Friday, June 30, 2006
"Animals are brilliant and are much smarter than humans. There are many distinctions between the animal species and yourselves. One of the greatest is that the animals know that they do not end when they die. They know that they go on. They don't buy funeral plots and they don't worry about where they are going to die and be buried. They trust that they will be taken care of. They have an innate wisdom and trust. They don't take out insurance policies and they don't watch TV. Many of these animals are in tune with the quality of life..."
therefore, they have no fear of death, enabling them to live completely free. (unfortunately, not counting all of our friends in factory farms or displaced from their homes when shopping malls arise). We must take a moment to learn from animals. Remember how to live without fear and anxiety; to just enjoy our existance while we still have the chance.
*pictured above are Sandy (kitten) and Jettie; two of the most intelligent (domesticated) animals that I have come in contact with.
Everyday, I also watch the patterns and habits of various squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, robins, and blue jays. Instead of watching TV while I eat, I watch the multiple worlds that are in constant motion right outside my window.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
funny...but not really.
the information shown on this chart simply means this: do something in your life to stop global warming or we are all gonna die!!
what I am doing:
-riding my bike instead of driving my car to 1. work 2. farmers markets 3. art store 4. bascially, everything in my area within a 10 mile radius
-turning off all lights and electronics when it is not absolutely necessary to use them (yes, i know they run on electricity, but it takes oil to produce electricity)
-buying local fruit, vegetables and other foods (because they are not being shipped in from another state or country, less energy is used to transport them to the market)
-working as an active member on the town's environmental commission
-saving up my money to buy a diesel car so i can convert it to run on grease (zero emissions, same mileage as before, fuel is free and your car will last longer because grease is better for the engine)
these are simple things everyone can do. so step up and get started.
for more ideas, visit: http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_takeaction.asp
Thursday, June 22, 2006
The reality that you know
Is just behind your idea
Of a society, security, and self.
Am I just fucked up?
'Cause I can't remember
The last time any of this made sense,
The last time
I Could stand up to myself.
Street faces all blend into one,
They ask for spare change.
Am I forgetting
What it looks like
From the other side?
Have I forgotten where I've come from?
Are we just working till a day
We decide we've had enough?
We were strong enough
To be sick of it,
And put them back in their fucking place.
We never asked for this responsibility
We were never in this...
The son of an SS nazi officer, Schwarzenegger has publicly stated that he has dreamed of being a dictator and that he admires Hitler. He campaigned for war criminal Kurt Waldhiem after it had been made public that he was a top nazi. The stories of Arnold's barbaric harrassment of women are legendary. He publicly admits to steroid use.He supported Enron chief, Ken Lay during the California energy crisis and now his political operatives have launched a blitzkrieg promoting him for President and seeking to end the Constitutional bar against him holding that office. And there's more...
Monday, June 19, 2006
From Donna Taylor's perspective
14 June 2006
Mark Taylor, a student at Columbine high school, surprised doctors when he recovered from at least 7 gunshots. Donna Taylor, his mother, talks about the attack in a manner that is sure to shock you.
Did you think Michael Moore, the media, and the government were telling you the truth?
At about 11:20 a.m. on April 20, 1999, the students at Columbine high school were eating lunch. Two of the students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, went outside the school near the parking lot and started shooting at the students who were also outside. One of the students that was hit was Mark Taylor. He fell to the ground, but was alive. After shooting a few students outside the school, Klebold and Harris entered the school and started shooting at students inside. Meanwhile, a policeman carries Mark Taylor away. Doctors at the hospital were not sure how many bullets hit him, but they guessed between 7 and 14. The doctors were certain that he was going to die, but he survived.
The official story was that Klebold and Harris were the only two students shooting. They may have been suicidal Nazis or social misfits who hated the world. The police valiantly tried to save the students from death, but 12 students and 1 teacher died, and 23 were injured.
Donna Taylor's story is quite different. I had several conversations with Donna Taylor, and even if some of her information and assumptions are incorrect, the official story of Columbine is as much of a lie as the official story for 9/11, Oklahoma City, the attack on the USS Liberty, and many other crimes. Rather than provide all of the conversations I had with her, I provide some of the more important excerpts below:
1. The police were not interested in asking Mark Taylor for information about the attack. More amazing, one of the policeman admitted that he was under orders to allow the shootings and let the victims die.
