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.


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


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
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.
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:

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:


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.

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.

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."

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

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.