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buscas!1) Este es el código: 01XXEDD02) Reemplaza las XX por el número del Pokémon que buscas.Cuidado: ¡puede borrar tu partida!
01 - Bulbasaur 02 - Ivysaur 03 - Venusaur 04 - Charmander 05 - Charmeleon 06 - Charizard 07 - Squirtle 08 - Wartortle 09 - Blastoise 0A - Caterpie 0B - Metapod 0C - Butterfree 0D - Weedle 0E - Kakuna 0F - Beedrill 10 - Pidgey 11 - Pidgeotto 12 - Pidgeot 13 - Rattata 14 - Raticate 15 - Spearow 16 - Fearow 17 - Ekans 18 - Arbok 19 - Pikachu 1A - Raichu 1B - Sandshrew 1C - Sandslash 1D - Nidoran F 1E - Nidorina 1F - Nidoqueen 20 - Nidoran M 21 - Nidorino 22 - Nidoking 23 - Clefairy 24 - Clefable 25 - Vulpix 26 - Ninetales 27 - Jigglypuff 28 - Wigglytuff 29 - Zubat 2A - Golbat 2B - Oddish 2C - Gloom 2D - Vileplume 2E - Paras 2F - Parasect 30 - Venonat 31 - Venomoth 32 - Diglett 33 - Dugtrio 34 - Meowth 35 - Persian 36 - Psyduck 37 - Golduck 38 - Mankey 39 - Primeape 3A - Growlithe 3B - Arcanine 3C - Poliwag 3D - Poliwhirl 3E - Poliwrath 3F - Abra 40 - Kadabra 41 - Alakazam 42 - Machop 43 - Machoke 44 - Machamp 45 - Bellsprout 46 - Weepinbell 47 - Victreebel 48 - Tentacool 49 - Tentacruel 4A - Geodude 4B - Graveler 4C - Golem 4D - Ponyta 4E - Rapidash 4F - Slowpoke 50 - Slowbro 51 - Magnemite 52 - Magneton 53 - Farfetch'd 54 - Doduo
55 - Dodrio 56 - Seel 57 - Dewgong 58 - Grimer 59 - Muk 5A - Shellder 5B - Cloyster 5C - Gastly 5D - Haunter 5E - Gengar 5F - Onix 60 - Drowzee 61 - Hypno 62 - Krabby 63 - Kingler 64 - Voltorb 65 - Electrode 66 - Exeggcute 67 - Exeggutor 68 - Cubone 69 - Marowak 6A - Hitmonlee 6B - Hitmonchan 6C - Lickitung 6D - Koffing 6E - Weezing 6F - Rhyhorn 70 - Rhydon 71 - Chansey 72 - Tangela 73 - Kangaskhan 74 - Horsea 75 - Seadra 76 - Goldeen 77 - Seaking 78 - Staryu 79 - Starmie 7A - Mr - Mime 7B - Scyther 7C - Jynx 7D - Electabuzz 7E - Magmar 7F - Pinsir 80 - Tauros 81 - Magikarp 82 - Gyarados 83 - Lapras 84 - Ditto 85 - Eevee 86 - Vaporeon 87 - Jolteon 88 - Flareon 89 - Porygon 8A - Omanyte 8B - Omastar 8C - Kabuto 8D - Kabutops 8E - Aerodactyl 8F - Snorlax 90 - Articuno 91 - Zapdos 92 - Moltres 93 - Dratini 94 - Dragonair 95 - Dragonite 96 - Mewtwo 97 - Mew 98 - Chicorita 99 - Bayleaf 9A - Meganium 9B - Cyndaquil 9C - Quilava 9D - Typhlosion 9E - Totodile 9F - Croconaw A0 - Feligatr A1 - Sentret A2 - Furret A3 - Hoothoot A4 - Noctowl A5 - Ledyba A6 - Ledian A7 - Spinarak A8 - Ariados
A9 - Crobat AA - Chinchou AB - Latern AC - Pichu AD - Cleffa AE - Igglybuff AF - Togepi B0 - Togetic B1 - Natu B2 - Xatu B3 - Mareep B4 - Flaaffy B5 - Ampharos B6 - Bellossom B7 - Marill B8 - Azumarill B9 - Sudowoodo BA - Politoed BB - Hoppip BC - Skiploom BD - Jumpluff BE - Aipom BF - Sunkern C0 - Sunflora C1 - Yanma C2 - Wooper C3 - Quagsire C4 - Espeon C5 - Umbreon C6 - Murkrow C7 - Slowking C8 - Misdreavus C9 - Unown CA - Wobbuffet CB - Girafarig CC - Pineco CD - Forretress CE - Dunsparce CF - Gligar D0 - Steelix D1 - Snubbull D2 - Granbull D3 - Qwilfish D4 - Scizor D5 - Shuckle D6 - Heracross D7 - Sneasel D8 - Teddiursa D9 - Ursaring DA - Slugma DB - Magcargo DC - Swinub DD - Piloswine DE - Corsola DF - Remoraid E0 - Octillery E1 - Delibird E2 - Maintain E3 - Skarmory E4 - Houndour E5 - Houndoom E6 - Kingdra E7 - Phanpy E8 - Donphan E9 - Porygon 2 EA - Stantler EB - Smeargle EC - Tyrogue ED - Hitmontop EE - Smoochum EF - Elekid F0 - Magby F1 - Miltank F2 - Blissey F3 - Raikou F4 - Entei F5 - Suicune F6 - Larvitar F7 - Pupitar F8 - Tyranitar F9 - Lugia FA - Ho-oh FB - CelebiModificar los ataques de tus Pokémon1) Estos son los códigos:Primer ataque: 01XX2CDASegundo ataque: 01XX2DDATercer ataque: 01XX2EDACuarto ataque: 01XX2FDA2) Mueve el Pokémon que buscas en la primera posición3) Reemplaza las XX por el ataque que buscas.¡Cuidado!: Puede borrar tu partida
01 - Pound02 - Karate Chop03 - Double Slap04 - Comet Punch05 - Mega Punch06 - Pay Day07 - Fire Punch08 - Ice Punch09 - Thunder Punch0A - Scratch0B - Vicegrip0C - Guillotine0D - Razor Wind0E - Swords Dance0F - Cut10 - Gust11 - Wing Attack12 - Whirlwind13 - Fly14 - Bind15 - Headbutt16 - Vinewhip17 - Stomp18 - Double Kick19 - Mega Kick1A - Jump Kick1B - Rolling Kick1C - Sand Attack1D - Slam1E - Horn Attack1F - Fury Attack20 - Horn Drill21 - Tackle22 - Body Slam23 - Wrap24 - Take Down25 - Thrash26 - Double-Edge27 - Tail Whip28 - Poison Sting29 - Twineedle2A - Pin Missle2B - Leer2C - Bite2D - Growl2E - Roar2F - Sing30 - Supersonic31 - Sonic Boom32 - Disable33 - Acid34 - Ember35 - Flamethrower36 - Mist37 - Water Gun38 - Hydro Pump39 - Surf3A - Ice Beam3B - Blizzard3C - Psybeam3D - Bubblebeam3E - Aurora Beam3F - Hyper Beam40 - Peck41 - Drill Peck42 - Submission43 - Low Kick44 - Counter45 - Seismic Toss46 - Strength47 - Absorb48 - Mega Drain49 - Leech Seed4A - Growth4B - Razor Leaf4C - Solar Beam4D - Poison Powder4E - Stunspore4F - Sleep Powder50 - Petal Dance51 - String Shot52 - Dragon Rage53 - Fire Spin54 - Thundershock 55 - Thunderbolt56 - Thunder Wave
57 - Thunder58 - Rock Throw59 - Earthquake5A - Fissure5B - Dig5C - Toxic5D - Confusion5E - Psychic5F - Hyponisis60 - Meditate61 - Agility62 - Quick Attack63 - Rage64 - Teleport65 - Night Shade66 - Mimic67 - Screech68 - Double Team69 - Recover6A - Harden6B - Minimize6C - Smoke Screen6D - Confuse Ray6E - Withdraw6F - Defense Curl70 - Barrier71 - Light Screen72 - Haze73 - Reflect74 - Focus Energy75 - Bide76 - Metronome77 - Mirror Move78 - Self-Destruct79 - Egg Bomb7A - Lick7B - Smog7C - Sludge7D - Bone Club7E - Fire Blast7F - Water Fall80 - Clamp81 - Swift82 - Skull Bash83 - Spike Cannon84 - Constrict85 - Amnesia86 - Kinesis87 - Softboiled88 - Hi-Jump Kick89 - Glare8A - Dream Eater8B - Poison Gas8C - Barrage8D - Leech Life8E - Lovely Kiss8F - Sky Attack90 - Transform91 - Bubble92 - Dizzy Punch93 - Spore94 - Flash95 - Psywave96 - Splash97 - Acid Armor98 - Crab Hammer99 - Explosion9A - Fury Swipes9B - Bonemerang9C - Rest9D - Rock Slide9E - Hyper Fang9F - SharpenA0 - ConversionA1 - Tri AttackA2 - Super FangA3 - SlashA4 - SubstitueA5 - StruggleA6 - SketchA7 - Triple KickA8 - ThiefA9 - Spider WebAA - Mind ReaderAB - NightmareAC - Flame Wheel
AD - SnoreAE - CurseAF - FlailB0 - Conversion2B1 - Air BlastB2 - Cotton SporeB3 - ReversalB4 - SpiteB5 - Powder SnowB6 - ProtectB7 - Mach PunchB8 - Scary FaceB9 - Faint AttackBA - Sweet KissBB - Belly DrumBC - Sludge BombBD - Mud SlapBE - OctazookaBF - SpikesC0 - Zap CannonC1 - ForesightC2 - Destiny BondC3 - Perish SongC4 - Icy WindC5 - DetectC6 - Bone RushC7 - Lock-OnC8 - OutrageC9 - SandstormCA - Giga DrainCB - EndureCC - CharmCD - RolloutCE - False SwipeCF - SwaggerD0 - Drink MilkD1 - SparkD2 - Fury CutterD3 - Steel WingD4 - Mean LookD5 - AttractD6 - Sleep TalkD7 - Heal BellD8 - ReturnD9 - PresentDA - FrustrationDB - SafeguardDC - Pain SplitDD - Sacred FireDE - MagnitudeDF - DynamicpunchE0 - MegahornE1 - DragonbreathE2 - Baton PassE3 - EncoreE4 - PursuitE5 - Rapid SpinE6 - Sweet ScentE7 - Iron TailE8 - Metal ClawE9 - Vital ThrowEA - Morning SunEB - SynthesisEC - MoonlightED - Hidden PowerEE - Cross ChopEF - TwisterF0 - Rain DanceF1 - Sunny DayF2 - CrunchF3 - Mirror CoatF4 - Psych UpF5 - ExtremespeedF6 - AncientpowerF7 - Shadow BallF8 - Future SightF9 - Rock SmashFA - WhirlpoolFB - Beat UpSiempre combates con Pokémon especiales010719D1Siempre peleas con Pokémon machos010519D1Siempre peleas con Pokémon hembras010419D1Múltiples niveles en una batalla01XX36D1Cambio de los Pokémon salvajes1) Este es el código: 01XXFCD02) Reemplaza XX por:01 - Nivel 10A - Nivel 1019 - Nivel 2532 - Nivel 5048 - Level 7564 - Nivel 100FF - Nivel 255Oponente dormido y envenenado0100ADD7Sin batallas aleatorias01000BD2Modificadores de Items1) Ingresa estos códigos:Item 1 Modificador 01XXB8D5Infinito Item 1 0163B9D5Item 2 Modificador 01XXBAD5Infinito Item 2 0163BBD5Item 3 Modificador 01XXBCD5Infinito Item 3 0163BDD5Item 4 Modificador 01XXBED5Infinito Item 4 0163BFD5Item 5 Modificador 01XXC0D5Infinito Item 5 0163C1D5Item 6 Modificador 01XXC2D5Infinito Item 6 0163C3D5Item 7 Modificador 01XXC4D5Infinito Item 7 0163C5D5Item 8 Modificador 01XXC6D5Infinito Item 8 0163C7D5Item 9 Modificador 01XXC8D5Infinito Item 9 0163C9D5Item 10 Modificador 01XXCAD5Infinito Item 10 0163CBD5Item 11 Modificador 01XXCCD5Infinito Item 11 0163CDD5Item 12 Modificador 01XXCED5Infinito Item 12 0163CFD5Item 13 Modificador 01XXD0D5Infinito Item 13 0163D1D5Item 14 Modificador 01XXD2D5Infinito Item 14 0163D3D5Item 15 Modificador 01XXD4D5Infinito Item 15 0163D5D5Pokéball Modificador Slot 1 01XXFDD5Infinito Pokéball Slot 1 0163FED5Infinito TM Slot 1 01638FD52) Reemplaza XX Por alguno de estos códigos (Items):
03 - BRIGHTPOWDER 07 - BICYCLE 08 - MOON STONE 09 - ANTIDOTE 0A - BURN HEAL 0B - ICE HEAL 0C - AWAKENING 0D - PARALYZ HEAL 0E - FULL RESTORE 0F - MAX POTION 10 - HYPER POTION 11 - SUPER POTION 12 - POTION 13 - ESCAPE ROPE 14 - REPEL 15 - MAX ELIXER 16 - FIRE STONE 17 - THUNDERSTONE 18 - WATER STONE 1A - HP UP 1B - PROTEIN 1C - IRON 1D - CARBOS 1E - LUCKY PUNCH 1F - CALCIUM 20 - RARE CANDY 21 - X ACCURACY 22 - LEAF STONE 23 - METALPOWDER 24 - NUGGET 25 - POKé DOLL 26 - FULL HEAL 27 - REVIVE 28 - MAX-REVIVE 29 - GUARD SPEC. 2A - SUPER REPEL 2B - MAX REPEL 2C - DIRE HIT 2E - FRESH WATER 2F - SODA POP 30 - LEMONADE 31 - X ATTACK 33 - X DEFEND 34 - X SPEED 35 - X SPECIAL 36 - COIN CASE 37 - ITEMFINDER 39 - EXP.SHARE 3A - OLD ROD
3B - GOOD ROD 3C - SILVER LEAF 3D - SUPER ROD 3E - PP UP 3F - ETHER 40 - MAX ETHER 41 - ELIXER 42 - RED SCALE 43 - SECRETPOTION 44 - S.S. TICKET 45 - MYSTERY EGG 47 - SILVER WING 48 - MOOMOO MILK 49 - QUICK CLAW 4A - PSNCUREBERRY 4B - GOLD LEAF 4C - SOFT SAND 4D - SHARP BEAK 4E - PRZCUREBERRY 4F - BURNT BERRY 50 - ICE BERRY 51 - POISON BARB 52 - KING'S ROCK 53 - BITTER BERRY 54 - MINT BERRY 55 - RED APRICORN 56 - TINYMUSHROOM 57 - BIG MUSHROOM 58 - SILVERPOWDER 59 - BLU APRICORN 5B - AMULET COIN 5C - YLW APRICORN 5D - GRN APRICORN 5E - CLEANSE TAG 5F - MYSTIC WATER 60 - TWISTEDSPOON 61 - WHT APRICORN 62 - BLACKBELT 63 - BLK APRICORN 65 - PNK APRICORN 66 - BLACKGLASSES 67 - SLOWPOKETAIL 68 - PINK BOW 69 - STICK 6A - SMOKE BALL 6B - NEVERMELTICE 6C - MAGNET 6D - MIRACLEBERRY 6E - PEARL 6F - BIG PEARL
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01 - MASTER BALL02 - ULTRA BALL04 - GREAT BALL05 - POKé BALL
9D - HEAVY BALL9F - LEVEL BALLA0 - LURE BALLA1 - FAST BALL
A4 - FRIEND BALLA5 - MOON BALLA6 - LOVE BALLB1 - PARK BALLDigitos de TM's
71 - TM01 DYNAMICPUNCH 72 - TM02 HEADBUTT 73 - TM03 CURSE 74 - TM04 ROLLOUT 75 - TM05 ROAR 76 - TM06 TOXIC 77 - TM07 ZAP CANNON 78 - TM08 ROCK SMASH 79 - TM09 PSYCH UP 7A - TM10 HIDDEN POWER 7B - TM11 SUNNY DAY 7C - TM12 SWEET SCENT 7D - TM13 SNORE 7E - TM14 BLIZZARD 7F - TM15 HYPER BEAM 80 - TM16 ICY WIND
81 - TM17 PROTECT 82 - TM18 RAIN DANCE 83 - TM19 GIGA DRAIN 84 - TM20 ENDURE 85 - TM21 FRUSTRATION 86 - TM22 SOLAR BEAM 87 - TM23 IRON TAIL 88 - TM24 DRAGONBREATH 89 - TM25 THUNDER 8A - TM26 EARTHQUAKE 8B - TM27 RETURN 8C - TM28 DIG 8D - TM29 PSYCHIC 8E - TM30 SHADOW BALL 8F - TM31 MUD-SLAP 90 - TM32 DOUBLE TEAM
91 - TM33 ICE PUNCH 92 - TM34 SWAGGER 93 - TM35 SLEEP TALK 94 - TM36 SLUDGE BOMB 95 - TM37 SANDSTORM 96 - TM38 FIRE BLAST 97 - TM39 SWIFT 98 - TM40 DEFENSE CURL 99 - TM41 THUNDERPUNCH 9A - TM42 DREAM EATER 9B - TM43 DETECT 9C - TM44 REST 9D - TM45 ATTRACT 9E - TM46 THIEF 9F - TM47 STEEL WING A0 - TM48 FIRE PUNCH A1 - TM49 FURY CUTTER A2 - TM50 NIGHTMAREModificador de dia:1) Este es el código: 01XXDCD12) Reemplaza XX por:Lunes 00 - Martes 01 - Miercoles 02 Jueves 03 - Viernes 04 - Sábado 05 - Domingo 06Modificador de horarios:1) Este es el código: 01XXDDD12)Reemplaza XX por:Noche6 PM 12 - 7 PM 13 - 8 PM 14 - 9 PM 15 - 10 PM 16 11 PM 17 - 12 AM 00 - 1 AM 01 - 2 AM 02 - 3 AM 03Mañana4 AM 04 - 5 AM 05 - 6 AM 06 7 AM 07 - 8 AM 08 - 9 AM 09Día10 PM 0A - 11 AM 0B - 12 PM 0C - 1 PM 0D 2 PM 0E - 3 PM 0F - 4 PM 10 - 5 PM 11Modificador de Minutos1) Estos son los códigos: 01XXDED1 - 01XXDFD12) Reemplaza XX por: 0 00 - 1 01 - 2 02 - 3 03 - 4 045 05 - 6 06 - 7 07 - 8 08 - 9 09
          By: Anonymous        
Let me give an example of why conservatives have become so wary of groups like the US Chamber of Commerce, and it comes from what is emerging as an industrial - government complex, where big business and big government work hand in hand against the citizens. Groups like the US Chamber no longer support free enterprise. Now they are eaten up with crony capitalism, and feeding off of the government.<br /><br />The example is the banning of the cheap and efficient Edison lightbulb. Many blame the environmental extremists, and they did indeed get on board in the project, but they did not initiate it. It originated from lightbulb manufacturers who thought they were not making enough profit off of the Edison lightbulbs. They got the idea that if government banned those lightbulbs, the public would be forced to buy more expensive lightbulbs that they could make more profit from. They went to an establishment Repubican congressman, Fred Upton, to introduce legislation to do that. Of course, they used an environmental smoke screen to cover what they were doing.<br /><br />Our liberties these days are under assault from big government, big labor, AND big business. Conservative voters should shun candidates of the US Chamber of Commerce.
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1.HATES CRIMES

The number of organized hate groups in the United States increased 20 percents last year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala. Nearly 9000 hate crimes , more than half of them motivated by race, were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1996- compared to 7947 incidents in 1995 and 5932incidents in 1994. Last week, James Byrd, Jr., a 49 -year's old black man, was dragged to death in Texas by a chain from the back of a pickup truck. Recently, two black men also became the targets of possible copycat crimes in Illinois and Louisiana.
Authorities say the three men who have been charged with Byrd's murder my have ties with white supremacist groups, which have grown to over 400 organizations nationwide, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. In fact, the Ku Klux Klan has been granted permission to rally later this month in Jasper, Texas, and the town where Byrd was killed. "These groups are getting better with the public," said Joe Roy, director of the Intelligence Project of the Southern poverty Law Center."They are no longer racist but racialist, not segregationists, but separatists. They are using a lot more attractive buzz words to lead people into their organizations "of the 474 hat groups documented by the Intelligence Project, 127were related to the Ku Klux Klan 100 was neo-Nazi, 42 were Skinheads, 81were Christian Identity, a racist religion, 12 were Black separatists and 112subscribed to a mélange to hate -based doctrines and ideologies.
Tracking Hate Crimes
The FBI is investigating the Texas case as a possible that crime, defined as an offense motivated buy the dislike of a person's race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. " This was an act of violence that had a much broader implication than just the murder of a single person " said Hillary Shelton , deputy director of the NAACP in Washington DC " A much larger message was being sent by this horrible action" Many civil right s groups attributes the rise in hate  crimes to proliferation of Internet hate sites , racist music lyrics and white power literature- propaganda tools for promoting race- hating ideology that have reached an audience of as many as 2 million people . Since1995, more than 160 hate sites are active online, according to the intelligence project. Less than three years ago, there was only one. "Technology has a lot to do with opening up new recruitment opportunities for these groups," said Roy "It's a place where young people of the computer generation can vent their frustration, exchange ideas and download information to feed their hatred.





1.    How many of the hate crimes were about racial differences?
2.    How did Mr. Byrd die in Texas?
3.    Are the men who killed Byrd connected to any groups? If so, what?
4.    How are these hate groups encouraging new people to join?
5.    How many hate groups are there nationwide?
6.    What do civil rights groups say the reason is for such a increase in hat e crimes.?
7.    How many men have been charged with Byrd's murder?
8.    Why were two black men targets of crimes in Illinois and Louisiana.?
9.    What was the increase in hate groups last year?
10.    Who is Hillary Shelton?   


2.PILOT  ACCUSED

Lotfi Raissi , an Algerian pilot who had been accused of training the suicide hijackers who crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, walked free today after being granted bail at an extradition hearing . Mr.Raissi, 27 who has been held in jail for five months, emerged from the top security Belmarsh magistrate's court complex in south -east London to applause from his family and friends. Minutes earlier, district judge Timothy Workman said Mr.Raissi, who lives near Heathrow airport. Could have conditional bail as he was only facing extradition to the US on two counts of falsifying as application for a US pilot's license. At previous court hearings in London, lawyers acting for the US authorities indicated he was suspected of being a lead instructor for pilots responsible for the September 11 hijackings. And US prosecutor have in the past made clear that the pilot's license accusations were only holding charges. But no terrorism charges have been formally introduced and Mr. Raissi's lawyers successfully argued today that the charges related to pilot's license applications did not justify him being held in prison. Mr. Workman said he appreciated the September 11 investigation was long and painstaking but he said he was allowing bail as the US government was unlikely to bring terrorism charges inAA the near future. Mr. Raissi's family has strenuously denied he was involved in the September 11 terror attacks in any way. Today he was told his family would have to give $10000in surety, that he would have to live at an address specified to the court , that he would have to surrender his passport and not apply for international travel documents . Mr. Raissi's French wife Sonia, speaking after the judge's decision, said that she believed justice had been done. She said " we have been waiting five months and my message to the FBI is , You arrested him for terrorism so why do you want to extradite him for these ridiculous , minor charges? .
 Lotfi's brother, Mohamed, said "The FBI said to he world that he was a big terrorist and they have to now say to the world, that his man is innocent. They have destroyed his life, his future and his dream".
 But James Lewis, representing the US government, told the court Mr.Raissi should not be granted bail. He said "we are concerned with an investigation into an atrocity that shocked the civilized world ...Mr. Raissi is a suspect in that investigation"
Hugo Keith, representing Mr. Raissi, said "The Americans now seen unwilling to withdraw from their initial position and accept on this occasion, they pursued the wrong person. He is not fundamentalist. He is married to a white Catholic" Prosecutors have alleged that Mr.Raissi had links to Hani Hanjour ,the pilot suspected of crashing Flight 77 into the Pentagon.
Mr. Raissi was arrested on September 21 and has been held at London' high -security Belmarsh prison ever since. He was indicated by a federal grand jury in Arizona on charges of falsifying applications for a pilot's license and other documents. He allegedly held a 1993 theft conviction and failed to mention that he had undergone a knee operation. He has also been indicated Arizona on 11 more counts, including conspiracy to submit a false immigration claim. A previous attempt to win him bail in the high court in London in December failed. Lawyers acting for the US alleged that there was "a web of circumstantial evidence that points to the involvement of Raissi in a terrorist conspiracy which culminate in the events of September 11" US counsel said Mr.Raissi had "links to the Al-Qsida organization" and was "someone who has both motive and means t escape"
1.    When was Mr.Raissi arrested?
2.    How long has he been held in jail?
3.    Is it confirmed that Mr.Raissi had links to the hijacker of Flight77?
4.    What nationality is Mr.Raissi's wife?
5.    What did he hide in 1993?
6.    Did he succeed in his previous attempt to win bail?
7.    What are the conditions of his bail?
8.    What nationality is Mr. Raissi and where does he live?
9.    Has he been charged with terrorism?
10.What did the US authorities accuse him of doing?



3.BOSNIA INJURIES

On Thursday in northern Bosnia, two American soldiers were wounded when a land mine exploded. One of the soldiers suffered injuries to his right foot and other was able to walk away from the blast with shrapnel wounds to his lower leg . The incident happened at about 2:30 PM 0930EST in the town of Hadizici, which is located about ten miles south east of Tuzla .
NATO issued a statement about the incident. The statement said, "two American engineers were injured by an anti-personal mine as they were conducting a joint inspection of a minefield with the Bosnian Serb Army. One soldier stepped on an anti- personnel mine, incurring injuries to one foot.
Concerns have been raised by ERRI and any number of other sources in regard to the dangers of landmines and other improvised explosive devices in Bosnia. According to UNICEF, Bosnia has one of the highest densities of landmines per square mile of any place in the world. UNICEF says that more than 1800000mines may have been laid in Bosnia during the recent years of ethnic conflict. More troublesome to NATO troops than traditional mines, which are made of metal, are mines with plastic cases or improvised mines made from wooden cases and high explosives. The wood and plastic mines are far more difficult to detect with conventional mine detectors.
In other news regarding to Bosnian peace mission, United States Navy Admiral Leighton Smith made some remarks regarding the six confirmed sniper incidents involving NATO forces since Sunday. Admiral Smith said, "We have got some jerk up there pulling a trigger and he has got a night scope. That makes it tough. But boy, let me tell you , if we do see him he had better be fast and be clad in bullet-proof stuff. Because we will attack with out  warning. There are such things as anti- sniping teams ....people who snipe at our forces are at great risk to themselves. If we see some body pointing a weapon at our forces he will be attacked with out warning.... no warning shots, no' drop your weapon"
 And true to Admiral Smith's words -- French NATO forces later killed a sniper in the suburb where most of the shooting incidents have occurred. A NATO statement said "One gunman was located by the French Special Forces and was later neutralized. This person was seriously wounded. He later died of his injuries in spite of the intervention from a military physician. Another armed civilian was also apprehended by 0ur forces. This individual was disarmed with out any bloodshed".


1.    How many confirmed sniper incidents have there been?
2.    Where were the two American soldiers inured?
3.    Did both of the soldiers walk away from the explosion?
4.    Will a warning be given to snipers who shoot at NATO forces?
5.    How many mines have been placed in Bosnia during the conflict?
6.    Does Bosnia have a large amount of mines per square mile?
7.    What happened to the sniper found by French NATO forces?
8.    Was the second civilian, who was carrying a weapon ,shot by NATO forces?
9.    Which types of mines are more difficult to detect?
10.    Was the first sniper shot dead by the French NATO forces?


4.CLONE SYSTEM

Numerous reports from around the world in Jan/ Feb 2001 of fresh attempts to clone human embryos, ranging from Clonaid saying they hope t implant embryos into surrogate mothers in February to Australian scientists saying they have managed to make a human cloned embryo by combining a empty pig egg with a human cell . Their cloned human embryo divided to 32 cells before being destroyed. In other words it seems that the empty eggs from animal contain all that is needed to activate human genes for successful human cloning. There are huge risks of abnormalities and mutations in these human cloning experiments. We know that these animal-human hybrids are likely to escape legal controls because a court of law would probably decide that this was not human cloning a legally defined .However the outcome - if born - would be a clone baby which has identical genes in the nucleus of every cell to the adult from which the original cell was taken . Interestingly , 1%of the genes in mammal cells are not in the nucleus but in the power packs providing all the electricity for cells . These power generators called mitochondriaa .So technically these human clones made from animal eggs would have 1% animal DNA . Worrying  we know that there are many serious diseases in human caused by faulty genes in the mitochondria . But that is with human mitochondria .What will be the risk of problems with animal mitochondria being used to power every cell in human cloned child that is yet to go?
Clonaid  says five British couples, including two pairs of homosexual men have asked to be cloned. Peter and lldako Blackborn , computer consultants from Huntingdon Cambrisdgeshire UK have expressed an interest in human cloning as a alternative infertility treatment but which had not say if they are in touch with Clonaid .
as the press conference called and announce of the cloning the United States government banned it to practice in the future . The US government pledged that it will harm the civilization of the human being so world should not follow the mal -practices .
After two months the Korean scientist claimed that he also get success to reproduce a clone baby and he claimed that he will use it for the couple who doesn't  have kids and deserve it .According to the scientist , he will provide who ever the couples deserve, but the donor should give his consents .
The British government strongly condemned the act of the Korean scientist and announced that the UK government does not allow the cloning to spread in the world. Cloning should be only in side the lab.  The international scientists said that it is a big step in the human civilization and should be utilized to find out the cure of all diseases in the future. it also claimed ridiculously that every couple wants Clinton and Bill Gates as their children at the same time the natural system has been disturbed by the pressure of cloning . The world need people of every sector not money maker and politicians. If so, the world will destroy very soon.
A conference has been organized by some popular scientists in the   New York and concluded with a statement that it is a extraordinary achievement for the whole world with some vital de-merits so all should stand together to utilized the said invention. The  prime responsibility rest upon the politicians who claims to be the supreme of the United Nations organization.


