could kill millions globally within a few months.


And you realize they have figured out which genes are necessary to cause mutations, that could make it possible to turn H5N1 into a pandemic, and a deadly one at that.

A remedy for the usless/bottom feeders.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Christmas Tale: Of injury and appreciation

The sound of one's head hitting concrete
it doesn't sound like anything else.
It is like a thud, and a smush
a crunch, but not quite
A bit softer......
You know it isn't good
You know it is not right

And when you get up,
all dazed and confused.
(not talking Led Zeppelin)
The mitten on your hand that
you've reached round your head
comes back to your sight with blood visible
You know, your in trouble

Then you walk along, stunned
until you come to the traffic lights.
And cross the road
still holding your head.
Looking for someone to help.
You come to a store, lighted, with people.

Step inside, and say, can you help me
I have fallen and my head is bleeding
I need to get home
Please check my head
And your thinking is not clear, but
You KNOW you need to get home

"Let us call you a cab"
ring, ring the wait is to long on christmas eve night
I need to get home, and then I will be alright
Young lady with a little girl in tow, says- "come on
I will get you home"

I get in her car
I am so grateful
I worry that I scare the young child
She says, and this was so dam cute and yet wise
She says, "it's ok, when I fell and hurt my ankle, I was scared"
I said "It is scary when you hurt yourself"
"It is" she replied.

I tell them how to get me home,
I say "I am sorry" over and over
I don't know why?
Young woman says "don't be sorry"
"I wish I could do more"
But you did all I needed
You took me home

The CIA's secret weapon in Afghanistan.

When winning friends and influencing warlords is the order of the day, what are the options at hand?

Or what are the options in hand?

Or......what option can get the attention of a tired warlord?

I'll give you a clue!

How many doses of Viagra does it take to change a light bulb?
One little tablet, and it's a whole new bulb.

or:

It's been revealed that criminals who steal Viagra will face stiff penalties.

or:

Before Viagra, for some people making love was classified as "assault with a dead weapon."


But not anymore! It is a valuable tool in getting information

It has been revealed that the CIA is handing out Viagara pills in Afghanistan!!!

Yup, you have read that right, I am not kidding...

Viagra helps CIA win friends in Afghanistan


I don't know what to say, really I don't........ I'll let the reader run with this one.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tamiflu or Tamifooled ??

Just a quickie news bit. Ties in nicely with the 'get your flu shot' nonsense.

Remember Tamiflu? That was going to save us from bird flu?
( Think Donald Rumsfeld)

Gilead Sciences

"Rummy was Chair of the Board of Directors at Gilead Sciences until named to the Bush cabinet and, like [Vice President Dick] Cheney, still has ties that bind to the 'old company.' Now isn't it an 'amazing coincidence' that the drug Tamiflu patented by Gilead Sciences is being pushed by the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases as the NUMBER ONE choice for flu, which, wonder of wonders, is sweeping through in one epidemic after another," Free Market News related October 21, 2005, from a January 2004 web posting.

Well anyway, Tamiflu was gonna save us from all sorts of flu's. But then people were killing themselves on that stuff.

FDA Warns About Suicide, Delirium Associated with Tamiflu

what side effects eh? suicide? and delerium?

However it seems, Tamiflu is quite the useless drug...... save for suicide and delerium when it comes to, doing what it is supposed to do

Early flu season cases are resisting Tamiflu



Government health officials said Friday that a leading flu medicine, Tamiflu, might not work against all cases of the flu this year. The most common flu bug right now is overwhelmingly resistant to Tamiflu, they said.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

When the world becomes aware that this crisis is worse than the 1930s crisis'

I wanted to share this most recent newsletter from LEAP/2020 with you all..
I left a link to their site previously , but here it is again.
This report was released last week Dec 16/08
I have read it twice now. It ain't pretty. The picture it paints is bleak.

LEAP/E2020 anticipates than the unfolding global systemic crisis will experience in March 2009 a new tipping point of similar magnitude to the September 2008 one. According to our team, at that period of the year, the general public will become aware of three major destabilizing processes at work in the global economy, i.e.:

• the length of the crisis
• the explosion of unemployment worldwide
• the risk of sudden collapse of all capital-based pension systems

A whole range of psychological factors will contribute to this tipping point: general awareness in Europe, America and Asia that the crisis has escaped from the control of every public authority, whether national or international; that it is severely affecting all regions of the world, even if some are more affected than others (see GEAB N°28); that it is directly hitting hundreds of millions of people in the “developed” world; and that it is only worsening as its consequences reveal throughout the real economy. National governments and international institutions only have three months left to prepare themselves to the next blow, one that could go along severe risks of social chaos. The countries which are not properly equipped to cope with a surge in unemployment and major risks on pensions will be seriously destabilized by this new public awareness.

In this 30th issue of the GEAB, the LEAP/E2020 team describes these three destabilizing processes (two of them are described in this public announcement) and gives recommendations to cope with the surge in risks. In addition, this issue also provides the opportunity to make an objective assessment of the reliability of LEAP/E2020's anticipations and specifies a number of methodological aspects of the analytical process used. In 2008, LEAP/E2020's success rate reaches 80%, and even 86% when it comes to strictly socio-econimic anticipations. In a year of major upheavals, our teal ise altogether quite proud of this result.

The crisis will last at least until the end of 2010

Evolution of the US money base and indications of related major US crisis periods (1910 – 2008) - Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis / Mish’s Global Economic Analysis
Evolution of the US money base and indications of related major US crisis periods (1910 – 2008) - Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis / Mish’s Global Economic Analysis
As we already explained in GEAB N°28, the crisis will affect in different ways the different regions of the world. However, and LEAP/E2020 wishes to be very clear on that aspect, contrary to the dominant stance today (coming from those experts who denied the fact that a crisis was coming up three years ago, who denied that it was global two years ago, and who denied the fact that it was systemic six months ago), we anticipate that the minimum duration of the decanting phase of the crisis is 3 years (1). It shall be finished neither in spring 2009, nor in summer 2009, nor at the beginning of 2010. It is only towards the end of 2010 that the situation will start stabilizing again and improving a little in some regions of the world, i.e. Asia and the Eurozone, as well as in countries producing energy, mineral and food commodities (2). Elsewhere, it will continue; in particular in the US and UK, and in all the countries depending on their economy, were the duration could approximate a decade. In fact these countries should not expect any real return to growth before 2018.

Moreover no one should imagine that the improvement at the end of 2010 will correspond to a return of high growth. The recovery will take long. For instance, stock markets will take a decade to return to levels comparable to 2007, if they ever return to that. Remember that it took twenty years before Wall Street resumed its 1920 levels. Well, according to LEAP/E2020, the present crisis is deeper and longer than in the 1930s. The general public will gradually become aware of the long-term aspect of this crisis in the coming three months and this situation will immediately trigger two tendencies carrying with them socio-economic instability: fear of the future and enhanced criticism towards leaders.

