Saturday, November 25, 2006

No Thanks to Thanksgiving

By Robert Jensen, AlterNet. Posted November 23, 2006.

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.

In fact, indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas.

Monday, November 20, 2006


WASHINGTON, D.C. Passengers can greatly affect their experience at the airport by preparing in advance. This includes: Packing liquids, gels and aerosols in checked baggage whenever possible, using 3-1-1 for carry-ons, arriving early and ensuring they are not traveling with prohibited items.

For individuals who must carry liquids, gels and aerosols through the security checkpoint, it's as easy as 3-1-1.

  • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a 3 ounce or smaller container.
  • These containers must be placed in a 1 quart, clear, plastic, zip-top bag.
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in a plastic bin for screening.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Deep Fried Coca Cola Batter and other goodies.

Coca-Cola-flavored batter. He then drizzles Coke fountain syrup on it. The fried Coke is topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry. Gonzales said the fried Coke came about just from thinking aloud.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

300+ U.S.casulties:Forward Base Falcon "Coverup"!

by Brian Harring Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at 12:34 AM

Over 300 American troops, including U.S. Army and Marines, CIA agents and U.S. translators were casualties and there also were 165 seriously injured requiring major medical attention and 39 suffering lesser injuries 122 members of the Iraqi armed forces were killed and 90 seriously injured members of same, were also evacuated to the U.S. military hospital at al-Habbaniyah located some 70km west of Baghdad.

Friday, October 27, 2006

God Loves my New Lexus

God Loves My New LexusThe sillycool car that parallel parks itself, plus other proof that an uber-deity mocks us allBy Mark Morford

The new 2007 Lexus LS, the ridiculously silent uber-cush ultra-lux Valium-on-wheels hunk of $75,000 Japanese transportation from Toyota's most prestige brand, can now parallel park itself.

Here is the YouTube video. Here is the full breakdown of this car's astounding luxury features. Here is what you do: You pull up alongside the car just in front of a parking space. You put your car in reverse, which activates the rear camera and sensors. A diagram of arrows appears on the nav screen. You indicate where you want the car to go. You press Park and let go of the wheel.

Then: Take a sip of your Remy Martin and send $50,000 to the Republican Party as you silently give thanks to the Gods of Saudi Arabia and megacorporate conglomerates that your tax bracket is so stratospheric that it still affords you a massive V8 luxury automobile in the age of war and oil ravages and unchecked gluttony and the meltdown of Antarctica. The steering wheel starts to spin and the tires start to turn and millions of years of human evolution converge onto a single surreal moment, and in about 10 seconds, the car has parked itself.

And there you have it. Proof of God. Proof that God, clearly, has a wicked sense of humor. Proof that God drinks far, far more heavily than you. Proof that God sees the deep irony of life, and war, and oil, cars, cognac, parking spaces, everything, and laughs demonically. There is simply no other explanation. ...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

BIG John for BIG people

Regardless of who you are buying for, yourself or a loved one, there are a few things you might like to know about our toilets. The GREAT JOHN is by no means a STANDARD toilet. It was designed from the ground up.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

How much ACTUAL news is on a web site (CNN for example) Which is the worse sin, presenting biased news and commentary, or providing total fluff and non-news and masquerading it as actual news?

Horrible Halloweenie costume

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This t shirt is for sale on the web. Gads.

- Three Health Advantages Of A Vegetarian Diet

- Three Health Advantages Of A Vegetarian Diet: "Three Health Advantages Of A Vegetarian Diet"

Friday, October 20, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks: "Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks " The weapon is US made, I'm sure, and they are doing our
testing for us.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Anti-aging Strategies

Anti-aging Strategies: "Anti-aging Strategies
by Michael Lam, M.D."


NEWSWIRE: "Urban Racket and the Quest for Quiet

By Daniel Porras "

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Throw away your TV - Ten Top Must Watch Documentaries -Part 1

Throw away your TV - Ten Top Must Watch Documentaries -Part 1

Jennifer Van Bergen: Bush's Military Commissions Act and the Future of America

Jennifer Van Bergen: Bush's Military Commissions Act and the Future of America: "Bush's Military Commissions Act and the Future of America


'The legacy of Nuremberg and the solemn undertaking that Justice Jackson gave for the United States at the opening session, are under assault by the Bush Administration, which has embraced a radical world view that rests on a cult of power and a disdain for law.'"

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

The Seattle Times: Opinion: Military recruiters work hard to leave no child off their lists

Public Schools Have Flunked Out by James Erwin Norwood

Public Schools Have Flunked Out by James Erwin Norwood: "Public Schools Have Flunked Out by James Erwin Norwood
Public schools are brain dead and on life support; so let’s pull the plug on them, give them a decent funeral, and let better alternatives take root and flourish.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

AARP - Segunda Juventud - Exercise your mind

AARP - Segunda Juventud - Exercise your mind: "Mindful Exercise. Take care of your brain now, and you could increase the chances that your second youth will be more rewarding—and memorable.Mindful Exercise. Take care of your brain now, and you could increase the chances that your second youth will be more rewarding—and memorable."

Friday, October 06, 2006

Instant Messages, Lingering Paper Trail -

Instant Messages, Lingering Paper Trail - "Instant Messages, Lingering Paper Trail
HP, Foley Cases Illustrate Risk

By Mike Musgrove
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 6, 2006; Page A06

People who think their instant messages disappear after being sent should think again." - What Makes You Buy? - What Makes You Buy?: "What Makes You Buy?

OCTOBER 6, 2006

Check Out Your Prefrontal Cortex.

By Ben Macklin - Senior Analyst

Advances in the cognitive sciences and more sophisticated brain imaging are giving us an increasingly rich and detailed view of the brain's functions. With these advances it is perhaps not surprising that marketers have jumped on the 'brain bandwagon' to seek a neuroscientific explanation for why some brand or marketing campaigns work better than others.

The new field of neuromarketing apparently came of age two years ago after a study by Baylor College of Medicine was published in the respected academic journal Neuron. The study attempted to put to rest that age-old question: Which do you prefer, Coke or Pepsi?

The subjects in the experiment were given an anonymous taste test of each drink and their brain activity was scanned using a functional MRI (fMRI). The researchers were able to view, in real time, which parts of the brain 'lit up.' The subjects were then given the same drinks but with an image of a respective Coke can or Pepsi can visible to them. Their brains were scanned again.

The results were — you guessed it — 'Coke is it.' This is how the researchers expressed it: 'For the anonymous task, we report a consistent neural response in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex that correlated with"

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Don't cash that check! It's a scam - ConsumerMan -

Don't cash that check! It's a scam - ConsumerMan - "Don't cash that check! It's a scam
Banks team up with questionable marketers to take your money"

The Great Shampoo Scandal |

The Great Shampoo Scandal "REVERSING SHAMPOO
by Makoli
September 6, 1998"

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Ananova - Police hunt farting dissident

Ananova - Police hunt farting dissident: "Police hunt farting dissident

Police in Poland have launched a nationwide hunt for a man who farted loudly when asked what he thought of the president.

Hubert Hoffman, 45, was charged with 'contempt for the office of the head of state' for his actions after he was stopped by police in a routine check at a Warsaw railway station.

He complained that under President Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother Jaroslaw, the country was returning to a Communist style dictatorship.

When told to show more respect for the country's rulers, he farted loudly and was promptly arrested.

Hoffmann was arrested and released on bail but failed to turn up at a Warsaw court early this week to be tried, and the judge in the case rejected an appeal by defence lawyers to throw the charges out.

A court spokesman said: 'Such a case of disrespect is taken very seriously.'

Instead the court ordered the police to start a nationwide hunt for the man, and interpol have been alerted."

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates: "OCTOBER 1, 2006

Top News
By Pallavi Gogoi

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates
Since the spinach scare, food safety is foremost on the minds of grocery shoppers nationwide. Dates on labels? Here's what you need to know

The latest spinach food scare, which has claimed at least one life and sickened 183 other people, took many by surprise. After all, previous E. coli bacteria outbreaks were mostly associated with raw meat.

Nervous folks are peering more closely at dates stamped on the produce they buy from supermarkets. But how helpful are these dates really? Many of them are actually quite confusing. 'Is a food fresh until Feb. 1, 2008, if that's the date stamped on it, and then do you throw it out on Feb. 2?' asks Jeanne Goldberg, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University. 'It's a very inexact science since those dates include a wide margin of safety.'

The Identity Project

The Identity Project: "'Papers, please!'

This mantra of totalitarian societies has become familiar to Americans – not from movies, but from their own government. From police encounters to airport security, from political protests to public buses, your right to move around freely without 'accounting for yourself' is increasingly challenged.

The Identity Project (IDP) exists to uphold the freedom to exist, wander, and live anonymously within our own country if we so choose. We believe all Americans have the fundamental right to exist without seeking or getting permission of the government, to live without constantly proving who we are or why we are here, to freely move around our country. IDP explores and defends these rights.

IDP questions the motives behind, and effectiveness of, identity based domestic security programs and asks whether the degradation of our civil liberties is justified."

Museum Field Trip Deemed Too Revealing - New York Times

Museum Field Trip Deemed Too Revealing - New York Times: "Museum Field Trip Deemed Too Revealing"

Monday, October 02, 2006

Is he dead yet?