1.    What was the conclusion of New York press conference?
2.    What was the only vital demerit of the cloning?
3.    What was the claimed to of the Korean scientist?
4.    Why the US government did banned the cloning system?
5.    What is the main problem of cloning system?
6.    What does Australian scientist claim?
7.    What is the risk in human cloning experiments?
8.    For what reason did the scientists prefer to sue and empty pig egg and a human cell for the experiment?
9.    What is the specific with mitochondria??
10.    Why have scientists shown their interest in human cloning?
5.    ARSON IN THE VILLAGE

On Sunday morning in a hot summer day, one patrol team of CIVPOL monitor received a radio call from the CIVPOL station about an arsoning incident in a bear by village. Someone had called up and informed the station about the incident from a local public call office .The patrol team rushed to the scene of incident. As reaching the scene, they saw a red vehicle speeding away in a very high speed with at least four or five persons inside with at least one man holding something like gun. Arriving at the scene, the monitors saw tow houses burning. Some natives came towards them and informed that some armed people came to the village, set light to the two houses belonging to a local politician and fled in their red car. The situation was immediately reported the CIVPOL station and the local police authority were duly informed. Within few minutes the fleeing red vehicle as stopped at a check point and the perpetrators arrested by the local police.
The patrol team informed to the fire brigade about the arson case and the Fire brigade team form the local municipality arrived in 15 minutes to the scene and put off the fire. Some local said during the interview that the both house was belong to the local politicians called Mustafa Leader. Leader had some arguments with some rivals during the municipality meeting last Friday about the grazing of the animal in the village of Ruslan. The leader received a threat from the rival of abandon the village as soon as possible or faces the adverse consequences. The leader did not obey the threat and the incident happen. Both house entirely damaged by the arson but the fire bridge could not give the total amount of loss of the house. The CIVPOL interviewed with the house owner and revealed that two houses worth $ 10000 and two camels worth $ 1000, cash worth $99 and utensils worth $45, grains worth $ 129, have been damaged during the arson.  The monitor team assured him relief of compensation from the local authority. 
 The local police team with out aid of UN Police have arrested the red vehicle and recovered a Tomy machine gun and 354 rounds of live ammunitions form the red car. Five suspects including driver also have been arrested by the local but not disclosed in public by the local police. The local police issued a statement in the same day saying that investigation is underway and if information needed contact to regional head quarters the following day.
The National Labour Party belongs to Mustafa organized a protest rally in the town demanding the full security to the local leader and their property and take legal and strain action to perpetrators. During the demonstration supporters of the party vandalized 4 shops and injured three local security personnel.
 The local authority endorsed compensation to the Mustafa, according to the report of Fire Brigade which cost in the said head but only $ 11000.  The fire brigade did not mention the head of the loss but recommended the whole some of money.
The local police control the security situation in the town and the police released one suspect with out any legal charge and other four have been sent to the jail by the order of local magistrate on the charge of arson and possession of illegal weapon.
 The red car sent to the auction to pay the compensation of the damage property. The owner of the car complained that his car was stolen from the garage at midnight on the same day, and it is dictatorship of the local authority to auction his car with out investigating properly and he also claimed that he will sue to the local authority in the Apex court.
1.    When did the car stolen?
2.    What was the lost property?
3.    What were the ammunition found by the local police?.
4.    What was the demand of political party?
5.    What had happened during the demonstration of local political party?
6.    What message did the CIVPOL received?
7.    How was the CIVPOL station informed of the incident ?
8.    En- route to the scene, what did the patrol team saw?
9.    What was the monitor action on the scene?
10. what action did the local police take ?

    

6.    Authoritarian regime

President Abdurrahaman Wahid granted amnesty  thousands of prisoners Thursday, including some who were ailed for there political beliefs. Minister for law and legislation Yusril Ihza Mahendra said 105 political prisoners, and 3000 others who were jailed for criminals' acts, would be released. He said Wahid signed a presidential decree Thursday and the prisoners would be set free Thursday night and Friday morning.
"We are releasing the criminal prisoners because it's Christmas time and the New year",he said . He added that the release of the political prisoners' mostly separatist activists from Aceh and Irian Jaya province was part of the government's efforts to release all those who were jailed for political activity under Indonesian's former authoritarian regime. Most of the political prisoners were jailed during the32 -year dictatorship of Suharto , who was ousted from power due to a student uprising in May 1998.
It is not the self motivated move of the government but international political pressure to released the political prisoners .  There are more than 40% members of the parliament are brought from the security service to show the political honesty to the military department .  Military party called National Unity party is more powerful in Indonesia till now and it has 32 years' background. The civil leadership could not do any thing with out the military aid. So democratic government willing to follow the military advice. 
The international court of justice has declare to punish some of the criminals who were directly involved in the massacre in Indonesia during the dictatorship of Suharto regime. But it is ridiculous to digest that the than army chief who has been accused of murdering 200 prisoners of political belief, is a member of parliament now. The Amnesty International condemned the act of the government to nominate the army chief Mr. Javal as a parliamentarian and said that the government marginalized the people voice.
The International Court of Justice summoned  as per the international standard to Suharto to present his opinion in Hague whether he did the crime or not , but it went in vain because Suharto has been admitted to Jakarta Teaching   hospital due to chest and BP problem . Suharto has been accusing of accumulating large sum of money and killing 500 students during the students' uprising.
    The interim president of East Timor Mr. Gusmao also condemned the act of the government to make escort free to the war criminals and said government is deceiving the people of Indonesia. Indonesian government barked against the East-Timor saying that no one could interfere in internal matter of the country. For the information, East -Timor is a fragment of the republic of Indonesia and got independence in 1997 by the acute international political pressure and military intervention by the UN.
      Indonesian   people believe, the criminal who are released on the occasion New year will never involve in criminal activities in the future. Indonesia lies in East of the Asia bordering  China , Australia, Iran and Indian sea respectively East, West, South and North. and it is has the most dense Muslim population with mainly  Hindu religion . Indonesia was colonized by French in 1800 AD and ruled till 1936 and got independence. The military authority ousted the civil government in 1940 by military coup and rules till 1997. The country has notorious history of producing natural drugs like Heroine and Cocaine and it is also called the country of golden triangle, the main transit of drugs , including Burma ,Thailand and Laos.       

1.    Which countries are called golden triangle country?
2.    Which country is lies in the  south of Indonesia ?
3.    What is the formal accusation to Suharto?
4.    Why the democratic government does follow the military advice?
5.    What was the reply of the government to East -Timor condemnation?
6.    Where is the international court of Justice located?
7.    why were the thousands of people jailed ?
8.    What did Mr. Yusril Ihza Mahendra say?
9.    How many political prisoners were jailed?
 10. Who were the released prisoners mostly?


7.  GAMBLE

November 27, 2001
Bangkok, Thailand: Thai police said on Mondays they have arrested six Filipino gang members for allegedly luring two Japanese and three French tourists to gamble in their house and cheating them out of millions of Baht (thousands of dollars) . The gang members, three men and three women, were arrested on Sunday from a house in Bangkok where all six gang members lived, police Lieutenant General Chat Kuldilok told reporters. Lt. Gen. Kuldilik said the women pretended to be Thai house wives and invited their victims. Whom they met on the street while pedaling handicrafts, to come to their house to teach them Japanese, and to sell them handicrafts. He said the male members of the gang pretended to be millionaires from Brunei who lost huge sums to each other to avoid suspicion by the tourists, Chat said. Four of the five tourists agreed to gamble with the male gang members while the female gang members supposedly were making them fool. Once the tourists had lost all of their money to the gang members they tried to get some of their money back, but the gang members refused. The tourists were told if they told the police or any one else about losing money to them, they would be killed. All the male gang members had knives and showed them to the tourists after telling them this. The tourists left the house and notified Thai police immediately. The tourists informed the police of the gang members' house and were willing to help them in hopes of getting their money back. Upon arrest, the Thai police searched the entire house, but unfortunately the money could not be found. One of the tourists response was," I am happy, even tough we didn't get our money back , I'm just glad the gang members were found by the Thai Police . Hopefully nothing like this will happen to any tourists ever again.
Police interviewed all the detainees in the police cell and found that other two gangs also committing the same crime using same modus operandi in the capital city. Police started the vigorous checking around the suspected area and arrested  one gang with some weapons and valuables in the rented house. Police confiscate six knives and four round of live bullets including four gang members.  Later on police honestly publicized two golden rings, four golden bracelets, six wrist watches and five passports . And issued a statement saying that any one who is belongs to the valuables contact with proofs to the city police officer Mr. Rothan.
 Police registered a legal case to the first 6 members of the gang accusing looting the valuable of the tourists but the local magistrate released all saying that police did not show the proofs of looting.
 The second gang members also charged with looting the tourists and illegal possession of weapons .The magistrate send them to the jail for six months on the charge of looting but the magistrate said police should be careful accusing the civilian who has only live bullets not a pistol or revolver.
The police assured that the looting case will come down after the arrest of 2 looting gangs and vows that they will do enough to arrest who are involved in looting case. Police said that tourist should be careful with the people who were involved in prostitution. Bangkok is famous for sex tourism in East Asia.  Most of the prostitutes are brought form the Philippine in the name of house wife . In this racket the local administration and police and pimps are also involved. 
1.    How may gang members arrested?
2.    What are the valuables had been confiscated?
3.    Why the Bangkok city is famous for?
4.    How many culprits were sent to jail and how many released?
5.    How the gang member did pretend themselves?
6.    What were the nationality of the victims ?
7.    What was the tourist said after not getting his money?
8.    What did general Chat said about the accident?
9.    What were weapons confiscated.
        10. How many tourists had gambled with cheaters?


8.  EBOLA

Sunday, December 9, 2001
An outbreak of fever in the West African nation of Gabon has been confirmed as the deadly disease Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday. It is world's first documented outbreak of Ebola since last year in Uganda, where 224 people - including health workers - died from the virus. Ebola is one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind, causing death in 50 to 90 percent of all clinically ill cases. "It's been confirmed by a laboratory in Gabon" WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told the press. "We have reports that seven people have died" Hartl said WHO has already sent a team to help the coastal nation and that a second team of four specialists would leave Geneva for Gabon on Monday. The out break is in remote Ogooue Ivindo province in northeastern Gabon, he said. Gabon was last afflicted in an outbreak in 1996-97 that killed 45 of the 60 people infected. "We have had very little information" Hartl said. The conformation came from a laboratory in France ville, also in eastern Gabon. A team from the Gabon Ministry of Health and the International Center of Medical Research in
France Ville went to the province last week when they first received reports of that the outbreak might be Ebola, Hartl added. On Friday, Hartl said there were unconfirmed reports of a possible outbreak in nearby Congo. Ebola is passed through contact with bodily fluids, such as mucus, saliva and blood, but Ebola is not airborne. The virus incubates for four to 10 days before flu-like symptoms set in. Eventually, the virus causes severe internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea. There is no known cure for Ebola, but patients treated early for dehydration have a good chance of survival. WHO says more than 800 people have died of the disease since the virus was first case in Gabon was documented in 1994 the agency says. After the 1996-97 out break in Gabon it wasn't documented again until it appeared in Uganda last year. WHO recommends the suspected cases is isolated from other patients and that strict barrier nursing techniques be used to shield health workers from exposure. Gloves and masks must be worn and disinfected prior to reuse, the agency says. Patients who die from the disease should be promptly buried or cremated. The virus has also been transmitted to people from handling ill or dead infected chimpanzees, WHO says. Police are worried there may be widespread panic in the area because of the confirmed reports. There have been rumors of possible riots and / or break -ins. Police officials said tat when out breaks such as this occur, people become frightened and assume the worst and that is when people start to try and upraise against the police . However, no reports have been made in regards to riots and/ break -INS, but police have been told to be prepared for the worst. The Goban Government called emergency cabinet meeting and declared Ivindo province as "forbidden Province". The government begs international support and relief to get rid of the diseases.  it is requested to all media house not to make undue publicity to  the outbreak ,which can terrorize the general public and can hamper  to maintain the security situation in  the country. Gabon a Central African Republic also facing starvation, malnutrition, political instability, and draught from a long decade.  The neighboring countries Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia are also suffering from internal conflict and could not do as requested by the Gabon.  The first world showing their interest  on the request and ready to provide the assistances or relief  but they have an eye or vested interest on the natural resources of the Gabon republic which is rich in diamond, gold , natural gas , petroleum mine .

1.    What did government request to Media?
2.    Which province was declared as "forbidden province" ?
3.    Why the neighboring countries could not assist the Republic of Gabon?
4.    When the disease was documented first in the Africa?
5.    What was the rate of death causing Ebola?
6.    What were the symptoms of Ebola?
7.    How the Ebola is transmitted to another person.
8.    What was the resource of the Ebola?
9.    Why did the first world countries showing their interest to Gabon?
10. How many medical teams are going to be assign to assist the Gabon republic.    

9. TALIBAN ARRESTED

    US forces detained seven suspected Taliban fighters yesterday outside the American military base at Kandhar airport in southern Afghanistan after it came under attack , defense officials said. They said the men were detained for questioning after patrols were sent out to investigate the attack. A small number of other people who might have been involved in the gunfight escaped, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified. No American troops were injured, they said. A Reuters television cameraman, Taras Protsyuk, said he heard heavy gunfire and a number of explosions at the Kandhar base . He said the shooting lasted about 30 minutes and was at its most intense for a period of about five minutes ." I have seen the tracers and there were some light explosions like hand grenades ", he said " Americans appeared to be firing at a point in the hills to the West Side of the air base." Operation in Afghanistan by the US military and its allies to mop up remnants of the vanquished Taliban and the AL-QUIDA network are based at Kandahar airport .
    There are about 4100 military personnel based at the airport, with the majority from the US. Mr. Protsyuk said the heaviest firing was on the airport's western perimeter, about half a mile from the terminal building. In a separate incident, an American military transport plane crashed in a remote region of the Afghanistan on Tuesday night , injuring all eight crew members but non of them critically ,US  officials said yesterday . Seven of those injured in the crash were able to walk and " non of the injuries were considered life- threatening " ,said Major Brad Lowell, a spokesman for the US central command in Florida . The cause of the crash was not known , although it did not appear to be the result of hostile fire, official said . An American soldier was killed in an accident in Afghanistan yesterday when a piece of heavy industrial equipment fell on him at Bagram air base near Kabul, the US military said . The soldier's name was  withheld pending notification of next of kin. Later on , it was revealed that the detainees were investigated thoroughly and two among seven were sent to " Kwantanamo Bey" a notorious jail used by American military  to dump terrorists. Kwantanamo Bey is in Cuba , a communist nation , ruled by Fidel Kastro , a south American country .
    It was provided to USA on lease for hundred years. Remaining among the detainees were sent to the local judicial authority and imposed to the judicial remand for six months . The American soldier killed by heavy equipment was delivered  to home with a national regards by a special US navy plane . The US had  started war against Afghanistan to abolish Taliban regime , who allegedly harboring the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden  in the country . American military could not find the Osama  till now. Osama is Saudi Arabia born billionaire and blind supporter of Muslim belief , he involved in fighting with Soviet Union  who had strong hold in Afghanistan during the second world war and  with the aid of US the Al quada successes to remove Russia from Afghanistan . Bin laden started getting physical and moral support from theUS . later on , the US  did not give his support to Osama so he and his allies attacked on US interest in South Africa killing 1000 innocent people by the suicide bombing and declared Osama a terrorist .  After the 9/11 terrorist attack on twin tower , the US has declared fight against the terrorism and  announce to hand over the Osama to the US by Afgan Government . The Taliban regime  did not obey the order saying that he was the guest of the country and  guest should not be hand over the western country . 

1. Who is Osama bin Laden?
2. What do you know about Kwantanamo Bey?
3. What had happen to arrested seven detainees?
4. Why did America attack Afghanistan?
5. where did the US transport plane crash?
6. Where is the US central command located?
7. How many US military have been killed according to the passage?
8. Where was the heaviest firing occurred?
9. Where is the Kandhar air port located?
10.    Who is Taras?

10. THE UNITED NATION

The United Nation is an international organization established to create international security and friendship among the member states.
    After the Second World War, the allied nation established the United Nation on 24 December 1945 including 51 member states. Now it has 191 member states around the globe. The head quarters of the United Nation lies in New York in the US and the branch for the Europe is lies in Switzerland.

Main objectives of the United Nations are as follows.

1. To maintain international security
2. To maintain friendship among the countries
3. To regards human rights.

It has six main organs

1. International court of justice
2. Secret General assembly
3. Security Council
4. Economic and social council
5. Trusteeship council
6. Secretariat

                                        1. International court of justice.

    The headquarters of International court of justice lies in Netherlands. The UN secretariat lies in New York. The meeting of general assembly starts on third of September and concludes on December. Security council has 15 members among them 5 are permanent members , which are America, China , Russia , French, and Germany and other 10 members are elected by the 191 members states of general assembly for the period of two years . The Economic and Social council has 54 members' states and every member has three years of working period. The headquarters of the Economic and Social council lies in Geneva.

    America, China, France, Germany, Russia the permanent members of the Security council has veto power .Chinese English, French, Russian, Spanish are the official language of the United nation,. Mr. Ban ki Mon is the Secretary General of the United Nations, a South Korea citizen.

    Nepal as a United Nation member state has sent 1241police personnel to serve the United Nation, as civil police, police monitor, police advisor and police trainers. Nepal has established two Form Police Units in Haiti and Sudan as per the request of the United Nation. wins their obedience, confidence, respect and enthusiastic co-operation in achieving common objectives.


11.  UN FAILURE IN BOSNIA

    A long -awaited report into the failure of a Dutch UN peacekeeping force to prevent the murder of thousands of Muslims in the Bosnian town of Brebrenica will be published on Wednesday. The Netherlands is bracing itself for the results of the inquiry in to the worst massacre in Europe since world War second. The
    BBC's Europe correspondent says Dutch troops are likely to be criticized for their part in event leading up to the 1995 slaughter. In July 1995, Srebrenica was being protected by 110 Dutch troops who were supposed to ensure the safety of the town's mainly Muslim population against surrounding Bosnian Serb forces. The United Nations had declared it a safe area but when it  was attacked, the town fill with out the Dutch UN troops firings shot . Up to 8000 Muslim men and boys were then murdered.

Five years of research

                  While the Dutch troops are likely to be criticized for letting the town fall without a fight , fault is also set to be found with the over all UN commander for failing to order air strikes to protect the enclave. The report is also understood to criticize the Dutch government for showing lack of political will. The 7000-pages report by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation is the official Dutch history of events in Srebrenica. It has taken more than five years to produce. In a 1999 report, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan blamed the international community for its failure to protect the enclave but insisted that it was impossible " to say whether a more decisive action by the Dutch would have saved lives" .A report two weeks ago by the Interchurch Peace Council ( IKV) in the Netherlands condemned Dutch troops, generals and politicians for failing to evacuate and protect the Muslims.

Scenes from hell

    The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague has ruled that the massacre was genocide. Last August it sentenced Bosnian Serb General Radisav Krstic, considered a key commander in the episode, to 46 years in prison. The judge in the case said the massacre was characterized by " scenes from hell, written on the darkest pages of human history" Survivors' reports, aerial photography and grisly evidence exhumed from mass graves indicate the most victims in the massacre were summarily executed ,Dutch MPs may now call for a public inquiry. Seven military commanders of Royal Dutch army have been sentenced to seven years jail . Ten army personnel have been fired from the service and 20 have been restricted from the promotion as per the report of the criminal tribunal.   The BBC's correspondent Mr. Havel Eastward has been facilitated by the Dutch Government as a friends of mankind . After the massacre in the Srebrenica the Dutch government begs pardon with the Bosnian people and saying that her troops could not do any thing to save the life of the people and she is responsible to the accident.


1. How many Dutch troops were protecting Srebrenica?
2. What ethnic group were the people of Srebrenica?
3. Why the Dutch government begs pardon with the people of Bosnia ?
4. How many people were killed in Srebrenica?
5. How many army personnel were punished?
6. Who is criticized in the report?
7. Where is the International Criminal Tribunal based?
8. Would more positive action by the Dutch troops have saved lives?
9    What sentence was General Krstic given?
10    Who was facilitated by the Dutch government and why?


12.  SWARM ATTACK

    Six people were hospitalized after they were attacked by a swarm of bees in Singapore, a news report said on Tuesday. The bees attacked contractors who were trying to remove a beehive in the tropical city-state .Two police officers who were on the scene to keep back the public, were among those attacked and hospitalized. Police public affairs officers could not immediately be contacted to confirm the report. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30PM on Tuesday afternoon. Two of the people who were injured in the attack were still in the hospital on Tuesday night at 10:00 PM; however they were in good condition. Such incidents are rare in heavily urbanized Singapore. But two years ago , a 51 years old taxi driver died after he was stung by a swarm bees .The driver was changing his back left tire and he removed the deflated tire , a beehive was in the wheel well . Witnesses said that the swarm covered the man's face and hands and repeatedly sting him as he cried out in pain .He died later that night while being hospitalized. Singapore is a very small country covered by the see in the east of Asia and known as a well industrialized country.
    The big industry installations have many nooks and corners where the swarm bees get shelters. firstly people do not care about it because it seems harmless and small in the beginning but after  a year it  appeared in large scale and bees become escort free so they undermine their stung so they try to destroy their hives and got stung and the result  become very adverse. The same accident happened in The US in 1990 when a farmer had gone to his farmhouse to clean the room , he saw that there is a bee hive in the ceiling of the room he thought it was full of honey , unfortunately it was poisonous  swarm bee's hive.  He collected his two sons and a black servant to take the honey . In the mean time when they lit a fire to fly the bees , the swarm bees started stung them . The younger son who was in the door side escaped from the room after having a look at the victims and called the police . The house got in to the gutter by the fire and three injured had been hospitalize in the city centre . The house owner Mr. Kally died during the medical treatment and two had been discharged after 2 weeks with swollen face and bruises for the whole life.  The same accident happened in Nepal too on 23 September 2002. The Raute , who are famous for honey hunter ,had tried to collect honey from the very steep hill near Manang District. they made rope ladder to climb the hill and with the aid of fire they started collecting the honey .
    It was a documentary program filmed by Scottish Director visualized to broadcast in Britain  by BBC. Al together there were 15 men. When the honey hunter was climbing down from the steep hill after the successful visualization of the film. Unfortunately, one of the hunters touched the bees hive. Due to the finished job, they did not prepare for next attack and they all were on very thin cloths and without cloves . Three among five hunters fall down from the cliff and died. Two were severely bitten by the bees were died on the way to hospital and ten crew members of the visualization  were admitted in the hospital and discharged after 2 weeks .  It is said that the bees seems so calm if they are not hurt and if anyone hurt their queen , they become so terrifying and take revenge from the hunter . The queen is the most powerful among the bees. if the queen of the bees  safely removed from the hive it will be so easy to get the honey from the hive   which is considered as medicine  in eastern countries . The working bees always follow the queen bee , if she abandon the hive silently , all the bees left the hive with out revenge. so if you want to get honey remove the queen tactically and calmly.
         
1.    How many people had been killed according to the passage.?
2.    How many people had been injured according to the passage?
3.    Where was the bees's hive in the taxi?
4.    Who was the authentic person to provide informations about injured police officers according to the passage.
5.    What had happened to the two Americans who escaped from the death?
6.    What is the ideal idea to get honey?
7.    What did the team doing in Manning District?
8.    How did the taxi driver killed?
9.    Where was the bees's hive in the room?
10.    Who is the most powerful in the hive?

13.  ARAFAT POLITICS
    Arafat is not the point. As Israelis and Palestinians use ever more lethal means against each other's civilians, the question being asked in Israel and the US is not how to end the occupation, but whether or not to end the career, or even the life, of Arafat. At the time of writing this coverage trend in early February 2002, in a further escalation Israeli tanks have confined Arafat in an area of 200m square in Ram Allah. And have destroyed the remainder of his helicopter fleet that it began to destroy on the attack of his compound on 3 December 2001.
    If Israel killed Arafat or sent in to exile, nothing would change. It seems almost absurd to have to point out that forcing millions of people to live for decades under hostile military rule with no end on sight inevitably produces violent resistance. Only a mind -set that steadfastly refuses to recognize this can become captivated by a lone figure who's real and imagined failings became a smoke screen that obscures the machinery that actually drives the conflict.
    If Israel truly seeks the moral high ground it invokes in the international arena, it should stop seeking a relative high ground whose only elevation stems from the weakness and failing of its historical enemies. Rather Israel should address the most obvious things it dies to perpetuate the conflict.
    The bottom line is that the single most identifiable factor that perpetuates the Israeli- Palestinian conflict in all its forms, both legitimate, is the Israeli military occupation that exists to protect the continuing Israeli colonization of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including Jerusalem.
    Comparisons of Arafat with Bin Laden serve to legitimize Israel's continuing repression of the Palestinians and bear no reality to the dynamics that this particular conflicts, dynamics that Israel has played no small part in creating.
    Israel's killing of civilians is a form of terrorism. The United States  tacit support of Israel's so called retaliation in US support of terrorism .Although Israeli officials are occasionally note don record " apologizing" for the latest " accidental" death of a child , there comes a point -- after a year in which one quarter of the 800 Palestinians killed were children and 50 percent of these children were killed for away from clashes- that it becomes imperative to note that Israel could always simply stop killing children , instead of merely apologizing for it.
    Israel's nightly shelling of Palestinian neighborhoods has accounted for one quarter of the 800 Palestinians killed during the first year of the Second Intifada .  Israel's regular killing of innocent civilians including children as a "by product " of its ironically titled" targeted killings " of Palestinian activists most commonly with rockets fired from combat helicopters at these leader's vehicles while in cit streets offer more examples of the indiscriminate violence that characterizes 'terrorism' as most people understand the word.
    Following a series of suicide bomb attacks in February / March 1996, then Israeli President Weizmann bluntly described Israel's practice of using closure to turn Palestinian towns in to prisons for the entire population: "Sometimes, when you are searching for a needle in a haystack, you have to burn the haystack".
    Israel has been encouraged to carry out similar "retaliation" as in the case of the December 2001bombing, by the knowledge that the United States would not condemn it. America must refrain from "understanding" Israel's violence. This can only have the effect of encouraging the continued Israeli killing of innocent Palestinian civilians.

1.    How many Palestinian children have been killed this year?
2.    How many Palestinians have been killed during nightly shelling?
3.    Are children targeted by the Israelis?
4.    Who is Arafat compared to and why?
5.    Where is Arafat confined, and what size of area?
6.    How many people live under hostile military rule in Palestine?
7.    What is the question being asked in Israel and the US?
8.    Why is Israel not afraid to carry out retaliation attacks on Palestinians?
9.    What happened in 1996?
10.    What dies Israel do when it is faced with suicide bomb attacks?








14.  BUS LOOTED
    A bus, which started off in Kathmandu , at 5:30 PM , traveling to Biratnagar , was looted by some Indian dacoits, which had crossed the boarder in order to escape the authorities there. They had been in Nepal for at least a month and had been regularly stopping night buses and robbing the passengers of all their belongings as well as money.
    When the bus number Ba Ga 3987, first started off from Gongabu Bus Park there was a total of 30 passengers. Just near Thankot 3 more passengers got on. The journey was uneventful until they reached Muggling, where they stopped for dinner. Here, the bus conductor managed to find 4 more people wanting to travel to Biratnagar . After about half an hour stop for dinner, they set off again. At Bharatpur 2 of the passengers got off as they had only booked up to this point. The bus had to wait for about one hour as the engine had trouble and the driver had to fix it .After this they started  of again and had a short tea break at Hetauda where another 2 people got off and one got on.
    At about 2:00 PM in the morning, when most of the passengers were asleep, the driver suddenly stopped as there was a tree across the main road. The passengers all wake up as the bus had come to a sudden stop, and were all looking out of the windows. Two Indian men dressed in black were behind the fallen tree with country made rifles; at the same time 2 also came from the back and two on each side of the bus. At once they told all the passengers to come out of the bus and line up in front of the bus, even though it as a moonlight night, no body could make out the faces of the dacoits, and could tell only by the way they spoke that they were from India. Everybody was told to remove their watches, jewelries and to empty out their pockets and moneybags. One of the men colleted all this while the others told all the passengers to lie down with their faces facing down. During this time the dacoits all disappeared, as nobody wanted to follow them as they might get shot

1.    How many passengers were on the bus when it was robbed?

2.    How many dacoits were there in total?

3.    How long did they stop for dinner?

4.    Why did they stop a second time before the robbery?

5.    How did the passengers know that the dacoits were not Nepali?

5.    Where did the bus start first?

6.    How many got in the Baratpur?

7.    Why did the bus have to stop suddenly?

8.    How many we on the bus at Muggling?

9.    Although it was night time how could the passengers make out how many dacoits there were?  
15.    KOSOVO POLICE

    On Monday 17 March 2003 , at 0745 hours , two Kosovo Police Officers were on patrol duty in a police vehicle when they observed a white van type vehicle , license 496KS858 driving very fast. The officers stopped the white van type vehicle for questioning using their blue flash lights. When the driver stopped, the patrol team stopped five meters behind his vehicle, however the van did not turn off its engine. As the officers exited their vehicle, the drivers of the white van type vehicle sped away very quickly. The officers ran back to their vehicle and chased the white vehicle .They were driving on the road to the airport. The police vehicle was driving at almost 120 km/hour but was unable to catch up to the van. Suddenly, the van turned north on to an unpaved roadway. The officers continued the pursuit. The van drove for approximately a hundred meters more. There was a big hole by the side of the road which the van fell into as the driver had lost control of the van, then it rolled upside down into a deep ditch on the south side of the roadway at grid reference 184-846. The officers stopped their vehicle on the opposite side of the roadway and proceeded cautiously toward the offender's vehicle. When they were approximately two meters away form the white van type vehicle they could see that the offender was still in his vehicle but was not moving. There were no sign of blood or injury  to the offender .As the officers got closer they could see three bundles, approximately 35 cm by 20cm by 25cm in the rare cargo area of the vehicle . One of the bundles was ripped open and a dark green plant material was showing, the officers assumed that it was marijuana. The first officer proceeded to the front of the vehicle to check the physical condition to the driver. The offender was breathing but didn't respond to any of the officer's verbal commands.  The officer radioed for an ambulance and the offender was taken to the local hospital. The second officer searched the offender's vehicle and found another bundle under the front seat with a knife. The Knife was 20 cm long with old blood stains. There were no papers or registration found in the vehicle. All material were seized as evidence and taken to police station.

