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 "Against War"8 comments
7 Sep 2002 @ 21:21
Against War September 08, 2002 By Neve Gordon

I am against the war, the (perpetual) war on terrorism as well as the war against Iraq. I am against empire, the control of nearly 40 percent of the world's resources secured by the deployment of air, naval, and ground forces in over 800 bases across the globe. And I am against deception; the claim that United States foreign policy is aimed at ensuring freedom, justice and democracy around the world, when in fact its overseas agenda is driven by corporate greed, power and domination.  More >

 Finny's Finger7 comments
8 May 2002 @ 18:40
A Lament for Finny's Finger....

It happened so fast.... I hadn't concidered that my good friend Warwick would miss with a ten pound sledge hammer by so much (ten inches). There was a shearing pain, then by the time I laid eyes on it nothing, numbness, shock. It was a sight, the end of my left hand index finger was a salad of bone, nail, skin tissue and flesh. What was also a sight was me after looking at the mess holding my hand and staggering over Warwick's front lawn swearing. Warwick in the meantime had both his hands afixed to the sides of his head and was apoligising profusely as he wandered trance-like around the lawn. What a Monty Pythonesque scene.

In a blur of controlled panic and shock induced serenity, I was within 30 minutes at the A&E of Middlemore Hospital. Middlemore serves South Auckland which contains the lowest social economic grouping of people in Auckland and the largest population of Polonesians anywhere. Pushed out by the Yuppie developments in the inner city. Over the next fourty hours I had the wound washed and was given pain killers but nothing else. For eight hours I was in a gown awaiting surgery. At the last moment the surgeon was called away and I was told to come back the next day. Hardly anybody was interested in my analysis of the current health system in New Zealand. A lone fourth year medical student politely heard me out and agreed on every point I made and that I should write to the Minister of Health. He lamely offered that they do what they can. I felt sad, knowing that what he said was right. With private heath taking the cream, leaving Public Health under staffed and under resoursed. Christ, Finny it's only a finger and not even all of it!  More >

 Arms, Climate Change, and the Grand Media Deception1 comment
29 Apr 2002 @ 19:21
ZNet Commentary Arms, Climate Change, And The Grand Media Deception by Dave Edwards [link]

In a recent Guardian article, Julian Borger reports a massive 11% increase in U.S. defence spending. It is estimated that by 2007 defence spending will be 20% higher than average cold war levels. While September 11 is cited as justification, the increase is actually dedicated to promoting cold war-style weapons systems useless in the "war against terrorism".

Paul Krugman of the New York Times writes, "The military build-up seems to have little to do with the actual threat, unless you think that al-Qaida's next move will be a frontal assault by several heavy armoured divisions." (Borger, 'Bush billions will revive cold war army', the Guardian, February 6, 2002)

So what does the build-up have to do with? According to Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy of the Observer, it's a mystery:

"So why the need for more and better military power? The answer is that even the military analysts are baffled." (Beaumont and Vulliamy, 'Armed to the teeth', the Observer, 10 February 2002)  More >

 Shadowplay by Finny0 comments
29 Apr 2002 @ 16:16
Just a few thoughts........

To embrace one's Shadow is to be more whole. Yet how does one 'embrace' something that is unconscious thus not known. And what does 'embrace' mean anyway. Sounds like some New Age concept to me. Jung came up with "Shadow" as a concept, and he saw it as the unconscious receptacle of everthing that we would reject about ourselves if brought into consciousness. Robert Bly in his book on the Shadow sees it as a bag that we fill with the things we don't accept about ourselves; thoughts, feelings, acts that we find repugnant put in the bag and forget. Throughtout life we lug this bag around, it only making its presence known when we sometimes get mysteriously triggered, discovering we have far more "stuff" going on than the issue warranted.

So how does one work with Shadow? What wakes up the conscious mind enough to see the shadow? One method is to play; Shadowplay.  More >

 The Machine by Edwardo Galeano1 comment
29 Apr 2002 @ 01:48
Edwardo Galeano April 27, 2002

Sigmund Freud had learned it from Jean-Martin Charcot: ideas can be implanted by hypnosis in the human mind.