Accused of killing deputy, suspect shot 68 times

Sheriff: 'That's all the bullets we had, or we would have shot him more'

MIAMI - A fugitive gunman accused of killing a Florida sheriff’s deputy was shot 68 times by SWAT team officers who found him hiding in the woods, according to autopsy results.

Police fired 110 shots at Angilo Freeland, 27, the target of a massive manhunt in central Florida following the shooting death of Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Williams Thursday.

“That’s all the bullets we had, or we would have shot him more,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Congressional analysis puts cost of Iraq war at $2 billion a week - The Boston Globe

Congressional analysis puts cost of Iraq war at $2 billion a week - The Boston Globe: "Cost of Iraq war nearly $2b a week

By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | September 28, 2006

WASHINGTON -- A new congressional analysis shows the Iraq war is now costing taxpayers almost $2 billion a week -- nearly twice as much as in the first year of the conflict three years ago and 20 percent more than last year -- as the Pentagon spends more on establishing regional bases to support the extended deployment and scrambles to fix or replace equipment damaged in combat."

Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry

Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry: "Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry"

The Conservative Voice News and Columns

The Conservative Voice News and Columns - check out this site. Balance your views.

Purge Congress

Purge Congress - I just got email from this site. Check it out.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Why Aren't Newspapers Breaking Out of the Box?

Why Aren't Newspapers Breaking Out of the Box?: "Why Aren't Newspapers Breaking Out of the Box?
Why does the newspaper industry, for the most part, have so much trouble adapting to the changing of the media environment brought on by the Internet and digital communications technologies? Some newspaper new-media managers and workers talk frankly about what they see as their companies' flaws.

Monday, September 25, 2006

AlterNet: Blogs: PEEK: Ann Coulter, 43 or 45, Conservative Commentator, Dies

AlterNet: Blogs: PEEK: Ann Coulter, 43 or 45, Conservative Commentator, Dies: "Ann Coulter, 43 or 45, Conservative Commentator, Dies

Posted by Evan Derkacz at 6:28 AM on September 25, 2006.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Blog | Gary Hart: The October Surprise | The Huffington Post

The Blog | Gary Hart: The October Surprise | The Huffington Post: "It should come as no surprise if the Bush Administration undertakes a preemptive war against Iran sometime before the November election.

Were these more normal times, this would be a stunning possibility, quickly dismissed by thoughtful people as dangerous, unprovoked, and out of keeping with our national character. But we do not live in normal times."

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Seattle Times: Health: Latest energy drink gets some bad buzz

The Seattle Times: Health: Latest energy drink gets some bad buzz: "Industry experts seem less alarmed than drug experts and say marketers for energy drinks merely are trying to take on a 'street attitude' and stand out from the crowd.

'They are going after the savvy, sophisticated 20-something male. They used to show extreme sports, like skateboarding. Now they are taking on a street attitude,' said Sarah Theodore, editor of Beverage Industry magazine."

The March of Nanotechnology - New York Times

The March of Nanotechnology - New York Times: "ENJOY WITH A CANDY CIGARETTE If your friends aren’t boring and longwinded enough, just serve them a new energy drink called Cocaine.

Yes, it’s real. A company named Redux Beverages last week introduced the product, which it called “the legal alternative” to the expensive, illicit and life-destroying drug.

Redux promises that “doing Cocaine” yields a better rush than drinks like Red Bull, but without the comedown. The effects last five hours, the company says. The drink is 350 times as strong as Red Bull, thanks to having more simple sugars and vitamin B-12.

The man responsible for Cocaine is Jamie Kirby, chief of Redux Beverages, based in Las Vegas. He told the Australian news site that the drink’s kick also relies on “some psychological effect.”

One woman who tried Cocaine, the energy drink, told the site, “I don’t like the tingly feeling in my chest. I feel my heart racing and I’m not being paranoid ... I feel looped.”

Except for the lack of paranoia, it sounds as if Redux at least got the formula about right." Holy batcave!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Open Loops: How to Deal With An Irate Person

Open Loops: How to Deal With An Irate Person: "How to Deal With An Irate Person

Many times, during the course of a day, we have to deal with irate people. Whether we are in Customer Service and dealing with angry customers or school administrators dealing with angry parents, handling an irate person and being able to lead them to a more calm — and logical — state can be a very desired skill.

The most common mistake that people make is to assume that when someone is out of control, we should calm our voices to model the desired state we wish the person to have. The assumption is that the other person will match us and a calm and logical conversation can then take place. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. Instead, because of the calm demeanor, the complainant doesn’t feel heard. Their rationale is that since the listener is not as outraged as they are, they must not have been listening or they don’t believe what was shared. The result is no trust so the person remains angry and outraged.

A better approach is called “Pace and Lead”. The first step is to match the complainant’s emotional intensity. This is not agreeing with the person. This is simply responding with the same emotions that are being presented. If a person is complaining that the delivery person scratched the new dryer as"

ResourceShelf » Prompt, free access to argument transcripts

ResourceShelf » Prompt, free access to argument transcripts: "Prompt, free access to argument transcripts

September 15, 2006 at 12:32 am · Filed under Legal and law enforcement, United States

Prompt, free access to argument transcripts
“The Supreme Court will begin making available, without charge, the transcripts of oral arguments, on the same day that an argument has been held, the Court announced Thursday. This is one of the most important innovations, in terms of public access, by the new Chief Justice, John G. Roberts, Jr. For years, the idea of same-day release of transcripts of every argument has been rejected despite repeated requests from the media and other public entities.”"

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Schneier on Security: Renew Your Passport Now!

Schneier on Security: Renew Your Passport Now!: "September 18, 2006
Renew Your Passport Now!

If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it -- even if it's not set to expire anytime soon. If you don't have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don't want one of these chips in your passport.

RFID stands for 'radio-frequency identification.' Passports with RFID chips store an electronic copy of the passport information: your name, a digitized picture, etc. And in the future, the chip might store fingerprints or digital visas from various countries.

By itself, this is no problem. But RFID chips don't have to be plugged in to a reader to operate. Like the chips used for automatic toll collection on roads or automatic fare collection on subways, these chips operate via proximity. The risk to you is the possibility of surreptitious access: Your passport information might be read without your knowledge or consent by a government trying to track your movements, a criminal trying to steal your identity or someone just curious about your citizenship."

Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Companies wake up to blogs' barking

Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Companies wake up to blogs' barking: "Companies wake up to blogs' barking

Andrew Clark in New York
Tuesday September 19, 2006
The Guardian

Dell learned recently about the growing power of the blogosphere when it recalled 4.1m laptop batteries after a video that showed one of its computers bursting into flames was posted on the internet. The brief clip zig-zagged through cyberspace and went from cult viewing to national television."

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

AnnoyingCoworker - Let your coworker know about their annoying habits!

AnnoyingCoworker - Let your coworker know about their annoying habits!: "
Have you ever had a coworker drive you nuts and you just wanted to tell them about it but didn't have the guts?
Your coworker will NEVER know it came from you! Completely untraceable!
Use a habit below by clicking on it! "

Drug Policy Alliance: Congress Considering Strip Searching Students

Drug Policy Alliance: Congress Considering Strip Searching Students: "Congress Considering Strip Searching Students
September 18, 2006

Imagine an America in which school officials could strip search every student in their school based on the unsubstantiated tip that one of them might have a joint. Congress is voting on a bill Tuesday or Wednesday that could make these police state tactics more common."

Spinach growers warned about product safety last year / State, federal officials concerned by 20 reports of tainted greens

Spinach growers warned about product safety last year / State, federal officials concerned by 20 reports of tainted greens: "Spinach growers warned about product safety last year
State, federal officials concerned by 20 reports of tainted greens

Stacy Finz and Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writers

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Just 10 months before fresh spinach started sending people to the hospital, state and federal officials warned Salinas Valley growers and packers to clean up their act after a decade of deadly E. coli bacteria breakouts.

In November 2005, the FDA sent a letter to growers, packers, processors and shippers warning them to improve produce safety."

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Fake Caller - Type A Message .. Computer Synthezied Voice Calling

Fake Caller - Type A Message .. Computer Synthezied Voice Calling: "Make A Fake Call
Type any message and it will be synthesized in the voice
you choose, we then call your destination number and
we will display the callerID that you specify."

AlterNet: War on Iraq: The Pentagon's 12-Step Program to Create a Misfit Military

AlterNet: War on Iraq: The Pentagon's 12-Step Program to Create a Misfit Military: "The Pentagon's 12-Step Program to Create a Misfit Military

By Nicholas Turse, Posted September 16, 2006.

Iraq is driving down the number of new enlistees, and in desperation recruiters are bringing in a motley mix of underage teens, foreign fighters, neo-Nazis, and ex-cons."

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Internet Trolling for Terrorists (Toronto Star) At the University of Arizona, Hsinchun “Chen, a computer scientist, created a project known as the Dark Web”--an Internet program that accesses “the dark corners of websites where radicals hide and attempt to recruit,” reports the Star. Chen says he has amassed “the world’s largest collection of terrorism websites and is one of a handful of experts on contract to the U.S. government. With a technique known as ‘spidering,’ the Dark Web continually crawls through the Internet finding the back doors into chat rooms and protected websites where some of today’s terrorist plots are hatched.”