The risk of sudden collapse of all capital-based pension systems

Finally, among the various consequences of the crisis for dozens of millions of people in the US, Canada, UK, Japan, Netherlands and Denmark in particular (3), there is the fact that, from the end of the year 2008 onward, news about major losses on the part of the organizations in charge of managing the financial assets supposed to finance pensions will multiply. The OECD anticipates that pension funds will lose 4,000 billion USD in 2008 only (4). In the Netherlands (5) as well as in the United Kingdom (6), monitoring organizations recently blew the whistle asking for an emergency contribution reappraisal and a State intervention. In the United States, growing numbers of announcements call for contribution increases and benefit reductions (7), knowing that it is only in a few weeks time that most of these funds will start calculating their total losses (8). Most of them are still deluding themselves about their capacity to build up again their capital after the markets turn around. In March 2009, when pension fund managers, pensioners and governments will become simultaneously aware of the fact that the crisis is there to last, that it coincides with the « baby-boomer » generation’s age of retirement and that the markets will not resume their 2007 levels until many long years (9), chaos will flood this sector and governments will reach the moment when they will be compelled to nationalize all these funds. And Argentina, who took this decision a few months ago already, will appear a pioneer.

All the trends described above are already at work. Their combination and the public becoming aware of the consequences they could entail, will result in the great collective psychological trauma of Spring 2009, when everyone will realize that we are all trapped into a crisis worse than in the 1930s and that there is no possible way out in the short-term. The impact on the world’s collective mentalities of people and policy-makers will be decisive and modify significantly the course of the crisis in its next stage. Based on greater disillusion and fewer beliefs, social and political instability will settle down worldwide.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Doctors don't get flu shots, why do you??

Just a little connected info on an interview I had linked to regarding Vitamin D...
The Doctor in that interview spoke to the fact that most doctors will NOT take the flu shot.
(But they will happily inject you with it)
Well here it is....

Sixty Percent of Doctors Refuse to Get Flu Shots



Many doctors take vitamins and nutritional supplements, but they won't tell their patients to do the same because state medical boards have made it illegal for doctors to recommend nutritional therapies.

Thus, much of what medical professionals tell patients stands in contradiction to what they actually believe is best for their health. Flu shots have become the mad cry of quackery in modern medicine, which believes that the human immune system is useless to prevent infectious disease and must be artificially hijacked by invasive medical procedures (a shot) in order to function correctly.

or here

Mercury, Mmmm Mmmm good for you and your baby too!

After a stunning reversal on melamine???

Not to mention the fact that it is a-ok for infants to consume Bisphenol-A ??


The FDA shows it's true colours yet again, or to put it another way the FDA makes it clear who's interests they serve. Not clear enough? The FDA doesn't give a dam about you, me, or any living human being. They serve different masters.

There latest appalling move?
Mercury is good for you, yes, yes it is!!!

In a truly astonishing betrayal of public safety (even for the FDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today revoked its warning about mercury in fish, saying that eating mercury-contaminated fish no longer poses any health threat to children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants.


Your asking why , why would the FDA resort to such evil, and dangerous stupidity?

You want to know the REAL reason the FDA is easing up on its warning about mercury in fish? It's because the agency is being relentlessly pounded over two related issues: Mercury in dental fillings and mercury preservatives in vaccines. And the FDA can't keep up its lie about the "safety" of vaccines and mercury fillings if it has already declared mercury to be dangerous in fish, right?

To the criminal minds running the FDA, the clever solution is to revoke the warning about mercury in fish. Thus, the FDA takes the position that all mercury is safe, and suddenly they're off the hook on mercury fillings and thimerosal in vaccines.
Incredible, isn't it! In one swoop all mercury is safe. In flu shots, in your dental fillings, and in fish. It is all good!

Read all about mercury poisoning here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Creative ways to express disgust with Political Leaders

Besides throwing shoes, what other options are there for the general population to let there feelings be known to the powers that be. How can we tell the political leaders of this world they are dogs. We don't have to necessarily throw shoes, though, I am not averse to that concept.

There are other ways, I picked some of my favourites rounded up from various articles.


The thumbs up

In the Middle East, a thumbs up is an insult and does not require the removal of shoes. A double thumbs up adds insult to insult. I like that! The same goes for parts of West Africa and South America. Loosely translates as "sit on this" Or sit on this and rotate?


The bras d'honneur

Not easily misunderstood - the slap of one hand against the crook of
the opposite elbow, the aggressive thrust of the forearm and fist, and
the giant phallus it is supposed to resemble. Particularly popular in
France (where it is translated as "the arm of honour") and southern
European countries. An exaggerated "screw you", if you like.

The arm of honour, beautiful, more crudely put F-you!

Open hand

Nobody likes having an open palm thrust in their face - the aggression
is obvious - though in Greece, where it is known as the moutza, it
means "I rub shit in your face". It originated in Byzantine Greece
where criminals were paraded through the streets, faces blackened with
soot, or worse.
This one is particularily intriguing, prior to say, a public lynching... shit smeared faces of the deposed politicos, the crowd with their open palm held towards them in defiant aggression.


Rainbow flag

Obvious, but effective. What better way to say, "Thanks for keeping
the last fundamental civil right in hateful lockdown for another 20
years by kowtowing to the sexually ignorant and the religiously
malformed, you sad lump of homophobic lint."
Particularily good for fanatically religious political leaders. Yes, that includes Bush in American and Stephen Harper in Canada, also Saudi Arabia leaders.


Prosthetic limb (specifically arms)

You raise your right hand to ask a politico a question.
Said politico points at you, "Yes?". You raise your left hand,
reach over to your right, give a tug and off comes your entire right arm from the socket! Or, it may be that you can throw a prosthetic left arm? Before anyone realizes what is happening, said arm is flying through the air, straight at head of the targetted politico. Bam! The beauty of throwing an arm is that it serves two purposes, one is a thud from the hit, and the other they symbol of slapping a politico in the face with the hand. It's like two insults in one.

This is an effective reminder to American , British, Canadian and other western political leaders of the soldiers sent to war on lies... It is also a reminder of how many innocent men, woman and children in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, were left disfigured, crippled, maimed for empire. Their countries lay in ruin. Economies and infrastructure destroyed.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Harper says Depression and the TSX fails to open

Well. Well. Well.
Wasn't today an interesting day in Canada.

How bad is the economy? How bad is the data?

You may recall Canada just had an election. I wrote about it on this blog.
I called it the "don't worry, be happy election".

Don't worry Canada, the economy is ok, the banks are ok.