More than a century has gone by since then, and the technology of manipulation has made great strides. This is a colossal machine, the size of the planet, that orders us to repeat the messages it puts inside our heads. It’s a word-abusing machine.

The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, had been elected, and reelected, by an overwhelming majority, in a much more transparent election than the one that put George W. Bush in power in the United States  More >

 Subverting Democracy by Jeremy Tully2 comments
24 Apr 2002 @ 15:50
ZNet Commentary Subverting Democracy by Jeremy Tully [link]

As reports of Israeli war crimes continue to emerge, the U.S. refuses to alter its stance of support for Israel, instead placing nearly all the blame on Yasir Arafat. President Bush has refused to do more than issue some harsh words to Israel that, by the White House's own admission, were never intended to stem Israel's war against the Palestinians.

It was in response to such misguided foreign policy that between 75,000 and 100,000 Americans converged on Washington D.C. last Saturday, Apr. 20th. The largest pro-Palestinian rally in U.S. history protested Israel's 35-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as ongoing corporate hegemony and globalization.

But far from viewing such a huge groundswell of opposition to U.S. foreign policy as something worthy of extensive coverage, the mass media in America deemed it necessary to misrepresent and underreport the facts. Part of a continuing effort to sanitize news coverage of events in Middle East and the American response to them, the press in the U.S. seems to be more interested in toeing the official line than in honest journalism.  More >

 A Different Kind of Devastating:3 comments
22 Apr 2002 @ 16:57
A Different Kind Of Devastating: From Anti-Corporate Populism To Anti-Capitalist Alternatives

by Gerard Greenfield

The recent attempt to ban ski masks and scarves in Quebec City during the Summit of the Americas provides a useful insight into the way anti-globalization movements are perceived by the powers-that-be. Much has already been said about excessive police powers and the violation of civil liberties. This is clearly an important issue. But there’s a deeper, more powerful symbolism involved.

By trying to make it illegal to “wear or have in your possession a mask, hood or ski mask, or any other object of the same to cover one’s face”, the rich and powerful have sent us a message: they’re afraid. They’re afraid of the recent successes of the anti-globalization protests and, in an attempt to limit the damage, they want to identify the trouble-makers. Unmasked, these opponents of globalization will somehow be disarmed. What this comic-book logic suggests is that they just don’t understand what’s going on. What they see as anti-globalization protests are in fact expressions of diverse, organized and often deeply-rooted popular movements. In addition to diverse politics and fashions (lacking a ski mask or hood I’d only qualify for “any other object”), the fact is these movements aren’t about a handful of trouble-makers in masks. It’s about ordinary people struggling against injustice, oppression and exploitation, and making trouble in different ways. They’re all trouble-makers - with or without a mask.  More >

 Statement of Congresswomen Cynthia McKenney24 comments
22 Apr 2002 @ 16:47
The need for an investigation of the events surrounding September 11 is as obvious as is the need for an investigation of the Enron debacle. Certainly, if the American people deserve answers about what went wrong with Enron and why (and we do), then we deserve to know what went wrong on September 11 and why.

Are we squandering our goodwill around the world with what many believe to be incoherent, warmongering policies that alienate our friends and antagonize our allies? How much of a role does our reliance on imported oil play in the military policies being put forward by the Bush Administration? And what role does the close relationship between the Bush Administration and the oil and defense industries play, if any, in the policies that are currently being pursued by this Administration?  More >

 Mike Moore's "Stupid White Men"5 comments
19 Apr 2002 @ 17:24
Dear Friends,

I woke up in Tampa, Florida, yesterday, picked up the Sunday newspaper, and there it was: the New York Times today had declared that, for the fourth week in a row, "Stupid White Men" is the #1 book in the country. I am out of explanations at this point as to how this thing has stayed atop on the Times bestseller list for a month. I've been informed that the book is now in its 19th printing. Also, it remains #1 in Canada, and it has gone to #1 this week in Britain and Ireland, according to the Sunday Times of London.  More >

 Now this is interesting!8 comments
1 Feb 2002 @ 21:52


Michael C. Ruppert

[Copyright 2002, Michael C. Ruppert and From The Wilderness Publications, [link], all rights reserved. May be reposted, reprinted or distributed for non-profit purposes only when this statement appears with the text.]