Friday, September 15, 2006

Monday, September 11, 2006

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Laptop Security

In light of the recent news of a laptop being stolen that contained private veteran's data, it would behoove anyone to encrypt their important data in case of theft.  Get a FREE folder lock for your computer at:


Inside Your Notebook's Battery: Ordinary AA NiMH Cells

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Newsvine - No, That's Not a Penis Pump, Mom. Really

Newsvine - No, That's Not a Penis Pump, Mom. Really

The Shrinking Value of the Dollar

The Shrinking Value of the Dollar The Shrinking Value of the Dollar
The CPI inflation calculator uses the average Consumer Price Index for a given calendar year. This data represents changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households. This index value has been calculated every year since 1913. For the current year, the latest monthly index value is used. In 2002, for example, it took $17.89 to buy what $1 bought in 1913. Note that in 1920, it cost $2.02, and declined in 1925 and through the 1930s, illustrating the effect of the Great Depression, when prices slumped. Prices did not pass $2 again until 1950. - States list meth offenders on Web - States list meth offenders on Web

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

CHIP our troops...

: "A Florida company wants to get under the skin of 1.4 million U.S. servicemen and women.

VeriChip Corp, based in Delray Beach, Fla., and described by the D.C. Examiner as 'one of the most aggressive marketers of radio frequency identification chips,' is hoping to convince the Pentagon to allow them to insert the chips, known as RFID(Radio Frequency Identification) chips under the skin of the right arms of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen to enable them to scan an arm and obtain that person’s identity and medical history. The chips would replace the legendary metal dog tags that have been worn by U.S. military personnel since 1906."

Friday, August 18, 2006

Your Evil Intent by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Your Evil Intent by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.: "Your Evil Intent

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
It is not enough that the Transportation Security Administration wastes hours upon endless hours of time. It's not enough that they confiscate our Chapstick and toothpaste and claim that it is for our own protection. It's not enough that we must fork over our ID at five different checkpoints before boarding a plane, and have strangers paid with our tax dollars rifle and snoop through our bags again and again."

Videos from Maharishi Univ.

Videos from Maharishi University of Management

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Royal Navy Getting 16 Phalanx Block 1B Upgrade Kits for $57M (defense acquisition, defence purchasing, military procurement)

Royal Navy Getting 16 Phalanx Block 1B Upgrade Kits for $57M (defense acquisition, defence purchasing, military procurement)


Docuticker: "DocuTicker offers a hand-picked selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations."

Energy Crisis Now!: April 2006


World Policy Institute - Arms Trade Resource Center Links

World Policy Institute - Arms Trade Resource Center Links: "ARMS TRADE RESOURCE LINKS

Defense Contractors

Alliant Techsystems

Boeing Company

General Dynamics Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Raytheon Company


United Technologies

Industry Organizations

Aerospace Industries Association


Nation Books

Nation Books: "George W. Bush's approach to military spending is essentially a higher-priced version of what went on under the Suharto regime in Indonesia, in which corporations connected to the military and the President's inner circle had the inside track on lucrative government contracts. And there's now plenty of money to go around. The military budget has increased from $300 billion per year to more than $400 billion annually since George W. Bush took office. And the invasion and occupation of Iraq will cost at least another $200 billion over the next three to five years.

US policy is now based on what's good for Chevron, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Bechtel, not what's good for the average citizen. Dick Cheney's ties to arms and oil conglomerate Halliburton are just the tip of the iceberg: At least thirty-two top officials in the Bush Administration served as executives or paid consultants to major weapons contractors before joining the Administration."

Report: U.S. WEAPONS AT WAR 2005

Report: U.S. WEAPONS AT WAR 2005: "


U.S. Military Aid and Arms Transfers Since September 11

A World Policy Institute Special Report
by Frida Berrigan and William D. Hartung, with Leslie Heffel
June 2005"

Weapons Sales Worldwide Rise to Highest Level Since 2000 - Free Preview - The New York Times

Weapons Sales Worldwide Rise to Highest Level Since 2000 - Free Preview - The New York Times: "The value of [US]military weapons sales worldwide jumped in 2004 to the highest level since 2000, driven by arms deals with developing nations, especially India, Saudi Arabia and China, according to a new Congressional study"

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Friday, June 23, 2006

NSA spying

Salon gives more questions than answers on NSA spying

In Salon yesterday, reporter Kim Zetter penned a story describing allegations by two unnamed sources that the federal government has set up a facility in a closed-off room inside an AT&T “network operations center” in St. Louis -- a site that plays a major role in managing all of AT&T's Internet operations. According to Zetter, the site is the “technical command center from which the company manages all the routers and circuits carrying the company's domestic and international Internet traffic. Therefore, [the site] could be instrumental for conducting surveillance or collecting data.”

We’ve heard a bit about this before. Back in January, Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician, became a witness in a class-action lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against AT&T, charging the company with illegally taking part in a NSA domestic-surveillance program. Klein alleged the existence of government surveillance operations in AT&T offices in San Francisco an in Bridgeton, Missouri, near St. Louis, according to AT&T documents.

Zetter’s Salon story cites two sources who worked at the Bridgeton facility but who had never actually entered in the room in question, or even -- amazingly -- asked the people who worked in it what they were doing, even though the sources had been told by others at the company that “employees working inside the room were ‘monitoring network traffic’ and that the room was being used by ‘a government agency.’”

From there, Zetter -- who has won several awards for her investigative and feature reporting -- builds a case about what could be going on in the room, which leads to a story populated with more than its fair share of “could be’s” and “might’s,” with a frustrating lack of concrete evidence to confirm the suspicions of the employees, technology experts and former NSA hands she speaks to, all of whom say the operation smells like an NSA program.

Source: Paul McLeary, CJR Daily

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith: "There's two ways to look at Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church. On the one hand you can view him as a fraud -- a monomaniacal polygamist, an opportunist who shamelessly exploited his religious followers, who was murdered by an angry mob, infuriated by all his bullshit. On the other hand, you could be a Mormon. In which case, he's the greatest man who ever lived. Your call."

Joseph Smith Page - Magical seer stones and secret polygamy

Joseph Smith Page - Magical seer stones and secret polygamy Good stuff.

NPR : Canadian Dreams of Ethanol Distilled from Grass

NPR : Canadian Dreams of Ethanol Distilled from Grass: "Morning Edition, May 16, 2006 · It's been a dream for many years: Distill clean-burning ethanol from grass, the cheapest vegetation. It's not just a dream anymore. An entrepreneur in Canada has a small factory operating already. He claims that he's ready to blanket the continent with such factories."

t r u t h o u t - MultiMedia

t r u t h o u t - MultiMedia VIDEO

t r u t h o u t | News Politics

t r u t h o u t | News Politics

Monday, June 19, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

US Senator Maria Cantwell

US Senator Maria Cantwell will be at the Clallam Democratic Headquarters, 150 S 5th Ave, at 3 pm, Saturday, June 17.

I urge all of you to attend and voice your concern about the future of the Internet. Legislation is currently being considered in the Senate that was passed by the House that will make the Internet much more like cable TV, much more commercial, and controlled much more by only a few companies for both content and capacity.
The current banner of the dispute is Net Neutrality. Civic organizations nationwide have been lobbying for net neutrality, only to have major telecoms control the debate and outcome.

A better motto is: Keep the Internet as a national resource, not a national revenue source.

Please take this last opportunity. Maria Cantwell could easily be a deciding voice.

Wayne Bowen
President, Sequim PC User Group


theboxtankThe Box Tank

With literally thousands of stores, "Super Centers", "Neighborhood Markets" and other retail outlets, Wal-mart is officially the world's largest retailer. This fascinating Web Log, entitled TheBoxTank.Com, examines how
this movement of "big box urbanism" is shaping American culture today.

Run by a triumvirate of writers from New York City, the blog is regularly updated with news and articles relating to the culture and architecture of "Lifestyle Centers" such as Wal-Mart. The site is also rife with great
links to other interesting blogs and websites, both large and small in size.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

CarboNation | FP Passport

CarboNation | FP Passport How much to make the world CARBON neutral?

Animal School Movie Text

Animal School Movie Text: "Here is the text of our popular movie, 'Animal School'. The story has been reproduced from Preparing Our Children for Success, by Rabbi Z. Greenwald with permission from the copyright holders, Artscroll/ Mesorah Publications, LTD.


Once upon a time the animals had a school. They had to create a curriculum that would satisfy everyone, so they chose four subjects: running, climbing, flying, and swimming. All the animals, of course, studied all the subjects."

ACLU Washington:


Friday, June 02, 2006

Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla GardeningSequim could use a group of guerrilla gardeners, I'm sure.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

'In God We Trust' Scrubbed from Image of Liberty Nickel

Modified Image on School Yearbook Cover Upsets Some Parents 'In God We Trust' Scrubbed from Image of Liberty Nickel

Parents in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, are expressing anger over an elementary school's decision to remove the phrase "In God We Trust" from its yearbook cover.

Officials at Liberty Elementary School in Colleyville deliberately omitted the words "In God We Trust" from a large image of the new "Liberty" nickel appearing on the cover of the school's inaugural yearbook. The coin features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the cursive "Liberty" inscription in Jefferson's own handwriting, and the national motto along the right edge -- except, that is, along the edge of the coin's image on this elementary school's yearbook.