Of course this kind of talk appeals to his base of voters. Since they have big daddy complex's.
Harper or God? Religious Right forming in Canada
Anyway......
Big Daddy Harper, pats Canadians on the head and said it's all good.
Well either he is as full of shit as a really old outhouse. Or he is a fool!
Me, I am going with the overflowing outhouse visual!

Well today, at approximately 8:19 am it was reported.
Canada's leader says depression possible
Oh yes, he used the D word, and it wasn't Delightful, or Delicious it was Depression!


But to make today just that much more interesting, the TSX was closed today.

Unspecified technical problem halts Toronto stock market trading

Unspecified "technical difficulties" shut down the TSX for the FIRST TIME EVER.!!!
That is the first time ever in the history of the TSX.
Coincidence?
The timing is unusual to say the least.
What kind of a day was it shaping up to be?

Kudos to Global Research !!!!!

a well deserved award!!!!





The award designated Global Research as the best research and news website at an international level.

"Michel Chossudovsky, Premio Internacional de Periodismo por el Mejor Portal de Investigación Internacional."

The event, broadcast live on Mexican network TV, was attended by prominent Mexican and foreign journalists, TV and radio producers, academics, Members of Congress, government representatives and members of the diplomatic corps.

How U.S. controls Canadian isotope supply

Well isn't this interesting? Is this just another "benefit" to Canada of that "Free Trade" (bullshit) agreement


OTTAWA -- The U.S. distributors??? of medical isotopes produced at an Ontario reactor cut supplies to all of their customers - including those in Canada - after the unit was shut down for an extended period last week.

Canadian nuclear medicine experts and their patients had to reschedule appointments and turn to less effective procedures even though, in the face of the shutdown, the Chalk River reactor produced more than six times the amount of molybdenum isotope needed to meet the Canadian demand.


So the US distributors of medical isotopes made in Canada are denied Canadians?


"While the reactor at Chalk River produces isotopes, it is private-sector processors and distributors that ultimately direct the flow of isotopes to the global medical community."


wait , it gets better......

The Chalk River unit is owned by the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., a Crown corporation. It was built in the 1950s and, despite its age, is responsible for much of the world's supply of isotopes used to diagnose and treat of a range of diseases from heart ailments to cancer.

Ok, so lets get this straight, the isotopes produced in Canada, by a Crown Corporation (tax payers built and owned) are then distributed by an American company , which denies Canadians the amount needed for medical treatment ????

Anyone see a problem with this picture?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Canada’s prince of darkness assumes leadership of the Liberal Party

by John Chuckman

Great article on Michael Ignatieff.

I'll cut to the chase, the summary at the end is the best.

Here is one Toronto newspaper columnist’s description of Ignatieff’s efforts about three years ago: “And snookering one potential opponent, name of Shwec, on the grounds that he wasn’t a party member, although he’d paid his dues, and another, name of Chyczij, who also happens to be the association president, on the grounds that he hadn’t resigned the presidency when he filed. Not to mention locking the office door ahead of the deadline so they couldn’t file in time.”

It sounds a great deal like politics in Richard J. Daley’s Chicago or President Mubarak’s Egypt.

He told his constituents he would live in the riding, a suburb of modest homes, but instead lives far away in an upper-class condo district, claiming to be “a subway ride away,” less than true and certainly not the same thing as living among those he represents.

Arrogance comes with the territory of national leadership, but there is a limit as to what is palatable, and Ignatieff exceeds that limit. He spent most of his adult life in other countries, serving interests often inimical to those of Canada. He has three years of political experience, no organizational experience, no policy experience in foreign or domestic affairs. But he has a name, and some of our political insiders have tripped over themselves to thrust him forward.

But he is aggressive, arrogant, and has demonstrated Machiavellian skills. I see him as a divisive and anti-democratic figure, much as Stephen Harper.

What a poor choice is left to the people of Canada for the next election. I’ll be throwing my vote to the Greens.
Indeed another poor choice for Canadians. As if Harper wasn't cold, ruthless and evil enough.
Now Canadians get the evil twin!

Georgia's war: The beginning of the end of the American Empire?

Well this writer thinks so. It is certainly an interesting take on that fiasco.
Me, I figured the attack was a test. A test to see what the response from Russia would be, how far could the US proxy take it?

This article takes a look at the attack on South Ossetia.

That Was No Small War in Georgia -- It Was the Beginning of the End of the American Empire

This article covers quite alot, a little history of South Ossetia, the Rose Revolution and of course the war on Russia.

Interesting the author makes note of this little known, and not covered much, by western msm media

The booty, according to Konashenko, also included 65 intact tanks outfitted with the latest NATO and American (as well as Israeli) technology.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Soldiers report and photo cast doubt on Khadr's guilt

The case against Omar Khadr, has always been full of holes. Yet, despite the serious doubts about his alleged crime, his life, his real life is replete with prisoner abuse. First in Afghanistan then at Guantanamo.

GUANTANAMO BAYA U.S. soldier reported that he accidentally stepped on Omar Khadr following a firefight in Afghanistan because Khadr was covered in rubble, casting doubt on whether the 15-year-old Canadian could have thrown the grenade that fatally wounded Delta Force soldier Christopher Speer

Identified only as "Soldier # 2," it's expected he will testify that he "inadvertently stood on top of (Khadr) and thought he was standing on a 'trap door' because the ground did not seem solid," a motion submitted to the court states.

The soldier then "bent down to move the brush away to see what was beneath him and discovered that he was standing on a person; and that Mr. Khadr appeared to be 'acting dead,' " the motion continued.

Khadr's defence team told a military judge here Friday that this soldier's testimony will be key at trial because it proves the Toronto-born captive could not have thrown the grenade

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Very Great Depression

I am of the opinion this is a bookmarkable site. So I am going to share...
GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin LEAP/Europe 2020

Lots of good reading here.

How I found them was through an interview on Gun's & Butter.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
"Understanding the Next Phase of the Global Systemic Crisis" with Director of Research for the GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin, Franck Biancheri. We discuss the global systemic crisis leading to a Very Great Depression...

You really got to listen, as in pay attention, because this gentleman has a heavy accent.
But, it is well worth it.

Interesting they made these forecasts some time ago.....


Why the Very Great Depression?
His organization believes that the coming depression will be worse then the one in the 30's.
One of the reasons he cites for this is, the population of the US (and Canada) are older. When the depression hit in the thirties the population was younger, more resilient and better able to persevere. ( I am thinking also that the population was more rural as opposed to urban)
The lifestyle of the middle class will be halved. There will be military intervention of some sort, projected for mid-2009.

Give a listen to the interview, check out the website.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Carbon dioxide for biological activity to host life.

Ok , I am putting this news story out there. I am looking for comments. Why?
Because I find this most interesting in light of what we are repeatedly told wrt devestating climate change on the Planet EARTH.
Ok, here it is....

Hubble Telescope Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet


ASHINGTON -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life.