2. Half of the students didn't show up for school that day. At the hospital, Mark and Donna were warned to keep quiet about the attack because there may be additional killers on the loose who will come after them if they talk.
3. Donna Taylor says the hospital received a phone call on a special government phone line. The caller warned the hospital that there were be a shooting in a couple hours at a school. Immediately after the shooting they started "Columbine Connections" were ready with psychologists to convince the victims and their families to take psychiatric drugs to calm them down.
4. One of the high school girls says she saw three additional Trenchcoat Mafia members with guns at the school that day, but she assumed the guns were for one of the bizarre role playing games that occurred at the school.
5. One black student, Isaiah Shoels, was killed. When a friend of the Shoels wanted to help put a video together about the killing, he was killed mysteriously, and then the Shoels moved out of the town. There were several mysterious deaths. The school was also strange; it had courses in death.
6. The Taylor family moved into the neighborhood 3 weeks before the shooting, so Mark was a student at Columbine for only 3 weeks. During that brief time, he complained to his mother that the school was strange.
7. "Columbine Connections" was set up for counseling, and it was encouraging psychiatric drugs.
8. Donna Taylor knows of three policemen and firemen who were so disgusted with the corruption that they quit their jobs and moved away.
9. A government doctor, Dr. Bill Deagle, would come into their house to help them. He would encourage drug use, and would talk about the government putting chips under people's skin. Dr. Deagle may have been setting a trap for the Taylors. Specifically, if the Taylor daughter had stolen some of his money, the police could then tell the Taylor family that if they want to keep their daughter out of jail, all they have to do is keep quiet about Columbine. Did Dr. Deagle catch any of the other Columbine residents in this trap? Is this the reason there are so few people talking about the Columbine massacre?
10. Some students hung themselves after the shooting. One of them was one the student who tried to save the teacher -- William Sanders -- who had been shot.
11. Two students who know Klebold and Harris were killed inside a Subway sandwich shop after the shooting, but there was not much of an investigation. Here is a new report about the killings:: www.seacoastonline.com/2000news/2_15_w1.htm
12. Donna Taylor thinks some of the people who tried to help her, such as Virginia Davis, were actually trying to hurt her financially and break apart her family. She suspects them of being government agents.
13. Has anybody considered that Klebold and Harris were Useful Idiots, like Tim McVeigh, Lee Oswald, and Mohammed Atta. They made videos of themselves talking about killing students, but never suggested suicide.
14. A friend of Dylan Klebold says he was put on Prozac long before the shooting. After Klebold and Harris were caught breaking into a van, they were put on more psychiatric drugs.
15. Donna Taylor took psychiatric drugs the government doctor gave her for one year after the shooting. She complained the drug would make her hallucinate.
During the Clinton administration the Columbine attack occurred, and so did the Oklahoma City bombing and other scams. Did George Bush save us from the corrupt Clinton administration? No. So don't be fooled into thinking that a Democrat will save us from the corrupt Bush administration. The incompetence, corruption, and wars occur regardless of who the president is.
To hear the audio versions of this interview please visit:
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Inside Apple's iPod factories
By Macworld staff
June 12, 2006
Apple's iPods are made by mainly female workers who earn as little as £27 per month, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday yesterday. The report, 'iPod City', isn't available online. It offers photographs taken from inside the factories that make Apple music players, situated in China and owned by Foxconn. The Mail visited some of these factories and spoke with staff there. It reports that Foxconn's Longhua plant houses 200,000 workers, remarking: "This iPod City has a population bigger than Newcastle's."
The report claims Longhua's workers live in dormitories that house 100 people, and that visitors from the outside world are not permitted. Workers toil for 15-hours a day to make the iconic music player, the report claims. They earn £27 per month. The report reveals that the iPod nano is made in a five-storey factory (E3) that is secured by police officers.
Another factory in Suzhou, Shanghai, makes iPod shuffles. The workers are housed outside the plant, and earn £54 per month - but they must pay for their accommodation and food, "which takes up half their salaries", the report observes.