Janet Travis, principal of Liberty Elementary School, explains that in making the determination, she wanted to avoid offending students of different religions. But for those who preferred, the yearbook came with a sticker that allowed students to put the phrase "In God We Trust" back on the Liberty nickel...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The easiest way to fool smart people - Paul's tips

The easiest way to fool smart people - Paul's tips: "The easiest way to fool smart people - Wednesday, 31 May 2006
There's a saying among con-men that smart people are easier targets, because they don't think they can be conned. "

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph: "Noam Chomsky: Why it's over for America
An inability to protect its citizens. The belief that it is above the law. A lack of democracy. Three defining characteristics of the 'failed state'. And that, says Noam Chomsky, is exactly what the US is becoming. In an exclusive extract from his devastating new book, America's leading thinker explains how his country lost its way
30 May 2006"

EOI Tax Policy - Washington State Income Tax?

EOI Tax Policy - Washington State Income Tax?: "Discussion Brief: An Income Tax for Washington State?
Contact: Jason Smith, Economic Security Policy Associate, September 2002"


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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Monday, May 22, 2006

Cheap Tomatoes

Consider cheap tomatoes

This email is from a retired former teacher friend whose wife is a teacher in the Riverside area, and has been for many, many years. The attached is first hand knowledge...

As you all listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration there are some things that you should be aware of.

As most of you know my wife is in charge of the
English-as-a-second-language department at large southern California high school, which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socio-economic and income levels. Most of the schools you are hearing about South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc. where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

My wife tells me that 100% of the students in her school and other Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast, free lunch program. When I say free breakfast I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll...
but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

She estimates that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones.

The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for baby-sitters or having
family watch their kids.

She was ordered to spend $700,000 on her department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; her budget was already substantial. She ended up buying new computers for their computer learning center; half of which, one month
later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who
obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America.

She has had to intervene several times for young and substitute
teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here
in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the
female teachers, calling them Puta whores and throwing things that the
teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To my conservative friends: I hope you're really proud of how George W. Bush has helped to sell-out this country with his pro-illegal
policy. I voted for him too, but on this issue he is a disaster.

To my bleeding-heart liberal friends who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE
their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes:
spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the
TRUE costs. Higher insurance, Medical facilities closing, higher
medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our
schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc., etc. For me, I'll pay
more for tomatoes.

We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it.
Does anyone in their right mind really think they will leave and
return voluntarily?

There are many hardworking Hispanic/American citizens that contribute to our country and many that I consider my true friends. We should encourage and accept those Hispanics who have done it the right and legal way.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts
children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that
refuses to assimilate and an American culture that has become so weak
and politically correct that we don't have the will to do anything
about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward it to everyone you know.



Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Bring On The $6 Gallon Of Gas / It would revolutionize America. It would make us all better humans. But could you handle it?

Bring On The $6 Gallon Of Gas / It would revolutionize America. It would make us all better humans. But could you handle it? No wait, not six. To hell with that. Make it 10. Ten bucks a gallon, no matter what the going rate for a barrel of light sweet crude. That would so completely, violently, brilliantly do it. Revolutionize the country. Firebomb our pungent stasis. Change everything. Don't you agree?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Charlie Daniels on Illegal Immigrants

[Posted in the spirit of fairness to my readers. We post ALL sides of
an issue if the content is available. DON'T give me any crap about
racism. I grew up in the San Jacquin Valley in California. I have
many Hispanics friends and schoolmates. If you give me crap I will
publish your email and no-doubt I will make an effor to humiliate you
every way I can. If you write a coherent arguement that counters what
is said, below, I will gladly publish it, un-edited. Tell me if you
want your name included or not. Thank you. -Ed.]

I don't know how everybody else feels about it, but to me I think
Hispanic people in this country, legally or illegally, made a huge
public relations mistake with their recent demonstrations.

I don't blame anybody in the world for wanting to come to the United
States of America, as it is a truly wonderful place.

But when the first thing you do when you set foot on American soil is
illegal it is flat-out wrong and I don't care how many lala land left
heads come out of the woodwork and start trying to give me sensitivity

I don't need sensitivity lessons, in fact I don't have anything
against Mexicans! I just have something against criminals. And anybody
who comes into this country illegally is a criminal and if you don't
believe it try coming into America from a foreign country without a
passport and see how far you get.

What disturbs me about the demonstrations is that it's tantamount to
saying, "I am going to come into your country even if it means
breaking your laws and there's nothing you can do about it.

It's an "in your face" action and speaking just for me I don't like it
one little bit and if there were a half dozen pairs of gonads in
Washington bigger than English peas it wouldn't be happening.

Where are you, you bunch of lily livered, pantywaist, forked tongued,
sorry excuses for defenders of The Constitution? Have you been
drinking the water out of the Potomac again?

And even if you pass a bill on immigration it will probably be so pork
laden and watered down that it won't mean anything anyway. Besides,
what good is another law going to do when you won't enforce the ones
on the books now?

And what ever happened to the polls guys? I thought you folks were the
quintessential finger wetters. Well, you sure ain't paying any
attention to the polls this time because somewhere around eighty
percent of Americans want something done about this mess, and mess it
is and getting bigger everyday.

This is no longer a problem, it is a dilemma and headed for being a
tragedy. Do you honestly think that what happened in France with the
Muslims can't happen here when the businesses who hire these people
finally run out of jobs and a few million disillusioned Hispanics take
to the streets?

If you, Mr. President, Congressmen and Senators, knuckle under on this
and refuse to do something meaningful it means that you care nothing
for the kind of country your children and grandchildren will inherit.
But I guess that doesn't matter as long as you get reelected. Shame on

One of the big problems in America today is that if you have the nerve
to say anything derogatory about any group of people (except
Christians) you are going to be screamed at by the media and called a
racist, a bigot and anything else they can think of to call you.

Well, I've been pounded by the media before and I'm still rockin' and
rollin' and when it comes to speaking the truth I fear not. And the
truth is that the gutless, gonadless, milksop politicians are just
about to sell out the United States of America because they don't have
the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the face reality.

And the reality is that we would never allow any other group of people
to have 12 million illegals in this country and turn around and say,
"Oh it's OK, ya'll can stay here if you'll just allow us to slap your

And I know that some of you who read this column are saying "Well
what's wrong with that?" I'll tell you what's wrong with it. These
people could be from Mars as far as we know. We don't know who they
are, where they are or what they're up to and the way the Congress is
going we're not going to.

Does this make sense? Labor force you say? We already subsidize
corporate agriculture as it is, must we subsidize their labor as well?

If these people were from Haiti would we be so fast to turn a blind
eye to them or if they were from Somalia or Afghanistan? I think not.

All the media shows us are pictures of hard working Hispanics who have
crossed the border just to try to better their life.

They don't show you pictures of the Feds rounding up members of MS 13,
the violent gang who came across the same way the decent folks did.
They don't tell you about the living conditions of the Mexican
illegals some fat cat hired to pick his crop.

I want to make two predictions

No. 1: This situation is going to grow and fester until it erupts in
violence on our streets while the wimps in Washington drag their toes
in the dirt and try to figure how many tons of political hay they can
make to the acre.

No 2: Somebody is going to cross that border with some kind of weapon
of mass destruction and set it off in a major American city after
which there will be a backlash such as this country has never
experienced and the Capitol building in Washington will probably tilt
as Congressmen and Senators rush to the other side of the issue.

I don't know about you but I would love to see just one major
politician stand up and say,"I don't care who I make mad and I don't
care how many votes I lose, this is a desperate situation and I'm
going to lead the fight to get it straightened out.

I don't blame anybody for wanting to come to America, but if you don't
respect our immigration laws why should you respect any others.

And by the way, this is America and our flag has stars and stripes.
Please get that other one out of my face.

Pray for our troops God Bless America Charlie Daniels April 10, 2006

Monday, May 08, 2006

Spot the rogue :

Spot the rogue : "The countdown to a massive aerial bombing of Iran, possibly using bunker busting nuclear weapons, has begun. In strict adherence to a script written jointly by the British and US foreign offices and exposed by The Times of London some two months ago, the US, Britain and, surprisingly, France are pushing the UN Security Council towards passing a resolution condemning Iran’s refusal to stop uranium enrichment under chapter 7 of the UN charter. This, as Nicholas Burns of the US State Department reminded reporters, will “make the Security Council’s resolutions mandatory under international law” and justify the imposition of a variety of sanctions. Although Burns did not say so explicitly, reporters were left in no doubt that such a resolution would be a prelude to a surgical strike against Iran. A chapter 7 resolution would provide the fig leaf the US has been looking for.

Such a strike would most probably not be confined to a few key nuclear and missile installations. Pentagon planners made it clear to Seymour Hersh that its purpose would be to prevent Iran from launching any retaliatory strike against international shipping in the straits of Hormuz or other American allies and assets in the Gulf. It would aim at destroying all its airfields, ports, naval installations, submarine depots, missile bases and support facilities. According"

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Saturday, May 06, 2006

...continued spying on Americans

Two bills now before the Senate -- S. 2453 and S. 2455-- would
ratify the National Security Agency's continued spying on Americans, without a full investigation by lawmakers. The "Terrorism Surveillance Act" (S. 2455) and the "National Security Act" (S. 2353) would allow surveillance of Americans' domestic and international electronic communication without any evidence they are conspiring with terrorist agents. The government could monitor based on innocent contact with an agent of a foreign power -- allowing the monitoring of journalists, lawyers, scholars, business people, etc.