The Jupiter-sized planet, called HD 189733b, is too hot for life. But the Hubble observations are a proof-of-concept demonstration that the basic chemistry for life can be measured on planets orbiting other stars. Organic compounds also can be a by-product of life processes and their detection on an Earthlike planet someday may provide the first evidence of life beyond our planet.

Previous observations of HD 189733b by Hubble and the Spitzer Space Telescope found water vapor. Earlier this year, Hubble found methane in the planet's atmosphere.

"Hubble was conceived primarily for observations of the distant universe, yet it is opening a new era of astrophysics and comparative planetary science," said Eric Smith, Hubble Space Telescope program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "These atmospheric studies will begin to determine the compositions and chemical processes operating on distant worlds orbiting other stars. The future for this newly opened frontier of science is extremely promising as we expect to discover many more molecules in exoplanet atmospheres."

Mark Swain, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used Hubble's near infrared camera and multi-object spectrometer to study infrared light emitted from the planet, which lies 63 light-years away. Gases in the planet's atmosphere absorb certain wavelengths of light from the planet's hot glowing interior. Swain identified carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The molecules leave a unique spectral fingerprint on the radiation from the planet that reaches Earth. This is the first time a near-infrared emission spectrum has been obtained for an exoplanet.

"The carbon dioxide is the main reason for the excitement because, under the right circumstances, it could have a connection to biological activity as it does on Earth," Swain said. "The very fact we are able to detect it and estimate its abundance is significant for the long-term effort of characterizing planets to find out what they are made of and if they could be a possible host for life."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dr Donald Miller interviewed by Meria Heller

oh and one more thing, maggie this may interest you, though I will exclude no one from this.

Heard this interesting interview on Vitamin D3, particularly relevant to those of us in the northern climes. Canada, Northern US, across the ocean England, etc., above the 34th parallel. ( i hope I am getting that right)

The show is available here, for at least a week: Meria Heller and Dr. Donald Miller

The link to his website Dr. Donald Miller

Some people may recognize his work from Lew Rockwell.

In this interview they discuss the benefits of Vitamin D3, in disease prevention. Multiple Sclerosis in the northern climates, tuberculosis and the benefits in taking this vitamin to prevent the flu versus of course big pharma's toxic flu shot. Did you know it has anti-freeze in it? Besides mercury and formaldehyde. Flu shot links to alzheimers. Lots of really good information in this interview.
Give a listen and share your thoughts.

Just caught a related news story:
Study suggests half-dose flu shots adequate for healthy adults, especially women

Now, is anyone besides me wondering.... were the flu shots in the dose they have been given all this time, really necessary or just overkill?

How to unplug from the grid

A rather lengthy read, but informative. Silverfish, our resident self-sufficiency expert will hopefully share some thoughts on the subject? Or some thoughts on this article anyway.


How to unplug from the grid



I found this interesting

there are now approximately 200,000 off-grid households in the US and increasing by a third every year for the past decade.

nearly 30,000 grid-connected US households supplement their supply with renewables

and this:
The simplest way to tap into this is to use a solar collector

Government Agencies Announce that Genetically Engineered Cottonseed Has Contaminated Food System

Contamination Occurs as USDA Finalizes Weaker Biotechnology Rules

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that an experimental variety of genetically engineered cottonseed developed by Monsanto has entered the U.S. food system illegally. According to the agencies, Monsanto harvested the unapproved cottonseed in error and allowed it to mix with approved animal feed that food animals have already eaten. (For the agencies' press release go to: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2008/12/ifruit.shtml).

This discovery occurs just as the USDA works to finalize rules that would substantially weaken biotechnology oversight before the Bush administration leaves office.
Developed by Monsanto. Of course Monsanto harvested the unapproved cottonseed in "error".
And if you believe that one......................

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tasers, more "shocking" then manufacture claims

Some tested Tasers fire stronger current than company says

Some Tasers deliver a higher level of electricity than the manufacturer promises, reveals a series of tests on 41 stun guns that was commissioned by CBC News and Radio-Canada.

Tasers tested by U.S.-based lab National Technical Systems as part of a CBC/Radio-Canada investigation into the devices."

The abnormal X26 model Tasers were manufactured before 2005, prompting some scientists to suggest police should stop using any older versions of the stun guns until they can be tested.

Of the 41 Tasers tested, four delivered significantly more current than Taser International says is possible.

In some cases, the current was up to 50 per cent stronger than specified on the devices.


Three of the X26 Tasers tested by U.S.-based lab National Technical Systems as part of a CBC/Radio-Canada investigation into the devices. (CBC)



Of course Taser International says:

TASER INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

In other words, please focus on law enforcement injury reduction and never mind all those dead bodies piling up???
Oh and btw, don't confuse people with information they don't need on our product. Ignorance is bliss!
( I am noting the condescending attitude of taser international in their statement)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Obama's National Security Team Get Kissingers Stamp of Approval!

Two thumbs up from Henry Kissinger?!

War Criminal, Covert War Monger.

What an endorsement!

How could anyone who voted for Obama, voted for change, voted for peace blah, blah, blah... NOT realize they have been totally duped?
How could they still "believe"?
I expressed worry about the cult of personality surrounding Obama. It blinds people! Makes them turn away from what they really need to see. Apparently Henry Kissinger likes what he sees, he lauds it.

Kissinger lauds new US national security team
Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger heaped praise in an editorial Friday on president-elect Barack Obama's national security team saying his appointments of independent thinkers "took courage."


And he likes General James L Jones
He also had high praise for Jones, saying "no one has ever been appointed national security adviser who had the command experience of retired General James L. Jones, the former head of the Marine Corps and NATO commander.
In case you missed the overview of James L Jones, read it

Meet Obama's National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones (at a glance)



Henry Kissinger heaps praise? Courage? Independent thinkers?

Obama's Presidency continues to look more bleak with every passing day, and he hasn't even been inaugurated!

Get me a barf bag!

Foreign Espionage uncovered in Canada

Curiouser and Curiouser???

Financial intelligence uncovers foreign espionage in Canada



No specific names mentioned.
But, a concern for China is mentioned?
It isn't China. Or the vilification would be over the top.
Who is it then?
Is it a country allied with Canada? Hence, no name.
Or is this a bunch of bullshit, to justify some kind of reaction?

An unnamed foreign government has been orchestrating espionage activities in Canada over the past year, according to a report tabled in Parliament Thursday.

The annual report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada — a little-known federal agency that collects financial intelligence — says a number of individuals were suspected of circumventing Canadian export controls through companies operating in Canada and abroad.

The individuals were said to be shipping restricted materials in a way that indicated they were trying to avoid being detected.

FINTRAC's report also pointed to millions of dollars worth of "suspicious financial transactions associated with the individuals and companies." More than $35 million in transactions were made between 2002 and 2007, many of them electronic funds transfers.