A security guard told the Mail reporters that the iPod shuffle production lines are staffed by women workers because "they are more honest than male workers". The report also explains that the nano contains 400 parts, and that its flash memory is the most expensive component. The report looks at several salient components of the nano, and describes the product as a reflecting the global way business works today. This is because the iPod nano contains parts developed by technology companies from across the planet. Apple is just one of thousands of companies that now use Chinese facilities to manufacture its products, the report observes. Low wages, long hours and China's industrial secrecy make the country attractive to business, particularly as increased competition and consumer expectations force companies to deliver products at attractive prices.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
WHY IS OUR PRESIDENT ABOVE THE LAW?
• George W. Bush has DISOBEYED OUR LAWS and declared himself above them. His administration has stated that he has the power and "reserves the right" to ignore laws if he so chooses.
• He lied to Congress and to the American people to justify an invasion of a country that did not threaten us. In the year and a half leading up to the war, G.W. Bush knew that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and no relationships to 9/11, al Qaida or Osama bin Laden.
• He ordered the National Security Agency to execute secret and illegal spying on the telephone and internet conversations of millions of Americans. To hide this illegal activity, the Bush administration has directed the NSA, the same agency that was ordered to execute the spying, to block an investigation of itself. Congress needs to investigate this government intrusion immediately.
• He is systematically eroding civil and human rights, along with our Bill of Rights. Our government now holds thousands of prisoners without due process of law, and more are handed over to nations acting for us. These prisoners are subjected to torture and degrading, inhumane treatment that violate international law.
• He has selectively leaked classified information for purposes of political gain.
These are all impeachable offenses.
We must not allow this or any future President to undermine our Constitution.
We must not allow this administration to launch further illegal, pre-emptive wars in Iran or elsewhere.
We must reestablish democratic procedures that have been suspended by the administration's exploitation of 9/11.
The survival of our democracy depends on us.
What can we, the people, do?
1. Educate ourselves. Read the 'Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush, published by the Center for Constitutional Rights. Visit websites such as http://www.impeachpac.org/resolutions or http://www.impeachbush.tv/impeach/bystate.html
2. Write our congressional representatives demanding they initiate immediate impeachment proceedings and support Rep. John Conyers' resolution (H Res. 635) to investigate impeachment.
3. Write letters to the editor of our local newspapers, stating our views and making our case to our fellow citizens.
4. Initiate or support local resolutions calling for impeachment of Bush/Cheney, as towns in Vermont, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and elsewhere have done.
5. Support candidates running on an impeachment platform.
THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT IS THE STRONGEST IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Paid for by: Citizens for the Impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney
from Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, New York.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
SOUTH CENTRAL FARMERS
Tonight Daryl Hannah will be on Larry King Live to talk about the South Central Farm. ***It is important that in this national media venue, we ensure that the primary sentiment by callers and viewers is a POSITIVE one.***WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
1. Call in to the show during the broadcast (it is on at 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) and ask a question or make a positive comment. The talking points and suggested questions are below.
2. Email your comments or questions NOW at the Larry King website: www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/
3. Spread the word to other allies who are supportive of the South Central Farm.
This press release was just sent to us from the South Central Farm where Julia Butterfly Hill had been fasting and tree sitting for over 3 weeks. Daryl Hannah and John Quigley are still there and at last report were still in the walnut tree but about to get removed by sheriffs at any moment.
***NEWS FLASH - Tuesday 8:59am, 8 people have been carried out on tretchers and they have started to bull doze the land! WHAT: Hundreds of officers with the Los Angeles Sheriff department swarmed onto the peaceful, non-violent South-Central Farmers garden at 5:15am today accompanied by six helicopters buzzing over the sleeping supporters.Supporters of this 14 acre organic farming community remain outside the locked-downarea on the street chanting their protest of this forceful action while 20 are still insidethe farm.Dozens of supporters have been living on the land, sleeping in tents, and taking turns living in the Walnut tree on the premise while fasting to show solidarity with the Farmers. Julia-Butterfly Hill just came down last week after fasting for 23 days. Several celebrities have shown up in the last few weeks - Willie Nelson, Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, Ed Begley, Jr, Joan Baez to name a few.