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is proposing an amendment to an appropriations bill to cut funding for NSA surveillance. Call Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, and urge them to support the Specter amendment, stop illegal spying, and demand the facts!

Monday, May 01, 2006

YouTube is a star of the Web

Five months after debut, YouTube is a star of the Web

The closest Terry Turner comes to Washington politics is his job as a bureaucrat at the Pentagon -- until, that is, he fires up the camcorder pointed at a makeshift TV studio in his Arlington apartment.

It's there that Turner, 45, brings his dreams of being a political commentator -- the next Bill Maher, perhaps -- one step closer to reality. Once a week, Turner uploads homemade video of his political rants to, hoping people will watch.

Turner is among the growing number of amateur videographers trying to tap into the mushrooming phenomenon called YouTube, a Web site that
encourages users to "Broadcast Yourself" by posting short video clips to the Internet universe.

Though it debuted only five months ago, attracts 6 million visitors each day to watch two-minute video clips that amount to the Internet's version of "America's Funniest Home Videos" meets "American
Idol." Every day, users stock the site with 35,000 homemade videos of lip-syncing, dancing, silly animation and commentaries on any topic, all of which are commented on and rated by viewers.

Source: Sara Kehaulani Goo, The Washington Post

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil 1st-Qtr Profit Rises as Oil Prices Surge --Exxon Mobil's
quarterly net climbs to $8.4B, up 6.9% 27 Apr 2006 Exxon Mobil Corp.,
the world's biggest oil company, said profit climbed 6.9 percent to a
first- quarter record of $8.4 billion as output rose for the first
time in a year and a half and increasing energy demand lifted prices.
Revenue climbed 8.4 percent to $89 billion.

Monday, April 24, 2006

IRAQ - The Cost of War...images, audio. This is a prize-winning site, having won the Batten Award in 2005.

Everyone's an Editor as Wiki Fever Spreads to Shopping Sites - New York Times

Everyone's an Editor as Wiki Fever Spreads to Shopping Sites - New York Times, developed by two DoubleClick founders, officially introduced its site last week after several months of testing, while Amazon pulled the "beta" tag off its own wiki offering earlier this month (Amazon's ProductWikis — or invitations to write them — are found on product pages below customer reviews). Both take a page from Wikipedia, where online denizens may write on any subject and also overwrite anyone else's comments if they think they can do better, or if they are just feeling ornery.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Oil tops $75 a barrel

21 Apr 2006 Crude-oil prices spiked more than $1.50 and closed at a record high above $75 a barrel Friday. [See: Exxon Chairman's $400 Million Parachute --Exxon Made Record Profits in 2005 14 Apr 2006 Last year, Exxon made the biggest profit of any company ever, $36 billion, and its retiring chairman appears to be reaping the benefits. Exxon is giving Lee Raymond one of the most generous retirement packages in history, nearly $400 million...]

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - Study: Medical manual's authors often tied to drugmakers - Study: Medical manual's authors often tied to drugmakers: "A majority of the medical experts who created the 'bible' for diagnosing mental illness have undisclosed financial links to drugmakers, says a study out Thursday.

And some panels overseeing disorders that require treatment with prescription drugs, such as schizophrenia and 'mood disorders,' were 100% filled with experts financially tied to the pharmaceutical industry, says the study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics."

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Monday, April 17, 2006

Friday, April 14, 2006

Privacy Rights

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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UCI New University Newspaper

UCI New University Newspaper: "Robert Scheer, an editor emeritus at the Los Angeles Times once said, “The greatest instrument of a free and democratic society is the press.” The staff of the New University should take Scheer’s words to heart and fight our hardest to fulfill that ultimate duty of the press: to inform our readers about the news and information that directly affects their lives."

Monday, April 10, 2006

Iran Focus-News

Iran Focus-NewsPublished in English. Iran Focus is a non-profit news service provider that focuses on events in Iran, Iraq and the Middle East. With a network of specialists and analysts of the region and correspondents and reporters in several countries, Iran Focus is able to provide fast and reliable news and analysis on the political, social and economic situation in the region.

Iran Focus is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date information and news on the Persian Gulf region in a fair and balanced manner. We provide a wide array of daily news, weekly and special feature packages, commentary, news analysis, and investigative reporting. Through editorial initiatives and access to intelligence sources, our stories offer an insight into the complex situation in the Persian Gulf region that is indispensable to scholars, journalists, politicians, business people and all those interested in this sensitive part of the world.

Reflections/comments by some of the best....

1) Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a
member of Congress. But then I repeat myself ............Mark

2) I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity
is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself
up by the handle. ........Winston Churchill

3) A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always
depend on the support of Paul. .........George Bernard Shaw

4) A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow
man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
.........G Gordon Liddy

5) Democracy must be something more than two wolves and
a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
..........James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

6) Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from
poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
.........Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown

7) Giving money and power to government is like giving
whiskey and car keys to teenage boys
.............P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

8) Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
......Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

9) Government's view of the economy could be summed up in
a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it If it keeps moving,
regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
........ ...Ronald Reagan (1986)

10) I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report
the facts. ..........Will Rogers

11) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you
see what it costs when it's free. .......P.J. O'Rourke

12) In general, the art of government consists of taking as
much money as possible from one party of the citizens
to give to the other. ......Voltaire (1764)

13) Just because you do not take an interest in politics
doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
.......Pericles (430 B.C.)

14) No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the
legislature is in session. ........Mark Twain (1866)

15) Talk is cheap except when Congress does it.

16) The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a
happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
.........Ronald Reagan

17) The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of
the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the
equal sharing of misery. .....Winston Churchill

18) The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. ........Mark Twain

19) The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of
folly is to fill the world with fools.
...........Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

20) There is no distinctly native American criminal class... save
Congress. .........Mark Twain

21) What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
.......Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)

22) A government big enough to give you everything you want,
is strong enough to take everything you have.
..........Thomas Jefferson

David Ray Grifiin

David Ray Grifiin: "View the program online now for free. David Ray Griffin Reveals Major 9/11 Cover-up. C-SPAN
Windows Media Player required (free download)"

Secret Government

Secret Government: "“The National Security Act of ‘47 gave us the National Security Council. Never have we had a National Security Council so concerned about the nation’s security that we’re always looking for threats and looking how to orchestrate our society to oppose those threats. National Security was invented, almost, in 1947, and now it has become the prime mover of everything we do as measured against something we invented in 1947.' - "The Secret Government" Part 1 (11 minutes) - "The Secret Government" Part 2 (11 minutes)
Windows Media Player (free download) is required to view documentary - Written transcript of "The Secret Government" - PBS website gives brief bio of Bill Moyers
-- U.S. Navy Admiral Gene La Rocque in PBS Documentary 'The Secret Government' (view free)"

Power of Nightmares

Power of Nightmares: "Both an eye-opening BBC documentary, The Power of Nightmares (view free), and my own personal experience as a presidential interpreter expose disturbing manipulations in the war on terror. The Power of Nightmares and two other highly revealing videos are available online for free viewing at the links provided below. My own personal experience working in secret meetings with several presidents and other top officials as an interpreter for the US Department of State are also described below. Links are provided to recent articles in the mainstream media about my experiences. At the end of this email are empowering suggestions on how you can help to strengthen democracy and build a brighter future for us" View the three-part BBC documentary Power of Nightmares free at the Google video links below:
Real Player required, free download available at

Each episode is one hour. If you have time for only one, Part 3 is the most revealing.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS Before the U.S. House of Representatives April 5, 2006

Here is a very pertinent message delivered by Republican
Representative Ron Paul before the U.S. House of Representatives in
which he describes the negative effects of the war against Iraq, but
whose primary purpose is to warn Congress against an attack against
Iran. He says " we have suffered over 20,000 American casualties In
Iraq already and Iraq civilian deaths (plus their military deaths)
probably number over 100,000 by all reasonable accounts." He also says
that the Iraq war has caused the price of gas at our pumps to double
and if we attack Iran, it is sure to double that, at $6.00 or more
dollars per gal. at the pumps a certainty.

It is a long read but you are sure to value the information given by
the Republican, Hon. Ron Paul of Texas.


HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS Before the U.S. House of Representatives April
5, 2006

Iran: The Next Neocon Target

It's been three years since the U.S. launched its war against Saddam
Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction. Of course now almost
everybody knows there were no WMDs, and Saddam Hussein posed no threat
to the United States. Though some of our soldiers serving in Iraq
still believe they are there because Saddam Hussein was involved in
9/11, even the administration now acknowledges there was no
connection. Indeed, no one can be absolutely certain why we invaded
Iraq. The current excuse, also given for staying in Iraq, is to make
it a democratic state, friendly to the United States. There are now
fewer denials that securing oil supplies played a significant role in
our decision to go into Iraq and stay there. That certainly would
explain why U.S. taxpayers are paying such a price to build and
maintain numerous huge, permanent military bases in Iraq. They're also
funding a new billion dollar embassy- the largest in the world.