"These had been ordered, through local banks, from a company located in the foreign country, to one of the companies in Canada reported to be involved in the purchase of industrial machinery," the 34-page report read.

FINTRAC didn't identify the individuals or country involved, or if the investigation led to any arrests. It noted in its report that espionage is not on the decline and, in fact, has increased in some cases.


In case your wondering who the heck FINTRAC is, check'em out.
Little known is right, this is the first I have ever heard of them.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Oh Canada, wtf ?

Such excitement as of late in staid Canada!
What a crisis!

I ask myself , why? Why now?

There was just an election (like the US).
Stephen Harper was given another minority government.
The message from the Canadian people was quite clear, cooperate with the other parties, work together.This was certainly not the message the Harper government wanted, but, it was the one they got!

So what happened,

The crisis was sparked Nov. 27 when Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented a fiscal update that included cuts to funding for political parties, limited civil servants’ right to strike and failed to offer a stimulus package to spur economic growth.
This after everyone agree to cooperate? With such tough economic times ongoing?

Instead of working together as he had promised, taking heed of the message Canadians had clearly delivered, here was PM Harper carrying a big stick and whacking the hornets nest.
He knows he can wipe out the opposition parties with the financing cuts, he knows he is not going to get an agreement on the right to strike, but hell, whack, whack whack!

The oppostion forms a coalition. They want to bring down the minority government, the government that can't & won't cooperate.
There are NDP meetings listened in on, which Conservatives leak details of
:NDP ask RCMP to track tape


Shouts of treason emanate from the Conservative camp.
Why treason? Because the Liberals and NDP brough the Bloq in on the deal.
TREASON, shout the conservatives, "in bed with the separatists!"
But wait...... it seems the Conservatives had already been in bed with the seperatists, not once but TWICE !
In 2000 and in 2004

The Globe and Mail reported on Wednesday that well-known Calgary lawyer Gerry Chipeur, who identified himself as an associate of Day's and the now-defunct Alliance, sent a written offer to the Bloc and Joe Clark's Progressive Conservatives before the votes were counted on election day on Nov. 27, 2000.

Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe held up the letter during Wednesday's question period while grilling the former Alliance leader over the alleged plan, as well as over the Conservatives' apparent willingness to form a coalition with the separatist party in 2004.

Treason? Not when the Conservatives bed the "Seperatists"
But, treason if anyone else does it.
Hmm, it could be jealousy?!


Today, the saga comes to a temporary end: The government has been prorogued
GG agrees to suspend Parliament until January
This is what Harper had requested.

I am uncertain if the coalition was a good idea. I am still out on that one.
But from where I am sitting, PM Harper did this intentionally. He has alot of money to play with and he intends to use it. Look for a ramping up of advertising. As Canadians have already seen during this crisis of government.

This man is up to no good.
He was not happy with the minority and it looks as if he will do what it takes to get a majority.

Which begs the question, what is it that Stephen Harper wants to get done as Prime Minister that he needs a majority government to accomplish?

It has got to be unsavoury, very unsavoury.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recession > Depression > Repression

A couple of news stories you may have missed.

This news story falls right into the no-brainer category:

It's official: Recession since Dec. '07

Thanks MSM, lots of us already had that figured out, many months ago.


How could you not, have it figured out? The signs were all around. How could they have been missed? Job losses, stock market losses, pension losses & home losses. Does that really sound like the news of boom times? Were people really so oblivious, that they needed the main stream media to inform them of the obvious and take a full year to inform the reader.

Maybe next year the media can state the obvious to us again, that the recession has brought on a depression.

Then some years after the fact, the media can report how out of the Depression, DISSENT arose (unemployed hungry people get angry) which resulted in state enforced Repression!

I'll give you a heads up now, ok?

We've already seen the signs of coming state repression, with the first battle hardened troops assigned to domestic soil in the US. Prior to that, the agreement between US and Canada to use each other's troops on one anothers soil and who could forget... Blackhawk Helicopters to fly the Canada/US border ! Or the internet monitoring US: Military to Patrol Internet !

But in case those weren't enough cause for concern, read the latest:

Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011


Like the reports of loss of jobs, savings & homes, these various news stories point to a repressive state apparatus in the works.

Don't wait for the mainstream media to put it all together and report it to you, by time they do it will be to little way,way, way to late!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Meet Obama's National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones (at a glance)

Retired General James L. Jones has been appointed by President-Elect Barack Obama as National Security Advisor.

James is a four-star general who served as senior military assistant to Defense Secretary William Cohen during President Clinton second term. Clinton also appointed Jones as 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps and he served as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO from January 2003 – December 2006.

He has a reputation as “one of the best-connected officers in the and he is no stranger to the arenas of corporate capitalism or the think-tank world. He is Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think-tank chaired by Sam Nunn He is also chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States.

Further, Jones is President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce affiliated, Institute for 21st Century Energy. Check out their open letter to the 44th President, which calls for immediate expansion of domestic oil and natural gas exploration and production, commitment to expand nuclear energy use and commitment to use clean coal.
http://energyxxi.org/reports/Open_Letter.pdf

Jones sits on the Board of Directors of both Chevron Corporation (also with Sam Nunn) and The Boeing Company, which manufactures military aircrafts, defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information information and communications systems. Jones is also on the Board of Directors of Invacare Corporation a leading US manufacturer and distributor of medical equipment for use in homes.

Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors of Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a provider of identity management solutions including, “fingerprint and palm scanners, facial recognition solutions, [and] iris capture devices.”

In an interview with Sea Power Magazine in November 2002, Jones praised the role of technology and transformation in the advancement of military supremacy: “We will truly be able to accomplish missions like Afghanistan without breaking a sweat,” he said. http://www.navyleague.org/sea_power/nov_02_11.php

Jones is an advocate of a “Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Initiative,” an “interagency plan to combat terrorism in trans-Saharan Africa using a range of political, economic and security tools.” The bulk of this strategy is aimed at funding, training, and supplying arms to a professional African security force, which will take directions from the United States and NATO.

"Africa's vast potential makes African stability a near-term global strategic imperative," Jones said. "Development of effective security structures in Africa will establish the foundation for future success." http://osd.dtic.mil/news/Mar2006/20060308_4428.html

Monday, December 1, 2008

Flashback: US/India Nuclear Deal. Why?

Sometimes, to understand the future one must look back.
So let's recall a relevant news story, relevant to the Mumbai incident, and the potential downfall of Pakistan.

Congress approves U.S.-India nuclear deal
Supporters say :The trade agreement would give the U.S. a strategic partner in a volatile region.

Critics say: by rewarding a country that ignored international nonproliferation efforts, the deal will make it harder for world powers to contain the spread of nuclear weapons

Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) said, " This message is: You can misuse American nuclear technology and secretly develop nuclear weapons, you can build a nuclear arsenal in defiance of the United Nations resolutions, and you will be welcomed as someone exhibiting good behavior with an agreement with the United States of America. . . . What message does that send to others who want to join the nuclear club?"