1.    What were the 2 officers doing at 0745 Hrs?
2.    Why did they ask the van to stop?
3.    What was their reason for stopping the van?
4.    At what distance behind did the police stop?
5.    How many bundles were seen?
6.    Approximately what speed was the van traveling when in pursuit?
7.    What did the officers assume it to be?
8.    Was the knife found before or after the suspect was taken to hospital?
9.    What distance did the van travel on the dirt road?
10.    How did the man crash the vehicle?
16.    GERMANY SOOTING

Germany was in shock yesterday after 19 years old, masked gunman shot 17 people, including two female students, before killing himself in a school massacre in the eastern city of Erfurt.
The black -clad gunman a recently - expelled student of the Gutenberg secondary school, burst into a classroom during an exam yesterday morning around 11 AM and started shooting with a pump action rifle mounted on his back. "He passed us in the corridor with out paying any attention and walked straight into the secretary's office and started shooting." He said. Witnesses said the gunman walked through the building, opening classroom doors and targeting staff, killing nine male teachers, four female teachers, a secretary and two female students all within minutes. Caretakers heard the shots and notified the local police. Two officers arrived on the scene and discovered two dead bodies in the entrance hall. Moments later the gunman appeared and opened fire, shooting dead one of the policemen. A special commando unit immediately surrounded the school, which has nearly 700 students. As the shooting continued, around 180 students were still trapped in the building. Commandos stormed the building shortly before noon and came upon what was described as terrible scenes. 'Bodies lay in the halls, in bathrooms and classrooms' said Mr.Rainer Grube, a police spokesman. The gunman, who had barricaded himself into a room, shot himself as officers approached. 'The gunman killed himself when he saw that there was no way out for him' said Mr., Grube.
    For the students trapped inside the building, their ordeals ended nearly three hours later when they were led, pale and shaking, out of the school to worried parents at the gate. They were all receiving counseling yesterday evening, while four people injured in the attack were brought to hospital. Police were last night still investigating students reports that there was a second gunman. They had no motive for the shootings yesterday evening. Friends of the as yet unidentified gunman described him as an intelligent student who was ' full of life' and often spoke of his wish to become famous. The massacre is one of the most violent attacks in German post -war history, and ranks alongside the 1996 school shooting in Dunblane and the 1999 massacre in Columbine , Arkansas. Yesterday evening Erfurt residents were in shock and German politicians speechless .
'We are stunned at this horrific crime. No explanation we could give would go far enough right now ' said the Chancellor, Mr. Gerhard Schroeder, expressing his sympathy for the families of the victims and the students who witnessed the attack. He ordered the German flag on the Reichstag in Berlin to flown to be flown at half mast. 'We are all in one room .One teacher is dead, we are crying.



1.    Which two other massacres are mentioned?
2.    How many people were injured in the attack?
3.    What time did the shooting start?
4.    What weapons were used?
5.    How many teachers were killed?
6.    Did the gunman target students?
7.     Who notified the police about the shooting?
8.    Who stormed the building and when?
9.    How many police men entered the building initially?
10.    How long it take to gunman to kill the people and was there only one gunman?



17.  DEAD BODY FOUND

Mr. John Edwards lives alone in his cottage in the southern part of Cambridge, UK. He was a retired officer who previously worked for the finance office which was based in London. He had been retired for 5 years now and spent most of his time in Cambridge. He had worked for 34 years and during that time lived in London. By the sides of his cottage, there was a husband and wife living who used to work for Mr. Edwards. The woman would cook his meals and the man would attend to the garden. Mr. Edwards had no close family or friends who would come to visit him regularly .On December 15 , 2002 ,Mr. Edwards was found dead in his study at 0700 hrs. His body was fund by the woman who did his cooking. She had informed the police when she had seen him lying on his desk at 0700hrs. All the doors were closed from the inside so the woman thought in quite suspicious so she looked through the window. This is when she saw Mr. Edwards at his desk. When the police arrived at 0730 hrs. They broke open the door and checked the body. Mr. Edwards was confirmed dead and his body sent for post mortem. By the side of the table there was a bottle and a letter which said that he was taking his life as he was fed up and didn't see any future in continuing. All these materials were sent to the police lab for the necessary testing. The reports all confirmed that Mr. Edwards did take the poison, traces of which were found in his blood and on his lips. On the latter, apart from Mr. Edward's finger prints, there were other prints found as well. When the police checked up they found that it belonged to the husband the woman who cooked for Mr. Edwards. The police found this very suspicious as the husband had said that he never came into the study at any time. The police brought the man in for questioning and under interrogation he at first denied that he had gone to the house ant any time. After 2 hours, he changed his story and said that he
          The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative        
The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative
author: Christopher Metress
name: Mark
average rating: 4.14
book published: 2002
rating: 3
read at: 2015/12/30
date added: 2015/12/30
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review:
The Lynching of Emmett Till
Author: Christopher Metress
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Published In: Charlottesville, Virginia
Date: 2002
Pgs: 384

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
2 AM, 8/28/1955, three white people seized and abducted 14-year old Emmett Till from his great uncle’s cabin in Money, Mississippi. Emmett was visiting from Chicago for the summer. 3 days later, his body floated to the surface of the Tallahatchie River. Two white men were arrested. The third was never discovered. Some claimed it was a man, some a woman. Some claim that he wolf whistled at a white shopkeeper’s wife. The shopkeeper was one of those arrested for his murder. Some claim that all he did was wave and say goodbye as he was leaving the store. Many in the South put on the injured party air as the rest of the civilized world reported on the horror that had been committed to this young man. Racism raised its ugly head. This was in the nascent edge of the Civil Rights Movement. News accounts, opinion pieces, memoirs, poetry, music all feed this narrative documentary form.

Genre:
Academics
Controversy
Crime fiction
Culture
History
Non-fiction
Politics
Society
True crime

Why this book:
I’ll admit. I confused Emmett Till and Medger Evers when I put this on my pull list at the library. My confusion didn’t keep me from studying the story, being horrified by it, and wishing that everyone read it.
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The Feel:
There is a real sense of horror in this true story. A miscarriage of justice and an evil perpetrated on a young man and then an evil perpetrated against justice in the name of racism. This story was a kick in the gut. It’s a hard read due to the subject matter, made all the more horrible by its being a true story.

Pacing:
The pace is good.

Hmm Moments:
As you follow the story chronologically through news stories, opinion pieces, and interviews, you can see the smoke screen start to rise. The Sheriff saying that he doesn’t believe it was Till’s body that was found in the river. One sheriff saying that the ring that the body was wearing was positively identified as belonging to Till and another saying that it wasn’t. The interviews with the murderers' mother painting them as proper God fearing shopkeepers and family men. The Sheriff claiming that he believes Till was still alive. And the Sheriff of Tallahatchie County claiming that the Bryant family were having their automobiles run off the road by cars with Illinois license plates. ...that last one was the point where my brain twitched to the side. So...folks drove all the way from Illinois to run people off the road that they were able to identify as related to the murderers in custody. Right. And they called out the National Guard to make sure that those poor white guys in jail, re: the murderers, weren’t taken by mob violence. ...how many instances of African American mob violence against white supremacists, especially in police custody, but I’d take examples of any kind, were there in the South? Actual instances...not the urban legends popular among their ilk as justification for the evil they did.

The racism and horror of those times reflected in the newspaper and eyewitness accounts is disgusting.

The fact that “after the fact” when they had been acquitted the murderers admitted to having done it to a reporter. Ugh. Double jeopardy protected them just as surely as the jury had done during the actual trial aided and abetted by the local sheriffs’ involved in the case.
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Last Page Sound:
This was a hard book to read. Hard to feel those feelings. Hard to read the words and the intent that was communicated throughout.

Author Assessment:
I would read other stuff by this author.

Editorial Assessment:
This was well put together. I especially liked the narrative documentary style taking newspaper accounts, interviews from eyewitnesses, and artists’ impressions of the event to show the whole picture of the era and the tragedy.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
real classic,

Disposition of Book:
Irving Public Library
West Campus

Dewey Decimal System:
323.1196073 TIL

Would recommend to:
history buffs, those concerned about where our world is today.
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          Tech at Night: Is the left-on-left fight over Net Neutrality a smoke screen?        
When new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans for a new Net Neutrality order, I wasn’t surprised. Despite having lost in court twice, first in Comcast v FCC and then in Verizon v FCC, the radicals weren’t going to give up on this. They were going to try a third time. And we knew he […]
          Naturally Nails: Sugary smokey blue nails        

Hellow
Happy Halloween everyone. I must say I got a little confused over the when's halloween business. I have always thought that Halloween falls on the 31st Oct of every year. Which is still true by the way but some blokes told me that Halloween this year falls on the 27th Oct?!? That's why 27th Oct for USS halloween was like sold out so fast. Hmmms??? Anyways, I googled it and google said that Halloween falls on the 31st Oct. Cloud of confusion lifted
Had a great time at USS! It was fantastic! Ignoring the crazy crowd part. I don't know why people bother to take the monorail. I mean, it's a 30 min wait you know, JUST WALK LAH. Exercise good for the heart, raises your HDL levels and reduces fat which in turn reduces insulin insensitivity (in other words, lowers your risk of DIABETES) EXERCISE PEOPLE. Of course there's the whole diet thing but that's not for me to comment on since I pig out like nobody's business. Yup! Ok so the whole theme park was turned into a huge haunted attraction. It was creeping with ghouls and monsters and all that good stuff. IMO not that scary, even the haunted houses but well I'm not one to really scream at real people so I think my opinion on this is skewed. Took the transformers, and battle star galactica. Which were GOOD AS WELL. Transformers queue... NOT THAT GREAT. ridiculous in fact LOL. Whatever. Really liked the insanitorum, random mad people CHASING AFTER YOU. litterally CHASING. haha! and screaming, and talking in your ear. NICE. All in all, I enjoyed my fun filled experience, except walking through the smelly smoke screen that made my friends and I gag.ughhh. Although I must say, if you are to go, please be prepared for the crowd, empty your bladder before you go in and let dehydration take over the rest so you dont have to pee in there HAHAHAHAH. 
Here's a little souvenier from my trip there. BOOO!
MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Love the make up going on there. SUPER REALISTIC Not to mention the mad screaming and the ironing of her teddy's head
Anyway, back to the point. This is the post that I held off from posting to make way for my korean inspired halloween nails

Canmake No.57
Isn't this one a beauty. It's a blue-gray shade packed with sliver shimmer. Dries to a gorgeous semi matte finish. Need I say more? Love this TTM, esp the fact that I got it on SALE. xD NOthing gets better than that. Wanna know what's the best thing? THis is 1 COAT, LIKE ONE.1 COAT. Opaque like crazy + smooth application. Impressed? You should be! At least I am. 


Here's a picture showing off more shimmer! LOVE THIS COLOUR! I mean, omg! I like it a lot. Couldn't stop bimbotically staring and touching my nails. If you see this baby sitting around the can make nail polish corner, looking emo and feeling lonely, please pick it up and give it a new home. You won't regret it!!
Can make polishes never cease to impress me. I mean it's so easy to pass your eyes over this small little bottle. I mean, it's really tiny! Compared to other brands of polishes at least. Oh well, never underestimate the power of small things. They are usually the ones the bite back the hardest! HAHAH ok sorry for the random analogy. 
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          Comment on Underlying the Rules Part II: Adjusting The Spotlight by Thoth        
Well, to start with the necromancer... his full-scale requests included... <li>He wanted his first, instinctive, act of magic as a child to be raising his pets as Wraiths with the provisions that they 1) be able to function in daylight, 2) be automatically loyal to him, 3) be immune to anyone Else's attempts to control them, 4) have all their negative energy powers without actually being powered by negative energy or being evil, 5) be immune to turning and undead-damaging spells without becoming vulnerable to anything else, 6) would only be able to create spawn that would be modified in the same ways, and 7) would be friendly, cuddly, and good with other children without being dangerous if he didn't want them to be. Then, before first level, he wanted to have this ability have improved with practice until he could summon a modest army of such creatures for several hours without even needing to have bodies handy to work with. He wanted to be able to question "the dead" in general to find out what he wanted to know, allowing him to know anything that anyone who had died had ever known and whatever new items any dead person had learned since their deaths He wanted to be able to become undead immediately upon being killed, to be pretty much unstoppable as an undead (recovering all his hit points from round to round even if destroyed), and then to be able to casually return to life without cost or effort once the battle was over. He wanted to be able to invent and cast high-order necromancy effects on the fly and without apparent limit. </li> And lots of smaller stuff. Basically it was "I wish to have an unstoppable army, to be nigh-omniscient, to be immortal and invulnerable, and to be an endlessly powerful necromancer as a level one child character. I also want to be a persecuted victim and - at the same time - be widely looked up to as a hero". I was not running that game, but helped the game master make necromancer characters until the player agreed to play an actual build (even if he didn't pay any attention to what he could and could not do). He rage-quit shortly thereafter when he returned from a solo expedition to announce that he had "solved the mystery" only for the rest of the party to inform him that - once again - they got that information days ago, had found it to be a smoke screen, and were well beyond that point in their investigation. When it comes to Orin, I suspect a degree of projection, since Orin was extremely pragmatic rather than dogmatic. His basic objections were: 1) The "priestess", in her attempts to be "subtle", was a poor religious instructor - to the point where most of the children thought she was teaching them to cook. She was offering animal sacrifices in which Asmodeus had no interest, to a version of Asmodeus that did not exist, and without revealing what they were supposed to be doing or to whom they were making offerings - ensuring that there was no actual benefit in doing so. Orin believed that if the kids wished to worship an Archdevil, that was their choice - but they should get their facts straight and understand the benefits and costs before making that decision. He recommended against it for the moment because the probable costs were grossly disproportionate: Amongst other problems... 2) The children's current caretaker was a neutral good priest (not him); and taking up the worship of an archdevil was likely to endanger their support structure - which they were young enough to require. 3) The worship of Asmodeus was illegal in their homeland, and would at the least make them less adoptable. 4) They were currently under the supervision of a military garrison that was being besieged by creatures of the lower planes and the commander was likely to regard taking up the worship of such entities as extremely questionable at best. 5) That - while the philosophy of "Lawful Evil" - "A lawful evil character methodically takes what he/she wants within the limits of his/her code of conduct without regard for whom it hurts. He/She cares about tradition, loyalty, and order but not about freedom, dignity, or life. He/She plays by the rules but without mercy or compassion. He/She is comfortable in a hierarchy and would like to rule, but is willing to serve. He/She condemns others not according to their actions but according to race, religion, homeland, or social rank. He/She is loath to break laws or promises. This reluctance comes partly from his/her nature and partly because he/she depends on order to protect himself from those who oppose him/her on moral grounds" could be quite rewarding under the right circumstances, it offered few rewards for essentially powerless children who were dependent on a generally "good" society. If they wished to try being devil-worshipers (which he thought was shortsighted, but not "wrong"), they would be likely to achieve better positions by reaching adulthood and accumulating some personal power first. 5b) If they wanted to get started on power he was perfectly willing to administer the <a href="https://ruscumag.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/oath-of-the-postulant-a-priest-of-the-light/" target="_blank">Oath Of The Postulant</a> and give them some - noting that his version could provide training in the <a href="https://ruscumag.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/eclipse-d20-the-sacerdos-pastor-sacred-shepherd-package/" target="_blank">Sacredos Pastor</a> package - which did not actually require being "good" and offered a variety of useful abilities sufficient to make them very adoptable indeed, to provide a later career, and to make them welcome in any community. 5) The "priestess" claimed - apparently sincerely - to be worshiping Asmodeus "in his aspect as a god of oaths and contracts". She, however, as a junior lieutenant who had voluntarily joined the military, kept refusing to obey orders in the face of the enemy because "no one had any right to tell her what to do", would then promise to behave according to her military oaths and enlistment contract, and would then rebel again. She got away with it for a bit due to the personnel shortage (and being a player character) and due to their being no time for a court martial, but eventually the commanders patience wore out. 6) Orin did give the kids a good look at the various outer planes. He (and they) felt that the higher planes were more congenial - but one advantage of the Sacredos Pastor package is being able to more around the planes after you die anyway. <em>Orin's faith didn't require the worship of any particular god or adherence to any particular alignment, although it did tend to encourage those tendencies that promoted the welfare of groups following it - not because they were "good" but because they were profitable. It was designed entirely around offering the maximum possible benefits to its followers and their societies so that they would spread as quickly as possible. What god or gods you decided to worship was up to you. It was, in fact, a social and religious optimizer, functioning as a self-adapting program designed for unlimited growth (see "Safe AI"). Sadly, he never really got to explore the consequences of introducing it into the setting...</em>
          The Car Empire Strikes Back - Complete Anthology        
We've been compiling a list of examples of how the automobile industry, since the bicycle returned to the public consciousness around 2006-2007, have been striking back. Using their advertising millions to ridicule not just bikes but public transport. It is the surest sign that they feel threatened by the return of serious competition. So threatened that they actively spend money on tackling it.

A few years ago we made a commercial - If Car Commercials Were Based on Fact, Not Fiction. Citroen did not like it at all and here's THAT fun story.

Here is a long list of examples of The Car Empire Strikes Back - dating from 2009 here on the blog. We'll add new ones here as they appear. And they will.

AUDI - NOVEMBER 2016
Audi Q2 in Copenhagen
Ah, Audi. You can always count on Audi to strike back. This time they aren't ridiculing bikes or public transport (scroll to the bottom of this article). This time they're squatting and they went to Copenhagen to do it. The irony escapes no one. In their photo shoot - or rather photoshop - for something they call the Q2, they happily parked their last century technology on public squares, skateparks and on sidewalks. In a city where 56% ride a bike each day and only 14% drive a car. You can't make this up. But you can ridicule it. And upgrade their logo while you're at it.

Audi Q2 in Copenhagen Audi Q2 in Copenhagen
Audi Q2 in Copenhagen Audi Q2 in Copenhagen

Their copy is hilarious, too. "Somehow cool, somehow stylish, somehow "hyggelig", as the Danes say." Or this about the Superkilen square where they rudely engaged in arrogant and illegal parking:
"The Superkilen district in Copenhagen North-west unites different cultural influences with a combination of architecture, design and landscaping. The Audi Q2, of course, is not one of the permanent installations, but it still works."

Does it? DOES IT, work? You be the judge.

Thanks to Johannes in Finland for sending us the link.

FORD - NOVEMBER 2016

Does he deserve the new Ford Mondeo? Oh yes. He does. He had to ride an elevator with a smelly, sub-cultural cyclist dude. So of course, he does.


Amusingly, here's the opposite side of the coin. A commercial from the Dutch TV and Film School. Smug motorists in an elevator. Announcement says first, "Attention, the blue Saab is being towed." Then followed by, "Attention, the yellow Lotus is rolling towards the Saab". Or something like that. Cue smug cyclist.

VOLVO - MARCH 2015

The latest piece in our ongoing series writes itself. This time it's Volvo doing its best to draw your attention to the fact that motorists kill obscene amounts of people - including themselves - by placing the responsibility on cyclists and pedestrians. It's a smoke screen and this time it's sprayed on. It is Ignoring the Bull in Society's China Shop taken to the next level.

Volvo Life Paint. Seriously. Life paint.

But hey... it's not for the 35,000+ people killed by or in cars in the EU alone by Volvo and their Big Auto homies (around the same in the US and 1.2 million worldwide - not to mention the tenfold more killed by pollution from cars and trucks or the hundreds and hundreds of thousands more injured...).

And no, it's not rational ideas like helmets for motorists or making motorists responsible by forcing them to have external airbags.

It's spray on paint.

No, not for cars, even though black cars are most likely to be involved in collisions. No, it's not rational stuff like reflective paint on cars or health warning legislation on all automobiles.

It's for you on foot or on a bicycle because you are an irritation to motorists. You are a squishy bug ruining their paint job. You are a threat to their mobility dominance. You must be ridiculed with calls for reflective vests/clothing and a variety of ways to hate on pedestrians. Now you have the gift of Big Auto paint to spray on your irritating person.

http://www.volvocarslifepaint.com/

I don't think we realise how slippery a slope it is we are on as a society when morons like this produce crap like this and actually get taken seriously.

Fortunately, we have a better idea for Volvo. Make Life Shine.

SMART - SEPTEMBER 2014


Yep. All this growing momemtum for liveable cities and civilised streets after almost a century of destructive, car-centric traffic engineering is really starting to irritate Big Auto. Smart is no exception. In an almost laughable direct extention of the automobile industry's invention of the concept of jaywalking (as highlighted in this TED talk), Smart decided to use "fun" and "gameification" in order to keep the sheep that are pedestrians down. Under the thumb. Under control. In the name, of course, of their kind of safety. They call it:


They are really grasping at straws, Big Auto. This generation is abandoning the automobile and so here comes the spin... new, smart generation... for loving the city. Those of us who love cities rarely have a love of the automobile. We're tired of death, injury, destruction. The new smart generation can see through Big Auto's attempts to spin things their way once again. "To hook them back to the car" as this former head designer at BMW actually told the crowd during his keynote.

So, funny dancing crossing lights to keep pedestrians "safe". Give me a break. 30 km/h zones like in over 120 European cities keep pedestrians and cyclists safe. Traffic calming does, too. External airbags on cars - placing the responsability on the potential murderers, too. Reducing the number of cars in cities is a no-brainer for the new, smart generation. Eliminating car ownership in cities altogether is actually a thing.

We who are new, smart and of this generation don't buy this blatant ignoring the bull. The paradigm is shifting. We are rejecting the car-centric streets that we inherited from the past century. Let the pedestrians dance wherever the hell they like in the Life-Sized City. It's the future of cities. It's back to the future, too. Seven thousand years of liveable cities will NOT be ruined by 90 odd years of deadly mistakes by traffic engineers and Big Auto, who have more deaths on their conscience that most dictators. The liveable city is rising once again, carried on the shoulders of a new, smart generation.

NISSAN - FEBRUARY 2014

Car companies are now intent on ridiculing other transport forms or lathering themselves up in a greenwashing frenzy.

It's usually a roll-your-eyes, comical experience. Nissan Denmark, however, have outdone themselves. They're banging the drums for their new Qashqai model here in Denmark. It started last year on September 4, 2013 when Nissan hosted a "café" in the centre of Copenhagen, letting people take the Qashqai for a test drive. In the middle of the day. In the City of Cyclists and near our many pedestrian streets and a main metro station.

Kieran Toms, who is interning with Copenhagenize Design Co. at the moment, reported from the front lines. He popped into the "café" with a friend. Kieran, being a modern young man from the UK, doesn't have a driving licence, but his friend took Nissan up on the offer of a test drive. The Nissanite who accompained him extoled the virtues of the car and especially the acceleration. Unfortuntely, they were paralysed in traffic - while hundreds and hundreds of bicycle users rolled part, oblivious to the wonders of last century mobility. Acceleration consisted of crawling ten metres at a time down the streets. Involuntary humour from Nissan.

Now Nissan are ramping up their campaign for their car. The film, above, starts with the classic car industry shot of a car alone on a road - like THAT ever happens in a city. The text fades in declaring the Qashqui to be The Ultimate Urban Experience. Which, in reality in Copenhagen, is staring out the window at the rear end of some other car whilst citizens ride bicycles or walk past you.

Then they declare they're "Unlocking Copenhagen" for a weekend in March and they've enlisted a minor Danish celebrity Mads Christensen (self-proclaimed biggest braggart in Denmark). He tells us that he'll be the keymaster for unlocking the city, driving around in a Qashqai and challenging the city. Something about all your questions will be answered as they "zig-zag" around the city in March. Totally vague.

The film features clips of Copenhagen, including loads of people riding their bicycles, unaffected by Nissan's marketing prowess. Yeah. Whatever. Remember to wave or ring your bell at Nissan and the Braggart when you see them stuck in traffic on the weekend of March 6-8, 2014. Compared to the other examples of Car Industry Strikes Back, this one is hilarious and rather lame.

MERCEDES - MAY 2013

Another day, another installment in our Car Industry Strikes Back series wherein the automobile industry, in their own quirky way, do what they can to ridicule the competition, be it bicycles or public transport.

This Mercedes commercial is - by car industry standards - just plain goofy. Let it be a sign that they're slipping up and getting a bit desperate. Two pro drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, are cast in the roles of pro drivers who will never have careers as actors. The payoff at the end is classic Car Empire Strikes Back.

SMART - MAY 2013

Another fine example wherein we observe the desperate tactics of the car industry as they try to respond to rising cycling levels and public transport in their vain attempt to keep their dominant market share in this age of de-motorization.

This time it's Smart going for gold in this Portuguese commercial. Presenting us with worst-case scenarios from public transport and then having a young, hip-looking-ish man looking out the window at a Smart car rolling past - on an empty street at night. No traffic jams, nothing. Always amusing to see how car commercials try to get around showing traffic.

The tagline is SmartforTwo Public Transport. So now they're muscling in on the phrase Public Transport.

AUDI - DECEMBER 2012

Ahh. That most desperate of car brands, Audi. I think they are the car brand we've featured most in this series. They're at it again, this time in Finland.

It ends with the money shot, of course. The car in question flying along a road without any traffic. Free as a bird and at extremely high speeds. Everything preceeding the money shot is shots of poor bastards who don't have an Audi.

Including freezing public transport users at a bus stop (the leggy girl is clearly disenchanted with the guy for not having an Audi) and a man riding a thin-tired bicycle down a frozen road. Regarding the latter.... come on... the Finns know and they're not complete strangers to the bicycle. Any rural Finn worth their salt wouldn't ride THAT kind of bicycle in THAT kind of weather. This is the country that has the city of Oulu, for god's sake. Sure, it's not manipulation on the scale of BBC's War on Britain's Roads, but it's still bending the truth to serve an agenda.

A reader in Helsinki, Alexander, was kind enough to send us the head's up about this commercial, as well as to translate the titles:
"Talvi tulee taas" = Winter is coming again
"Älä taistele vastaan" = "Don't fight against [it]"
"Suomi. quattron koti" = "Finland. [the] quattro's home"

He also checked Shazam and found that the song used is "Prettiest World" by Daniel Nordgren. Prettiest world indeed. A world where walking is difficult, riding a bicycle is difficult, public transport is difficult and the only way to get around is in an Audi Quattro.

Desperate times for Audi. They're striking back.

LEXUS - DECEMBER 2012

Next up is Lexus. We've all heard that those pesky youngsters are driving less all around the western world. The demotorization of society is well under way. We know WHY they're not bothering to get driving licences. Damned social media. They can be sociable online instead of having to drive to the mall to hang out and suck on 40 gallon Cokes.

The car industry knows this all too well, too. So Lexus went for it. They want this to be a December to remember.

This December, remember: you can stay in and "Share" something or you can get out there with your friends and actually share something. This is the pursuit of perfection. 

Buy the Lexus and you'll get a leggy girl begging to be with you. You'll experience traffic-free streets in major urban centres. You won't have to "share" those streets with ANYONE. Lexus is striking back. And, like so many of these commercials, it seems desperate.

CHEVY & DISNEY - NOVEMBER 2012

It's not going so good for Big Auto. Those pesky kids aren't bothering getting driving licences anymore. The Demotoriszation of society is in full swing. What to do... what to do... they gotta hook those kids - and everyone else - back to the car - as former BMW designer Chris Bangle said - while keeping a straight face in Melbourne. But how to strike back? How to sell some PEM? (Personal Emotional Mobility)?

Ah! Disneyworld! There's the ticket! We'll call it Test Track!

Get revved up for the exciting, re-imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet—the exhilarating driving experience, now designed by YOU! You'll feel like you're part of the Chevrolet design studio as you create your own virtual custom-concept vehicle. Then, put your design through its paces (at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour) on the exciting hills, hairpin turns and straightaways of the Test Track circuit.

And that's just the beginning of your adventure! After your "test drive" is over, you can:

- See how well your car performed and then race it over changing terrains and extreme conditions on a digital driving table
- Produce and share a TV commercial starring your "dream ride"
- Explore a Chevrolet showroom, complete with shiny new cars on display

You won't want to miss this interactive experience when it reopens in December 2012!


Check out the website!


Another, desperate last-ditch attempt to try and thwart the declining brand that is automobile culture? It's an expensive investment, but money is still around at Big Auto apparently.


Good luck with this.


SIXT CAR RENTAL - JUNE 2012

Having just returned from working in Brazil and Norway, this was a fun addition to my inbox. It's from the German global car rental company, Sixt. They cut refreshingly to the chase with their text, making it easier for us:

"To all those pioneers, idealists, eco-heroes and saviors of the world: You don't have to ride bicycles anymore".

Yes, they just wrote that. In all seriousness. In 2012.

So, now a car rental company is feeling the pressure from the rising levels of bicycle traffic. Perhaps this is a response to the recent, German Nationaler Radverksplan 2020, which aims boldly at doubling bicycle traffic in German cities.

As ever, it is a sure sign that the bicycle is back, here to stay and making the transport competition run scared.

BMW - MAY 2012

BMW is at it again. Sporty cyclists featured in the background. The text "Grace vs Pace" is prominent. But which is which? Does the car have pace and the cyclists grace? Or vice versa? We're not sure.

But the point is clear. Joy wins. The joy of driving a BMW far exceeds riding a bicycle. And now their calling it Efficient Dynamics. Less emissions. More driving pleasure. Greenwashing supreme.

FORD - MAY 2012

Our reader, Krzysztof in Gdansk, Poland, spotted this advert for Ford Poland in the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper. You're going to love this desperate attempt by Ford to sell some vans.