The significant question we must ask ourselves is: What have we
learned from three years in Iraq? With plans now being laid for regime
change in Iran, it appears we have learned absolutely nothing. There
still are plenty of administration officials who daily paint a rosy
picture of the Iraq we have created. But I wonder: If the past three
years were nothing more than a bad dream, and our nation suddenly
awakened, how many would, for national security reasons, urge the same
invasion? Would we instead give a gigantic sigh of relief that it was
only a bad dream, that we need not relive the three-year nightmare of
death, destruction, chaos and stupendous consumption of tax dollars.
Conceivably we would still see oil prices under $30 a barrel, and most
importantly, 20,000 severe U.S.

causalities would not have occurred. My guess is that 99% of all
Americans would be thankful it was only a bad dream, and would never
support the invasion knowing what we know today.

Even with the horrible results of the past three years, Congress is
abuzz with plans to change the Iranian government. There is little
resistance to the rising clamor for "democratizing" Iran, even though
their current president, Mahmoud Almadinejad, is an elected leader.
Though Iran is hardly a perfect democracy, its system is far superior
to most of our Arab allies about which we never complain. Already the
coordinating propaganda has galvanized the American people against
Iran for the supposed threat it poses to us with weapons of mass
destruction that are no more present than those Saddam Hussein was
alleged to have had. It's amazing how soon after being thoroughly
discredited over the charges levied against Saddam Hussein the
Neo-cons are willing to use the same arguments against Iran.

It's frightening to see how easily Congress, the media, and the people
accept many of the same arguments against Iran that were used to
justify an invasion of Iraq.

Since 2001 we have spent over $300 billion, and occupied two Muslim
nations--Afghanistan and Iraq. We're poorer but certainly not safer
for it. We invaded Afghanistan to get Osama bin Laden, the ring leader

9/11. This effort has been virtually abandoned. Even though the
Taliban was removed from power in Afghanistan, most of the country is
now occupied and controlled by warlords who manage a drug trade bigger
than ever before. Removing the Taliban from power in Afghanistan
actually served the interests of Iran, the Taliban's arch enemy, more
than our own.

The longtime Neo-con goal to remake Iraq prompted us to abandon the
search for Osama bin Laden. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was hyped as
a noble mission, justified by misrepresentations of intelligence
concerning Saddam Hussein and his ability to attack us and his
neighbors. This failed policy has created the current chaos in Iraq--
chaos that many describe as a civil war. Saddam Hussein is out of
power and most people are pleased. Yet some Iraqis, who dream of
stability, long for his authoritarian rule. But once again, Saddam
Hussein's removal benefited the Iranians, who consider Saddam Hussein
an arch enemy.

Our obsession with democracy-- which is clearly conditional, when one
looks at our response to the recent Palestinian elections-- will allow
the majority Shia to claim leadership title if Iraq's election
actually leads to an organized government. This delights the Iranians,
who are close allies of the Iraqi Shia.

Talk about unintended consequences! This war has produced chaos, civil
war, death and destruction, and huge financial costs. It has
eliminated two of Iran's worst enemies and placed power in Iraq with
Iran's best friends. Even this apparent failure of policy does nothing
to restrain the current march toward a similar confrontation with
Iran. What will it take for us to learn from our failures?

Common sense tells us the war in Iraq soon will spread to Iran. Fear
of imaginary nuclear weapons or an incident involving Iran-- whether
planned or accidental-- will rally the support needed for us to move
on Muslim country #3. All the past failures and unintended
consequences will be forgotten.

Even with deteriorating support for the Iraq war, new information,
well planned propaganda, or a major incident will override the
skepticism and heartache of our frustrating fight. Vocal opponents of
an attack on Iran again will be labeled unpatriotic, unsupportive of
the troops, and sympathetic to Iran's radicals.

Instead of capitulating to these charges, we should point out that
those who maneuver us into war do so with little concern for our young
people serving in the military, and theoretically think little of
their own children if they have any. It's hard to conceive that
political supporters of the war would consciously claim that a
pre-emptive war for regime change, where young people are sacrificed,
is only worth it if the deaths and injuries are limited to other
people's children. This, I'm sure, would be denied-- which means their
own children are technically available for this sacrifice that is so
often praised and glorified for the benefit of the families who have
lost so much. If so, they should think more of their own children. If
this is not so, and their children are not available for such
sacrifice, the hypocrisy is apparent. Remember, most Neo-con planners
fall into the category of chicken-hawks.

For the past 3 years it's been inferred that if one is not in support
of the current policy, one is against the troops and supports the
enemy. Lack of support for the war in Iraq was said to be supportive
of Saddam Hussein and his evil policies. This is an insulting and
preposterous argument.

Those who argued for the containment of the Soviets were never deemed
sympathetic to Stalin or Khrushchev. Lack of support for the Iraq war
should never be used as an argument that one was sympathetic to Saddam
Hussein. Containment and diplomacy are far superior to confronting a
potential enemy, and are less costly and far less dangerous--
especially when there's no evidence that our national security is
being threatened.

Although a large percentage of the public now rejects the various
arguments for the Iraq war, 3 years ago they were easily persuaded by
the politicians and media to fully support the invasion. Now, after 3
years of terrible pain for so many, even the troops are awakening from
their slumber and sensing the fruitlessness of our failing effort.
Seventy-two percent of our troops now serving in Iraq say it's time to
come home, yet the majority still cling to the propaganda that we're
there because of

9/11 attacks, something even the administration has ceased to claim.

Propaganda is pushed on our troops to exploit their need to believe in
a cause that's worth the risk to life and limb.

I smell an expanded war in the Middle East, and pray that I'm wrong. I
sense that circumstances will arise that demand support regardless of
the danger and cost. Any lack of support, once again, will be painted
as being soft on terrorism and al Qaeda. We will be told we must
support Israel, support patriotism, support the troops, and defend
freedom. The public too often only smells the stench of war after the
killing starts. Public objection comes later on, but eventually it
helps to stop the war. I worry that before we can finish the war we're
in and extricate ourselves, the patriotic fervor for expanding into
Iran will drown out the cries of, enough already!

The agitation and congressional resolutions painting Iran as an enemy
about to attack us have already begun. It's too bad we can't learn
from our mistakes.

This time there will be a greater pretense of an international effort
sanctioned by the UN before the bombs are dropped. But even without
support from the international community, we should expect the plan
for regime change to continue. We have been forewarned that "all
options remain on the table. And there's little reason to expect much
resistance from Congress. So far there's less resistance expressed in
Congress for taking on Iran than there was prior to going into Iraq.
It's astonishing that after three years of bad results and tremendous
expense there's little indication we will reconsider our traditional
non-interventionist foreign policy. Unfortunately, regime change,
nation building, policing the world, and protecting "our oil" still
constitute an acceptable policy by the leaders of both major parties.

It's already assumed by many in Washington I talk to that Iran is dead
serious about obtaining a nuclear weapon, and is a much more
formidable opponent than Iraq. Besides, Mahmoud Almadinjad threatened
to destroy Israel and that cannot stand. Washington sees Iran as a
greater threat than Iraq ever was, a threat that cannot be ignored.
Iran's history is being ignored, just as we ignored Iraq's history.
This ignorance or deliberate misrepresentation of our recent
relationship to Iraq and Iran is required to generate the fervor
needed to attack once again a country that poses no threat to us. Our
policies toward Iran have been more provocative than those towards
Iraq. Yes, President Bush labeled Iran part of the axis of evil and
unnecessarily provoked their anger at us. But our mistakes with Iran
started a long time before this president took office.

In 1953 our CIA, with help of the British, participated in
overthrowing the democratic elected leader, Mohamed Mossedech. We
placed the Shah in power. He ruled ruthlessly but protected our oil
interests, and for that we protected him-- that is until 1979. We even
provided him with Iran's first nuclear reactor. Evidently we didn't
buy the argument that his oil supplies precluded a need for civilian
nuclear energy. From 1953 to 1979 his authoritarian rule served to
incite a radical Muslim opposition led by the Ayatollah Khomeini, who
overthrew the Shah and took our hostages in

1979. This blowback event was slow in coming, but Muslims have long
memories. The hostage crisis and overthrow of the Shah by the
Ayatollah was a major victory for the radical Islamists. Most
Americans either never knew about or easily forgot our unwise meddling
in the internal affairs of Iran in 1953.

During the 1980s we further antagonized Iran by supporting the Iraqis
in their invasion of Iran. This made our relationship with Iran worse,
while sending a message to Saddam Hussein that invading a neighboring
country is not all that bad. When Hussein got the message from our
State Department that his plan to invade Kuwait was not of much
concern to the United States he immediately proceeded to do so. We in
a way encouraged him to do it almost like we encouraged him to go into
Iran. Of course this time our reaction was quite different, and all of
a sudden our friendly ally Saddam Hussein became our arch enemy. The
American people may forget this flip-flop, but those who suffered from
it never forget. And the Iranians remember well our meddling in their
affairs. Labeling the Iranians part of the axis of evil further
alienated them and contributed to the animosity directed toward us.

For whatever reasons the Neo-conservatives might give, they are bound
and determined to confront the Iranian government and demand changes
in its leadership. This policy will further spread our military
presence and undermine our security. The sad truth is that the
supposed dangers posed by Iran are no more real than those claimed
about Iraq. The charges made against Iran are unsubstantiated, and
amazingly sound very similar to the false charges made against Iraq.
One would think promoters of the war against Iraq would be a little
bit more reluctant to use the same arguments to stir up hatred toward
Iran. The American people and Congress should be more cautious in
accepting these charges at face value. Yet it seems the propaganda is
working, since few in Washington object as Congress passes resolutions
condemning Iran and asking for UN sanctions against her.