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) said : there were "compelling geopolitical reasons" to approve the bill, mentioning India's location near China, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Administration officials increasingly see India as a key to its growing difficulties battling Islamic militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. India has increasing economic and diplomatic clout in Afghanistan.

Or this story:
China threat behind US N-deal with India: Brajesh Mishra
nov.25th/2008

More than a month after India wrapped up its nuclear deal with the US, former national security advisor Brajesh Mishra on Tuesday said the perceived threat from China to US interests in Asia prompted Washington to offer the deal to New Delhi in 2005.

"A broad strategic understanding was reached in Washington on how India and ASEAN could be co-opted to contain China,” Mishra.

"The objective was the same: to retain US preeminence in the region at all costs,” said Mishra, an influential Vajpayee aide.“The deal will be a plus point in the India-US relations. But its strategic implications involves China,” he said.



And what to make of the Mumbai attacks, and President elect Obama?

“The deal is done and the US (under Obama) is not going to go back on it,” he said.

Yes, they will be fully committed to India's security, that includes Obama.

Arming India to the teeth ? All the better to keep China in check, my pretties, all the better.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

India's 9/11. Who was Behind the Mumbai Attacks?

MUST READ


Washington is Fostering Political Divisions between India and Pakistan
by Michel Chossudovsky

The "powerful" ISI ?

Despite the MSM references to the ISI as "powerful" in the most recent circumstances. The past history indicates that the ISI is subservient to the US. I highly doubt that has changed. An interesting read on the all powerful ISI:

There is little doubt that the entire intelligence and security system in Pakistan needs revamping, but not the way the Americans want it

Saturday, October 04, 2008

After a series of accusations against Pakistan’s premier intelligence organisation, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), we recently had another demand from the US, that it be restructured. Before addressing this issue, it is necessary to briefly review the recent history of the ISI to understand the reasons for the accusations and the demands that followed.

During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the CIA worked hand in glove with the ISI, funnelling billions of dollars in cash and munitions of war. After the Soviet withdrawal, followed by the US abandonment of Afghanistan, the ISI had no control over the anarchical events that ensued, until the Taliban entered the affray in 1994, bringing some sort of peace in their wake. At least until 1996, when they fell under the influence of Osama bin Laden. However, the ISI’s influence on the Taliban continued till 9/11.

Throughout this period, including that of the Taliban, the CIA continued close collaboration with the ISI, often referring to the ISI as ‘among the most efficient and well organised intelligence organisations in the world’ and as ‘our closest and most reliable partner’. In private, it went so far as to acknowledge that it (CIA) received greater cooperation from the ISI than it did from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.
Now, ask yourself, why would the US even dare to DEMAND change from such a "powerful" intelligence agency? Unless, the intelligence agency is compliant?


US, UK, Israel ramp up intelligence aid to India

This article is an interesting read also.
Interesting in that, when the Mumbai attack took place, these were the countries that simply had to be involved in the false flag attack.
I bolded them for you.

WASHINGTON: Unprecedented intelligence cooperation involving investigating agencies and spy outfits of India, United States, United Kingdom and Israel has got underway to crack the method and motive behind the Mumbai terrorist massacre, now widely blamed on Islamist radicals who appeared to have all four countries on their hit list when they arrived on the shores of India.
Isn't that a bunch of bunkem? Like there has never been intelligence cooperation between these countries before?
Oh yeah, the Afghan/ Soviet war!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Obama's "attack Pakistan" flashback

Well, well, well in the wake of what amounts to the most convenient "terrorist attack" since 9/11, a little refresher is in order.


Who recalls this?
Obama said if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region.


Barack Obama, a leading Democrat candidate in the US presidential race, provoked anger yesterday by threatening to send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists — even without permission from that country’s Government.


The much vaunted surge?

US could OK Afghan "surge" before Obama takes office


WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates could approve plans for a major build-up of U.S. forces in Afghanistan before President-elect Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 20, officials say.



Mumbai attack and Obama’s plans for Afghanistan



What about Kashmir???

The dispute between India and Pakistan over, with an invaded and crushed Pakistan?
Is that one prize for India in this? Besides an upswing in arms, possibly more nukes to balance China's influence?


Who benefitted from this timely "new 9/11" ???

Friday, November 28, 2008

Is this how bad boys are made?

"Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you?"



I saw a police car. Not that unusual right?

People milling around in front of the local bowling alley. A cop was in the parking lot along side the building. What was this all about?

I usually steer clear of this kind of crap. But this was different because I could hear a small child screaming and noticed a cop subduing him. Ya know how they put their knee down on people? Well he had his knee on this child. And this child was screaming! "Get off of me". "Get off of me."
I could here the terror and panic in his voice.
I decided I was going to pass right by this, this... I don't know what this was? A melee?

A couple with an infant in a stroller were very nearby. The male was looking on at what was unfolding. But the woman. She would not look. She had her back to the scene, she had her hands on her face, somewhat covering her mouth, she looked at me, tears were running down her face.
On her face was a look of horror, distress.


There was your typical young bottle blonde skanky looking woman, who appeared to be the mother, and also appeared to be perfectly ok with what was going on.

In fact I would assume, she was the one who called the police.


As I drew closer, I saw the the cop had moved to the side of the child, and was holding him by his upper arms. He was asking "Do you want to go for a ride in my car"? The child was just crying and screaming and saying no, NO, NO. He looked to be about 5 yrs old. The skanky blonde was talking to the cop.

All I could think as I passed by this scene was what in the hell was going on? What could a 5 yr old have done? What behaviour so bad? That a parent would actually think it was OK to call the police to reign in their own young child?

Before my eyes, an entire scene unfolded.

A mother, a clueless mother, who cannot find a way to deal with her young childs behaviour?
Likely because she is not all that interested
A young boy who is so desperate for attention, he will do almost anything to get it.
Including bad behaviour which the mother then reinforces by paying attention to him when he "acts up" and ignoring him when he does virtually anything else. "Don't bug me kid"

And the cop, the police officer. Is this an appropriate action on his part? Is this the way that small unruly children should be handled? By the police? To be manhandled? To have a two-hundred pound cop kneeling, one knee on a small child? I did not get the impression the officer was being malicous. Yet, I felt his actions were seriously questionable.

To say this disturbed me, was an understatement. I think, did I do the right thing? Should I have stopped? Asked what was going on? I don't know? I feel like I let this little kid down.

I question why a parent would do this?
I question the actions of the officer in subduing this small child in this manner?
I thought about how intimidated this small child must feel. But not only initimidated, how angry, hurt and betrayed he would feel.

And, I question my own actions.