TORONTO, [Filed January 25, 2002, and Revised January 28, 2002] – EDITORIAL NOTE: In our original story we indicated that the note written by Delmart “Mike” Vreeland had been sealed in court records. We based this on a misreading of Canadian press stories. In fact, the warning of the World Trade Center attacks, written by Vreeland on either August 11th or 12th has been introduced into open evidence in Vreeland’s case in Toronto. Using court records in our possession, FTW has scanned the document and it is available for viewing in this story. We apologize for the error. Following is a revised story which we feel is the best way to present this important information in context.]


Delmart Edward “Mike” Vreeland, an American citizen whose claims to being a US Naval Lieutenant assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) are being increasingly corroborated in open court, has been in a Canadian jail since December 6, 2000. On August 11 or 12 of 2001, the date is uncertain, after trying to verbally alert his Canadian jailers to the coming World Trade Center attacks, he wrote down key information and sealed it in an envelope which he then had placed in jailers’ custody. This event is not disputed by Canadian authorities. The letter specifically listed a number of targets including The Sears Towers, The World Trade Center, The White House, The Pentagon, The World Bank, The Canadian parliament building in Ottawa and the Royal Bank in Toronto.

A chilling sentence follows the list of targets, “Let one happen. Stop the rest!!!”  More >

 The Great 9/11 Deception! Parts 1 and 2.0 comments
1 Feb 2002 @ 18:56
Transcript: VisionTV On The Great 911 Deception
Tuesday, 29 January 2002, 11:34 am
Article: The Scoop Editor

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcript of a Canadian news
and current affairs programme devoted to “unanswered
questions” around the events of 911. The programme is thought
to be the first network television broadcast on the North
American continent raising serious questions about CIA
involvement in and failures in relation to the September 11th
attacks of the World Trade Center.

The following are three viewer comments on the programme..

“The most courageous and important media commentary since
Oliver Stone’s JFK.”

“The only thing about ‘The Great Deception’ that surprised me
was that a nation-wide TV channel would broadcast it.”

“VisionTV is to be applauded for venturing into this terrain.”

Note on the Programme's Makers: VisionTV Insight Mediafile
takes an up-close look at how the media deal with current issues
and events from an ethical, moral, spiritual and humanitarian
perspective. The half-hour program features VisionTV Insight
media critic Barrie Zwicker, along with the show’s regular media
panel, which includes Toronto Sun editor Lorrie Goldstein,
freelance writer and columnist Marianne Meed Ward, and One:
the Body, Mind & Spirit channel's Executive Producer, Irshad

 More >

 Bush Knew!1 comment
1 Feb 2002 @ 18:43
GUILTY FOR 9-11, SECTION 3: BUSH IN THE OPEN by Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel [ Posted on Scoop NZ ,18 January 2002] =======================================

We have demonstrated that normal air safety and air defense measures were not employed on September 11th. This is extraordinary because 9-11 was the only day that four airplanes were hijacked in the U.S., not to mention the only day that three planes crashed into key buildings in New York City and Washington, DC. (1)

We have argued that this stand-down of the air protection systems could not have occurred absent the involvement of top officials. We have named George Walker Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard B. Myers.

Why these three men?  More >

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    We live in interesting times so it was said centuries ago and so it is. However, now unlike centuries ago we can destroy the very being that provides us with everything. The Earth, Gaia to some, has never been so threatened, or perhaps it is just us humans that are threatened with extinction, and the Earth although depleted will be OK. That's sad and the other sad thing is that we are taking so many species with us. Whatever, if we are the pinnacle of creation and the jury is still out on that one as far as I'm concerned, then its time to show that potential intellegence. I don't think the spaceships are going to come and save us, I have my doubts about celestial beings doing that either. Although I would concede that they may have a hand in some sort of shift of consciousness. Nup, its up to us folks, we are the ones that need to make the difference. Have we a choice, yeah, but what are the alternatives?