There is no evidence of a threat to us by Iran, and no reason to plan
and initiate a confrontation with her. There are many reasons not to
do so, however.

Iran does not have a nuclear weapon and there's no evidence that she
is working on one--only conjecture.

If Iran had a nuclear weapon, why would this be different from
Pakistan, India, and North Korea having one? Why does Iran have less
right to a defensive weapon than these other countries?

If Iran had a nuclear weapon, the odds of her initiating an attack
against anybody-- which would guarantee her own annihilation-- are
zero. And the same goes for the possibility she would place weapons in
the hands of a non-state terrorist group.

Pakistan has spread nuclear technology throughout the world, and in
particular to the North Koreans. They flaunt international
restrictions on nuclear weapons. But we reward them just as we reward

We needlessly and foolishly threaten Iran even though they have no
nuclear weapons. But listen to what a leading Israeli historian,
Martin Van Creveld, had to say about this: "Obviously, we don't want
Iran to have a nuclear weapon, and I don't know if they're developing
them, but if they're not developing them, they're crazy.

There's been a lot of misinformation regarding Iran's nuclear program.

This distortion of the truth has been used to pump up emotions in
Congress to pass resolutions condemning her and promoting UN

IAEA Director General Mohamed El Baradi has never reported any
evidence of undeclared" sources or special nuclear material in Iran,
or any diversion of nuclear material.

We demand that Iran prove it is not in violation of nuclear
agreements, which is asking them impossibly to prove a negative. El
Baradi states Iran is in compliance with the nuclear NPT required IAEA
safeguard agreement.

We forget that the weapons we feared Saddam Hussein had were supplied
to him by the U.S., and we refused to believe UN inspectors and the
CIA that he no longer had them. Likewise, Iran received her first
nuclear reactor from us. Now we're hysterically wondering if someday
she might decide to build a bomb in self interest.

Anti-Iran voices, beating the drums of confrontation, distort the
agreement made in Paris and the desire of Iran to restart the
enrichment process. Their suspension of the enrichment process was
voluntary, and not a legal obligation. Iran has an absolute right
under the NPT to develop and use nuclear power for peaceful purposes,
and this is now said to be an egregious violation of the NPT. It's the
U.S. and her allies that are distorting and violating the NPT.
Likewise our provision of nuclear materials to India is a clear
violation of the NPT.

The demand for UN sanctions is now being strongly encouraged by

The "Iran Freedom Support Act," HR 282, passed in the International
Relations Committee; and recently the House passed H Con Res 341,
which inaccurately condemned Iran for violating its international
nuclear non-proliferation obligations. At present, the likelihood of
reason prevailing in Congress is minimal. Let there be no doubt: The
Neo-conservative warriors are still in charge, and are conditioning
Congress, the media, and the American people for a pre-emptive attack
on Iran. Never mind that Afghanistan has unraveled and Iraq is in
civil war serious plans are being laid for the next distraction which
will further spread this war in the Middle East. The unintended
consequences of this effort surely will be worse than any of the
complications experienced in the three-year occupation of Iraq.

Our offer of political and financial assistance to foreign and
domestic individuals who support the overthrow of the current Iranian
government is fraught with danger and saturated with arrogance.
Imagine how American citizens would respond if China supported similar
efforts here in the United States to bring about regime change! How
many of us would remain complacent if someone like Timothy McVeigh had
been financed by a foreign power? Is it any wonder the Iranian people
resent us and the attitude of our leaders? Even though El Baradi and
his IAEA investigations have found no violations of the NPT-required
IAEA safeguards agreement, the Iran Freedom Support Act still demands
that Iran prove they have no nuclear weapons-- refusing to acknowledge
that proving a negative is impossible.

Let there be no doubt, though the words "regime change" are not found
in the bill-- that's precisely what they are talking about.
Neo-conservative Michael Ledeen, one of the architects of the Iraq
fiasco, testifying before the International Relations Committee in
favor of the IFSA, stated it plainly: "I know some Members would
prefer to dance around the explicit declaration of regime change as
the policy of this country, but anyone looking closely at the language
and context of the IFSA and its close relative in the Senate, can
clearly see that this is in fact the essence of the matter. You can't
have freedom in Iran without bringing down the Mullahs.

Sanctions, along with financial and political support to persons and
groups dedicated to the overthrow of the Iranian government, are acts
of war. Once again we're unilaterally declaring a pre-emptive war
against a country and a people that have not harmed us and do not have
the capacity to do so. And don't expect Congress to seriously debate a
declaration of war resolution. For the past 56 years Congress has
transferred to the executive branch the power to go to war as it
pleases, regardless of the tragic results and costs.

Secretary of State Rice recently signaled a sharp shift towards
confrontation in Iran policy as she insisted on $75 million to finance
propaganda, through TV and radio broadcasts into Iran. She expressed
this need because of the so-called "aggressive" policies of the
Iranian government. We're seven thousand miles from home, telling the
Iraqis and the Iranians what kind of government they will have, backed
up by the use of our military force, and we call them the aggressors.
We fail to realize the Iranian people, for whatever faults they may
have, have not in modern times aggressed against any neighbor. This
provocation is so unnecessary, costly, and dangerous.

Just as the invasion of Iraq inadvertently served the interests of the
Iranians, military confrontation with Iran will have unintended
consequences. The successful alliance engendered between the Iranians
and the Iraqi majority Shia will prove a formidable opponent for us in
Iraq as that civil war spreads. Shipping in the Persian Gulf through
the Straits of Hormuz may well be disrupted by the Iranians in
retaliation for any military confrontation. Since Iran would be
incapable of defending herself by conventional means, it seems logical
that some might resort to a terrorist attack on us. They will not
passively lie down, nor can they be destroyed easily.

One of the reasons given for going into Iraq was to secure "our" oil
supply. This backfired badly: Production in Iraq is down 50%, and
world oil prices have more than doubled to $60 per barrel. Meddling
with Iran could easily have a similar result. We could see oil over
$120 a barrel and, and $6 gas at the pump. The obsession the Neo-cons
have with remaking the Middle East is hard to understand. One thing
that is easy to understand is none of those who planned these wars
expect to fight in them, nor do they expect their children to die in
some IED explosion.

Exactly when an attack will occur is not known, but we have been
forewarned more than once that all options remain on the table. The
sequence of events now occurring with regards to Iran are eerily
reminiscent of the hype prior to our pre-emptive strike against Iraq.
We should remember the saying: "Fool me once shame on you, fool me
twice, shame on me." It looks to me like the Congress and the country
is open to being fooled once again.

Interestingly, many early supporters of the Iraq war are now highly
critical of the President, having been misled as to reasons for the
invasion and occupation. But these same people are only too eager to
accept the same flawed arguments for our need to undermine the Iranian

The President's 2006 National Security Strategy, just released, is
every bit as frightening as the one released in 2002 endorsing
pre-emptive war.

In it he claims: "We face no greater challenge from a single country
than from Iran." He claims the Iranians have for 20 years hidden key
nuclear activities-- though the IAEA makes no such assumptions nor has
the Security Council in these 20 years ever sanctioned Iran. The
clincher in the National Security Strategy document is if diplomatic
efforts fail, confrontation will follow. The problem is the diplomatic
effort-- if one wants to use that term-- is designed to fail by
demanding the Iranians prove an unproveable negative. The West-- led
by the U.S.-- is in greater violation by demanding Iran not pursue any
nuclear technology, even peaceful, that the NPT guarantees is their

The President states: Iran's "desire to have a nuclear weapon is
unacceptable." A "desire" is purely subjective, and cannot be
substantiated nor disproved. Therefore all that is necessary to
justify an attack is if Iran fails to prove it doesn't have a "desire"
to be like the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France,
Pakistan, India, and Israel-whose nuclear missiles surround Iran.
Logic like this to justify a new war, without the least consideration
for a congressional declaration of war, is indeed frightening.

Common sense tells us Congress, especially given the civil war in Iraq
and the mess in Afghanistan, should move with great caution in
condoning a military confrontation with Iran.

Cause for Concern

Most Americans are uninterested in foreign affairs until we get mired
down in a war that costs too much, last too long, and kills too many

troops. Getting out of a lengthy war is difficult, as I remember all
too well with Vietnam while serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to

Getting into war is much easier. Unfortunately the Legislative branch
of our government too often defers to the Executive branch, and offers
little resistance to war plans even with no significant threat to our

The need to go to war is always couched in patriotic terms and
falsehoods regarding an imaginary eminent danger. Not supporting the
effort is painted as unpatriotic and wimpish against some evil that's
about to engulf us. The real reason for our militarism is rarely
revealed and hidden from the public. Even Congress is deceived into
supporting adventurism they would not accept if fully informed.

If we accepted the traditional American and constitutional foreign
policy of non-intervention across the board, there would be no
temptation to go along with these unnecessary military operations. A
foreign policy of intervention invites all kinds of excuses for
spreading ourselves around the world. The debate shifts from
non-intervention versus interventionism, to where and for what
particular reason should we involve ourselves. Most of the time it's
for less than honorable reasons. Even when cloaked in honorable
slogans-- like making the world safe for democracy-- the unintended
consequences and the ultimate costs cancel out the good intentions.