This was a really shitty scene.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

That fairy tale about the economy




Here I was all ready to write out something intelligent, or at least half-way intelligent.
Sadly, I find myself to darn tired to be coherent, so........
Let me direct your attention to some interesting information I have been taking in lately.
Articles and interviews: William Engdahl article here
Interview here: Hour 1

Warning: King Henry's bailout like Rummy's Iraq

Reaganomics hidden in 'sleeper cell' armed with lethal 'financial WMDs'


"And thanks to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's brilliant bailout coup, Reaganomics is now the new "sleeper cell" quietly hidden inside the Obama White House and America's Treasury, where it will be for a long time to come, armed with what Warren Buffett calls financial weapons of mass destruction, guaranteed to sabotage the new president, taxpayers and the future of America.

Listen closely folks: You and your government are and will continue being conned out of trillions. Better that we should have taken care of ourselves first and cleaned house, not bailed out Wall Street financiers -- let them pay for their sins and feel the pain.

Unfortunately, while you were distracted by the election, Wall Street gained control of our Treasury using a Trojan Horse, Hank Paulson, who filled Treasury with Goldman Sachs alums and pulled off one of the greatest inside heists in the history of the world."

Monday, November 24, 2008

How capitalist corporatism has led us to the edge of the abyss.

And corporations in cahoots with government are not going to come up with the solutions. They are not going to bring change. Only we will, only people will. Anyway.......

Two different but really interesting articles. Somehow they seem to work well together. Despite there differences, there are similarities. Both from the Multinational Monitor.
Give them a read. What do you think?

The System Implodes: The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008

But we’ve never had a year like 2008.

The financial crisis first gripping Wall Street and now spreading rapidly throughout the world is, in many ways, emblematic of the worst of the corporate-dominated political and economic system that we aim to expose with our annual 10 Worst list.

Here is how it was done....

Improper political influence: Deregulation and non-enforcement: Short-term thinking: Financialization: Profit over social use: Externalized costs


In the article each on of these points are explained.

Then onto the corporations, which corporations and why are they on the annual top ten list?


Moving along to the "Carbon Market". Carbon Market Fundamentalism


The World Bank plays a most interesting role in this fiasco. I'll leave the reading to you.

The article ends like this......

Tom Picken, the Head of International Climate for Friends of the Earth-UK, puts it this way: “It is absolutely clear that there is no ‘spare’ [carbon dioxide] ‘in the system’ and therefore no ‘spare’ [carbon dioxide] to trade. If there is no spare [carbon dioxide] to trade, then this poses a pretty fundamental challenge to the means available to achieve emissions reductions — that there cannot be any more offsetting of any form. To do so is downright dangerous, in my view, and seems to me to be based on neoliberal economic fundamentalism rather than being environmentally and socially informed.”


Thank-you Tom Picken, you hit the nail on the head.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Soundtrack for Hey George (Hey Jude, this ain't)

Nobody, wrote at great post at his blog, called Hey George.
Silverfish left a stunning commentary.
Me, I have taken it upon myself to provide the video and music for that post.
Or at least the music that comes to my mind. And, it seemed fitting.
So on a lighter note, lets reminisce......

King George -

( A tribute to Americas favorite President)





all the favourite people are there.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

BC's Carbon tax, harder on low income families: report

I have to put this piece up before I take a toddle off.

I had come to the conclusion that the impact of a carbon tax on the low to middle income families was going to be great. It was a no-brainer, really. You can read my own somewhat simplistic thoughts on it, here.

Not surpisingly Centre for Policy Alternatives came out with this report this past week. I've included the pdf link to the full report.

To be fair, BC’s carbon tax needs work


Is BC’s Carbon Tax Fair? analyzes the impact of the tax and revenue “recycling” for households with varying income levels. It finds that the tax is progressive for the first year, although personal and corporate income tax cuts still result in an undesirable net benefit to the highest income households, which also have the largest ecological footprint.

As the carbon tax increases in subsequent years, however, it becomes regressive, meaning low-income families pay a larger share of their income to the tax than higher-income families. The authors argue that the best way to fix the problem of inequality is to rework how carbon tax revenues are spent.



Is BC’s Carbon Tax Fair?An Impact Analysis for Different Income Levels - PDF File, 741 Kb

Friday, November 21, 2008

Greyhound attacker- Vince Li - trial is moved

From not appearing in court, due to security concerns, to now stand trial in a Winnipeg courtroom that is actually more convenient for the family.

Oh, and now it is trial by judge alone, rather then as previously reported, Li had wanted a trial by jury.

Bus beheading case moving to Winnipeg court

At Court of Queen's Bench in Portage on Friday, a motion was put forward by the Crown and defence attorneys to have Li's case moved to Winnipeg court because of security issues.

Justice John Scurfield accepted the Crown and defence's motion.

"Security is an issue," he said during the hearing. "That's a concern from the Crown and the RCMP. There is no security in Portage's court house."

He noted the Portage courtroom lacks metal detectors and security at the doors to provide increased safety for those attending.
I note the crown and the defence both requested this move. ( which was a common theme in Dave McGowan's serial killer book, where the crown and defence , worked in tandem with one another)


"We have received some threats," she said. "They are not specific enough in nature that we could lay any type of criminal charge. Also, it's not something that could be completely identified to a particular person.
hmm, so move him closer to the people or persons who may possibly be doing the threatening?

The change of venue may also be convenient to the victim's family.


And the other change besides venue? No jury.

The case will proceed with a judge alone trial, without a jury.

"This is going to be a lot of psychiatric evidence as opposed to evidence from witnesses, and a judge may be in a better position to deal with it," said Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn to reporters after the court hearing.


some additional info:

He added the psychological assessment is still ongoing.

Libman expected the agreed statement of facts to be presented in court likely in late February or early March.

"It would be presented in court," said Libman. "There would be no need to call any civilian witnesses. We anticipate the only witnesses will be forensic psychiatrists."

Vince Li's case is next scheduled for Winnipeg court at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, at which time a trial date will be set.



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ellen Brown- Web of Deceit , excellent interview, article and more

I heard a fabulous interview on Global Research News Hour. (RBN)

Ellen Brown,Hour 2, is a civil litigation attorney, author and analyst of the Us monetary system. Her latest book is titled "Web of Debt" in which she analyzed the Federal Reserve and "the money trust." How this private cartel usurped money creation power. To print and control its supply, price, and to charge government interest on its own money. Ellen Brown's writings on the current financial crisis and the Bush administration's "bailout" of Wall Street are published by Global Research. That topic will be discussed on the program.
The way she explained the banking system, the federal reserve, private central banks etc., plain and simple. Easily understandable. Click the link (hour 2) to listen.

This gal also has a new article on Global Research called:



Here website is Web of Debt
She has a book of the same name, which you can read excerpts at that site.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The cold wars missing atom bombs

And, they ain't all Russian bombs!!!!