The main text at the top left reads, "Ford Transit - a machine for saving money"

Then, below, Ford tries to alter reality by writing; "Delivery bicycles do not exist. You don't need to switch to riding a bike to save money."

Yes. They just wrote that. Delivery Bicycles Don't Exist. In all seriousness. And then they paid to have it published in a newspaper. If Poland has an advertising standards commission, someone should let them about this advert. Lying, as far as I'm aware, isn't allowed in advertising.

The text continues with optimistic texts about how you can "Save on buying", "save on petrol", "save on service", etc. "The usual blah blah blah you'd expect from a commercial", as Krzysztof put it in his email to us.

He continues, "Now I know commercials go a far way to bend facts and I know delivery bikes are not popular in Poland (in fact I've seen just 1 or 2 in
Gdańsk so far) but come on... I felt like someone was lying while looking me straight in the eyes. This ad is something I just couldn't pass by."

When you live in Copenhagen, with 40,000 cargo bikes and you are involved with the Cyclelogistics project to promote cargo bike use in European cities, this advert is so stupid it's amusing. As ever with this Car Industry Strikes Back series, we can see that they're worried. That they see the bicycle as serious competition. And well they should. It's last century versus this century and we're winning it.

Paris Bike Culture - La Petite Reine
Cargo bike delivery in Paris.

Vintage Russian Cargo Bike - Home Flower Delivery
Vintage Russian cargo bike delivering flowers.

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Left to right: Supermarket delivery bike in Montreal.
Citizen Cyclist in Copenhagen carrying stuff.
Royal Danish post.
Rio de Janeiro and Rio, again. Two of 11,000 cargo bike deliveries in that city.


Flea Market Transport Fruit Bike Ice Bikes Espressomanden Cargo Bike
Left to right: Copenhagener moving stuff to a flea market.
The Fruit Bike, Copenhagen.
Ice Cream Bikes at Copenhagen Zoo.
The Coffee Bike by Espressomanden, Copenhagen.
Cargo bike in Amsterdam.
Newspaper Bike Sao Paulo Cargo Bikes (2) Cyclelogistics KOM 012 The Sushi Bicycle Vendor The Bikeman
Left to right: Newspaper bike, Copenhagen.
Cargo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Crêpes bike, Copenhagen.
Sushi bike, Copenhagen.
Bike repair bike, Copenhagen.

And so on, and so on. The Cargo Bike Culture photo set kind of thumbs its nose in the general direction of Ford.

VOLKSWAGON - DECEMBER 2011

Sandra from the always brilliant Classic Copenhagen blog spotted this here in Copenhagen. An installation commercial for the new Volkswagon Beetle. It translates as:

"Experience the wild animal" - or beast, perhaps - "on TheBeetle.dk".

As street ads go, I've seen better. And while this doesn't exactly fit into our Car Empire Strikes Back series, the 20-something creatives who thought this up and patted each other on the back afterwards have inadvertantly given us an image of our urban future.

Isn't this exactly what we're working towards? How we should finally - for the first time since the 1920's - stop ignoring the bull in society's china shop? Restricting the bull. Caging it. Taming it. Keeping it from killing, injuring and polluting. This campaign is anti-car without even meaning to be. Hilarious.

I'm happy to experience the beast on their (really quite cool) website. As long as they stay off our streets. And, for what it's worth, off our cycle tracks... that wide ass flatbed is sticking out over the track.

SKODA - DECEMBER 2011

Thanks to Cian for the link to yet another addition to our series, this time from Skoda. Short and sweet, it features two kids who are executing a rather badly-planned escape.

"We need more space, Billy", says the girl when Billy drops the suitcase.
"I need more time, too", says Billy, after longingly glancing at the Skoda.

Escape aborted due to indequate planning. Bicycles are for kids. Bicycles are impractical for carrying things. Message sent.

Um... Why don't they have backpacks? Why doesn't Billy use the rope in his bag to tie some of the gear onto the bicycle? Why isn't the girl helping carry stuff? Why doesn't the girl have a bicycle - what kind of family does SHE come from, for god's sake?

It's an advertising bureau who had to come up with a film to match the Great Escape slogan and they were having a rough day at the brainstorm. Weak dramaturgy.

If they have two bikes they would be long gone and wouldn't get stuck in traffic. Haven't these kids ever seen ET?!

Maybe this is a societal warning. Maybe the ad men are sending secret messages. Maybe they're our allies and are telling us that our children spend so much time in front of the television and computer that they have haven't been allowed to develop basic skills through play that would prepare them for Great Escapes. They've grown up in Bubble Wrap society of bike helmets, Thudguard "safety hats" and Buddy Bumper Balls and are hopeless at preparing even a simple run away from home. They've grown up with the automobile dominating their every movement and have not developed the imagination that would allow them to think differently.

My kid could figure out how to get all that stuff on his bike. His girlfriend would have her own bike and they would be able to coordinate an effective escape. Hopefully they won't feel the need to.


CHEVROLET COLOMBIA - DECEMBER 2011

On today's programme, we'll be travelling to Colombia, where Chevrolet desperately tries to reverse the tide of demotorisation and the rise of the bicycle.

If the 'oh so green' colour of the above graphics isn't cheesy enough, the text is:

"At the moment I ride a bicycle but with ChevyPlan I can now afford a car"

While Bogota's fame as a bicycle city from the early 90's is waning (police confiscating bicycles from cyclists who don't wear helmets, etc), the city is still more bicycle-friendly than many other places. A new bike share system has brought the bicycle back to the surface and this is how Chevrolet saw fit to react.

Offering citizens to bury themselves in debt, contribute to making the streets unsafe and adding to the emissions levels in Columbian cities. What a deal!

Here's the site for ChevyPlan Colombia. Be warned, ridiculous singing will blare out of your speakers. If you fancy letting them know that they're silly, here's a link to a contact form: http://www.chevyplan.com.co/Chevyplan/Chevyplan/paginas/documento.aspx?idr=1474

TOYOTA - NOVEMBER 2011

Here's the latest installment, this time from the land of the rising fun. Nippon.

Toyota, like the rest of the car industry, is worried about the increasingly negative perception of the automobile. After decades of transport dominance, the car industry is under threat, not least by bicycles as transport, but also public transport.

How to tackle it? Famous person. Ridicule. A slogan or two. A series of high-end commercials based on a much loved Japanese anime series.

Cue hapless (car-less) geeky guy on an outing with his girlfriend, using public transport. Enter cool guy with a Toyota who drives off with the girl. Geeky guy subservient in front of famous person character (Jean Reno as Doraemon) begging for four wheels.

TOYOTA. REBORN.
FUN TO DRIVE, AGAIN.

ZIPCAR - OCTOBER 2011


There is a car share company in the States called Zipcar. Car sharing is good. I use a car share programme here in Copenhagen - okay... only about 2 times a year, but hey. It's there when I need it. Once again, it's interesting to note and track the rising resistance of the car industry and related auto-centric industries to the rise of the bicycle in our cities. It comes as a bit of a surprise that Zipcar would go after bicycle culture in a campaign, but here they are, doing it. Zipcar is, of course, on Twitter, if anyone is interested.

20110909 zipcar-5door
It was Jym Dyer on Twitter who pointed us in the direction of Zipcar's "Sometimes you just need a Zipcar" campaign, pictured above in situ, from his photostream on Flickr. As he puts it:

"These people apparently live in a world where bike messengers don't exist, so nobody has figured out how to carry papers on a bicycle. Apparently baskets, racks, xtracycles, worktrikes, and bike trailers don't exist either, because you have to carry architectural models on your handlebars. The only alternative, apparently, is a 5-door car. Architects who can't envision carfree spaces are a big part of the problem.

Indeed. The campaign also has a Facebook page where you can add your own dialogue to the photo. I suggest everyone get in there and turn back the automobile tide with their wit. Because there are a whole lot of misconceptions in there.

Jym also pointed out that the architectural model the woman is holding - besides being butt ugly - has an entire ground floor dedicated to car parking. Sooooo last century.

So. How would these well-dressed - and shockingly visionless - architects get to their meeting? Zipcar obviously can't envision how the bicycle has been used for over a century in our cities. Let's help them out, shall we?

Send lawyers, bikes and money Doghouse
At left: Two lawyers outside the Copenhagen City Courts, carrying all manner of legal documents on their bicycles.
At right: A decent front rack - with or without a box - could make it simpler to transport the architectural model - and other things.

Picking Up The Kid Dad and Son
Front racks come in a variety of sizes - I even use it for transporting my kids' bikes from time to time. And everything else under the sun.

Cargo Bike Action
Here's an average load for me and the kids. Two plants, two metal cupboards, a doll and a bunch of other stuff on the Bullitt.

Bike Messenger Paris Bike Culture - La Petite Reine
Like Jym said, what about bicycle messengers? Either a traditional cargo bike or a larger version, like La Petite Reine in Paris (pictured), or a variety of other versions.

Zipcar isn't just playing the anti-cycling card. They're slapping a whole bunch misconceptions out there.
Oh puhlease. Zipcar's advertising people really should get out more often.

Red Light People Green Thing
Christmas Shopping Groceries
The Daily Haul Snowstorm Christmas Shopping
Cargo Shopping Cycling Shopaholic
Carry on in Copenhagen Winter Carrying
Too easy.

Thankfully I've never experienced this cliché but the last two times I've moved flats, I did it on cargo bikes:
Load 5 Me Load 4 Me
And you may remember this film of our friends moving flat in Barcelona by bicycle.

Transporting musical instruments by bicycle?
Musical Transport Bike Battle
At left: A musician arriving at a café in Copenhagen for a gig. A couple of those Christiania bikes and those boys need not take the bus.
At right: A musician setting up to play on a square in Copenhagen with his cargo bike as transport.
Here's a Copenhagenize Flickr set about music, musical instruments and bicycles.

Okay, this one is, in a way, one of those things that's not like the others. To get to the lake/stream, you may want something more than a bicycle depending where it is. But why wouldn't that canoe fit on the subway? They could just stand up, pressing it against the ceiling. If they DID want to transport it by bike, it wouldn't be THAT difficult.
Juletree - Copenhagen Yule Sofa-moving bike, Beijing, China.JPG
That yule tree is not that much shorter than the canoe and that sofa is certainly less handy - and heavier.

Bike Culture Taxi
Now here's a question. Do Zipcars come with detachable bike racks as standard? Nah. Didn't think so. Every taxi in Denmark must be equipped with two bike racks. If you need a taxi and have a bicycle to transport, the driver gets out and takes out the rack from the trunk, sticking it into the standard holder on the back of the taxi. Wouldn't THAT be a good idea for Zipcar and other car share programmes?

How about just be a little bit forward-thinking and selling car share WITH bicycles? We blogged about a great little film from Dublin that promotes combining the two. The bike share programme Go Car teamed up with Bear Bicycles.

By the way, I've heard that Paris is getting a large-scale Zipcar-ish car share programme with electric cars. Don't Zipcars still run on oil? Sheesh. Isn't it 2011, or what?

GENERAL MOTORS - OCTOBER 2011


Addendum: Later in the day this post was written. After a bit of a Twitter storm, The Los Angeles Times reports that General Motors is withdrawing the bicycle portion of their campaign. Which is great news, although it's kind of like the rebels taking a minor city when Gaddafi stills controls Tripoli.

Thanks to the eagle eyes at the League of American Bicyclists, this General Motors campaign was spotted - and spanked accordingly. "Reality Sucks" is their campaign title. It offers discounts to college students who want to buy a car. This is another example of Copenhagenize's "Car Industry Strikes Back" series. Most instances of the car industry, or automobile insurance companies, are subtle and use imagery to underline their point that cycling is geeky, only for poor souls and can't compete with the sexed up car ownership world. This GM campaign spells it out, revealing the inner desires of the car industry faced with stiff and growing competition from bicycle traffic.

Stop Pedalling, Start Driving.

Yes. They're worried. Yes. They're desperately trying to cling on to a fast-changing market. No. They don't seem very capable of doing so. It would be amusing if it wasn't so pathetic. GM has a list of Environmental Principles on their website. This is prime material for The Daily Show.

As a responsible corporate citizen, General Motors is dedicated to protecting human health, natural resources and the global environment. This dedication reaches further than compliance with the law to encompass the integration of sound environmental practices into our business decisions.

We are committed to actions to restore and preserve the environment. (Meaning: We'll put tiny bandaids on the mass destruction we have caused over the past century in your cities and countryside. Oh, and the Great American Streetcar Scandal? No comment.)
We are committed to reducing waste and pollutants, conserving resources, and recycling materials at every stage of the product lifecycle. (Meaning: Because this will increase our profit margin)
We will continue to participate actively in educating the public regarding environmental conservation (Meaning: we'll do everything we can to manipulate people into staying in our cars and ridicule all other forms of transport).
We will continue to pursue vigorously the development and implementation of technologies for minimizing pollutant emissions. (Meaning: As long as it stills involves oil and we can still keep selling cars)
We will continue to work with all governmental entities for the development of technically sound and financially responsible environmental laws and regulations. (Meaning: We will spend outrageous amounts of money lobbying politicians to keep them on our side)


Be sure to read Bike League's piece on the GM campaign here.

Addendum: The next day after General Motors got caught in The Perfect Twitter Storm.
Giant bicycles produced this bicycle-friendly version of the ad.

NEW ZEALAND LOTTERY - SEPTEMBER 2011
Thanks to Su Yin, loyal reader in New Zealand, for sending us this advert for a lottery. Poor guy on the left. Relegated to riding a bicycle but if he wins the lottery, he can have CARS! This is not the Car Empire here, but it still underlines the perception of status of owning a car.

MAC - SOUTH AUSTRALIA CAR INSURANCE - AUGUST 2011
This is an actual campaign. Amazingly, it is from a governmental organisation in South Australia - MAC, or The Motor Accident Commission.

"The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is South Australia’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer and provides $400 million each year in compensation to road crash victims.

MAC also manages the State Government’s road safety communications program and provides sponsorship funding for projects that aim to reduce the number and impact of road injuries and deaths."



This fits perfectly into series. It is so car-centric that you'd place your money on the car industry if you had to guess who produced this Lose Your Licence and You're Screwed campaign. Thanks to our reader, Tony, for sending this along to us.

What a brilliantly anti-bicycle campaign. A large sum of money was spent on hammering home the point to young people that bicycles are lame and that cars the only real, credible option for life in South Australia. We beg to differ:

Double *

They also produced a series of commercials for this campaign, like this one.


DUTCH CAR INSURANCE - JUNE 2011

Okay, calling this advert "striking back" is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration but as Marc from Amsterdamize points out, the auto-insurance company behind the film apparently thinks that driving on bike lanes and sidewalks is perfectly acceptable urban behaviour.

In other not-so-striking striking back news from auto-related people, we know that Cycle Chic has been a great inspiration to many over the years.

We find it, however, odd that we have inspired the website Be Car Chic, too. The site is a rather feeble attempt to brand automobiles as chic here in the Age of Demotorization.

If you look at the URL - becarchic - it looks like the name of one of the chemcials that cars emit in our cities. But I digress...

Sure, it's a tiny little website - more of a weak nipple flick than a 'striking back' but it shows the same tendency that we're seeing all over the world. All the focus on more liveable cities, bicycle transport and public transport has pushed the automobile industry and their disciples into a corner for the first time in two or three generations.

Let's face it, cars aren't chic. Some cars are cool, sure. My first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang and I have a thing for the BMW 2002 Alpin, but using a form of transport that pollutes our cities with emissions and noise, that scares our citizens and kills pedestrians and cyclists, that costs us billions in road maintenance and that takes up space that could be used for reestablishing liveable streets will never be chic.

What it is slowly becoming - once again for the first time since the first Anti-Automobile Age - is socially unacceptable. And that is both inevitable and perfectly acceptable.

AUSTRALIAN CAR INSURANCE - MARCH 2011

One of our readers, Stephen, sent us a link to this beauty on twitter. It's an advert from Australia. A company called NRMA who sell car insurance and provide roadside assistance, et al.

This is just fantastic. It says it all. All of this global focus on not only bicycles but public transport, pedestrianiam and other tools for re-building liveable cities are making these people nervous. So nervous that they made an advert trying to hard-sell urban automobile culture.

You may have noticed that this blog is rather bicycle-oriented so here's a photographic response - using photos from our archives - of how all the situations above can be solved with human-powered transport. Off we go...

Situation: The man with the table:
Wide Bike Lanes

Move It 

Situation: People in costumes at a busstop.

Nothing wrong with taking a bus, but at 0:58 of the City of Cyclists video there's a shot of kids in a cargo bike wearing costumes heading to a party.

Situation: Father and son going to rugby practice:
Football Planet in Copenhagen
I had a load of other football training gear on my bicycle, too.

Situation: High heeled shoes:
Basket Check
Red Light People
Or the

reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shiftwill demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.“UN Agenda 21

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse?
Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?”


“How does one eat an elephant? - One bite at a time!"

1.0 Introduction to "Sustainability"

On 24th March 2010 I asked “Are Politicians Competent” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/are-politicians-competent_2578.html). Christopher Booker’s Sunday Telegraph article  - 'Pathetic' Rio conference still leaves us with huge bill to pay - on 24th June 2012 provided a hint at the answer. I take the liberty of repeating Christopher Bookers article here.



QUOTE:  .. 

The great global warming scare has long been dying on its feet, but that sad fiasco of a conference in Rio last week saw it finally dead and buried. "It's pathetic, it's appalling," wailed a spokesman for WWF, one of the thousands of green activists who flew to Rio, many at taxpayers' expense, to see the last rites read over their lost dream. Their cause has even been abandoned by one of its most outspoken champions, the green guru James Lovelock of "Gaia" fame, who now admits that the warming scare was all a tragic mistake, and that talk of "Sustainable development" is just "meaningless drivel".

But the "epic failure" of Rio, as Friends of the Earth called it, is an apt cue to recall how this leaves Britain as only country in the world committed by law to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent in less than 40 years: The Climate Change Act, on the Government's own figures, faces us with a bill of up to £18 billion every year until 2050, making it by far the most costly law ever passed by Parliament.

More important still, however, this raises the question: how do all those MPs who voted almost unanimously for this target (only three voted against it) think we can meet this obligation without closing down virtually our entire economy?

This is the question which, in April, I invited readers to put to their MPs, and I am very grateful to all those who have now sent me the replies they received, from nearly 50 MPs. These, I fear, are even more depressing than I anticipated.

The question put to the MPs was simple. Since we depend on CO2-emitting fossil fuels for 75 per cent of our electricity and almost all of our transport system, how in practical terms can we reduce those emissions by four-fifths? It is no good pretending that we can rely on "renewables" such as wind and solar to fill the gap, since these are so intermittent that they would require up to 100 per cent backup from fossil fuels to keep our now largely computer-dependent economy functioning.

Not one of the 47 MPs who answered showed the faintest understanding of the question. Many simply relied on a form letter supplied by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, starting with the sentence: 
"Decarbonisation does not mean de-industrialisation." The more honest MPs sent on DECC's letter, others used cut-and-paste to pretend that this reply was all their own work.

Some, such as our climate change minister Greg Barker, chirped about "the Green Deal, Renewables Incentives and Smart Meters". Fiona Bruce (Con, Congleton) was "assured that onshore wind is by far the cheapest large-scale renewable energy source". Roberta Blackman-Woods (Lab, Durham) claimed "nearly a million people now work in the low-carbon economy, with the potential to create 400,000 green jobs by 2020".

The silliest response came from Oliver Letwin, who said that the quoted costs of the Climate Change Act had been greatly exaggerated (not realising that the figures come from DECC's own website), and predicted that solar, wind and carbon capture (as yet non-existent) will soon be so cheap that, in a few years, they "will be able to operate without subsidies". As reader after reader observed, not a single MP addressed the question. Not one had done any serious homework or showed the slightest practical grasp of how electricity is made and how our transport system is powered. They merely regurgitated irrelevant, jargon-ridden propaganda passed on to them by others. As one reader put it: "What is infinitely depressing is that all these 
idiots believe the nonsense they are fed."

They live in a bubble of make-believe which doesn't touch reality at any point. Yet these are the people who passed the most potentially damaging law in our history - in the name of a delusion which, in Rio last week, died the death.

Somewhere along the way, if our country is to survive, that Climate Change Act will have be thrown into the dustbin of history. But judging by their letters, these MPs will be the very last people to realise it. As the man from WWF said, "It's pathetic, it's appalling." 


UNQUOTE.


As usual, Christopher Booker hit the nail fairly and squarely on the head.


2.0 John Holdren, Agenda 21 and the IPCC


An interesting article "John Holdren, Obama's Science Czar, says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet" (http://zombietime.com/john_holdren/#white_house_statement) discusses opinions expressed in a 1977 book "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment" (http://www.questia.com/read/98156598/ecoscience-population-resources-environment). This presents the proposals of co-authors Paul and Anne Ehrlich and John Holdren on subjects such as global government, population control and environmental management. Few of these proposals are acceptable to those of us who reject the idea of independent nations handing over authority to unelected organisations such as the UN.

The article includes scans of 18 pages from the book that are referenced in the article and the Questia page provides a useful search facility. This disclosed that the opinions and proposals offered by Holdren and the Ehrlichs included:
- “ .. Even more than the resources of the oceans, the atmosphere is shared by all human beings -- and other organisms as well. It is crucial to preserve the atmospheres quality and the stability of global climate .. But that these are now threatened and should be protected by international agreement is only beginning to be recognized in a few quarters. Should a Law of the Sea be successfully established, it could serve as a model for a future Law of the Atmosphere to regulate the use of airspace, to monitor climate change, and to control atmospheric pollution. Perhaps those agencies, combined with UNEP and the United Nations population agencies, might eventually be developed into a Planetary Regime -- sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration.. (Page 943)

- “ .. there must be a transition to a size-controlled eventually declining population, an internationally regulated Planetary Regime for the global commons, and something resembling the dynamic equilibrium economy espoused by Herman Daly and Emile Benoit .. ” (Page 944),


Holdren's representatives have claimed that the book was simply a text book covering proposals from various sources and not be regarded as his personal opinions (Note 3) however, that is not the only controversial book that Holdren co-authored with the Ehrlichs (Note 4).


So it seems that under the pretext of protecting global environments Holdren wants to see global laws (such as a Law of the Sea, Law of the Atmosphere, Population Law - "Ecoscience .. " Pages 941 & 837) for the purpose of monitoring controlling human activities and transferring wealth from developed to underdeveloped economies, all managed by a Global Government (Note 5). Perhaps that explains his enthusiasm for supporting the UN's IPCC (set up by UNEP and the WMO).

2.1 Opinions on Holdren


In her 9th Feb 2011 article "John Holdren’s IPCC Myths" (http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/02/09/john-holdrens-ipcc-myths/Donna Laframboise made some interesting comments about Holdren and the IPCC.   


"Ecoscience .. " opens with a preface by Harrison Brown (see also Notes 1 and 2) which says â€œ .. It is clear that the future course of history will be determined by the rates at which people breed and die, by the rapidity with which nonrenewable resources are consumed, by the extent and speed with which agricultural production can be improved, by the rate at which the underdeveloped areas can industrialize, by the rapidity with which we are able to develop new resources, as well as by the extent to which we succeed in avoiding future wars. All of these factors are interlocked.”

6 months later an article "“The Skeptical Environmentalist”: A Ten Year Appreciation (Bjørn Lomborg vindication of the late Julian Simon continues to resonate today)" was posted by  Robert Bradley Jr (http://www.masterresource.org/2011/09/skeptical-environmentalist-ten-years/#more-16570). In it he referred to " .. a slew of establishment neo-Malthusians, led by John Holdren .. " and quoted from a less-than-complementary E-mail that he received from Holdren. He then linked to his 2009 article which expands on those exchanges, in which Bradley concluded " .. Close mindedness and diatribes are the last things that are needed in a science advisor .. " (http://www.masterresource.org/2009/01/john-holdren-and-the-argument-from-authority-part-vii-in-a-series-on-obamas-new-science-advisor/). Both of those articles by Bradley and the subsequent comments are worth reading.

3.0 The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide

"...current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class - involving high meat intake use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing - are not sustainableA shift is necessary. which will require a vast strengthening of the multilateral system, including the United Nations..." [1]  Maurice Strong , opening speech at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development


An interesting article - Agenda 21 The U.N. Plan for "Sustainable" Communities - By Berit Kjos - 1998  (http://www.crossroad.to/text/articles/la21_198.htmladvised " .. Note: This global contract binds all nations to the collective vision of "sustainable development." They must commit to pursue the three E's of "sustainability": Environment, Economy and Equity referring to the UN blueprint for environmental regulations, economic manipulation, and social equity. It linked to a related contemporary article - Habitat II
The UN Plan For Human Settlements = also by Berit Kjos, June 1996 - that began " .. Land...cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership  is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable.... ... Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? .. 

Are these simply "Conspiracy theories" or real political agenda?

Let's look at what in May 2011 Australian Graham Williamson considered to be happening under the Labour-Green coalition headed by Julia Goddard “ .. The Australian government is still rushing to implement every requirement of their United Nations masters. Their task, is to proceed to give the United Nations a stranglehold over Australia while simultaneously reassuring Australians, with some cash handouts and rewards, that all is under control and Australia is headed for a bright and bold new future…”
“The United Nations future, as implemented by the Australian government, is one where the legal system will give priority to distributive justice (people thousands of miles away have a claim on you if you possess more than them), intergenerational justice (the law will become clairvoyant and grant rights to people who do not yet exist), and animal rights (land owners will have to face animal lawyers in court disputes over property use). Further, lack of scientific evidence will be no defence because of the precautionary principle. Opponents will be silenced by a campaign of vilification and intimidation .. ” (http://tome22.info/Submissions/GW-AgendaFor21stCentury.htm).


More recently he says " .. This paper demonstrates various ways in which the Australian government has put the interests of Australia last in the interests of globalisation & the instructions of the UN. Though some consider the Australian government to be incompetent or “accident prone” the evidence indicates their actions are planned & deliberate & their purpose is to promote globalisation, certainly not strengthen Australia’s autonomy & independence. This being the case, it is concluded they are performing their task brilliantly.

But for all those patriotic Australians who care about the next generation & who would like to see a strong independent democratic prosperous Australia with high moral values and a high standard of living, then the future is very bleak indeed.

In an  astonishing display  of  the degree  of corruption  of  traditional  legal  and  moral  principles which  has  already  occurred,  some  politicians  or  legal  experts  even  seek  to  use  environmental excuses  to convict  ordinary  Australians  of  committing  a  crime when  the  victim  cannot  be  named, does  not  exist,  and  his/her  degree  of  suffering  cannot  be  determined.

This  is  but  a  small  sign  of  what  is  to  come .. ” (see here).

Graham has just released his report "Politicians Act as Agents for the United Nations to Enforce Agenda 21  Upon Australians". Anyone interested in seeing it should ask Graham (grahamhw AT iprimus.com.au).

4.0 Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

THIS SECTION IS A WORK-IN-PROGRESS

The Charter of the International Council for Local Initiatives (ICLEI) declares that " .. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (hereafter referred to as the “Association”) was established as an international local government association in the year 1990. From its founding until 31 December 2003, the Association bore the name “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)” .. The Association’s seat shall be the location of its international headquarters (World Secretariat) .. The Association’s Mission shall be to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions .. The Association shall build an active and committed municipal membership of local spheres of government (local and regional governments and authorities) as well as international, regional, national and sub-national local-government associations .. " (http://www.iclei.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ICLEI_WS/Documents/Governance/Charter_approved_FINALforCOUNCIL20110912.pdf).



ICLEI Charter Clause 1.7 - Principles declares that " .. The Association shall promote, and ask its individual members to adopt, the following Earth Charter Principles to guide local action: .. (6) Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach .. ".

That clause relates directly to the stance of those who promote the UN's politically motivated Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis which speculates that our burgeoning use of fossil fuels will lead to catastrophic changes to the different global climates. Related to this aspect of  Charter sub-clause 5,2 states " .. As of May 2011, ICLEI has initiated and serves as the Secretariat for the following bodies: (a) World Mayors Council on Climate Change .. ".

4.1 ICLEI Governance

The basis for rthis section is the ICLEI Charter (http://www.iclei.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ICLEI_WS/Documents/Governance/Charter_approved_FINALforCOUNCIL20110912.pdf).

TO BE UPDATED

4.1.1 The Council

" .. The Council represents ICLEI’s global membership by way of representative democracy. It is the supreme decision-making and oversight body of the global association .. The Council shall:
(a) have sole power to amend or revise this Charter;
(b) elect members to the ICLEI Global Executive Committee;
(c) establish directions for the Association and adopt the ICLEI Strategic Plan ..

Constitution and term of the Council
3.2.1 - The Council is composed of all those members who have a seat in the ICLEI Regional Executive Committees as stipulated in Article 4.2.8.
3.2.2 - The Council is established through a declaration by the Secretary General that the Regional Executive Committees have been established. In case the establishment of one or more Regional Executive Committees experiences a delay, the Council is established if at least two thirds of the Regional Executive Committees are established .. ".

TO BE UPDATED

4.1.2 The Global Executive Committee

Unless otherwise shown, details fo rthe committee members are quoted from http://www.iclei.org/iclei-global/our-governance/global-executive-committee.html.

PresidentDavid Cadman
" .. has been serving as a Councillor at the City of Vancouver BC, Canada since 2004 .. ".


First Vice-PresidentMartha Delgado
" .. is currently the Director General for the Covenant of Mayors Mexico City Pact at Fundacion Pensar and has served as the Secretary of Environment at Mexico City, President of the Latin American Network of Environmental Authorities and the alternate governor of the World Water Council. Among various achievements, she coordinated the elaboration of the Mexico City Climate Action Plan .. ".

Vice-Presidents

Mary Jane Crisanto Ortega - " .. the former Mayor of San Fernando City, Philippines, and is currently serving as the Secretary General of CityNet - The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements in Asia-Pacific .. ".

James Nxumalo . " .. Mayor of Durban, South Africa .. has been leading local governments across Africa and worldwide to promote urban biodiversity, resilience and sustainability .. ".

Regional Seats

Africa - James Nxumalo (see above).

SE Asia - Mary Jane Crisanto Ortega (see above).