Developer Ralph Horowitz Attacks the Poor of South Central Los Angeles Destroying the Primary Food Source of 350 Families The South Central Farm was forcefully seized today despite the peaceful resistance of the South Central Farmers and their supporters. An early morning raid began at 5:00am to evict the farmers and community supporters who had taken up camp 21 days ago at the South Central Farm. The L.A. County Sheriffs Department coordinated this action with the assistance of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department who were dressed in full riot gear. Approximately 50 demonstrators have been arrested, some suffering the force of baton use. Bulldozers have been brought in to level the 14 acres of food and medicine that began to bloom 14 years ago when the land was mitigated to the community in the wake of the 1992 uprising. With tears on their faces farmers are being supported by an influx of community supporters turning out to demonstrate their continued efforts to save the land for the community.In reaction to today’s action, Tezozomoc, an elected representative of the South Central Farmers comments, The community is outraged that the failure of our political leadership has led us to this situation. This is a historic moment of devastating shame for the city of LA. Our community is completely distraught. The mayor did not let our farmers in to his press conference today, violating their civil rights…In February of 2004, Judge Jaffey, when he issued the conjunction that proposed the city undo the process that was created in the back room deal with Mayor Villariagosa, the City Council had the opportunity to take personal responsibility for this situation. Instead, they choose to cover up the story using the legal issue of property rights. If the City Council had taken personal responsibility to undo the deal we would not be in this situation that is breaking the heart of Los Angeles.
The secrets of Scientology
Reported by: Sara Lawrence (For quick explanation, scroll to end)
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
"Sitting on a red velvet chair in the middle of a majestic, oak-panelled hall in East Grinstead, I have rarely felt more fearful for my sanity. On the wall in front of me, a creepy, larger-than-life-sized portrait of an old man seems to be staring straight at me. In front of the portrait, Laura, a middle-aged woman wearing a high-necked blouse and ostentatious gold cross, stands behind a lectern reading aloud from a huge leather-bound tome. None of the worshippers take their eyes off Laura as they repeat her words back to her. Phrases such as: “All men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others” are made ridiculous by the followers repeating them in a monotonous drone.
I am at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex - the UK’s Church of Scientology headquarters. In the few hours I spend at Saint Hill I realise this exercise is anything but innocuous, and might go some way to explaining why Katie Holmes, the one-time girl next door of American television, has been enveloped into the cult championed by the father of her unborn baby, Tom Cruise. After much talk of her staying silent during the birth, in accordance with Scientology’s beliefs that babies born to the sounds of their mothers screaming are more likely to encounter emotional problems in later life, Cruise announced in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer that Holmes is no longer a Catholic. Asked whether their baby would be baptised a Catholic, he said: “You can be Catholic and a Scientologist. You can be Jewish and a Scientologist. But we’re just Scientologists.”
Cruise and Homes are not alone. Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Isaac Hayes, and Priscilla and Lisa-Marie Presley are also members of the sect, created in 1954 by the pulp science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard. It is his portrait that hangs in Saint Hill. Intrigued by a cult that believes humans are the descendants of aliens, I have come to Saint Hill to find out what really goes on in the “church”.
Very few journalists have infiltrated this bizarre “religion”, although it has attracted at least eight million followers and is estimated to make £250m a year from its members.
Posing as an interested disciple, I first call into the Scientology Centre on London’s Tottenham Court Road where I fill out an Oxford Capacity Analysis Test, designed to measure emotional state in order to highlight areas that Scientology can improve. Although the test is free, I am encouraged to purchase a copy of Hubbard’s Dianetics (for £6.99) and to contact them when I finish reading it.
My results apparently prove that I am depressed, nervous, critical, anxious and unable to communicate. I am told that I am in dire need of spiritual enlightenment and that only Scientology can help me. I telephone the Church of Scientology’s headquarters at Saint Hill, claiming that I am concerned by my test results. I am invited to attend a “church” service, a “group processing session”, and to have a guided tour by a “recruitment expert” of the building and grounds at Saint Hill, known to those inside as “The Castle”. Two days later, I am standing on the manicured lawns of the beautiful Jacobean building that is home to Scientology’s version of the civil service - the Sea Organisation.