One of the greatest losses suffered these past 60 years from
interventionism becoming an acceptable policy of both major parties is
respect for the Constitution. Congress flatly has reneged on its huge
responsibility to declare war. Going to war was never meant to be an
Executive decision, used indiscriminately with no resistance from
Congress. The strongest attempt by Congress in the past 60 years to
properly exert itself over foreign policy was the passage of the Foley
Amendment, demanding no assistance be given to the Nicaraguan contras.

Even this explicit prohibition was flaunted by an earlier

Arguing over the relative merits of each intervention is not a true
debate, because it assumes that intervention per se is both moral and
constitutional. Arguing for a Granada-type intervention because of its
success," and against the Iraq war because of its failure and cost, is
not enough. We must once again understand the wisdom of rejecting
entangling alliances and rejecting nation building. We must stop
trying to police the world and instead embrace non-interventionism as
the proper, moral, and constitutional foreign policy.

The best reason to oppose interventionism is that people die,
needlessly, on both sides. We have suffered over 20,000 American
casualties in Iraq already, and Iraq civilian deaths probably number
over 100,000 by all reasonable accounts. The next best reason is that
the rule of law is undermined, especially when military interventions
are carried out without a declaration of war. Whenever a war is
ongoing, civil liberties are under attack at home. The current war in
Iraq and the misnamed war on terror have created an environment here
at home that affords little constitutional protection of our citizen's
rights. Extreme nationalism is common during wars. Signs of this are
now apparent.

Prolonged wars, as this one has become, have profound consequences. No
matter how much positive spin is put on it, war never makes a society
wealthier. World War II was not a solution to the Depression as many
claim. If a billion dollars is spent on weapons of war, the GDP
records positive growth in that amount. But the expenditure is
consumed by destruction of the weapons or bombs it bought, and the
real economy is denied $1 billion to produce products that would have
raised someone's standard of living.

Excessive spending to finance the war causes deficits to explode.
There are never enough tax dollars available to pay the bills, and
since there are not enough willing lenders and dollars available, the
Federal Reserve must create enough new money and credit for buying
Treasury Bills to prevent interest rates from rising too rapidly.
Rising rates would tip off everyone that there are not enough savings
or taxes to finance the war.

This willingness to print whatever amount of money the government
needs to pursue the war is literally inflation. Without a fiat
monetary system wars would be very difficult to finance, since the
people would never tolerate the taxes required to pay for it.
Inflation of the money supply delays and hides the real cost of war.
The result of the excessive creation of new money leads to the higher
cost of living everyone decries and the Fed denies. Since taxes are
not levied, the increase in prices that results from printing too much
money is technically the tax required to pay for the war.

The tragedy is that the inflation tax is borne more by the poor and
the middle class than the rich. Meanwhile, the well-connected rich,
the politicians, the bureaucrats, the bankers, the military
industrialists, and the international corporations reap the benefits
of war profits.

A sound economic process is disrupted with a war economy and monetary
inflation. Strong voices emerge blaming the wrong policies for our
problems, prompting an outcry for protectionist legislation. It's
always easier to blame foreign producers and savers for our inflation,
lack of savings, excess debt, and loss of industrial jobs.
Protectionist measures only make economic conditions worse. Inevitably
these conditions, if not corrected, lead to a lower standard of living
for most of our citizens.

Careless military intervention is also bad for the civil disturbance
that results. The chaos in the streets of America in the 1960s while
the Vietnam War raged, aggravated by the draft, was an example of
domestic strife caused by an ill-advised unconstitutional war that
could not be won. The early signs of civil discord are now present.
Hopefully we can extricate ourselves from Iraq and avoid a conflict in
Iran before our streets explode as they did in the 60s.

In a way it's amazing there's not a lot more outrage expressed by the
American people. There's plenty of complaining but no outrage over
policies that are not part of our American tradition. War based on
false pretenses, 20,000 American casualties, torture policies,
thousands jailed without due process, illegal surveillance of
citizens, warrantless searches, and yet no outrage. When the issues
come before Congress, Executive authority is maintained or even
strengthened while real oversight is ignored.

Though many Americans are starting to feel the economic pain of paying
for this war through inflation, the real pain has not yet arrived. We
generally remain fat and happy, with a system of money and borrowing
that postpones the day of reckoning. Foreigners, in particular the
Chinese and Japanese, gladly participate in the charade. We print the
money and they take it, as do the OPEC nations, and provide us with
consumer goods and oil. Then they loan the money back to us at low
interest rates, which we use to finance the war and our housing bubble
and excessive consumption.

This recycling and perpetual borrowing of inflated dollars allows us
to avoid the pain of high taxes to pay for our war and welfare
spending. It's fine until the music stops and the real costs are
realized, with much higher interest rates and significant price
inflation. That's when outrage will be heard, and the people will
realize we can't afford the humanitarianism" of the Neo-conservatives.

The notion that our economic problems are principally due to the
Chinese is nonsense. If the protectionists were to have their way, the
problem of financing the war would become readily apparent and have
immediate ramifications-- none good. Today's economic problems, caused
largely by our funny money system, won't be solved by altering
exchange rates to favor us in the short run, or by imposing high
tariffs. Only sound money with real value will solve the problems of
competing currency devaluations and protectionist measures.

Economic interests almost always are major reasons for wars being

Noble and patriotic causes are easier to sell to a public who must pay
and provide cannon fodder to defend the financial interests of a
privileged class.

The fact that Saddam Hussein demanded Euros for oil in an attempt to
undermine the U.S. dollar is believed by many to be one of the
ulterior motives for our invasion and occupation of Iraq. Similarly,
the Iranian oil burse now about to open may be seen as a threat to
those who depend on maintaining the current monetary system with the
dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The theory and significance of "peak oil" is believed to be an
additional motivating factor for the U.S. and Great Britain wanting to
maintain firm control over the oil supplies in the Middle East. The
two nations have been protecting "our" oil interests in the Middle
East for nearly a hundred years. With diminishing supplies and
expanding demands, the incentive to maintain a military presence in
the Middle East is quite strong. Fear of China and Russia moving into
this region to assume more control alarms those who don't understand
how a free market can develop substitutes to replace diminishing
resources. Supporters of the military effort to maintain control over
large regions of the world to protect oil fail to count the real costs
once the DOD budget is factored in. Remember, invading Iraq was costly
and oil prices doubled. Confrontation in Iran may evolve differently,
but we can be sure it will be costly and oil prices will rise.

There are long-term consequences or blowback from our militant policy
of intervention around the world. They are unpredictable as to time
and place. .the Ayatollah Khomeini's success in taking over the
Iranian government in 1979 was a consequence of our CIA overthrowing
Mossadech in

1953. These connections are rarely recognized by the American people
and never acknowledged by our government. We never seem to learn how
dangerous interventionism is to us and to our security.

There are some who may not agree strongly with any of my arguments,
and instead believe the propaganda: Iran and her President, Mahmoud
Almadinjad, are thoroughly irresponsible and have threatened to
destroy Israel. So all measures must be taken to prevent Iran from
getting nukes--

thus the campaign to intimidate and confront Iran.

First, Iran doesn't have a nuke and is nowhere close to getting one,
according to the CIA. If they did have one, using it would guarantee
almost instantaneous annihilation by Israel and the United States.

Hysterical fear of Iran is way out of proportion to reality. With a
policy of containment, we stood down and won the Cold War against the
Soviets and their 30,000 nuclear weapons and missiles. If you're
looking for a real kook with a bomb to worry about, North Korea would
be high on the list.

Yet we negotiate with Kim Jong Il. Pakistan has nukes and was a close
ally of the Taliban up until 9/11. Pakistan was never inspected by the
IAEA as to their military capability. Yet we not only talk to her, we
provide economic assistance-- though someday Musharraf may well be
overthrown and a pro-al Qaeda government put in place. We have been
nearly obsessed with talking about regime change in Iran, while
ignoring Pakistan and North Korea. It makes no sense and it's a very
costly and dangerous policy.

The conclusion we should derive from this is simple: It's in our best
interest to pursue a foreign policy of non-intervention. A strict
interpretation of the Constitution mandates it. The moral imperative
of not imposing our will on others, no matter how well intentioned, is
a powerful argument for minding our own business. The principle of
self-determination should be respected. Strict non-intervention
removes the incentives for foreign powers and corporate interests to
influence our policies overseas. We can't afford the cost that
intervention requires, whether through higher taxes or inflation. If
the moral arguments against intervention don't suffice for some, the
practical arguments should.

Intervention just doesn't work. It backfires and ultimately hurts
American citizens both at home and abroad. Spreading ourselves too
thin around the world actually diminishes our national security
through a weakened military. As the superpower of the world, a
constant interventionist policy is perceived as arrogant, and greatly
undermines our ability to use diplomacy in a positive manner.

Conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, and many of today's
liberals have all at one time or another endorsed a less
interventionist foreign policy. There's no reason a coalition of these
groups might not once again present the case for a pro-American,
non-militant, non-interventionist foreign policy dealing with all
nations. A policy of trade and peace, and a willingness to use
diplomacy, is far superior to the foreign policy that has evolved over
the past 60 years.

It's time for a change!