North America - Frank Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Latin America and the Caribbean -  Eduardo Rivera Pérez, Mayor, City of Puebla, Mexico.

East Asia - Yeom, Tye-Young, Mayor, Suwon city, Republic of Korea.

South Asia - Farhad SuriCouncilor OL, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, India.

Europe - Alexandra van HuffelenDeputy Mayor, Rotterdam, Netherlands .. her career spans across different aspects of sustainability including energy, housing, infrastructure, urban planning and greenhouse gas reduction.

Oceana - Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor, Adelaide, Australia.

More details for each of these individuals will be provided in Appendix B.

TO BE UPDATED


4.2 ICLEI Involvement in promoting CACC

" .. Park, Won-soon, Mayor, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Chief Delegate to UNFCCC .. has a background in international law .. As Chair of the WMCCC and chief delegate to UNFCCC, he represents ICLEI Member Cities in issues related to climate change and governance ..".

" .. The World Mayors Council on Climate Change is an alliance of committed local government leadersconcerned about climate change. They advocate for enhanced engagement of local governments as governmental stakeholders in multilateral efforts addressing climate change and related issues of global sustainability ...founded in December 2005 by Yorikane Masumoto, Mayor of City of Kyoto (Japan) .. Chair of the Council is Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government. Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn (Germany), is serving as Vice Chair while Former Mayor Yorikane Masumoto of Kyoto City (Japan) is the Honorary Chair .. " (http://www.worldmayorscouncil.org/about.html).

" .. In 1992, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change .. By 1995, countries realized that emission reductions provisions in the Convention were inadequate .. At the very heart of the response to climate change, however, lies the need to reduce emissions. In 2010, governments agreed that emissions need to be reduced so that global temperature increases are limited to below 2 degrees Celsius .. " (http://unfccc.int/essential_background/items/6031.php).

Although there is no mention on that UNFCCC web-page of what emissions are being referred to, these are human emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly CO2 from our use of fossil fuels. It is clear that the ICLEI is founded upon the belief that our burgeoning use of fossil fuels is leading to CACC and its focus is on that topic from behind the smoke screen of "sustainability".

5.0 Agenda 21, Club of Rome, UN, ENEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, et al.

Although at first glance these may appear to be quite distinct groups with different agenda that is not the reality. A single umbrella embraces them and is recognised by the term Global Governance. 

5.1 The Club of Rome (where the buck stops)

" .. The real enemy then, is humanity itself .. "
(Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider)

In 1993 Club of Rome President Ricardo Diez Hochleitner said in his Forward to The First Global Revolution: A Report by the Council of the Club of Rome" (click hear) by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider that " .. in 1968 .. the Club of Rome .. was founded by Aurelio Peccei (its first President until 1984) and Alexander King at the Academia dei Lincei in Rome .. The Club was widely criticised for what was seen as advocacy of a zero growth economy. This was never our intention. We fully accepted the pressing need for material growth in the poor countries of the world, but warned readers about the consequences of an unthinking pursuit of growth by the industrialized countries .. ".

That report says on P75 " .. The common enemy of humanity is Man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which must be confronted by everyone together.  All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself .. " 

The report talks about anthropogenic environmental pollution, including on Page 25 " .. The most menacing macro-pollution so far, the so-called "greenhouse effect" .. trace gasses control the greenhouse effect. Since the Industrial Revolution, the proportion of these gase in the atmosphere has increased. The most important of these, carbon dioxide, has increased by 25% .. due to the combustion of fossil fuels .. ".

QUOTE .. So, what exactly is the Club of Rome and who are its members? Founded in 1968 at David Rockefeller’s estate in Bellagio, Italy, the CoR describes itself as “a group of world citizens, sharing a common concern for the future of humanity.” It consists of current and former Heads of State, UN beaureacrats, high-level politicians and government officials, diplomats, scientists, economists, and business leaders from around the globe .. UNQUOTE (http://agendatwentyone.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/the-club-of-rome-where-the-buck-stops/).

Many of those named in the article will be familiar to most readers. The links given are worth following. This quotation in one of the comments is worth considering " .. â€œWhenever an ideal, ANY ideal, gets its hands on the real levers of power â€”you get pure EVIL.” -D H Lawrence 1922.



In his 1988 message to the delegates at the Twentieth Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome in Paris, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh commented "No generation has ever liked its prophets, least of all those who point out the consequences of bad judgement and lack of foresight. The Club of Rome can take pride in the fact that it has been unpopular for the last twenty years. I hope it will continue for many years to come to spell out the unpalatable facts and to unsettle the conscience of the smug and apathetic".

Prince Phillip and his offspring might wish for a return to the "good old days" when lesser mortals knew their place in society but that won't happen. The Rev. Robert Malthus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Essay_on_the_Principle_of_Population) wrote his influential 1798 "Essay on the Principle of Population" during just such a time but thankfully times have changed for the better since then. Industrial growth will continue to drag the deprived populations of the developing nations out of poverty and servitude. Malthus argued that " .. This constant effort (towards an increase of population) constantly tends to subject the lower classes of the society to distress and to prevent any great permanent amelioration of their condition .. ". Just the opposite took place, with those "lower classes" enjoying more and more opportunities to significantly improve their lot. Malthus had not anticipated the impact of human ingenuity in th efor of the industrial revolution. Not only that but those increased opportunities and wealth have led to smaller families. Long may it continue!

5.1.1 New World Order I: World Communism, Club of Rome Tells G20 AUGUST 29, 2009

This article (http://nwoobserver.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/new-world-order-i-world-communism-club-of-rome-tells-g20/says QUOTE: .. 

Summary: This is a review of a speech made by Club of Rome´s secretary-general before UNESCO at a meeting  on 15 June. The Speech was presented to the G20  in London on 2 April – and to the G8 and the G5 as well. The secretary-general says that the Club of Rome has  moved on to influencing world politics directly. He wants a strong climate policy, communist distribution of wealth in the worldsustainability, reduction of our consumption, stop population to growth, radical restructuring of the world government now. Problems can only be solved together: global government for global problems. Otherwise  unimaginable disaster awaits us. UNESCO will be used to indoctrinates world population accordingly.
.. the threats of climate change and ecosystems collapse are real and imminent and .. an inequitable and polarised world of rich and poor is morally unacceptable and presents major dangers of conflict, then it will be evident that the connected challenges of the 21st Century will only be contained and resolved through a radical redesign and reform of the architecture of global governance .. UNQUOTE

That final paragraph pulls into context much of what is discussed on this Global Political Shenanigans blog.

          Chevron: Welcome to the American Greenwash        
A two-minute television commercial debuted during CBS primetime's 60 Minutes last week, including shots of blue skies, loving families, cuddly animals, and amputees running sprints. No it is not an advertisement promoting non-profit donation or Pacific Life insurance. This $15 billion advertisement is the firepower of Chevron Oil for their "Power of Human Energy" campaign. The campaign began last Sunday in an effort to show the oil giant's dedication and recognition of the need to investigate future energy supplies. The mogul's campaign, which argues "humanity needs alternative energy sources, but it still needs fossil fuel," is being lambasted throughout the media for its hypocritical smoke screen. Shot in twenty-two locations in thirteen countries, the ads include actors as well as Chevron workers.

The "Power of Human Energy" campaign is an ambitious public relations move for the oil giant to recast itself as an environmentally responsible citizen. Although it touches on a topic the oil industry once hated to discuss, the ads never use the terms global warming or climate change. The more attention the public pays to alternative energy and the environment, the more important it becomes for oil companies to be seen taking an active role in the debate. Chevron's commercial plays off public emotion and tries to tug at viewer's heartstrings. Environmental groups, like the Sierra Club, have pinpointed Chevron's advertising techniques and called them "greenwashing," a term describing "actions of a company, government, or other organization which advertises positive environmental practices while acting in the opposite way." Recently many corporations producing harmful products have used advertisements to try and reshape their reputation. BP coined "beyond petroleum", Royal Dutch Shell attached a caring DVD to National Geographic magazines, and even President Bush's "Clear Skies Initiative" is arguably making way for a more polluted sky. These corporations with busting bank accounts can pay their way through any public relations campaign to try and twist their image in the eyes of American consumers.

The problem is that Chevron's poor corporate citizen stretches worldwide, not to just American consumers. Last Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that Chevron should be held responsible for Nigerian military attacks in the late nineties. International military entanglements do not end there. Due to a grandfather clause exempting Chevron from Clinton's legislation in 1997 stopping investments in Burma, the oil mogul's natural gas operations have continued to bring upwards of $2.16 billion in taxes to the military government the last few years. By doing so, they are supporting the human rights violations of the Texas-sized nation in the last few weeks and its military buildup of the last few years. The current government in Burma freely murders pro-Democracy protestors and Chevron should stand up for the political ideology that allowed it to become a multi-national corporation based in the United States.

It is no mystery that Chevron, like other oil companies, is trying to stay afloat in the changing eco-friendly "green" world. Clearly companies such as Chevron, BP, and Royal Dutch Oil are creating these emotionally-charged green campaigns to do what they can given their harmful industries. Chevron is arguing that the economy needs oil but perhaps there are other sources of energy that are not being explored. For instance, a proactive website "Will you Join Us," funded by Chevron, focuses on different forms of energy like renewables, nuclear power, and hydrogen. Yet Chevron needs to stretch itself farther than creating a website dedicated to energy reforms. They need to pressure the Burmese government to change their oppressive regime. Clearly Chevron is only willing to go so far and when profits could be damaged, human rights may be the opportunity cost.

Oil is not the only industry that faces this issue. The tobacco industry is notorious for funding initiatives and research to prevent smoking. The irony is almost too much to handle, but in today's world, everyone is generally more conscious of the environment and health so companies have to respond to that. Philip Morris USA's new campaign has been a multi-million dollar investment in Potentially Reduced Exposure Products (PREPS), a supposedly less carcinogenic cigarette. While global issues are of the utmost concern, companies like Philip Morris and Chevron can inch their way into the limelight to downplay their products' role in the global problems and instead promote a "globally conscious initiatives." Clearly, the environmental campaigns from Chevron and Philip Morris have been called cynical. The issue again comes down to profit. When companies are responding to shareholders and looking out for personal gain, human greed takes the drivers seat and ethics rides in the trunk. So will the people watching this commercial respond favorably to the advertisement or will they write Chevron off as hypocritical? Chevron Brand Manager Helen Clark says that "it doesn't matter what we say-they're going to feel that way. But there is a large faction in the middle that is really open." With hybrid car sales rising, peaking at an average growth of 81% in 2004, hopefully people will not depend on oil as much in the future.
          A work in progress: the transition to renewable energy – conference report        
Flyer with the programm of the conference "Work in Progress: Energy Transition"

The transition to renewable energy has moved well beyond a project of the “Green lunatic fringe”, as Ralf Fücks noted in his opening remarks. The expansion of wind and solar systems is going forward not only in industrialized countries, but worldwide. Falling costs are the main driver of this development.

China is currently the world’s largest investor in renewable energies; it is also leaving others in the dust in the field of electric mobility. New information technologies are advancing novel business models. The issue at hand is steering a development that will shape the world of the future. The German government is facing fundamental decisions in this regard.

The building blocks are already clear, explained Phillip Vohrer, Managing Director of the Renewable Energies Agency. His examples: It is no longer a matter of a few utility companies generating huge amounts of electricity in nuclear, gas and coal power plants and delivering it to their customers through an expansive grid.

Power is increasingly being generated decentrally in numerous small units. Consumers themselves are becoming producers, and not just homeowners, but also tenants are taking part in the transition – the German government having passed a law that lets tenants as well as landlords benefit from renewable energy generated on their buildings. Energy services providers such as Clean Energy Sourcing are testing virtual power plants that will use information technology to quickly link thousands of decentralized generating units.

Now, according to Vohrer, renewable energy must also make progress in the areas of heating and mobility. One concept to that end is power-to-gas, which uses water, electricity and carbon dioxide to produce synthetic natural gas. Fücks noted that the transition to the new energy world can only succeed if relevant parts of the economy are on board. It might take a new energy consensus beyond the nuclear phase-out.

Fossil fuels out of lines, drives and buildings

In any case, the global transition cannot be stopped, said Professor Claudia Kemfert at the beginning of her keynote. Kemfert heads the department of energy, transportation and the environment at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s exit from the Paris climate agreement, the mood could be summed up as “now more than ever!”.


#Energiebaustelle conference: Claudia Kemfert says a transition to renewable energy cannot be stopped.

In early June, Trump announced that he would no longer implement the Paris Agreement adopted by 195 states. He said the agreement was unfair to the United States and would cost U.S. jobs. The announcement has left his country largely isolated.

With the Paris Agreement, the international community wants to ensure that global warming does not exceed 2°C above 19th-century levels. Its central pledge is a transition to a carbon-neutral economy by the middle of the century.

More and more fossil fuel companies have already had to file for bankruptcy and not everyone is pleased about that, Kemfert observed. The energy researcher, who published the book Das fossile Imperium schlägt zurück (The Fossil Empire Strikes Back), says that the old energies will not go out without a fight. However, decarbonization in power generation, transportation and industry is inevitable.

According to DIW’s model calculations, nuclear power is not economically rational and does not have a future. When taking the risks to humans and the environment, the costs of future decommissioning and disposal, and the necessary expenditure on infrastructure, research and development into account, nuclear power is a costly proposition.

CCS technology, which is intended to capture carbon emitted by coal power plants and store it underground, is not economically viable, and gas only of limited use as a bridge technology. Kemfert has no doubt that renewable energies are the future of power generation. However, she criticizes the German government for hampering renewable energy by imposing a ceiling on its expansion in the Renewable Energy Sources Act, while much more clean power will be needed in the future.

With its 2050 Climate Protection Plan, the German government has set a binding CO2 emissions reduction target of 55% by 2030 relative to 1990 levels, broken down according to sectors of the economy (power generation: -61-62%, buildings: -66-67%, transportation: -40-42%, industry: -49-51%, agriculture: 31-34%). Kemfert sees three major consequences:

To-do list for policymakers

Firstly: “We need to phase out coal quickly.” All that has been established so far is that starting in 2017, old lignite power plants with an installed capacity of 2.7GW will be transferred to a capacity reserve and subsequently shut down.

Secondly, phasing out fossil fuels in transportation will be decisive. The boldest thinking about the future of transportation to date is coming from the tech elite in Silicon Valley, California. “German car firms are too old-school,” said Tesla boss Elon Musk. The German auto industry is struggling with modernization and policymakers have so far failed to counteract this, Kemfert said.

Yet the German Advisory Council on the Environment had developed an expert opinion containing a concept for a transportation revolution as early as 1973. The ideas are out there.

Kemfert’s third point: the need to save energy in the building sector. Too little is being done at the moment, yet an investment of nine billion euros would result in eleven billion euros savings in energy costs.

Kemfert noted that solar, wind, biomass and hydropower would have to be coordinated in such a way that they can guarantee security of supply at all times, with digitally controlled grids and suitable storage facilities. The work in progress of the energy transition is a “major construction site”.

It is up to Germany to proceed wisely in order to find others in Europe who will also take up the fight. In her view, the transition to renewable energy is a peace project that creates participation, acceptance and democracy – not only in Germany, but in many other countries as well.

Moving ahead with Europe’s energy transition – mind the Trump

Megan Richards gave the second keynote. Richards is Director of Energy Policy of the Directorate General for Energy (DG Energy) of the European Commission. DG Energy, which is headed by Maroš Šefčovič and Miguel Arias Cañete, is responsible for building the European Energy Union.

Richards is therefore one of the construction supervisors of the European transition to renewable energy. “We must reach our goals together,” she says. At the European level, discussions currently focus on the “winter package”. The European Commission released this 1,000-page strategy paper for the EU’s energy policy late last year.

According to the package, the EU should consume 30% less energy by 2030 relative to 1990 levels. The current target is 27%. Richards is convinced that the introduction of renewable energies will not impact the economy, as many say. Energy consumption will go down, but growth will accelerate.

She believes that the necessary investments will create 400,000 jobs. Energy can be saved above all in the construction sector. The energy supply should become less dependent on imports. Furthermore, electricity consumers should be entitled to smart meters.

A particularly controversial element of the package: the requirement by which renewable energy normally should first flow into the grid would be dropped. This should only apply to new installations, however, and not to small systems. The negotiations are in progress.

Fundamentally, Richards agrees with the famous dictum of Apple founder Steve Jobs: “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” For Richards this means that we need to create the demand – to forge ahead. She emphasized that she is expecting Germany to lead this march.

The big picture – loose ends and how to bring them together

Patrick Graichen, Director of the Agora Energiewende think tank, is developing visions for the future of clean energy. With “Energiewende 2030 – The Big Picture” Agora has released an 80-page paper outlining goals and strategies for the transition’s second phase. The decisive question is how the financing of renewable energy will be organized.

Switching to invitations to tender would be a sound move. It will still be necessary to test whether these should be open to a variety of technologies. Energy researcher Kemfert, for example, advocated inviting tenders for “secure power” to ensure that hydraulic accumulators and necessary new technologies would also be addressed.

In any case, Graichen said, the necessary investments are dependent on the development of coal, oil and gas prices. In his view, a price of 30 to 50 euros per ton of CO2 would be a precondition for the market-driven expansion of renewable energy.

Agora Energiewende calculates that power consumption will be slightly higher than today by 2030 due to the increased use of electricity for heating and transportation – even though society has not yet clarified what shape an ecological modernization of electricity, heating and transportation will take.

The pivotal question: how do you feel about phasing out coal?

Oliver Krischer and Michael Vassiliadis encountered one another on the electricity panel. The green energy expert Oliver Krischer grew up in the coal country of the Rhineland. He believes that open-pit mining and its wholesale destruction of the countryside is no longer acceptable today, even without the climate debate.

The North Rhine-Westphalian state government – at the time a Social Democrat-Green coalition – had already decided in 2010 that no new open-pit mines would be permitted. The Conservative-Liberal coalition that has been in power since June 2017 does not intend to change that decision: it is no longer a question of whether coal will be phased out, but when and how.

Policymakers must make the phase-out plannable and start very quickly to prevent friction, i.e. major upheavals. The Greens want to get out of coal completely by 2030, with the twenty dirtiest power plants to be shut down by 2021, however.

Michael Vassiliadis, Chairman of the IG BCE, the trade union for mining, chemistry and energy, disagrees with this urgency. He agreed that Germany will indeed have phased out coal by 2050.


Even the smoke screen put up by Vassiliadis – a de facto lobbyist for the coal industry – repeatedly contained the term “coal phase-out”. We’re getting there! @boell_stiftung #energiebaustelle

On a global scale it did not matter, he claimed, as its CO2 contribution only amounted to 0.35%. Would it not be better to focus on innovation, grids and storage than to force the transition by regulation? He also questioned whether it would be worth the social hardships. According to Vassiliadis, his people – the 22,000 employees of the lignite industry – are asking themselves “what the hell is this about?”

The trade unionist was not persuaded by Krischer’s argument that the average age of RWE energy group employees is 46 years, meaning that most of them will be in “well-deserved retirement” by the time coal is completely phased out. According to Vassiliadis, renewable energy currently has a 30% share of Germany’s electricity mix, and that this required an investment of around €550 billion.

The money “has had to be taken away from something else – that cannot be ignored.” He called for the clean-energy transition to be managed with balance and consideration. The German government will be setting up a commission on structural change that is slated to find solutions in 2018. Unfortunately, the public has not yet been informed of its makeup and precise mandate.

Parallel to the electricity panel, similarly intensive discussions took place in the respective panels on the future of heating and transportation.[1].

“We need to think about ecological modernization in terms of investment cycles”

Rainer Baake is regarded as one of the major architects of Germany’s transition to renewable energy. The Green Undersecretary of the Social Democrat-led Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology has long since spelled out what the transition to a carbon-neutral world could look like.

His most important point: the need to always think in terms of investment cycles. A coal power plant has a service life of 40 years. In other words, anyone putting money into lignite mining now is making a bad investment.

Furthermore, anyone still building houses that depend on oil and gas needs to be aware that those houses will need conversion in a few short years. Another example: if only vehicles without carbon emissions are to be on the road by 2050, it will be necessary to ban the registration of new vehicles with fossil-fueled internal combustion engines from 2030 onward.

Baake called for making an economic success story out of the necessary transition and communicating it as such. Moral arguments about crops destroyed by drought, flooded coastal cities and threatened people will not be enough by themselves to win over a majority. He used to speak of the transition in terms of burden sharing; today he calls it “opportunity sharing”, referring to a variety of new business models.

What needs to be done in the next legislative period

Simone Peter, Jochen Flasbarth, Ulf Gehrcken and Sönke Tangermann addressed this question in the final panel. Gehrcken is Senior Vice President Corporate Energy Affairs of Aurubis AG, one of the largest copper producers and the world leader in copper recycling. Copper is the metal of the clean-energy transition, he noted.

Tons of it can be found in wind turbines. The transition to renewable energy is actually a “stimulus package for the copper industry”. And what is going wrong? Gehrcken emphasized that companies need a reliable framework: Will they still be EEG-exempt next year? Will a national CO2 price be imposed next year?

Companies don’t know for certain, and that is hampering investment. High energy prices and climate protection in Germany are not a competitive advantage. “We sell one ton of copper for the same price, no matter where. No one asks you how high your costs were.”

Jochen Flasbarth, Social Democrat Undersecretary in the Federal Ministry of the Environment, responded that Germany’s industrial competitiveness should not be reduced to the factor of energy costs. The availability of a skilled workforce, transportation infrastructure and stable democratic conditions are at least as important.

Industrial companies like Aurubis mistrust the volatility of clean power generation. The “cold doldrums” are notorious in this regard: January can be cold and the demand for energy high. Yet when the weather is calm and the skies overcast, wind turbines and solar panels are left idle.

In its Strom 2030 (Electricity 2030) strategy paper, the Federal Ministry of Economics explained that the power supply would be secured by imports from neighboring countries. That is not enough, said Sönke Tangermann, board member of Greenpeace Energy. He referred to a study recently published by Energy Brainpool, a Berlin-based energy market consultancy.

Tangermann pointed out that periods of calm weather can extend across all of Europe, and that Germany must be largely self-reliant in such cases. The government must address this by providing incentives for suitable investment, for example in synthetic natural gas energy storage and the associated infrastructure.

Jochen Flasbarth criticized the current Chancellery Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier for having unleashed a “hysterical controversy about electricity prices” in his time as Environment Minister. The Ministry of Transport also did not score well in his view, having delivered virtually nothing in terms of reducing emissions.

Flasbarth stressed the need to decide on the second phase of the transition to renewable energy: “If Germany doesn’t take its climate targets seriously in the next coalition agreement, they will not simply go away.” Sooner or later, the decision will become urgent, and that is “never a good thing”. Green Party Chairperson Simone Peter agreed that we urgently need to act.

The bottom line: we have a choice as to how this work in progress will take shape in the future. We are far from having fully exploited this opportunity for a new development stage of industrial society.

          Always A Way Out        


I love movies! Especially inspirational movies with an under dog that rises to the top at the end, despite all their obstacles in the process. The Bible's true stories as well as Hollywood's elaborate scenes and awesome actors have given us great examples. One feels encouraged and inspired after reading (or watching) the main character overcome every negative thing that tries to stop them from reaching their divine purpose.

Sometimes life gets so heavy that it feels like you're suffocating and everything around you is closing in. The walls seem too high to climb and you feel that your voice is just a faint memory that God, or anyone else for that matter, can't hear.

Even though you pray, believe and try to press through as hard as you can, your perception creates a smoke screen as if there is no way out. Almost like between a rock (Mount Everest) and the hardest place ever. You're not weird because everyone has been here before. However, no matter what you do or think, there is always a way out.

I can remember different times in my life that I was disappointed, hurt, absolutely annoyed or all the above, and although that feeling was dominant then, I (or God) managed to bring me out each time. Being allowed to go through that era in my life has made me a better, stronger and WISER person. Though I would not want to go through those particular situations again, I can not deny that (like the word says) everything worked out for my good.

One of my favorite scriptures is James 1:2-4, 'Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.'

This scripture has got me through so many hard transitions in life. Yes change is inevitable and problems come and go. But the one thing that remains is if you endure, not give up and (allow yourself to persevere in everything), you will reap a harvest (Galations 6:9).

There is nothing that you can't come out of. Whether your problem is physical, psychological, emotional, financial or spiritual, God has created a fail safe for any situation you may have. His possibilities are endless, so therefore yours are too. See what He says about you and who you are in him and you will gain the strength you need to endure difficult times.

Look up and don't give up! Picture yourself rising to the top and breaking through. See yourself in the opposite light of what this current season is for you. Remember, there is ALWAYS a way out.

          Know Who You Are Part 2        



There is nothing like confidence, not cockiness, in self. When you are without a doubt about what you stand for and believe in there is nothing that can stop you.

Some of us figure this out at young ages, while others take years to find themselves. The latter are sometimes the ones that look for characteristics in others that they like and they adapt to their personalities, building some what of a clone in self. But all the while they still have not tapped into the one God created them to be.

When I was young some of that was me. Even though I knew what I believed in, and stuck to that, I didn't really know myself. I too tried to clone the perfect person in me that I thought others would like.

But as I grew up and matured, I came to a hard realization that no matter how perfect you try to be or are, all people are not going to like you regardless! So I figured then, that if your not going to like me, you won't like me for being the real me....not a clone.

It took me years to see who I was. How do I laugh, how do I feel, what type of people do I want to be around, what do I want to wear, what do I look good in, how do I handle stress, etc.. These were some of the things I had to take note of about myself. It was almost like learning to live all over again.

I remember right before my 30th birthday, I did some "house cleaning" in my life. I realized that because I didn't really know who I was, I had people in my life that really weren't for me. They were about what I could do for them, but was never there for me.

So my life played like a movie screen. And everyone that I saw that was not conducive for Christyl was eliminated. It was just that simple. I know that sounds rough, but that is the best thing I could have done for me.

That was the start of me seeing who I was by removing all the smoke screens and seeing clearly. Some of them didn't notice because.....they were all about themselves...hmm. My circle from then up until now has been very small. And I like it that way.

I am very loving to all people, but I know why each person is in my life (and that's with God's leading). I no longer drown out my seasonal relationships because I don't want to let go. Instead I thank God for the time I did have with them and make sure whatever I was supposed to pour into that person or learn, I did.

I thank God for his wisdom and discernment that has grown in me through out the years, to protect me from all the hazards of not knowing who I was. I am happy with who I am in Him and love being me!

          Roger Clemens' Lie        
So, many are in agreement that Roger Clemens was lying about a lot of stuff yesterday. Thanks to watching Morning Joe on MSNBC this morning (since I wasn't able to watch the hearing yesterday because of a marathon dental visit -- but I'm feeling fine today, thanks for asking), I found out about this very significant question exchange:

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) asked Clemens if he was a vegan. Clemens stumbled through his answer saying that he was sorry but he didn't know what a vegan was. Hmmmm. This answer was filled was more ums and uhs than you can possibly imagine.

So, yeah, I'm not convinced that Clemens is telling the truth. His body language clearly indicated that he was lying on this one, but why was Clemens lying?

Well, I'm a vegan. I also write poetry and was born in Southern California. He's an athlete from Texas. Perhaps admitting his veganism would ruin his reputation. Steriods are bad enough, but he's also unable to eat Manwich in its intended form? This would be unforgivable.

I hope Roger Clemens does some serious soul-searching and realizes that fessing up on this issue is really the best thing to do Just tell us you're vegan. Your obsessive need to inject massive amounts of B-12 into your body? Makes sense now (though, really, I usually just use a B-12 spray, but maybe it's trickier for Clemens to absorb stuff in his system than it is for me. I believe he is about 10x as large as I am, and that's only in the cranial region to start). We understand why Roger created this "steroid smoke screen" in order to distract from being outed as a vegan.

But it's okay, Roger Clemens You've got friends. Maybe if you're not busy tomorrow, we can go protest the circus or something.
          The Draft Rap        
The fellas are back and try to do the impossible, as they will attempt to squeeze in all the latest draft projections and rumors, in just 60 minutes.  Put your oxygen masks on as host Luke Inman tries to clear the air of the numerous "smoke screens" surrounding the draft, including teams in the top-8 passing on quarterbacks.  While Vincent Frank co-hosts and will try to solve the complexing puzzle known as Tom Savage, as well as his Forty-Niners newest targets and projections.  With just 14 days away, every minute of tonights episode will sure to be action packed, so join us from 8-9 eastern time for another episode of The Draft Rap! 
          In Search Of..        
In Search of the perfect knitting needle.. I pre-ordered the new Addi Interchangeable Set which will be available next month! They are pricy but I am growing increasingly unhappy with my Knitpicks Harmonies because my middle aged eyes cannot see darker yarn colors with them. I wonder why they made them so dark.

My Denises are too blunt. So - I'm looking forward to the Addis especially since they will selling their Lace Addi as tips in the future. We will see.

And I really don't have much to "show and tell" this week. I finished one front of my Jo Sharp Wrap Cardigan and have done about 5 inches of the second. Same for the Monkeys socks - just more of the same.

But I did finish a really good book on my Kindle: Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown. It was so good I spent both days this weekend reading. My attempts to balance my life with more reading and less knitting are working! I still adore my Kindle. I have read more books since I bought it in July than I read over the last 2 years.