My guide for the day, Ron, appears. He tells me has been a member for seven years and sold his home in Norwich six years ago “to be closer to the Sea Organisation”. He works at Saint Hill every evening and weekend. He has a day job as an electrician and seems surprised when I ask him if he has time off. “Why would I want to do that?” asks the 33-year-old. “I love it here.”
As Ron guides me around the vast building, I notice several recruits going about their daily tasks. Weeding, sweeping, cooking and cleaning, the tasks are performed silently - free of charge - by followers who cannot afford to pay the exorbitant costs of the study courses that would bump them up Scientology’s hierarchichal system.
Part of my tour takes in converted outbuildings that comprise a sauna, showers and a gym area. Three teenage boys and a girl wearing swimsuits are sitting eating a spartan meal of rice and beans. “These people are undergoing a period of purging,” Ron tells me. After taking a variety of vitamins and minerals designed to cure addiction, they spend the day alternately sweating in the sauna and running full tilt on the machines. When I ask what the purpose of the exercise is, Ron is unable to tell me whether these youngsters are addicted to alcohol or drugs - they’re just “addicts”. None of them look up when I say hello. They do not even look at each other. Ron doesn’t appear to see anything strange in their behaviour. “People come here to be cured of things - physical addictions, mental distress and spiritual travail,” he says. “They can only really begin to work on their Scientology when they are are cleared of all the poisons in their bodies - and this is what the purging is for.” He tells me that if I am serious about wanting to join up, I will need to do this too. I ask if Scientology is a drug rehabilitation programme or a religion and he can’t give me a straight answer: “It’s different things for different people, you know,” he says. I don’t. “Well, people have all different kinds of problems and Scientology can help anyone through anything. It makes you a better person.”
Quite what Scientology does for the individual has been a matter of debate since Hubbard set it up in 1954. Tellingly, four years earlier, he had announced at an authors’ convention: “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars he should start his own religion.” Aged 42, he declared that humans are descendants of an exiled race from outer space called Thetans and that we are nothing more than temporary vessels for the immortal souls of Thetans. Only by exorcising painful memories of our past incarnations can we achieve our full potential and reach spiritual salvation. Scientologists believe that life is a relentless struggle towards the total erasing of painful mental images - called “engrams” - that accumulate through successive incarnations.
The cult has always had its detractors. In 1984, Mr Justice Latey, giving judgement in open court after a private hearing, branded the scientologists “corrupt, sinister and immoral”. In 1991, Cynthia Kisser, former executive director of the American Cult Awareness Network, proclaimed that “Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, the most litigious and the most lucrative cult the country has ever seen.” In 1994, the Californian Court of Appeal accepted that the techniques of scientology constituted brainwashing. In Britain, the Charity Commission denied Scientology religious status on the basis that it did not benefit the public in any way.
As I’m led inside another room by Ron, I see at least 100 people - most of them elderly - poring over huge leather-bound books. It reminds me of one of the large reading room in the British Library - but these people are not browsing for free. Although Ron will not give me an exact figure, he says that recruits pay “thousands” to study Scientology.
Elsewhere, there are hundreds of machines stacked up in readiness for a possible sales event that afternoon. Called E-meters (short for electropsychometer) they look like two tin cans attached by thin wires to a navy blue control panel. By gripping the cans in both hands, the specially designed machine will supposedly help senior Scientologists locate areas of spiritual distress in your soul. Although the Scientologists’ own prayer book states they can only be used by Scientology ministers, I - a definite non-minister - am offered the chance to purchase one, a snip at £3,000.
I ask Ron whether I’m likely to bump into any famous names. He shakes his head. “Celebrities rarely attend Saint Hill, except on special occasions,” he says. “There is a dedicated ‘celebrity centre’ in London’s Bayswater.” Apparently, celebrities have “special needs”, although he won’t expand on this. Somehow, I can’t envisage Cruise or Travolta sleeping in a barracks in East Grinstead.
At the end of the four hours, I am keen to leave. Ron tries to get me to make an appointment to see someone for “dianetics counselling” as soon as possible. He phones me that evening - and for the next three days. A female recruit also leaves me messages - none of which I return.