A NUCLEAR NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK

In a 1968 plane crash, the US military lost an atom bomb in Greenland's Arctic ice. But this was no isolated case. Up to 50 nuclear warheads are believed to have gone missing during the Cold War, and not all of them are in unpopulated areas.

Study Confirms GM crops reduce fertility

Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety

Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of All GM Foods and GM Crops

A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.

Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.

In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.

The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.




A thought on the Obama appointments

Is it just me, and maybe it is, anyone get the feeling that Obama is putting in the government Hilary Clinton would have put in anyway?

Or another thought?

Why is it the Obama is recyling Clinton's government, including his wife??

Is there no one else he could pick? (choices)

Or is there no one else he can pick? (as in acceptable, permissible)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

THE ISRAELI LOBBY- documentary

silverfish, this is a repost in honour of Obama.
Cause he makes an appearance.
The Israeli Lobby

A documentary out of the Netherlands

Monday, November 17, 2008

Obamavader and the continuation of the Star Wars

Why Obama Will Continue Star Wars


*Missile-defense skeptics yearning for a fresh look at the wisdom of pumping $10 billion annually into missile defense aren't going to get it from Barack Obama when he moves into the Oval Office.

*But even in a Democratic-run Pentagon the push for missile defense is going to continue. If Obama keeps Defense Secretary Robert Gates on, as some advisers are arguing he should, that would come as no surprise

*The other leading contender for the Pentagon post is Richard Danzig, a Clinton Navy secretary, who recently told reporters that the Obama team has "a strong view that national missile defense is a rewarding area and should be invested in."

*In fact, during the campaign, Obama said "I actually believe that we need missile defense because of Iran and North Korea and the potential for them to obtain or to launch nuclear weapons."


Though this Friday, Sarkozy warned the US against deploying the missile shield in Europe.
"Deployment of a missile defense system would bring nothing to security"

"It would complicate things, and would make them move backward."


Missile defense, would certainly make life more difficult for the Europeans, who are the neighbours to Russia

Obama for Change, Obama for Peace
slogans, they don't mean a dam thing do they?

Global Warming or Global Governance

I am posting the movie Global Warming/Global Governance.

I'll admit to being skeptical about global warming. I was convinced, at one time, of the facts behind the theory. Now I am completely unsure. Some of the information, I have dug up myself, has left me wondering.
The so called "solutions' proposed to deal with the issue, reek suspiciously of control and massive profiteering.

Like the war on terror.

When the solution "a war", to the 'problem' of 'terror', is so blatantly and obviously false , one is left with no choice but to question the very problem itself.
Terror is it real or contrived?

So it is with Global Warming. Real or Contrived?
I hope you enjoy this and it provides some food for thought.
(btw, if so inclined one can hit the tags at the bottom for some additional posts on this subject)



Global Warming or Global Governance:
Interviews of climate scientists and biologists from numerous sources who explain, step by step, why Al Gore and the global warming alarmists are incorrect. In some cases, blatantly so. It also provides evidence that the global warming agenda is being funded with tens of billions of dollars as a mechanism to create global governance. Hear from congressmen, experts and even well-known news broadcasters how global governance puts global institutions that are not accountable to the American people in control of every aspect of our economy. The U.S. government is very close to making this a reality. Very close. Every American, every citizen of the world, needs to hear the other side of the global warming story.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bloggers, not just better looking and smarter, but also happier ?

Cause I KNOW we are all fabulously gorgeous & smart persons !

Isn't this interesting?

Unhappy People Watch LOTS More Television

But is it the chicken or the egg that comes first?

Researchers are unsure if it is the viewing of tv that makes people unhappy, or do unhappy people just watch more television?

The happy people in this study watched 19 hours of television a week, the unhappy watched 25 hours.

I am unsure if I even watch 19 hours of television myself.......

So what do you think?

Based on this study, I think the bloggers should be a happy lot, since none of us seem to watch alot of television. ( Mike Rivero: who can't possibly have the time, maggie, meria heller, nobody, s., silverfish, etc. apologies to anyone I may have missed)

We are certainly reading more stuff, books , newspapers, each others writings etc. Oui ?

All that reading certainly requires more then just passive participation.

Is this what keeps us happy, actively participating in discussions, that stimulate our thoughts, our minds, or brains???

Inquiring non-passive, non-television watching minds (ok, me) wanna know, so dish, please dish!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dave McGowan and the death of Jimi Hendrix's drummer

Briefly, Dave McGowan has his new Laurel Canyon piece up, I notice that the series is going longer then Dave had anticipated. When he was on Meria he thought the whole Laurel Canyon series would run about 12 parts , but... looks like 15 parts will be the final tally?

Some sad news that ties into the Laurel Canyon scene.

Jimi Hendrix's drummer was found dead.
With the death of Mitch Mitchell, the Jimi Hendrix Experience is over

Mitch Mitchell in his younger days




Will the wind ever remember the names it has blown in the past?

The Wind Cries Mary



What is Northcom up to???

First we had the battle hardened Iraq battalion assigned to Northcom for 'domestic' reasons
Now this? And Canada's role ?

This week and into next, NorthCom and NORAD are conducting a joint exercise called "Vigilant Shield '09."

The focus will be on "homeland defense and civil support," a NorthCom press release states.

From November 12-18, it will be testing a "synchronized response of federal, state, local and international partners in preparation for homeland defense, homeland security, and civil support missions in the United States and abroad."

NorthCom is short for the Pentagon's Northern Command. President Bush created it in October 2002. (The Southern Command, or SouthCom, covers Latin America. Central Command, or CentCom, covers Iraq and Afghanistan. And the new AfriCom covers, well, you get the picture.)

Vigilant Shield '09 "will include scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, strategic communications, and counter terrorism domains," the press release states.

NorthCom's press release also says that other participants in the exercise include the U.S. Strategic Command's "Global Lightning 09," which is a plan to use nuclear weapons in a surprise attack.

The Pentagon's "Bulwark Defender 09" is also involved in the exercise, and it is a cyberspace protection outfit of the Pentagon.

Something called the "Canada Command DETERMINED DRAGON" also is participating, as is the California National Guard and California's "Golden Guardian."

California's involvement appears to center around planning for a catastrophic earthquake.

"Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger and direction of his Office of Homeland Security, the nation's largest state sponsored emergency exercise will take place November 13-18," a press release from the governor's office states.

"Golden Guardian 2008 tests California's capability to respond and recover during a major catastrophic earthquake. The Golden Guardian 2008 full-scale exercise scenario focuses on a simulated, catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault."

NorthCom is being shy about giving out additional information about Vigilant Shield '09. When I called for a fact sheet on it, I was told there was none.

HMMMMM?????

commondreams.org
check this out also NORAD, USNORTHCOM participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09