So - no pretty photos this week. Just words.
          Comment on Paul Low Should Not Adopt BN’s Culture Of Lies By Claiming That Cabinet Members Should Not Publicly Disclose Their Assets Like Penang PR State Government As Penang’s Process Was Informal.(en/bm/cn) by Maughams        
Guan Eng What do you expect? Pail Low is a paper tiger to window dress BN's position on corruption. This another smoke screen to appease voters to say that BN has now in place a system to wipe out corruption. Really? I see many deal with the PM's endorsement on questionable deals but then the evidence is hidden as commercial deals. Banks continue to give mega loans to companies with little assets. What can Low do really other than to do policies and reviews? He has no power, no mandate and no guts to go after the real thieves. Besides, if your boss is really interested in catching the rats, why would you? Look what happened to the deputy customs head who was recently murdered in broad day light. I think Low is now sitting in a nice comfortable chair earning him at least 50K a month plus expenses. Well, what to expect? Just be the Chinese mouth piece for BN to say 'we are clean', 'we can do no wrong to the rakyat', or worse use him to go after DAP members now that Najib has let loose his new Bull Mastiff in the Home Ministry. They want to silence the opposition. Yeah, put some in jail and see what happens to all your whining complaints and post election rallies which will run out of steam anyway. No, my view is that you and Anwar etc should proactively engage with BN and work towards changes through Parliament. No matter how difficult it is, there is no other way but to show results and leadership rather than rattling sabres on both sides. Yes, we lost this time due to unfair practices but if these are not corrected by PRU14, we are finished. By all means push top leaders to declare assets. If they don't want to there is also not much you can do. It is also wasting energy. Clever politicians will work the process and get what they want by not doing the apparent but play out the chess board. Warmest wishes.
          Smoke screen? Lincoln mayor wants to boost fire budget despite fewer blazes        
Lincoln’s mayor wants to upgrade the city’s fire truck fleet and hire more firefighters, but the city’s fire department is fighting fewer fires every year.
          Frank Lloyd Wright: American Architect        
 By the dawn of the 20thcentury, architect Frank Lloyd Wright had discovered something I didn’t learn until the 21st century — that kleptocapitalism must finally and necessarily destroy the standards of every profession with which it comes into contact.
In his 1900 speech to the Architectural League of America in Chicago, titled The Architect, Wright “…reminded his colleagues that in this country commerce had triumphed over art,” wrote Robert C. Twombly in his book Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture. “The lust for money had reduced the architect to a servant of the business community.”
Wright charged that the American architect “…panders to silly women his silly artistic sweets,” trading experimentation and individuality for financial security. Wright called typical turn-of-the-century Chicago homes for the well-to-do “fantastic abortions” and said they “lied about everything.”
“(The architect) now modeled commercial buildings after Greek temples and luxury homes after Louis XIV palaces, all because the businessman and his wife ‘knew what they wanted,’” Twombly wrote. “No longer an independent spirit, the architect had become a salesman, peddling prepackaged ‘styles’ from the files of huge ‘plan-factories.’
“At the height of the industrial revolution in America, Wright was painfully aware that the new corporate elite had usurped the status of the professional, reducing him to an employee at its beck and call.”
In 21st century capitalism-gone-wild America, that sad state of professional degradation applies not just to architects but to physicians, professors, military officers, police officers, attorneys, journalists, you name it.
For pity’s sake, judges have been caught framing innocent American children because they’ve been bribed by private prison corporations to provide warm bodies in order to increase the corporation’s lucrative taxpayer subsidy.
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Wright employed stylistic innovations to achieve an inobvious family privacy in his prairie houses. The windows were easy to see out of but, because of overhanging features, difficult to see into. Shielded by broad eaves, windows could stay open even in rain. Exterior doorways were hidden in recesses, behind walls or around corners.
“A house that has character stands a good chance of growing more valuable as it grows older, while a house in the prevailing mode, whatever that mode may be, is soon out of fashion, stale and unprofitable,” Wright said.
The McMansions that now litter our landscape, with their bludging, tumorous protrusions, are an example of the latter.
Twombly noted that with five children by 1901, Wright, in his home designs, “…took greater pains to provide for group solidarity than for individual interests. Whether it was a symbolic inglenook, a formal entryway, a playroom for his children or his many exquisite dining and living rooms, his most elaborate efforts were areas of group activity.”
“Wright understood the family to be a tightly knit group within a larger community from which it withdrew occasionally (but did not reject) for its own sustenance. More concerned at this stage of his life with family unity than personal freedom, he assumed the former made the latter possible.”
Twombly suggests that Wright’s turn-of-the-century prairie houses offered a combination of innovation and protection that appealed to their forward-looking but finally insecure upper middle class owners.
“As independent businessmen likely to own their own moderate-sized manufacturing concerns, and as conservative Protestant Republicans, they frowned on eccentric social behavior, liberal causes and protest literature,” he wrote. “In a period of ‘progressive’ reform, they clung to 19th century values and like others in the rapidly growing metropolis felt themselves engulfed by sweeping changes not entirely to their liking…
“Wright’s designs satisfied needs and wishes murkily understood but deeply felt by large numbers of city dwellers and satisfied them more fully, in fact, than conventional styles. The prairie house appealed to an apprehensive upper middle class by emphasizing in literal and symbolic ways the security, privacy, shelter, family mutuality and other values people found increasingly important in a period of urban dislocation and conflict.
“Rapid industrialization and urbanization in late 19th century America created a disorienting situation. Armies of working class immigrants from Europe and from American farms and small towns helped escalate social tensions and instabilities in the cities. Newcomers of all classes, having lost their roots, found their places of residence determined not by family tradition or landholding but by unpredictable and insecure market situations. Vast impersonal corporations assumed control over the lives of laboring people, over white collar workers and executives, and over self-employed businessmen and professionals whose livelihoods depended upon the whims of an incomprehensible and seemingly capricious economic system. The depression of the 1890s, the most devastating in American history to that point, exacerbated the general uneasiness as even more people began to sense their helplessness.
“Few individuals could count on uninterrupted upward mobility, permanent employment or a secure future for their children. Even the upper middle class, especially people like Wright’s clients who did not possess inherited wealth, faced the specter of possible downward mobility and the loss of everything.”
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As an inspiration for Ayn Rand’s architect hero Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, Frank Lloyd Wright had, in a sense, helped her write her fiction by overdramatizing his career.
In a 1914 Architectural Record article, Wright presented “…his first proclamation of the ‘persecuted genius’ legend, an interpretation of his life as a continuous battle against overwhelming odds, as a struggle for principle despite social ostracism, personal indifference, financial hardship, public ridicule and personal rejection,” Twombly wrote.
“Publicly begun by Wright in 1914 and perpetuated by his closest admirers until the present day, the ‘persecuted genius’ legend became a major component of his self-image.”
In fact, Wright had notable professional support and public acclaim at the beginning of his career.
“Even Hollywood paid its respects,” Twombly noted. “Warner Brothers asked him to design sets for The Fountainhead (1949), based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, but when Wright demanded $250,000 for the job — he did not want it — negotiations ended.”
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Wright died in 1959, just before his 92nd birthday, a venerable, outspoken sage whom some called a crackpot. But we’d have recognized many of his concerns easily enough.
“Continued growth of the military establishment and the mushrooming of governmental bureaucracy and of corporate hegemony made him despair for the future of democracy,” Twombly noted. “Fearing that centralized authority manipulating a mass society would crush individual liberties, he interpreted American foreign policy as a cover to advance overseas corporate interests and attacked internal anticommunism as a ‘smoke screen’ for political consolidation to further selfish partisan gain.”

Too bad we didn’t listen to the architect. We might have built something better than the shabby, ramshackle structure this country has become.


          Band of the Week: Smoke Screen        
MEET THE BAND: Chemist (vocals) and Mooke (vocals)…
          Tyrants of the Mind and the New Collectivism        
By: Richard M. Ebeling
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The current counter-revolution against liberty is being fought on a number of fronts in American society. One is on the college and university campuses across the country, where the ideology of “political correctness” is strangling the principle and practice of freedom of speech and the ideal of intellectual controversy and debate.

Critical to this campaign against free expression and open exchange of competing and opposing ideas is the capture of the language through which this campaign has been instigated and the linguistic characterization of its protagonists.

We need to remember and reflect upon the fact that it is through our language that we think about ourselves, our relationships to others, and the general social order in which we live and that we share with those others. Words do not simply define or delineate the names of objects, individuals, events or actions. Words also contain and connote meanings that create mental imageries, emotions, attitudes and beliefs in people that influences and colors how they see themselves and the world around them.

The Nazi Manipulation of Minds Through Language

For an example of this we may turn to Victor Klemperer (1881-1960), a German Jew who survived in Nazi Germany outside of the concentration camp system because his wife was not Jewish and she stood by and defended him throughout the Second World War. Several years after the defeat of Hitler and the National Socialist regime in 1945, Klemperer wrote a book called The Language of the Third Reich (1957). A professor of romance languages at a university in Dresden before Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, he was especially attuned to the uses and nuances of words and their contextual meanings.

He kept a detailed and truly fascinating diary about daily life during the Nazi era in Germany, the full contents of which was published under the title, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years(1995), long after he passed away. He drew upon these meticulous observations in writing The Language of the Third Reich in the 1950s. Klemperer argued that virtually everyone in Hitler’s Germany was a Nazi – whether or not they considered themselves to be National Socialists, including many of the victims of the regime (including German Jews).

Why? Because they had been captured by and had adapted in their thoughts and beliefs the ideas and ideology of their Nazi masters. They found it difficult to think about life and morality in any other way; that is, to reason in a way independent of the language of words and political phrases reflecting the Nazi conceptions of man, “race” and society. In their minds, Klemperer was suggesting, they were no longer self-governing human beings, but slaves of the regime since they thought and acted in terms of the lexicon and logic of Hitler’s National Socialism. Said Klemperer:

Nazism permeated the flesh and blood of the people through single words, idioms and sentence structures which were imposed upon them in a million repetitions and taken on board mechanically and unconsciously . . .

Language does not simply write and think for me, it also increasingly dictates my feelings and governs my entire spiritual being the more unquestioningly and unconsciously I abandon myself to it . . .Words can be like tiny doses of arsenic; they are swallowed unnoticed, appear to have no effect, and then after a little time the toxic reaction sets in after all.

Klemperer said that it was not that the Nazis made up very many new words, though they did in some cases with intentional design. But what was far more invidious, he argued, is that through their own particular uses of existing words, over and over again in their propaganda, speeches and publications, they changed the meanings and contexts of these taken for granted words of the German language.

The Nazis, through this method, made words have only one meaning, the collective or shared meaning serving the Nazis’ purposes. “Making language the servant of its dreadful system it procures it in its most powerful, most public and most surreptitious means of advertising,” Klemperer explained, and went on:

The sole purpose of the [Nazi use and form of language] is to strip everyone of their individuality, to paralyze them as personalities, to make them into unthinking and docile cattle in a herd driven and hounded in a particular direction, to turn them into atoms in a huge rolling block of stone . . . Where [Nazi language] addresses the individual . . . where it educates, it teaches means of breeding fanaticism and techniques of mass suggestion.

The Soviet Control of Thought Through Language

No different in this ideological technique of bending language to their purposes was the communist regime in Soviet Russia. Russian historian Mikhail Heller (1922-1997) highlighted this aspect of the socialist planned society in his insightful work, Cogs in the Wheel: The Formation of Soviet Man (1988).

From the time of Vladimir Lenin with the coming of the Bolshevik Revolution in November 1917 through the near twenty-five year reign of Josef Stalin, to the Soviet leaders at the end of the regime in 1991, language was made to serve the means and ends of the socialist system. Heller explained:

Lenin developed a special way of writing that made it possible to establish the ‘formula-slogan’ in the mind of the reader or listener . . . Then, as the most important compositional element, there is the use of repetition, by means of which a rectangle is formed which concentrates the attention, narrows the field of possibilities, and squeezes thought into a tight ring from which there is only one exit . . .

Total power over the Word gives the Master of the Word a magical power over all communications. Soviet speech is always a monologue because there is no other party to talk to. On the other side is the enemy. In the Soviet language there are no neutral words – every word carries an ideological burden . . . That is why in Soviet language the same words are repeated over and over again, until they become a signal that acts without any effort of thought. The effect of set phrases and slogans is also assured by their always being repeated in absolutely the same form . . .

The Soviet language became the most important means of preventing people from acquiring more knowledge that the state wished . . . Soviet speech lost its freedom. The language was put together out of slogans and quotations from the Leader [Stalin] . . . The crushing, unquestioned authority of the Leader’s word is the result to a large extent of his right and power to name the Enemy . . . The word that signifies the enemy must be striking, easy to remember, implying condemnation by its very sound, and always imprecise, so that everyone who at a given moment does not please the Leader can be included under it rubric . . .

From “Socialism” to “Liberalism” to “Progressivism”

The same totalitarianization of words and ideas can be seen to be at work in the language of the progressive and radical “left” in America today. Just how successful this has been can be seen in getting people both to forget the past and accept the title “progressive” for all those who desire a further collectivization of contemporary society.

The fact is, those who have taken on the mantle of “progressivism” today were the socialists of a hundred or more years ago. They were certain and confident that such things as Marx’s “laws of history” were making a socialist planned society inevitable and inescapable. But “socialist” soon came to possess too many negative connotations such as central direction and command of everyone in society under what was likely to be a dictatorial political regime.

So, socialists undertook the linguistic sleight-of-hand to transform themselves into the new and “true” or “progressive” liberals, wishing merely to fulfill the unfinished political program of the old, nineteenth century “individualist” liberals who only spoke of “negative” freedoms from coercion and interference by other private individuals or governments.

The unfinished new “progressive liberal” agenda required the fulfillment of “positive” freedoms through governmental guarantees to a wide variety of redistributed benefits for the “needy,” the “exploited,” and the toilers of the earth who were the “real producers” of all things, but who were unjustly treated and abused by “the rich,” the “capitalist owners,” the greedy profit pursuers who cared nothing about the “little guy” on whose back these capitalist exploiters rode to their unethically acquired wealth.

And when “liberal” became, itself, a criticized and unpopular word due to negative attacks by political conservatives and others, the word “liberal” was jettisoned and replaced with simply “progressive,” meaning a person looking forward for the achievement of more “social progress,” connoting what used to be considered a “socialist” program of a hundred years ago – welfare redistribution, and extensive government control and regulation of economic and social life. (See my article, “Barack Obama and the Meaning of Socialism”.)

But to accuse a “progressive” of being a socialist or interested in advancing portions of a traditionally socialist agenda, has been made into a demonstration that the proponent of such an argument is a “right-wing extremist,” a “hater of the poor,” an opponent of “social justice,” if not worse. All of which serves as a linguistic trick to prevent anyone from taking such a critic seriously in terms of the logical and historical basis of his accusation and argument because to take it seriously shows that such a person, himself, has fallen victim to “reactionary” ideas outside of legitimate and acceptable political debate. Discussion closed.

From “Class Warfare” to the New Race Collectivism

The core social concept in traditional Marxian political economy has been the notion of the “class struggle.” Society is divided into two main “social classes” defined as and identified by whether an individual is or is not an owner of the means of production. If he is such an owner, then he is a member of the capitalist “exploiting class.” If he is not such an owner, then he is a member of the exploited and oppressed and victimized workers’ class.

Property ownership determined the social status and place of any and every individual person in the society. What the individual believed, how he personally acted in his social and economic interactions with others were essentially meaningless. You were praised or condemned based upon your “class status” in the society. You were either a “class enemy” or a “social comrade.”

Today, the Marxian conception has been modified and transformed into the new notion of irreconcilable social conflict: the beneficiary of ‘white privilege” versus the sufferer of “white oppression.” Instead of your status relative to the ownership of productive property determining your classification of social “saint” or social “sinner,” there is the new race collectivism.

Being “white” condemns a person as an implicit and explicit beneficiary of a social and economic system (“capitalism”) that has been placed at the service of a limited segment of the human community to gain power, position and wealth for itself at the expense and cost of all those other “people of color” everywhere else around the world.

That so many “white people” either fail to understand this or oppose admitting it demonstrates just how embedded “white racism” really is in modern American society, the new race conflict advocates insist. Failure to accept this new race collectivist argument is taken to be, ipso facto, proof of the racist mindset that the “progressive” opposes and is determined to overthrow by virtually any means.

The Individual Lost in Collectivist Classifications

What is the individual’s own background? Did his ancestor’s ever own African slaves? Were any such ancestors “pro-slavery” or “anti-slavery”? Did those ancestors come to the United States after slavery had ended in America? Were they, themselves, immigrants escaping oppression and discrimination in the “old country” and advocates of equality of rights for all in their new land of America?

How has the individual standing accused of “white privilege” merely due to the pigmentation color of his skin acted in his own personal life toward others? How has he earned his own place in society, through fair detailing on what remains of a free market in the United States or through “crony capitalist” favors and benefits from the government? These questions are never asked, and any attempt to offer answers to them is rejected as smoke screens and rationalizations for maintaining “white privilege.”

Individuals are submerged within and reduced to social categories defined and imposed by ideologists dreaming their own utopian dreams of a socially engineered world reflecting their notion of a new race- and ethnic-conscious society. This not only dehumanizes individuals who by accident of birth happen to be the descendants of Caucasian parents, but this does it no less to those who may be black or Hispanic. You are a “victim” as a “person of color.” You are not able to transcend your own accident of birth to be a thinking, willing, acting individual guided by your own standards, benchmarks and goals, and able to successfully traverse the trials and tribulation of life. You, too, are an inescapable captive of your race, with only a “progressive” government able to guarantee you a “just” place in society.

The Family Resemblances Between the Old and New Collectivisms

How familiar it all sounds to those Nazi assertions that everything undesired and undesirable in German life was due to the machinations and intrigue of “international Jewry.” The failure of so many others in the world to see the invidiousness of Jewish manipulation and exploitation demonstrated the extent to which “the Jew” had succeeded in his control of the social and economic affairs of the world, and how many others were either their unwitting victims or the degenerate accomplices of their attack on “civilization” and race purity.

And how similar to the Soviet method of debate and argument stopping: He is a lackey and dupe of the capitalist exploiters, and therefore should be ignored or condemned. Her refusal to admit the justness of the socialist cause shows that she “must” be in the pay of the capitalist bosses, and thus her arguments should be rejected as special pleading. His arguments against communist and socialist planning should be discounted and ridiculed because he is simply a “red baiter” trying to demagogically arouse emotional resistance against those interested in “social justice” and “world peace.”

And on some American campuses now, how close to the techniques of the “Red Guards” during the Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao in China during the 1960s and 1970s. Mobs of shouting, bullying and physically attacking young thugs spouting meaningless and ideologically vacuous phrases from the “little red book” of quotations from Chairman Mao, to mentally and physically crush any and all who failed to parrot the Party Line or who were the objects of Chairman Mao’s political purges and personal vendettas against real and imaginary opponents.

And at the core of it, the same use of language, repeated and repeated, over and over again, in short, clear phrases connoting “bad things” that merely by being labeled as such stands as accusation, condemnation and implied deserved punishment due the “just wrath” of – the National Socialist German people, the Soviet Socialist toiling masses, the “unprivileged” race victims of “white privilege.”

Academia, the New Race Collectivism, and Word Tyranny

A distinct difference between the proponents of this new race collectivism compared to the twentieth century episodes of German Nazism or Soviet socialism is that this linguistic totalitarianism and word indoctrination is being advanced and imposed without any direct coercive and monopoly apparatus of governmental power.

Instead, the “headquarters” and “front lines” are in academia, especially in some of those institutions of higher learning that are oases of intellectual autonomy from accountability or challenge due to primarily or heavily taxpayer funded salaries, programs, and curriculums. Freed from the world of market-based work and reward and blessed with lifetime tenure, those academics employed on these islands of educational socialism have the “safe spaces” within which there can be cultivated, to use George Orwell’s phrase, “some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual can believe them.”

The assertion and repetition of “white privilege,” “the one percent,” “social justice,” “racist,” “gay-basher,” “LGBT-hater,” “gender insensitivity,” etc., have had numbing effects on private and public discourse. It has produced degrees of self-censorship out of fear that the wrong word, the misplaced phrase, the wrongly understood witticism, or an unintentionally offending double entendre will bring down an avalanche of criticisms and threats to one’s job, social status, or acceptance among professional and informal circles in society.

Similar to the robot-like, expressionless faces seen in the videos of crowds of people in some scenes from North Korea, the politically correct world of American progressivism and the new race collectivism threatens to drain human interaction of spontaneity, banter, and the real and relevant diversity of views, voices, and modes of expression and argumentation. Increasingly, people feel that they have to be “walking on eggs,” never knowing who might take anything said or done as an offense against some ethnic or racial group or person; and the offender finding himself in the dock of social condemnation and ostracism.

Another technique of the new race collectivism and progressivism is to take what is normally accepted as reasonable and appropriate modes of polite and courteous behavior and turn it into a weapon to serve their own agendas. We all know and usually attempt not to intentionally say or do something that will offend or be embarrassing to someone we are associating with in some social setting. We just know its not the “right thing” to do. And if we see someone going out of their way to, in fact, act in this improper manner, we find it inappropriate and “not right,” even if we remain silent and don’t do anything in response to it.

The new race collectivists and progressives have learned to use this notion of proper etiquette and good manners that acts as a break on most of us in the social arena as a weapon to silence and beat down anyone or anything not consistent with their worldview and political agenda. Anything said or done inconsistent with their ideas and ideology is “hurtful” to some oppressed minority or subgroup in society. It shows an insensitivity and misunderstanding of that group’s experiences, history, culture or degree of suffering caused by – “white privilege,” or “the capitalist system,” or . . .

Made to feel guilty in thinking some thought, saying some word, or expressing some idea, and fearful about the consequences from doing so, an increasingly successful Orwellian-like thought police of politically correct “newspeak” is imposed on people in almost every circumstance of social life.

Making the Past Serve the Ideological Purposes of the Present

In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, the anti-hero, Winston, works in the Ministry of Truth. His task is to go through the pages of old newspapers and rewrite the articles in them to make events and statements made in the past consistent with and supportive of the government’s current Party line. The words and events of the past are made to conform to the ideological “truths” of the present.

Here, too, is another trick and technique of the new race collectivists and progressives. Historical events and the people who lived in that past are remade to fit the “truth” of these new totalitarians. When Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that all human beings are created equal and have certain unalienable rights among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, this was all “really” code words and rationales for a society of white racism.

If James Madison helped to author a constitution for the United States that had as a leading purpose restraints on the passions of potential individual rights-violating majorities that would threaten a free and prosperous society, this is “really” the institutionalization of the power of an oligarchy of the “the rich” to thwart the progressive will of the majority of “the people” for “social justice” against the exploiting “one percent.”

Oh, how similar to Stalin’s method of rewriting the actual history of the Russian Revolution to make himself, a relatively minor player in those events, into the right-hand comrade of Vladimir Lenin in assuring socialist victory. And what a family resemblance to the other Stalinist tool of making the past conform to the politics of the present, when following a purge those sent to the labor camps or to their death had all positive mention of them deleted from books and magazines, and all pictures of them airbrushed out of old photos.

Everyone who believes in freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of association, in freedom of exchange of ideas, must oppose and prevent this new race collectivism and its accompanying “progressive” linguistic totalitarianism from imposing a new dark age of diminished human discourse.

The wit, charm, creativity and humanity of words and the ideas expressed through them, must not be stunted and then petrified by those who wish to reduce individual human beings to collectivist categories of ideological control and command. Liberty of thought, deed, action and association is too precious to be lost to these latest coercing and intimidating thugs of the human mind.

Reprinted with permission of the author. 




          Death of Jake Lingle        
During the 1920s, a series of increasingly spectacular acts of violence enraged the public and each led to at least a short-term increase in police enforcement against criminals. But none was so prominent and far-reaching as that which followed the murder of Jake Lingle, Chicago Tribune reporter, close to here in the tunnel under Michigan Ave. at Randolph St., on June 9, 1930.

By raising the price of alcohol, while doing little to reduce the public’s demand for it, Prohibition had served to enrich those who were still willing to produce and sell. It also put the industry in the shadow of the law, and so created the incentives and opportunities for violence. Thus, the 1920s were the era of big-spending, flashy gangsters and headline-splashing murders, epitomized by the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. By 1930, that epoch was coming to a close. The stock market crash of the previous October and the rapidly worsening economy dampened the demand for booze, and the shrinking government revenues from income and sales taxes produced a political demand for new sources of tax revenue – and liquor was high on the list of potentially lucrative targets, if only it was legalized. Within three years, Prohibition was repealed, and its personification, Al Capone, was rotting away in prison. The .38 caliber revolver shot that killed Lingle symbolized the end of the golden age of the Chicago gangster.

Alfred J. Lingle was born of modest means on Chicago’s west side in July, 1891, the son of a small business owner. Lingle’s great talent lay in his personality: he was a “character” not easily forgotten, a warm, self-possessed fellow, and an easy confidant. Born a Jew, his family converted to Roman Catholicism when he was eight years old, meaning he could easily fit in with a variety of ethnic groups. Lingle was also fascinated with police work from a young age, and he would frequently haunt police stations and crime scenes, peppering detectives with questions.

After attending the John Calhoun North school at Adams and California streets (the school still operates today), Lingle first took a job as a stocker at the Schoelling Company, a surgical supply house. He also played semi-pro baseball for a short time. But it was not long before his talents and interests found him in a job as a crime beat reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where he first started work in 1912.

In those days, men like Lingle, who had progressed no farther than 8th grade in school, were paid to gather news on the street and feed it back to specialist writers who organized the facts and wrote the purple prose. Hence, Lingle typically had no byline, but his reporting laid the foundation for most of the big crime stories at the paper during the 1910s and 1920s (except during WWI, during which Lingle served as a Navy intelligence officer). One of his first assignments was to cover the closure of the south side “Levee” (open vice) district during 1912-13.

Lingle was successful in his work because of his ability to mix with the criminal element, and he was on familiar terms with all of the top racketeers of his period. Mossy Enright, Tommy Maloy, James Colosimo, Johnny Torrio, and Al Capone all counted Lingle as a friend. After his death, Lingle’s relationship with Capone would come under particular scrutiny. Lingle had, on several occasions, procured exclusive interviews with Capone, and “Big Al” had even gifted him with a $300 diamond-encrusted belt buckle, which he wore proudly.



(Pictured: Jake Lingle)

Lingle was also close to many political figures and top police brass in the city. A childhood friend was William F. Russell, who became police commissioner in 1928 after scandals erupted surrounding the previous office-holder, Michael Hughes (described in this post). Some say that Lingle, through his various power connections, actually had a hand in lobbying for, and promoting Russell to the position. Lingle even had a joint stock investment fund he ran with Russell. Lingle’s close relationship with Russell (and his propensity for braggadocio) caused others to only half-jokingly refer to him as the “unofficial chief of police.” Many other key city officials, bureaucrats, and patrolmen were also among his friends.

But it’s possible to have too many friends. Lingle’s social network made him an ideal “fixer,” someone who could make deals between the underworld and those who were tasked with eliminating it. In time, the opportunities to put in a good word in City Hall for this or that gambling joint, to pass along a tip about an upcoming raid to some brothel proprietor, and to broker deals between speakeasies and the patrolmen on their beat, became too great for the $65-per-week newspaper stringer.

Like a great many others in the 1920s, Lingle also participated in the bull stock market of that decade. His bank records indicate he amassed over $85,000 in capital gains at the height of the frenzy. But, also like many others, he took a bath on Black Tuesday in October, 1929, losing most of his fortune and diving deeply into debt. But is was hard for Lingle to relinquish the lifestyle his underworld earnings and investment riches had brought him. It wasn’t easy to give up the vacations in Cuba, the high-rolling afternoons at the race track, and his luxurious suite at the city’s top hotel, the Stevens on Michigan Ave. (now the Chicago Hilton). Then there was his wife, Helen Sullivan, and their two young children, Alfred Jr. (born 1924) and Dolores (born 1925), who Lingle worshipped. He had recently put down $18,000 on a family vacation home in Indiana.

Thus it was that Jake Lingle increased his involvement with the criminal element. Where there was money to be made, he made it. To supplement that income, he even began double- and triple-crossing his acquaintances, working simultaneously as an agent for the police, politicians, and rival gang syndicates. Friends became enemies and enemies friends.

On the morning of June 9, 1930, Lingle left his in-town suite at the Stevens Hotel and, after stopping in at Tribune Tower to chat with his editor, he set out for the nexus of politics and crime in Chicago at Clark and Randolph streets, to see what choice tidbits he could pick up from the gamblers and sharpies who made that corner their headquarters. Next, it was a round of gladhanding and small talk with other power brokers in the lobby of the Sherman House hotel. Satisfied that he’d completed his work there, he walked east to Michigan Ave. At the corner of Randolph St., he purchased a newspaper and a horseracing publication and entered the underground tunnel leading to the train station on the other side of Michigan Ave.

The 1:30 train to Homewood was leaving in a few minutes and Lingle expected to spend the afternoon at the Washington Park Race Track. He was a big-spending gambler on the ponies, sometimes placing up to $1,000 on a single sprint. He was close with many horse owners and jockeys, and sometimes had inside information he used to turn the odds in his favor. The turf was also a great place to chat up those in the know in gangland, picking up tips he could pass on at the Tribune. So the afternoon gambling junket wasn’t purely a matter of pleasure.

As he walked through the tunnel, he lit a cigar, unaware of two men who trailed him in from the street. As he approached the far east end of the tunnel, one of them, a thin man with dark eyes and blond, wavy hair, pulled up behind Lingle and fired a single bullet into the back of his head. Lingle’s jaw clamped shut on the cigar and he fell face-forward to the ground, instantly dead.

His shooter and accomplice took off back through the tunnel, then suddenly, the man with blond hair who had fired the gun turned back and ran past Lingle’s body, leapt a railing at the train station entrance, and climbed up to the east side of Michigan Ave. Hot on his tail at this point were several by-standers who had watched in terror as the scene unfolded. Reaching the surface, they called out to a police patrolman, Anthony L. Ruthy, “Stop that man!” Officer Ruthy chased the killer across Randolph, then westward on the north side of the street across Michigan and into an alley which made a left turn and emptied onto Wabash St. At the corner of Wabash and Randolph, the shooter disappeared into the crowd and made a getaway from his pursuers. Later it was learned he entered the Taylor Trunk Company at 23 E. Randolph, nervously purchased a $5 hat, asked to use the restroom, and then left the store without his hat.

The gangland-style shooting of a humble and presumably honest news reporter with a wife and two children shocked the city. Here was a man who, to the public, appeared to have no gang affiliations, and killed in cold blood. If it could happen to him, it could happen to anyone. Public pressure to find Lingle’s killer and to rid the city of criminal gangs once and for all was intense.