The cult has attempted to intimidate news organisations who expose it. Last year, it threatened court action against Google, which had to remove websites that criticised the group. After a day witnessing what goes on on the inside, I realise it’s little wonder the “church” needs to resort to such tactics. "
This is basically what scientology preaches:
Seventy-five million years ago, in an effort to control overpopulation in his galaxy, an intergalactic ruler named Xemu sent billions of aliens to Earth, or Teegeeack as it was called then, in space planes after paralyzing them with an alcohol/glycol injection. He had them buried in volcanoes and then blown up with H-bombs. The ghosts of these aliens were then forced to watch 3-D films of helicopters circling and crashing for 30 days which told them what life should be like. Afterwards they clustered together in groups of thousands and attached themselves to humans that were on Earth. As a result, we are all possessed by these groups of alien souls, called "body thetans". These body thetans cause people many problems which can be cured by telepathically auditing them through several expensive means.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Hundreds of child slaves sold into UK every year
By David Harrison
Children as young as six are being brought to Britain in their hundreds every year to be used as "slave labour" in sweatshops, private homes and cannabis factories.
The children are transported from all over Africa, Asia and eastern Europe by ruthless and highly organised gangs of traffickers. Many are taken with the unwitting consent of their parents, who pay up to £3,000, believing the traffickers' claims that their children are going to a better life - and will be able to send money home.
The victims are smuggled into Britain or brought in on false passports by adults posing as relatives. They are put to work immediately, live in appalling conditions and are subjected to physical and sexual abuse. The scale of the crisis - which has spread from London to Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle - is revealed in a consultation paper presented to the Home Office by a coalition of nine charities including Unicef, Save the Children and the NSPCC. Last night, the charities accused the Government of failing to tackle the problem and called for urgent action to end the "cruel and shocking exploitation of children".
Christine Beddoe, the director of the coalition - called End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking (ECPAT) - said: "This is modern child slavery." Another senior charity official described the traffickers as "21st-century Fagins - only much crueller", a reference to the character who ran teams of child pickpockets in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.
In the consultation document, passed to The Sunday Telegraph, the charities say there are "no specific support services" for victims of child trafficking and they accuse the Government of using "an unsympathetic and punitive asylum process" to treat them as illegal immigrants rather than victims.
Most trafficked children who come to the authorities' attention are deported immediately, they argue, and then face persecution and re-trafficking. The charities want the Government to introduce measures to help police, immigration officials and social workers to identify, rescue and protect them.
Children from China, Vietnam and Malaysia, have been found in sweatshops, restaurants and suburban cannabis factories. African children are often put into domestic servitude, working long hours for little or no reward. Eastern European children tend to be used to beg and steal - and many more are likely to arrive next year when Romania and Bulgaria are expected to join the European Union.
Charities and police believe most trafficked children are used for slave labour rather than prostitution, but the report says they are "sexually exploited in informal locations, such as private flats, where they are expected to have sex with groups of men".
ECPAT calls for a national strategy, including safe houses for victims, counselling and legal and medical support, and an independent Child Trafficking Rapporteur. It urges the Government to ratify the European Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings to allow victims to stay in the UK to recover from their ordeal and receive help so they can testify against the traffickers.
Ms Beddoe estimated that "hundreds" of children were trafficked to Britain each year but said the true figure could be much higher. The ECPAT research has identified suspected victims in all but one of 33 London boroughs. The charities are also investigating child trafficking in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Police said there was a "pressing need" for a national strategy. A senior Scotland Yard detective said: "It is hard to believe that there are child slaves in Britain in the 21st century but we are determined to end this appalling practice."
Friday, June 09, 2006
'George W. Bush's marital problems have just taken another turn for the worse. Apparently, Mr. Bush has not only engaged in an extra-marital affair with a member of the opposite sex who is also a senior member of his Cabinet, but also a member of the same sex. Wayne Madsen Report received the following release this morning from Leola McConnell, Democratic candidate for Governor of Nevada. McConnell is a one-time professional dominatrix.'
"President Bush's speech to the nation Monday. If he doesn't say he's a gay American or at the least a bisexual one then he shouldn't be making one at all. And the notion that it would be in regards to writing bigotry into our nation's Constitution is reprehensible. Too bad it isn't me doing the rebuttal because in 1984, I watched him perform (with the enthusiasm of a homosexual male who had done this many times before) a homosexual act on another man, namely Victor Ashe. Victor Ashe is the current Ambassador to the nation of Poland who should also come out like former Governor McGreevey of New Jersey and admit to being a gay American. Other homo-erotic acts were also performed by then private citizen George Bush because I performed one of them on him personally.