Within 24 hours, the police rounded up 664 “wise guys” into the city bridewell, and an unsurpassed manhunt blanketed the Chicago area. One enterprising judge, John Lyle, used the opportunity of public outrage to issue largely unconstitutional, but ingenious, arrest warrants for “vagrancy” to top gang leaders, including Al Capone, on the theory that if they paid their bail, then they could be questioned on the source of their income and either imprisoned or investigated for tax evasion. Almost all of these efforts ended in little more than a waste of police and court resources, though a few notable criminals did fall into the dragnet, including labor racketeer George “Red” Barker, and Joseph Traum, an Indiana desperado. Another fallout from the killing was the resignation, under intense political pressure, of Lingle’s friend in the police force, Commissioner Russell, as well as several other top police brass.

Immediately after the killing, partially out of sympathy and partially for headline-grabbing purposes, Lingle’s employer, the Tribune, posted a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of his shooter, and other city papers added an additional $30,000 on top of it. When, a few days, later, however, competing papers began learning – and printing – the details of Lingle’s close associations with mobsters, his political “fixing” activities, and his lavish lifestyle and gambling habit, the Tribune maintained that no one at the company was aware of any of Jake Lingle’s darker side. In fact, Lingle had frequently bragged about his friendships with gangsters, although he also told friends that he had inherited hundreds of thousands of dollars from wealthy relatives.

Frank Wilson, an IRS agent investigating the Capone case, claimed in his autobiography that Col. Robert McCormick, proprietor of the Tribune, had personally arranged a meeting between Lingle and Wilson, scheduled for the day after the murder. If true, this implies that McCormick was well aware of Lingle’s underworld connections; however, McCormick always denied the accusation, and other sources claim that Wilson only contacted McCormick after the murder.

In any case, Lingle’s death created a scandal for the paper. Mayor William Hale Thompson, a long-time target of the paper’s editorials, took the opportunity for a pot shot at the Tribune, referring to it jokingly as the “Lingle Evangelistic Institute.” The Tribune tried to quash the furor by separating themselves from Lingle; they even published Lingle’s entire checking account register in a full two-page spread in an attempt at openness – while at the same time covering up what anyone at the paper might have known about the large and frequent sums entering and exiting the account. In an exculpatory editorial, the paper wrote,


Alfred Lingle now takes a different character, one in which he was unknown to the management of the Tribune when he was alive. He is dead and cannot defend himself, but many facts now revealed must be accepted as eloquent against him.

He was not, and he could not have been, a great reporter. His ability did not contain these possibilities. He did not write stories, but he could get information in police circles. He was not and he could not be influential in the acts of his newspaper, but he could be useful and honest, and that is what the Tribune management took him to be. His salary was commensurate with his work.

The reasonable appearance against Lingle now is that he was accepted in the world of politics and crime for something undreamed of in his office and that he used this in undertakings which made him money and brought him to his death. He has paid the penalty of it if he was enticed into this pool and the Tribune regrets it for the boy’s sake and for the sake of the profession.

The occurrence, although not unusual, is always tragic.
The Tribune also helped fund the investigation into the killing by the State’s Attorney’s office, contributing office space and the services of their corporate counsel, Charles F. Rathbun. Rathbun’s presence on the investigative team also helped insure that evidence unfavorable to the paper never saw the light of day. Pat Roche, lead detective in the State’s Attorney’s office, and Rathbun, lead a year-long focused manhunt for Lingle’s killer, which took them on investigative journeys as far as Havana and Los Angeles.

So who killed Jake Lingle, and why? The answer remains shrouded in mystery after 70 years, but here are the known facts. Lingle’s killer dropped his revolver at the scene of the crime. The serial number on the weapon had been filed down, but careful forensics were able to recover it, and the gun was traced to a sale at the sporting goods dealership of Peter Von Frantzius at 608 W. Diversey Pkwy. Frantzius was a popular arms dealer to the underworld, and his shop had also supplied the weapons used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Von Frantzius’s records showed the firearm had been sold to Frank Foster (born Frank Citro), known to police as a member of the Northside Gang, although there were indications Foster had recently switched sides, becoming a gunner for the rival south side Capone syndicate. Foster was arrested in Los Angeles on July 1, and extradited to Illinois.

Upon seeing Foster, several witnesses, including Officer Ruthy, who chased the shooter through the Loop, declared he was the killer. However, other witnesses disagreed, and Foster had a reasonably plausible alibi. The State’s Attorney’s office suspected he was not their man, but kept him in legal limbo while they continued their frantic search.

Finally, based on underworld gossip and a close resemblance to the witness descriptions, police arrested one Leo V. Brothers, a member of the St. Louis-based Egan’s Rats gang, which was a Capone affiliate in that city. Brothers was a labor union slugger, and was wanted in connection with a murder that took place during struggles between rival factions of a taxi drivers’ union. He had escaped to Chicago with a recommendation to one of this city’s top labor racketeers, Thomas Maloy, and had found work as a bouncer at the mob-controlled Green Mill saloon on Broadway and Lawrence Aves. (the bar still exists today). At his arraignment, Brothers curiously refused to plead either guilty or innocent, instead only saying “On the advice of my attorneys, I stand mute”. Many found it suspicious that Brothers, who was ostensibly destitute, was supported by a “dream team” of five top defense attorneys, led by the inveterately corrupt Louis Piquett, who would go on to greater fame as John Dillinger’s attorney and sometimes partner-in-crime.



(Pictured: Leo V. Brothers)

Brothers went on trial in the spring of 1931. The prosecution produced seven eye witnesses who fingered Brothers as the shooter. The defense pointed out that a number of these witnesses were on the payroll of the State’s Attorney, and that their descriptions to police at the time of the murder differed in several important details. The defense also produced eight witnesses of their own, including Officer Ruthy, who had chased Lingle’s killer through the Loop, who claimed Brothers was not the man they saw.

In the end, however, the prosecution’s witnesses were more believable to most jurors, and Brothers’ checkered past in St. Louis made him a plausible assassin. One lone juror held out from the other eleven in returning a life sentence in the trial, however. Other jurors later claimed his man stubbornly refused to even discuss the matter, and so ultimately, the jury found Brothers guilty and sentenced him to only 14 years. At sentencing, Brothers proudly told reporters, “I can do that standing on my head!” Some intimated that Piquett or some wealthy supporters of Brothers behind the scenes had paid off the dissenting juror.

Regardless of whether Lingle was shot by Foster, Brothers, or someone else, it does little to answer the more important question of why Lingle was killed. One prominent theory, promoted by Roche and Rathbun, and supported by a former Northside Gang associate, Julian “Potatoes” Kaufman, is that Lingle was killed in a dispute over a ritzy gambling resort, the Sheridan Wave Club, located at Sheridan Rd. and Waveland Ave. According to Kaufman, he managed the Sheridan Wave for four years in the late 1920s. During that time, the club catered to an exclusive clientele, high-rollers whose large bets brought in boffo profits for the gang. So lavish was the Club, it is said that all drinks and other amenities were provided to customers gratis and at will while they placed bets.

In June, 1929, under public pressure to fight organized crime after the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, police Commissioner Russell ordered the Sheridan Wave’s closure. Jack Zuta and other higher-ups in the Northside Gang itched to reopen it, and pressured Kaufman to get Lingle to talk with Russell about the possibility. Some sources claim that Lingle demanded a cut of the Club’s revenue. According to Kaufman, during one meeting with Lingle, Zuta showed up, and Lingle turned to him and said “Don’t speak to me, you lousy pimp.” Zuta was, in fact, a slimy pander, the Northsiders’ equivalent to the Capone syndicate’s Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik. In any case, Zuta began to see Lingle as uncooperative.

One ambitious gang underling, Grover Dullard, had run the craps table at the Sheridan Wave, and he had heard Lingle was the sticking point in keeping the Club closed. In Kaufman’s account, Dullard was looking to prove his worth to the gang, and saw Lingle’s murder as a way to impress Zuta. He told everyone he would “take care of” Jake Lingle.

Did Grover Dullard – either on his own, or at the request of Jack Zuta – hire someone to kill Lingle (or do the job himself)? It was well-known and substantiated that a deep mutual dislike existed between Lingle and Zuta, as well as Zuta’s partners, the Aiello brothers. In fact, within a half hour of Lingle’s death, police raided the Aiello bake shop and headquarters on Division street, arresting Carl and Dominick Aiello for questioning (the most prominent Aiello, Joe, was nowhere to be found). Zuta himself was brought in a few weeks later.

Since police headquarters were on the south side at Michigan and 11th St., in the middle of Capone syndicate territory, when Zuta’s questioning was completed, he pleaded for a police escort to the north side. The officers obliged, but during the drive through the Loop, the car was attacked by gunmen, who after firing indiscriminately into a crowd and killing a street car driver, sped away Hollywood-style, blowing a smoke screen behind them along State street.

Jack Zuta survived the hit, but met his end only a month later while on vacation at a resort near Delafield, Wisconsin. He was plopping nickels into a jukebox on the dance floor when he turned around and was met by a barrage of bullets from five men who had infiltrated the hall. Some theorize the killers were Capone’s men, and their purpose was to avenge Lingle’s death. Others believe Zuta was killed by his fellow gang members, who believed he was talking to police.

An alternative theory of Lingle’s death claims he was offed at the order of a relatively minor, but interesting, hoodlum, John J. “Boss” McLaughlin. A former state legislator, McLaughlin had moved easily across the blurry line between politics and crime, and was at the time building a series of gambling enterprises. Supposedly, he had threatened Lingle just days before his death after a police raid at his headquarters at 606 W. Madison, “I’ll catch up with you, and it won’t be long either”. McLaughlin believed Lingle was going to keep police Commissioner Russell off his gaming centers.

A third theory is that Lingle was actually a victim of Capone. Though Lingle and Capone were known to be friends, some sources claim Lingle had been paid a large sum of money to help Capone win political support and police protection for a number of dog tracks the syndicate planned to open in Illinois. Lingle had failed, the theory goes, and had lost the money gambling or in stocks. Then there is IRS agent Frank Wilson’s statement, alluded to earlier, that he was planning to meet with Lingle to discuss Capone’s tax issues. In addition, a number of witnesses at the scene of the crime identified Sam “Golf Bag” Hunt, a noted Capone gunman, as being present.

Alternatively, some claim Foster, who had recently begun working with Capone, was the killer, and that Capone’s gang arranged for Brothers to take the fall in order to help him escape his murder charge in St. Louis (which he eventually did). Hence Brother’s odd non-plea at his arraignment, and irrational exuberance at having been sentenced to 14 years after his conviction. However, the truth is that Jake Lingle’s tracks in the underworld were simply too complex to trace precisely, and the reason for his death is likely lost completely to history.

Leo Brothers served eight years and three months of his 14 year sentence at Joliet penitentiary, after being released early for good behavior. He was immediately re-arrested for the taxi murder in St. Louis, but the evidence had grown cold and he couldn’t be convicted. He went back to work in the tax racket in St. Louis, working his way up to a position of authority in the industry, until he was shot at his home in a gang hit in September, 1950. He died shortly after.

Frank Citro (Foster) also continued working in organized crime, returning to Los Angeles, where he died of a heart attack in April, 1967. A few months after Brothers was sentenced in 1931, Officer Anthony Ruthy was shot and killed in the line of duty by a fleeing bank robber. Coincidentally, Ruthy was killed less than 100 ft from where Lingle met his end, near the corner of Michigan and Randolph. Grover Dullard was a prominent Chicagoland bookie, and ran with a violent gang of gamblers into the 1940s. Julius “Potatoes” Kaufman moved to New York City, and then to Miami, where he continued running casinos. Peter Von Frantzius was charged with accessory to murder before the fact in the Lingle killing, but the charges were eventually dropped. He continued operating his sporting goods business until his death in 1968.

Lingle was shot at the east side of the tunnel under Michigan Ave., where it rose out of the ground and fed into the old Illinois Central railway tracks. That spot no longer exists today, since the train station has been moved underground. The tunnel under Michigan Ave. has long since been renovated and rerouted slightly, although it still passes close to where it lay in 1930 (see photo at the top of this post). Where the IC station once stood, today is the beautiful Millenium Park, built largely at taxpayer expense and only $130 million over budget and four years late for the millenium (it opened in 2004). Nevertheless, the park boasts a Frank Gehry-designed band shell, a fountain with a constantly-changing electronic image of a man or woman spitting, and "the bean". The spot pictured below at the southeast corner of Michigan and Randolph is Wrigley Square, featuring the "Millenium Monument", a set of greek columns that is a replica of a similar monument that stood on the spot in 1930.

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Manacost: 125
Cooldown: 12

Note: Previous was base damage only (it did not reduce bonus damage from items), this reduces total damage by a constant amount.

Batrider
- Armor reduced by 1

Beastmaster
- Greater Hawk's invisibility fade time decreased from 8 to 5 seconds
- Wild Axes now move at similar speed to the max range (so it isn't as slow for short range targeting)
- Added Aghanim's Scepter upgrade
Increases cast range from 600 to 950
Decreases cooldown from 80/75/70 to 45

Primal Roar Aghanim Ability Code: A289

Bloodseeker
- Bloodbath assist AoE increased from 200 to 225

Bounty Hunter
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
- Jinada cooldown decreased from 15/12/9/6 to 12/10/8/6

Bristleback
- Warpath damage per stack increased from 4/8/12 to 10/15/20

Centaur Warchief
- Movement speed increased from 300 to 305
- Double Edge cooldown decreased from 12 to 10
- Hoof Stomp cooldown decreased from 15 to 13

Chaos Knight
- Base strength increased by 3
- Chaos Bolt damage improved from 1-200 to 1-200/50-225/75-250/100-275
- Chaos Bolt now has a floating text indicator for the damage done

Chen
- Test of Faith's secondary ability to teleport units is now a part of Holy Persuasion instead (377809)
Holy Persuasion: A28T

Clockwerk Goblin
- Armor reduced by 1

Crystal Maiden
- Freezing Field level 1 manacost decreased from 300 to 200

Dark Seer
- Wall of Replica illusion damage improved from 70% to 70/80/90%
- Added an Aghanim's Scepter upgrade (and visual effect) (339914)
Creates illusions of allied heroes as well as enemy heroes. Allied illusions deal 50% damage.

Wall of Replica Aghanim Ability Code: A21Q

Doom Bringer
- Doom's duration decreased from 14 to 13 seconds (Aghanim's Doom is still 14)

Dragon Knight
- Breathe Fire damage rescaled from 75/150/225/300 to 90/170/240/300

Drow Ranger
- Previous sight range nerf reverted (from 6.68)

Earthshaker
- Echo Slam initial damage reduced from 165/230/285 to 160/210/270

Enchantress
- Aghanim's Impetus range bonus increased from +150 extra to +165

Faceless Void
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
- Aghanim's upgraded Chronosphere cooldown decreased from 75 to 60
- Chronosphere now reveals Invisible units
- Chronosphere cast range improved from 500/550/600 to 600
- Time Walk slow affects all units along his path, instead of just at the destination

Furion
- Wrath of Nature bounce count improved from 12/14/16 (14/16/18 w/Scepter) to 16 (18/Scepter)

Guardian Wisp
- Base damage increased from 33-42 to 43-52
- Attack range increased from 525 to 575
- Tether movement speed bonus reduced from 15/20/25/30% to 20%
- Tether stun duration rebalanced from 1/1.25/1.5/1.75 to 0.75/1.25/1.75/2.25
- Spirits Oscillation subabilities no longer interrupt Wisp's movement
- Spirits now circle slightly faster when there are fewer alive
- Spirits no longer slow
- Spirits life duration increased by 3 seconds
- Spirits now spawn over 4 second interval instead of 6
Pull In: A24A
Pull Out: A24B


- Overcharge Reworked
Old Overcharge:
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Grants bonus attack speed, drains 2.5% of his current HP and MP per second. If Io is tethered to an ally the bonus attack speed is also granted to that ally.

This is a toggle ability.

Attack Speed: 60/80/100/120


New Overcharge:
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Grants bonus attack speed and damage reduction, drains 2.5% of his current HP and MP per second. If Io is tethered to an ally attack speed and damage reduction is also granted to that ally.

This is a toggle ability.

Attack Speed: 40/50/60/70
Damage Reduction: 5/10/15/20% [Reduces damage taken]

Overcharge Ability Code: A28Q (code change)

Gyrocopter
- Agility growth increased from 2.4 to 2.8
- Rocket Barrage cooldown rescaled from 6.5 to 7/6.5/6/5.5 seconds
- Added an Aghanim's Scepter upgrade (and visual effect) (335808)
Call Down now has a global cast range and the second rocket does 75 more damage.

Call Down Aghanim Ability Code: A235

Huskar
- Burning Spears minimum HP requirement removed (it is still non-lethal)
- Life Break cast mechanism changed
It now has a 600 cast range and causes Huskar to quickly dash forward towards the target. You are magic immune while running forward. If you get interrupted, the dash stops.

Icarus
- Icarus Dive cooldown decreased from 40 to 30
- Icarus Dive no longer makes Phoenix spell immune. If he is disabled during it, he stops
- Sun Ray no longer slows
- Sun Ray damage from 10/20/30/40 + 5% to 15/30/45/60 + 4%
- Sun Ray turn rate slightly improved
- Fire Spirits now trigger in the area around you and your target when you use Target Fire Spirits
The damage and heal from the two areas do not stack, you are only affected once

Invoker
- No longer gets interrupted by casting orbs or invoke
Quas: A21W (code change)
Wex: A21X (code change)
Exort: A21V (code change)
Invoke: A21Y (code change)
Invoke Aghanim: A1GU (code change)


- Base damage reduced by 5
- Alacrity can now target mechanical units (1680)
- Alacrity manacost increased from 50 to 100
- Alacrity bonus damage & attack speed decreased from 30->90 to 20->80
- Cold Snap now requires a minimum of 10 damage before it triggers
- Ice Wall no longer affects magic immune units
- The Invoke combinations are now displayed in the ability tooltip
- Fixed some issues with how Invoke tracks your recently casted spells
It now always remembers the latest invoke spell even if it is one you already have. So if you have two and want to keep the oldest one, you can recast it and it will consider it the newest one.

Jakiro
- Macropyre AoE increased from 200 to 225

Juggernaut
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
- Blade Dance critical strike chance rescaled from 10/20/25/35% to 15/20/25/35%

Kunkka
- Ghost Ship stun increased from 1 to 1.2 seconds
- Tidebringer cooldown rescaled from 16/12/8/4 to 13/10/7/4

Krobelus
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
- Witchcraft bonuses rescaled to be more straightforward


Old Witchcraft:
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- Increases movement speed by 3/6/9/12%
- Decreases Carrion Swarm's mana cost by 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 and cooldown by 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 seconds.
- Decreases Silence's mana cost by 0 / 10 / 20 / 30 and cooldown by 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 seconds.
- Increases the number of level 1 Exorcism spirits by 1 / 2 / 3 / 4.
- Increases the number of level 2 Exorcism spirits by 1 / 3 / 4 / 6.
- Increases the number of level 3 Exorcism spirits by 0 / 2 / 4 / 7.


New Witchcraft:
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- Increases movement speed by 3/6/9/12%
- Decreases Carrion Swarm and Silence cooldown by 1/2/3/4 seconds
- Decreases Carrion Swarm and Silence manacost by 10/15/20/25
- Creates 3/4/5/6 extra spirits


- Exorcism rebalanced from 5/10/16 to 4/10/18 spirits (from 9/16/23 to 10/16/24 with Witchcraft)

Lanaya
- Psi Blades width increased from 70 to 80

Leoric
- Reincarnation now does a 700 AoE 3 second 30% slow around the area where he respawns
- Reincarnation delay decreased from 5/4.5/4 to 3 seconds

Lich
- Dark Ritual cooldown rescaled from 30/27/24/21 to 35/30/25/20

Lina Inverse
- Aghanim's Laguna Blade cast range increased from 600 to 900

Lone Druid
- Spirit Bear's Demolish decreased from 60% to 40% bonus damage versus buildings

Lord of Avernus
- Aphotic Shield cast range increased from 350 to 450

Luna
- Lunar Blessing rescaled from 8/16/24/32 to 14/20/26/32

Lycanthrope
- Wolves move speed increased from 400 to 400/420/440/460
- Wolves collision size reduced a bit

Magina
- Base attack time improved from 1.45 to 1.35
The hero's attack rate improves the lower the Base Attack Time is, this is a buff.

Magnataur
- Cast point reduced
- Empower cast range increased from 500 to 800
- Skewer's number of enemy units dragged rescaled from 2 to 1/2/3/4

Meepo
- Added an Aghanim's Scepter upgrade
Creates an extra clone once the item is acquired. Please note that the item is undroppable once the clone is created.

Divided We Stand Aghanim Ability Code: A27C

Morphling
- Armor reduced by 2
- Replicate now has a visual time (player only) that counts down its duration
- Morph now has a visual effect
Shows one visual effect for transforming agility, and another one for strength. This effect can be seen by both teams.

Naix
- Reworked Infest
Old Infest:
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Naix infests a target, hiding in it.

Regains health based on the HP the unit has when he gets out of it

Level 1 Targets: Allied and Neutral Units
Level 2/3 Targets: Enemy, Allied and Neutral Units

HP Healed: Current Target HP (for level 1/2), Max Target HP (for level 3)

Cooldown: 100/60/30
Casting Range: 150
Manacost: 50

Note: This kills the infested unit.



New Infest:
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Naix infests a target, hiding in it. When he comes out of a unit, he deals damage to all nearby enemy units.

Damage: 150/275/400
AOE: 700

Targets: Allied Heroes, Allied Creeps, Enemy Creeps (including neutrals)

If the unit is an enemy creep, Naix will devour it first, gaining health equal to the unit's current HP.

Cooldown: 100
Casting Range: 150
Manacost: 50

Naga Siren
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
- Nearby Naga Siren illusions now play the Ensnare animation (98895)
Ensnare: A24D (code change)

- Critical Strike replaced with Rip Tide
Rip Tide:
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Calls upon the power of the seas, creating an enchanted wave that deals damage and degrades enemy unit's armor for 8 seconds.

Damage: 130/160/190/220
Armor Reduction: 2/3/4/5
Duration: 8

AoE: 350
Distance: 600

Cooldown: 12
Manacost: 80/90/100/110

Rip Tide Ability Code: A23Y (replaces Critical Strike)

- Song of the Siren reworked
Old Song of the Siren:
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Sleeps all enemy units in range. Slept units are invulnerable until the end of the spell.

Duration: 6/7/8
AoE: 1000/1500/2000

Cooldown: 120
Manacost: 200

Song of the Siren:
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Releases a melody around you the puts enemy units to sleep while they are in your range. Units wake up if you leave the area or the duration of the melody runs out. Slithice can choose to end the melody at any point.

AoE: 750 (units have to be continuously under the song to be slept)

Duration: 6
Cooldown: 180/120/60
Manacost: 100

Note: Ends when duration ends, units go out of range or Naga Siren dies. Affects buildings.


End Song Sub-Ability Code: A24E

Necrolyte
- Reaper's Scythe reworked slightly
The HP difference calculation is now processed after the stun duration is over, so any damage you do in between the start of the effect and the end is included in the final damage dealt. The stun duration is now reduced from 1.5 to 1 second.

Nerubian Weaver
- Armor reduced by 1
- The Swarm damage rescaled from 21/24/27/30 to 15/20/25/30

Nightstalker
- Hunter in the Night movement bonus rescaled from 15/20/30/35 to 20/25/30/35%
- Hunter in the Night attack speed bonus rescaled from 20/35/55/75 to 30/45/60/75

Obsidian Destroyer
- Intelligence growth increased from 2.8 to 3.3

Omniknight
- Purification cast range increased from 400 to 400/500/600/700

Pandaren Brewmaster
- Drunken Haze duration increased from 7 to 8 seconds
- Primal Split Earth panda now carries the hero's auras around him
If you are carrying Radiance or Assault Cuirass, for example, the area around your panda is affected.

Pit Lord
- Model size slightly reduced
- Cast Point decreased from 0.75 to 0.60
- Dark Rift level 1 can now target units
- Expulsion reworked slightly
- Expulsion AoE now follows you around and is centered on your hero
- Expulsion no longer ministuns
- Expulsion Search AOE increased from 475 to 600
- Expulsion Damage/Heal increased AOE from 375 to 600
- Expulsion now heals allies in the area it damages in (for half the amount 10/20/30/40)

Expulsion Ability Code: A288 (code change)

- Pit of Malice duration decreased from 1.5/2/2.5/3 to 1/1.5/2/2.5
- Pit of Malice now deals 100 damage when it affects a unit
- Pit of Malice now creates 5 corpses in the cast area
- Firestorm reworked
Old Firestorm:
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Calls down 6 waves of fire that damage enemy units in an area. Each wave deals initial damage and then burns enemies for 2 seconds.

Number of waves: 6
Damage per wave: 25/40/55/70
DPS: 5/10/15/20 for 2 seconds

Cast Range: 750
AoE: 400
Cooldown: 14
Manacost: 100/110/120/130


New Firestorm:
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Channeling.

Calls down 3 waves of fire that damage enemy units and structures in an area.

Number of waves: 3
Damage per wave: 55/80/105/130
DPS: 15 for 3 seconds

Deals 30% damage to buildings

Cast Range: 775
AoE: 450
Cooldown: 16
Manacost: 100/110/120/130

Firestorm Ability Code: A26O (code change)

Puck
- Base damage increased by 4
- Waning Rift silence duration rebalanced from 0.1/1/2/3 to 0.75/1.5/2.25/3 seconds (41433)

Pudge
- Rot damage increased from 25/50/75/100 to 35/60/85/110

Queen of Pain
- Sonic Wave damage rescaled from 290/430/600 to 350/475/600
Sonic Wave: A28R (code change)
Sonic Wave Aghanim: A28S (code change)


Rhasta
- Base damage increased by 5
- Ether Shock target count rescaled from 3/4/6/7 to 1/3/5/7
- Ether Shock damage rescaled from 80/160/240/320 to 140/200/260/320
- Mass Serpent Wards are now automatically added to your unit selection upon cast (411025,1680)
Issuing a command to the wards will NOT cause your hero to be interrupted while you are channeling Shackles.

Rooftrellen
- Armor reduced by 1
- Nature's Guise now gives the unit a 10% movement speed bonus
- Nature's Guise keeps the target invisible for up to 1 second after leaving the proximity of a tree, except during the initial cast
- Nature's Guise cooldown increased from 3 seconds to 10/8/6/4 seconds
- Overgrowth rebalanced
Old Overgrowth
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Summons an overgrowth of damaging vines and branches. Prevents all nearby enemies from moving or attacking and deals damage to each.

Duration: 3/4/5
Cooldown: 160
Damage: 85 per second
AoE: 725


New Overgrowth
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Summons an overgrowth of damaging vines and branches. Prevents all nearby enemies from moving or attacking and deals damage to each.

Duration: 3
Cooldown: 100/95/90
Damage: 70/100/130 per second
AoE: 725

- Living Armor Reworked
Living Armor:
==============
Rooftrellen's presence infuses allied heroes and structures with a protective healing aura, increasing armor and regeneration. During the daytime, his power of nature is increased, causing the aura to extend globally.

AoE: 900 (Global during the day)
HP Regeneration: 2/3/4/5
Armor: 1/2/3/4

Living Armor: A24O (replaces old Living Armor)

- Forest Sentinel Replaced with Leech Seed
Leech Seed
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Rooftrellen plants a life-sapping seed in his enemy, causing it to be slowed by 24% and have its life force drained over the next 3 seconds. Nearby allied units are healed by the same amount.

Slow: 24%
Damage: 30/45/60/75 per pulse (Magical damage type)
Allied Heal: 30/45/60/75 per pulse
Pulses: 4
AoE: 500

Manacost: 110/120/130/140
Cast Range: 350
Cooldown: 12

Leech Seed Ability Code: A26N (replaces Forest Sentinel)

Sand King
- Armor increased by 1

Shadow Priest
- Poison Touch damage increased from 7/14/21/28 to 8/16/24/32

Shadow Demon
- Disruption manacost increased from 75 to 120
- Disruption cooldown rescaled from 16 to 25/22/19/16
- Disruption illusion duration rescaled from 6 to 5/6/7/8
- Changed Shadow Demon's hero model
This was his original model during development. The previous model will be used for another hero instead.

Silencer
- Movement speed increased from 290 to 300
- Curse of the Silent cast range decreased from 900 to 800
- Glaives of Wisdom cooldown from 2/0/0/0 to 0
- Last Word is now muted when Silencer is stunned (previously it was only when silenced)
- Last Word no longer triggers on Spell-Attacks (Frost Arrows, Burning Spears, etc)
- Last Word AoE decreased from 900 to 750
- Last Word now steals a point of intelligence if Silencer gets a killing blow on a hero
This is in addition if the hero died within the AoE. So if you kill a hero you will steal 2 intelligence points, otherwise you will steal 1.

Slardar
- Amplify Damage armor reduction increased from 5/10/15 to 8/12/16

Slark
- Strength growth increased from 1.0 to 1.8
- Intelligence growth increased from 1.6 to 1.9
- Agility growth reduced from 2.0 to 1.5
- Essence Shift now reduces each stat by 1 on attacks (no longer reduces the primary by 2)
- Essence Shift agility bonus reduced from 4 to 3 per attack
- Essence Shift duration increased from 15/30/45/60 to 15/30/60/120
- Essence Shift permanently reduces each stat of a hero Slark kills by 1 and he gains 3 Agi permanently
- Pounce no longer hits non-hero units
- Pounce AoE increased from 85 to 95
- Pounce's speed fixed to be the same at all levels (426269)

Spirit Breaker
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
- Greater Bash now gives a 3 second 15% movement speed bonus whenever you land a bash
- Charge of Darkness Reworked
Old Charge of Darkness:
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Takes up to a few seconds to charge up and then starts moving towards his target. Speed is based on how long it charged up for.

Charge time: Up to 4 seconds.
Charge speed: Up to 60%
Stun: 1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6 seconds

Notes:
1- Gains vision (and truesight) over his target while casting.
2- Becomes magic immunity only when fully charged.
3- Target has a debuff indicator when Barathrum is within 2500 distance.
4- Speed bonus is retained for 2 seconds after impact.
5- Becomes interrupted if the target dies, becomes decrepified or cycloned.