I am the woman this website (bushssecretlifein84.tripod.com) speaks of that has been posted on the net nearly two years now. None of this would be the business of anyone but President Bush's little ruse to save his failed presidency by using DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] to divide Americans one from the other has to be exposed as the act of a desperate closeted homosexual man. The only crime in being GLBT is in the hiding. The President needs to come clean with the American people about his own past sexual behavior before he tries to besmirch the humanity of people in search of sincerely committing to the same bonds of matrimony he's afforded. He violated his own vows of monogamy having a homosexual affair with a long time family friend of whom his wife had no knowledge. His hypocrisy seems to know no bounds.
I had planned to run for governor of Nevada without going into any of this but his planned nationally televised address to the nation makes it necessary for me to address his attempt at division in as public a way as he picked to try this Bushification of reality regarding same sex marriages.
Liberal Democratic candidate for Governor of Nevada
Are your groceries spying on you?
NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN. June 8 2006
Has your electronics store (or drugstore or music store or department store) recently replaced its metal shelves with plastic ones? Such a move could signal a switch to a type of product tracking that has the potential to invade your privacy.
Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is a wireless technology that allows objects and even people to be tagged and tracked. RFID tags contain microchips and tiny radio antennas and are embedded in products or stuck on labels. (Tags slightly larger than a grain of rice can be implanted under the skin.)
Once activated, they transmit a unique identifying number to an electronic reader, which, in turn, links to a computer database where information about the product or person is stored.
Metal, as in shelves, can interfere with transmissions between tags and readers.
Although it sounds like science fiction, radio tagging is very much a reality. For years, railroads and the U.S. Department of Defense used radio tags to track inventory. Cars outfitted with radio tags that mark their passage have long breezed through tollbooths, while ExxonMobil's Speedpass — an RFID tag in the form of a key fob — enables drivers to pay for gas without swiping a card or using a PIN.
More recently, the technology has shown up in contactless payment cards such as Chase's Blink or MasterCard PayPass, on individual items at Wal-Mart and Best Buy, in library books and in U.S. passports. The use of RFID tags is growing so explosively that analysts forecast sales this year alone of 1.3 billion units — more than half as many tags as were sold in all years up through early 2006.
Part of the reason is that the price of the tags — topping $1 apiece in 1999 — is plummeting. Within five to seven years, radio tags are expected to cost less than a penny each — the magic point at which nearly anything we buy is likely to be tagged.
To be sure, radio-tagging products from CDs to shampoos can offer huge savings to businesses. (For one thing, it can alert stores to merchandise shortages, preventing out-of-stock losses and other supply-chain inefficiencies that cost retailers an estimated $40 billion annually.)
And the technology can directly benefit consumers by speeding them through checkouts, ensuring the genuineness of often-counterfeited prescription drugs, and — in the case of medical-information implants — providing data to doctors when patients cannot.
But there are touchy privacy issues, too. Identity thieves and other crooks can tap into the information transmitted from a radio tag to a scanner, culling — for example — banking or medical information. Researchers already have cracked the code in ExxonMobil's Speedpass, demonstrating for the company how a hacker could use mined data to charge gas on the Speedpass holder's account. (Despite this January 2005 demonstration, ExxonMobil has not changed the technology, claiming it knows of no fraudulent use of Speedpass from cloning.)
Other researchers have copied an implantable RFID tag, which could allow them to assume the implantee's identity and gain access to high-security locations. (VeriChip, the tag's manufacturer, says its product would serve as only one of several security layers thwarting such incursions.)
Because it has moved so rapidly to the forefront, there are those who would like to put the brakes on radio-tag technology. At least seven states have introduced RFID-related legislation, including a New Hampshire bill requiring that labels be placed on all items with tracking devices. Indeed, some products already are flagged as tagged, voluntarily displaying a thumbnail-sized Electronic Product Code (EPC) logo on their packages. Yet few consumers recognize the logo or understand its meaning.
So for now, at least, unless you are explicitly told by a merchant — or the product sits on a metal shelf — you're unlikely to know if the item you buy may be spying on you.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
"The most insidious pestilence dreamed up by this governor (Pedrarias Davila) was the system by whereby he granted licences to Spaniards to demand slaves from native caciques and nobles. This development has done more to ravage that country than anything else. Demands for fifty slaves at a time were made every four or five months or whenever an individual obtained permission and a licence from the governor to make such a demand. The demand was always accompanied by the threat that, if the requisite number of slaves was not produced, the noble concerned would be burned alive or thrown to wild dogs.
Since slavery is practically unknown amoung the local population, even their caciques having the most two or three or four of them, the lords themselves would have to find the slaves. At first they might round up all the orphans they could find; then they might ask any family with two children to surrender one, and a family with three to produce two, thereby fulfilling the demands made of them by the tyrant in their midst. But they did so against a background of wailing and gnashing teeth, for these people appear to entertain a love for their children which surpasses that of any other people in the world.
Since the demands of this nature were so frequent, the whole region was devastated within the space of a few years, for during six or seven of the years between 1523 and 1533 five or six slaving vessels patrolled the coast and carted off vast numbers of these innocents to be sold in Panama and Peru, where they all perished. Indeed, experience shows time and time again that these people die very quickly once you remove them from their native lands, especially as they often are forced to go without food while still being made to do a full day's work, those who buy and sell them having no other thought in their heads but the work these slaves can be forced to undertake.
In this fashion, more than five hundred thousand souls, each of them as free as you or me, (Legally, all Amerindians were subjects of the Crown of Castile and enjoyed equal rights with all other subjects of the Crown. Making war on Amerindians, said theologian Francisco de Vitoria, was like making war on the inhabitants of Seville) have been taken from their homelands. On top of that, a further five or six hundred thousand have so far been killed, either during the course of hellish fighting initiated by the Spanish or as a direct result of the horrendous conditions in which they have been imprisoned. And the carnage continues to this day. All this devastation has taken place over the past fourteen years, and in the whole of the providence of Nicaragua today, once (as I have said) among the most densely populated place on the face of the earth, there remain only four or five thousand people and every day sees even some of these succumb to the work they are made to do, and the personal abuses to which they are subjected every day of their lives.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Based on DeCamp's riveting book, The Franklin Cover-up, "Conspiracy of Silence" begins with the shut-down of Nebraska's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union after a raid by federal agencies in November 1988 revealed that $40 million was missing. When the Nebraska legislature launched a probe into the affair, what initially looked like a financial swindle soon exploded into a startling tale of drugs, money laundering, and a nationwide child abuse ring. Nineteen months later, the legislative committee's chief investigator died suddenly and violently, like more than a dozen other people linked to the Franklin case.
So why have you never heard of the Franklin cover-up? Originally scheduled to air in May of 1994 on the Discovery Channel, "Conspiracy of Silence" was yanked at the last minute due to formidable pressure applied by top politicians. Some very powerful people did not want you to watch this documentary. Thanks to the wonderful power of the Internet, three different links below take you to this eye-opening documentary. Other links provide detailed information about the case, reliable media coverage, and places to order DeCamp's revealing book, The Franklin Cover-up.
Beware that you may find yourself becoming angry or upset while watching "Conspiracy of Silence." Many people do. However, I invite you to consider that each of us, myself included, has at times in our life acted out of selfish motives when it comes to sexuality and ended up hurting others in one way or another. Let us take this information not only as a call to stop this kind of abuse at the nationwide level, but also as a call to examine our own sexual relationships and make a commitment to deep honesty and integrity in our own lives around this most sensitive issue.
With best wishes,
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton
"Conspiracy of Silence" (55 minutes) is available for free viewing at the three links below: http://www.franklincase.org/silence.htm - best quality of these three http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=359924937663867563 - http://www.propagandamatrix.com/141003conspiracyofsilence.html
The final link above includes a copy of the front page of the Washington Times with a top headline and story published on the Franklin case. Scroll down and click on the images to read the full story. DeCamp's commentary on "Conspiracy of Silence" and more can be found below the newspaper articles there. Or for another easy-to-read copy of the Times article, click here.