Cooldown: 40
Manacost: 75
Casting Range: Global


New Charge of Darkness:
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Immediately charges towards the targeted enemy unit. Ignores pathing completely. Stuns the target when it reaches it.

If the target dies, charge will automatically resume on another nearby visible unit.

While you are charging, all secondary units within 250 AoE of you are hit by a greater bash equal to its level.

Primary Target Stun Duration: 1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6
Speed: 425/500/575/650

Cooldown: 40
Manacost: 75
Casting Range: Global

Notes:
1- Gains vision in a small area around the target.
2- If target dies, the charge will transfer to the nearest visible enemy unit
3- Stops if you become stunned.
4- Target has a debuff indicator when Barathrum is within 2500 distance.

Stealth Assassin
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
- Blink Strike cooldown rescaled from 30/20/10/5 to 20/15/10/5
- Smoke Screen cast range increased from 350 to 425
- Smoke Screen cooldown decreased from 15 to 13 seconds

Sven
- Great Cleave AoE increased from 175 to 200

Tauren Chieftain
- Ancestral Spirit now has a secondary ability that returns the spirit (398706)
Ancestral Spirit Sub-Ability: A21J

- Ancestral Spirit cooldown decreased from 19 to 16
- Ancestral Spirit cast range increased from 1000 to 1200

Techies
- Aghanim's Remote Mine cast range decreased from 900 to 700
- Land Mine limit increased from 15 to 20
- Suicide Squad, Attack! now gives Techies XP for kills he gets with it
- Suicide Squad, Attack! cooldown from 75 to 180/170/160/150
- Suicide Squad, Attack! now causes Techies death time to be reduced by 50%
- Detonate All subability of Remote Mine removed
Based on Techie player feedback, it was much more commonly used accidentally than for it's intended purpose . The new focused detonation ability or the group selection detonate fill the role better.

Terrorblade
- Movement speed increased from 300 to 310
- Sunder HP limit now applies to yourself
This is an improvement. It will no longer bring you down to the target's HP, it will follow the HP percentage restrictions. The main application of this is when it is used to heal an ally.

- Sunder cooldown rescaled from 200/120/60 to 160/110/60
- Metamorphosis reworked
Metamorphosis:
===============
Transforms to a powerful ranged Demon with illusions.

Attack Range: 550
Base Attack Time: 1.6 (melee is 1.5)
Movement Speed: 300 (melee is 310)
Attack Damage: 20/25/30/35 extra base damage [Illusions benefit from this damage]

Illusion Count: 0/1/1/2
Illusion Outgoing Damage: 0/10/15/20%
Illusion Incoming Damage: 250%

Duration: 30
Cooldown: 70
Manacost: 100

Note: When you transform, you gain selection of the illusions as well.

- Conjure Image replaced with Zeal
Zeal:
=====
Passive. Grants bonus attack speed and HP regeneration.

Attack Speed: 20/30/40/50
HP Regeneration: 2/3/4/5

Note: Attack Speed bonus affects your Metamorphosis illusions

Zeal Ability Code: A275 (replaces Conjure Image)

- Soul Steal replaced with Reflection
Reflection:
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Terrorblade brings forth a dark reflection of all enemy units in a small area. Affected units are slowed and attacked by their reflections for 5 seconds.

AoE: 350

Duration: 5 seconds
Slow: 20/25/30/35% (MS & AS)
Reflections Outgoing Damage: 35/45/55/65
Reflections Incoming Damage: 0%

Cast Range: 600
Manacost: 75
Cooldown: 20

Note: Reflections can only attack their source.
Note 2: Reflections are not normal illusions, they aren't clickable or selectable and take no damage. They are faded out visually to the enemy.

Reflection Ability Code: A27A (replaces Soul Steal)

Tidehunter
- Anchor Smash reworked
New Anchor Smash:
=================
Spins around, dealing damage and giving a debuff to nearby enemies.

AoE: 400
Damage: 75/125/175/225 (physical damage type)
Attack Damage Reduction: 40%
Duration: 6

Cooldown: 7/6/5/4
Manacost: 30/40/50/60

Anchor Smash Ability Code: A226 (replaces old Anchor Smash)

Tinker
- Heat Seeking Missile now hits 2 units at all levels

Tiny
- Tossed allied units no longer take damage (they used to take a portion of the damage)

Troll Warlord
- Cast point reduced by 0.3
- Berserker Rage transformation time removed (was 0.1 sec)
- Blind replaced with Whirling Axes
Inspired by (348120)

Whirling Axes:
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Troll is a master of the axe, learning axe skills in all forms of combat. When in melee form, summons magical axes to whirl around him in a circle, damaging enemies and causing them to have a 60% chance to miss attacks. When in ranged form, Troll hurls a fistful of axes in cone formation. Enemy units hit by the axes are slowed by 30%.

Each have their own cooldowns and costs.

Ranged Form:
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Slow: 30%
Duration: 3/3.75/4.5/5.25
Range: 900

Travels in a small cone

Cooldown: 20
Manacost: 50


Melee Form:
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Miss Rate: 60%
Damage: 125/175/225/275
AoE: 450
Duration: 4/5/6/7 seconds

Cooldown: 12
Manacost: 50

Learn Whirling Axes Ability Code: A21L (replaces Blind)
Ranged Whirling Axes Ability Code: A21M
Melee Whirling Axes Ability Code: A21N


Tuskarr
- Ice Shards now kills trees around the area it is created
- Snowball no longer moves faster based on the allies inside of it
It used to move at a rate of 1.5x your speed plus 50% of the speed of all allies. It now only moves at 1.5x your speed. The minimum speed for the snowball is 200.

Ursa Warrior
- Enrage no longer triggers an additional Fury Swipes hit
- Earthshock damage increased from 70/120/170/220 to 90/140/190/240
- Fury Swipes duration increased from 5 to 6 seconds
- Overpower cast time removed
Overpower: A1N4 (code change)


Vengeful Spirit
- Aghanim's Nether Swap can now target creeps (339914)

Venomancer
- Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75

Viper
- Corrosive Skin now stacks with Poison Attack

Visage
- Base Strength decreased from 25 to 22
- Strength growth increased from 2.2 to 2.4
- Soul Assumption manacost rescaled from 150 to 200/180/160/140
- Familiars HP improved from 300/400/500 to 300/450/600

Warlock
- Fatal Bonds link count increased from 2/3/4/5 to 3/4/5/6
- Fatal Bonds casting range increased from 600 to 800
- Upheaval cooldown decreased from 65 to 50

Windrunner
- Shackleshot cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds

Witch Doctor
- Death Ward is automatically added to your unit selection upon cast (451843)
Issuing a command to the ward will NOT cause your hero to be interrupted

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I was in the mood for something dreary on my nails yesterday, and this was the winner.  Smoke Screen is a gorgeous dark gray creme that leans a bit purple.  I love the formula on this one, you guys.  Thin, even, and covers great in two coats.  Even before topcoat, it's superbly shiny.  These are second-day nails, so they're a bit more dull than I would like, but you guys get the gist :)


This color does dry darker than the color in the bottle, but I still love it every bit as much.  This one is tied with Femme Fatale for being my favorite polish from Ulta :)

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          Funky Cloud Mani        
I decided to try my hand at a cloud manicure a la Nailside.  I always admire her manicures, and while I can't get anywhere close to her talent level, I can't resist trying out one of her tutorials every once in a while :)  So here's my interpretation of a funky cloud mani:

You guys would not believe how time consuming this is!!  It takes ages to layer all the colors, get the shapes right, etc.. but I like the end result.  Because of all the layers, this took AGES to dry and I got tipwear/shrinking right away.  I had to wrap my tips again right before I took these photos so it wouldn't look gross.
Anyway, the white is Zoya Purity, the orange is CG Life Preserver, and the purpley gray is Ulta Smoke Screen.  I like the color combination.  It even looks kind of tribal-ish to me.  Let me know what you guys think!  What color combos would look nice with this mani?

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6 Januari 2009
Cara Menulis Daftar Pustaka / Citation
Apakah teman-teman pernah menyadari k'lo ,pelajaran Bahasa Indonesia atau di perkuliahan bernama Tata Tulis Karya Ilmiah termasuk mata pelajaran/mata kuliah dengan predikat "ilmu tidak pasti"?
Mungkin tiap orang punya opini dan pertanyaan yang berbeda-beda tentang maksud tulisan saya tadi. Tapi kurang lebih itulah hal yang saya rasakan dan mulai menyiksa saya saat kegemaran menulis karya ilmiah mulai muncul di awal semester 4 lalu. Banyak hal2 yang tidak pasti dalam mata pelajaran/kuliah tersebut. Dari mulai guru SD,SMP,SMA, hingga dosen mengungkapkan ide2/persepsi yg berbeda tentang berbagai permasalahan seperti ejaan yang benar, kata serapan yang benar, atau pun penulisan daftar pustaka (citation).

Contoh:
1. Mana yang benar, Prakata atau Kata Pengantar?
(Jawab: Prakata itu tulisan penulis sendiri, sedangkan Kata Pengantar ditulis orang lain untuk mendukung hasil karya penulis)
Tapi masih banyak buku2 yang beredar di pasaran yang tidak memenuhi aturan tersebut

2. Mana yang benar, mempengaruhi atau memengaruhi?
(Jawab: kayanya sih memengaruhi (inget KPTS!), soalnya salah satu surat kabar yg memiliki tata bahasa yang bagus--KOMPAS--,langsung sebut merk aja ya, memakai kata tersebut. Kata tersebut juga sempat menuai kontroversi karena salah satu pembacanya pernah memprotes penggunaan kata tersebut. Emang ga enak sih kedengerannya. Tapi ya sudahlah)
Nah, sekarang yang ingin saya soroti dalam tulisan ini adalah cara menulis daftar pustaka, dan saya harap tulisan ini dapat membantu pembaca (yah..semoga saja,soalnya blog saya blm terlalu terkenal).
Saya sering bingung jika menulis daftar pustaka yang sumbernya macem2. K'lo buku mendinglah. Tapi klo itu surat kabar, web, ato bahkan kaset rekaman...Gimana coba???

Tanggal 13 ato 14 yang lalu (klo ga salah), saya jalan2 ke perpus pusat ITB. Biasa, ngisi waktu luang daripada liburan maen game terus di rumah. Saya baca2 buku favorit:tentang sejarah2 gitu pokonya, terus lewat di depan rak bagian literatur,writing, dan sebagainya. Akhirnya terlihatlah buku "College Writing Skills with Readings", 5th Ed.Karya John Langan (sampulnya kaya di atas). Dari penerbitnya, McGraw-Hill, udah keliatan k'lo bukunya pasti bagus. Dan emang bagus ternyata!(FYI: buku ini jumlahnya terbatas--ya iyalah--tapi baru semua, letaknya di perpus pusat ITB lt.4)

Di sana dijelasin banyak banget tentang aturan2 menulis, termasuk ini. Ok, langsung aja ya saya jelasin satu-satu:

1. Buku dengan satu pengarang:

Goodwin, Doris Kearns. No Ordinary Time. New York: Simon and Scuster, 1994.

ingat, nama akhir penulis ditulis duluan

2. Jika penulis tersebut mengarang buku lain

---.Wait Till Next Year. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.

nah, klo kaya gini kita ga usah nulis nama penulisnya lagi (Doris Kearns Goodwin itu) cukup kasih strip 3x

3. Jika penulis buku lebih dari satu orang

Simon, David, and Edward Burns. The Corner. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.

semua nama pengarang ditulis, tapi yang dibalik cuma nama pengarang pertama aja

4. Artikel majalah

Cowley, Geoffrey. "New Hope for Alzheimer's." Newsweek 31 Jan. 2000: 46-51.

angka-angka terakhir di paling belakang itu menunjukkan halaman si artikel berada pada majalah Newsweek

5. Artikel surat kabar

Farrel, Greg. "Online Time Soars at Office." USA Today 18 Feb. 2000: A1-2.

A1-2 menandakan halaman 1 dan 2 dari bagian A di koran USA Today

6. Editorial

"Confronting an Unfair Census." Editorial. New York Times 30 Nov. 1998: A24.

jangan lupa menambahkan tulisan "Editorial" setelah judul artikel, seperti di atas


7. Selection in an Edited Collection

McClane, Kenneth A. "A Death in the Family." Bearing Witness. Ed. Henry Louise Gates, Jr. New York: Pantheon, 1991. 96-102.

oia, klo kita nulis daftar pustaka/ works cited yang cukup panjang seperti di atas, bisa dibuat dua baris tapi baris keduanya lebih menjorok ke dalam

8. Revisi atau edisi selanjutnya

Myers, David G. Social Psychology. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999.

singkatan Rev.ed., 2nd ed., 3rd ed., dll. ditempatkan tepat di sebelah kanan judul

9. Chapter atau Section dalam sebuah buku oleh seorang pengarang

Schor, Juliet B. "The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Status." The Overspent American. New York: Basic Books, 1998. 43-64.

buat model2 kaya gini (yang artikelnya bagian dari buku/majalah/koran), yang diberi garis bawah adalah buku/majalah/korannya

10. Pamflet

1998 Heart and Stroke Facts. New York: American Heart Association, 1998.

Berani Mengenalkan Sunda Kita. Bandung: Lingkung Seni Sunda ITB, 2008.

11. Film

American History X. Dir. Tony Kaye. New Line Cinema, 1998.

12. Program televisi

"Smoke Screen." 60 Minutes. Narr. Lesley Stahl. Prod. Rome Hartman. CBS. 11 Nov. 1998.

13. Sound recording

Diamond, Neil. "Yesterday's Song." In My Lifetime. Sony Music, 1996.

14. Videocassette

"Cedric's Journey." Nightline. Narr. Ted Koppel. ABC. WABC, New York. 24 June 1998. Videocassette. ABC/FDCH, 1998.

15. Wawancara perseorangan

McClintock, Ann. Personal interview. 20 July 1999.

Popong, Ceu. Wawancara pribadi. 2 April 2008.

16. Sumber online dengan referensi dari database tertentu

"Organ Transplants." Britannica Online. Vers. 98.10.1. Nov. 1998. Encylopaedia Britannica. 1 Dec. 2003 .

tanggal pertama menunjukkan kapan artikel di publish/post/edit secara elektronik, sedangkan tanggal kedua menunjukkan kapan artikel tersebut di akses oleh kita

17. Artikel online

Woodward, Kenneth L. "Sex, Sin, and Salvation." Newsweek Online 2 Nov. 1998. 6 Nov. 1998 .

biasanya klo saya ngambil artikel dari internet langsung di copas aja tuh www....bla..bla-nya, ga dikasih tambahan keterangan kaya di atas

Yup, kurang lebih itulah model2 yang bisa digunakan dalam menulis daftar pustaka. Lumayan kan buat bahan persiapan bikin TA, tugas besar, dan lain sebagainya.

Tapi masih ada nih yang mengganjel, klo di BI kan diajarin nulis dafpus itu:

Ghani, Hamid. 2008. Cara Bermain Bola. Bandung: Pelita Press.

nah, beda kan dari tata letak tahun dan style judul nya??Harus ditanyain ke yg lebih ahli nih...
          Robin Cook at Seventy        
On February 28th Robert (Robin) Finlayson Cook would have been seventy. As I have just reached the age at which he died in 2005 I realise how much life he had in front of him. His death was a great loss to our politics. I worked with him when he was Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary and I felt he would make a very good Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Sadly there where Blairites and Brownites but few Cookites not a one to tolerate fools, essential as Jeremy Corbyn has discovered in managing the Parliamentary Labour Party, he was poor at cultivating his supporters in the party

I suspect that today he is best remembered for departure from high office. Immortalised on You Tube, his 2003 resignation speech contains the most incisive demolition of the case against the War in Iraq that you will find from a man who had been foreign secretary from 1997 until 2001 and therefore knew what he was talking about. This was the very first speech ever to receive a standing ovation from members.

The loss of Cook to the government was indeed a great tragedy but the much greater tragedy was the fact that he was right. Amongst those who heard that speech who can forget the words;

“Iraqprobably has no weapons of mass destruction in the commonly understood sense of the term - namely a credible device capable of being delivered against a strategic city target.

It probably still has biological toxins and battlefield chemical munitions, but it has had them since the 1980s when US companies sold Saddam anthrax agents and the then British Government approved chemical and munitions factories.

Why is it now so urgent that we should take military action to disarm a military capacity that has been there for 20 years, and which we helped to create?”

That speech and the comment about British approved munitions factories took me back to the 15th February 1993 and Cook’s parliamentary demolition of Ian Lang the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry over the Scott Report.

To be precise it was the Report of the Inquiry into the Export of Defence Equipment and Dual-Use Goods to Iraq and Related Prosecutions, undertaken by Sir Richard Scott Lord Justice of Appeal. They must have thought he was a safe pair of hands.

I played a very small part in Cook’s preparation for that debate. Whilst ministers had eight days to read the report, all 2386 pages, it was only released to the opposition three hours before the debate. About eight of us who had been following the twists and turns of the inquiry took chunks of it and read them drawing anything we thought relevant to Cooks attention.

I remember at one point with a colleague just checking in the dictionary to see if “dissembling” meant what we thought it meant. It did, it is to conceal or disguise, to assume a false appearance of something in everyday language it is lying.

The way the Report was presented by the press you would think it was ambiguous that was not the case it was in fact clear and easy to read. Apart from the occasional double negative, its narrative was compelling and its conclusions plain as a pikestaff Scott was a very literate author. Some of his language like the use of words like dissembling was enough for the largely illiterate press to accuse him of obscurantism. This was of course what the government had wanted - a smoke screen!
When we think what has happened since the whole affair now seems amazing.  In the late 1980s, Coventrybased machine tool firm Matrix Chruchill had been bought by the Iraqi government and was exporting machines used in arms manufacture to Iraq.
Such exports are subject to government approval, and Matrix Churchill had all the necessary paperwork, as in 1988 export controls had been relaxed. This relaxation however had never been announced – indeed, even when asked in parliament whether controls had been relaxed, Ministers said they had not.
HM Customs and Excise, unaware of the change in policy, where suspicious that Matrix Churchill where exporting arms components illegally in 1991 the directors were prosecuted for breach of export controls. The trial was a fiasco. The Government sought public interest immunity but this was overturned by the trial judge, forcing key documents to be handed over to the defence.
The trial collapsed when former minister Alan Clarke admitted with typical sangfroid that he had been 'economical with the actualité’ in answer to parliamentary questions about what he knew about export licenses to Iraq.
Cook’s demolition of the Government almost bought them down as they only won the vote 320 to 319! It turned out that one of the Directors of Matrix Churchill was working for the security services all along.
Before Scott the Government had been prepared to allow innocent people to go to prison - now the appeal court quashed a string of convictions - of Ali Daghir, managing director of Euromac, of Paul Grecian, managing director of Ordtec, and of Reginald Dunk, of the trading firm, Atlantic Commercial. Some of them won compensation Dunk received over £2m.  James Edmiston, managing director of the Sterlingmachine gun manufacturer took over 20years but won eventually £5m but no apology. Charged with Dunk but acquitted, the charges had forced him to sell the company and he was later declared bankrupt.
So why where the Government secretly arming Iraq? Well you have to go back to the Iran/Iraq war in 1980 when government policy was not to support either side but when Iraq looked like losing the USA and the British started covertly supporting Iraq
Cook did the nation a great service on that day as he did again in 2003 over the Iraq War. If only he had remained Foreign Secretary and there had been a Prime Minister who shared his ambition for an ethical foreign policy today the whole could would now be a better place.

The conspicuous absentee at Cook’s funeral was Tony Blair perhaps that shows us that despite appearances he does have some shame. 
          Lesson in Vulnerability        

Am I worthy? Lesson 1 in Vulnerability


          Cerise - Smoke Screen Dreams        
For most young, would-be starlets, the attraction of fame, adulation and money all play at least some part in any decision to enter the music world. For Cerise however, it's all about the artistry and self-improvement that being a musician can offer. "I think my ambition is to get to that point I call the 'Dark Side Of The Moon,' explains the Chicagoan. "It's where bands reach that pinnacle in their careers where they release a classic, defining album that shows a different aspect of their talent in every song, and it's all tied together to create an almost perfect body of work. Say like The Cure's 'Disintegration' or My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless'. Not many artists are able to refine their sound to that kind of level, but that's what I want to do in the long term." Although music has been integral to Cerise's life since as far back as she can remember, it was her teenage days spent listening to such dark and romantic luminaries as The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie And The Banshees that had the most dramatic effect. "That was the first time music really spoke to me," she remembers. "The darkness and beauty of those bands seduced me into this other world and having a big interest in music. But it always seemed like it was the hardest thing in the world to actually do. To me, being a musician in a band seemed like being a ballerina- like you had to be trained for it from the age of six to become this amazing artist." With Cerise's interests in modeling and photography initially taking a front seat, any thoughts of being a musician were put on the back burner until she met Peter Gabriel protégé Joseph Arthur in 2003. The Ohioan singer-songwriter taught Cerise the key idea that anyone could be a musician, and there's never a better time to be a musician than right now. "He's happy to try anything and write a song with anyone if the inspiration is there. So I would hang out with him a lot and just help with some vocals or whatever else he needed at the time. That got me interested in how music is created. Before that, it was a process that was hidden from me." It was a laissez-faire attitude to creativity that Cerise put into practice herself when she decided to buy a guitar as a present for herself. Within three weeks, she was writing her own songs under the continued encouragement and mentorship of Arthur. It was then that Cerise began to realize that even if you do put your favorite artists on a pedestal, trying to clamber up to that level yourself is the most challenging and exciting journey that anyone can ever undertake.
          Hunting Down Vito Genovese in WWII Italy        

June 1, 2007

Vito Genovese

Vito Genovese

Tim Newark is the author of the recently published Mafia Allies: the True Story of America's Secret Alliance with the Mob (Zenith Press). This article is an adapted extract from that book.

by Tim Newark

Top Mafia Mobster Vito Genovese fled New York in 1937 and settled in with the Fascist regime in mainland Italy. When the Allies invaded Italy, he swiftly changed sides and became close to the senior Allied administration. It would take a remarkable young CID officer by the name of Orange C. Dickey to hunt him down.

Mafia Goldmine

As the Allies entered Vito Genovese's realm in Nola, near Naples, in the autumn of 1943, he offered to help them as translator and guide to the region. U.S. Major E.N. Holmgreen, the civil affairs officer in Nola, was so impressed with Vito Genovese that he wrote him a letter of recommendation on Nov. 8, 1943.

"The bearer [of the letter], Vito Genovese," wrote Holmgreen, "is an American citizen. When the undersigned arrived at Nola District as CAO [civil affairs officer], Mr. Genovese met me and acted as my interpreter for over a month. He would accept no pay; paid his own expenses; worked day and night and rendered most valuable assistance to the Allied Military Government. This statement is freely made in an effort to express my appreciation for the unselfish services of this man."

That Genovese could afford to appear unselfish is no big surprise. He knew he had just struck a new criminal gold mine—the black market in American military goods. The FBI later quoted a U.S. attorney's report on his activities during this period.

"During the war he [Genovese] acted as translator for numerous American military government officials," stated the report, "and at the same time was active in black-market activities. These activities consisted of stealing United States Army trucks, driving them to supply depots, loading them up with flour, sugar and other supplies, which material was then driven to a place of concealment and unloaded. The trucks were then destroyed."

Vito Genovese continued to make a fortune from his mastery of the black market in wartime Italy until August 1944. Luke Monzelli, a lieutenant in the Carabinieri, claimed that a young Italian army sergeant investigated the discovery of a mysterious freight carriage full of cereal and salt parked in a siding near Nola. He revealed the link between Genovese and senior Sicilian Mafiosi, but was told to forget about it—it was a secret military matter. He was later transferred out of the region, as was Monzelli.

It would be up to a fearless and determined 24-year-old U.S. Sgt. Orange C. Dickey to blow Genovese's cover.

Trapping the Mobster

Sgt. Dickey gave his testimony of his investigation regarding Vito Genovese before three law officers in the Brooklyn office of District Attorney George Beldock on Sept. 1, 1945.

"I arrived in Italy on or about the 19th day of December 1943," he reported. "My assignment was intelligence sergeant of a service squadron. I was appointed criminal investigation agent [Criminal Investigation Division] on the 2nd of February."

He first came across the name of Vito Genovese in late April 1944. At that time, he was investigating black market activities in olive oil and wheat in Italy between Foggia and Naples. Dickey had a lucky break in that a former senior gang member of the Camorra, the Neapolitan Mafia, had married an American girl and bought his way out of the organization. This man now pointed the finger at Vito Genovese, calling him the head of the Mafia in southern Italy. During the first part of May, Dickey single-handedly began a thorough investigation of Vito Genovese in the district of Nola, east of Naples.

"On or about the 2nd day of June, I proceeded to a vineyard located approximately seven miles from Nola proper in the Commune of San Gennaro, where I found several United States Army trucks which had been destroyed by fire. In tracing these trucks by serial numbers and other identification means, we found the trucks had been stolen from docks in Naples and been driven to a quartermaster supply depot, where they were loaded principally with flour and sugar, after which they were driven to the area where they were found by myself, and the supplies unloaded onto cars and transported into nearby towns, for sale—after which the trucks were destroyed."

Shortly after this discovery, Dickey arrested two Canadian soldiers who had deserted their posts to serve as drivers of these stolen trucks.

"The important part of their statements," said Dickey, "is the fact that they were told that when they reached the point of destination for these trucks, they were to say 'Genovese sent us'… And the truck is parked and they are paid off and then leave the area."

Dickey continued to gather his evidence and then presented it to his superior officers. They gave him the okay to arrest Genovese. On the day that Genovese was arrested, a copy of a report from the Allied Provincial Public Safety Officer in Viterbo, north of Rome, was sent to the office of Col. Charles Poletti, then commissioner of Allied Military Government in Italy. Getting wind of the mobster's imminent arrest, U.S. administrators wanted to clarify exactly what their relationship had been with Mr. Genovese.

"Careful examination of the records and antecedents of the above named [Vito Genovese] has been made of all employees on the AMG [Allied Military Government]. Payroll of this Province, and it is definite that such a person is not employed in this Provincial organization."

That was hardly surprising as Genovese operated way to the south of Viterbo, around Naples. The report then tried to identity the mobster with another bad character.

"In the records of the Questore, a subject named Vito Genovese di Giuseppe, born on 12/7/88, at Avignano, resident in America for many years, was charged on 9th July 1935, before a Military Tribunal in Naples for the offence of desertion, and was sentenced to one years imprisonment in a Military Prison. He is known by the nick-name of 'Mafrita,' and it would appear that this man is identical to the subject of the enquiry."

Except that this man was not the same Genovese. 'Mafrita' was almost a decade older than the gangster who had been running a criminal empire in the United States while he was in prison in Italy. The same report did, however, acknowledge that Genovese was employed by Maj. Holmgreen and three other U.S. officers. Now that was the real Genovese.

Whether this report was a genuine attempt to identify the mobster or a smoke screen to distance the U.S. administration in Italy away from him, we will never know. It was dispatched on the exact day that Genovese was arrested.

On Aug. 27, 1944, Vito Genovese arrived in the office of the Town Mayor of Nola to request a travel permit. An armed chauffeur accompanied him. While the Mafioso's bodyguard parked the car, Dickey made his move.

"I approached Vito Genovese, in the company of two English soldiers, and requested that he accompany me to the Military Police Office in Nola, which he did... Immediately after the arrest of Vito Genovese, I proceeded to downtown Nola and confiscated the vehicle in which Genovese had been riding. This vehicle was an Italian civilian car, Fiat model 1500.

"I searched the vehicle and in the compartment in the rear of the front seat—I mean the private front seat – I found two Italian weapons, one a 9mm Beretta and the other a 7.65 Victoria, both fully loaded."

Military Custody

A few hours after the arrest of Genovese, Nicola Cutuli arrived at the AMG offices in Naples. He was Questore of Rome, the most senior investigative police officer in the country. He demanded that Genovese be released into his custody and taken to Rome. The Americans refused. Later, CID officers found a sheet of paper with Cutuli's name on it in Genovese's apartment.

While Dickey proceeded with the paperwork of his arrest, an informant in Nola gave him a copy of a book entitled Gang Rule in New York City, by Craig Thompson and Raymond Allen, published in 1940. In the book, he found a photograph of Genovese and it identified him as a former gangster associate of Lucky Luciano. Dickey showed his prisoner the picture.

"Sure," said Genovese, "that's me when I was in New York City."

When Dickey asked him about running the black market in Italy, he denied some of the charges but accepted others. Dickey then contacted the FBI and they informed him that Genovese was wanted for questioning over a murder in New York.

Coincidentally, earlier in the month, a New York newspaper report Aug. 9, 1944, said: "The whereabouts of all six [wanted for the murder of Ferdinand Boccia] were said to be unknown but an interesting sidelight on Genovese was that he was reported recently to have been in Italy acting as an interpreter for the Allied Military Government there."

"The Army officials are going to bring him back," said Brooklyn D.A. Thomas Hughes. "How or when he will brought back I cannot say."

With Genovese safely under arrest, Dickey searched Genovese's apartment in Nola and found a bundle of documents. "Among these papers," remembered Dickey, "there was a small paper on which was written a number, easily identified as the number of a U.S. Army truck. Beneath this number was written, "The Shed." In a previous case I had learned that the shed was a large underground storeroom and was used as a storage place for contraband wheat."

Dickey then went to Genovese's apartment in Naples where he found large quantities of PX supplies, such as soap, candy bars and cigarettes. He also found a powerful radio receiver—used for receiving information on the arrival of valuable contraband. Among the documents found in Genovese's apartments were several business cards and other papers that linked him to prominent businessmen in the area as well as judges, the town mayor of Nola, the president of the Bank of Naples, and AMG officers.

There were nine official AMG travel passes, several just made out to the bearer—a sign of Genovese's influence within AMG. They even entitled the bearer to fill up with American gas. One was made out to a local leading dealer in olive oil. Two papers signed by AMG officers entitled Genovese to receive American food supplies—in violation of Army regulations. One business card belonged to Innocenza Monterisi, a mistress of Genovese who, according to Dickey, also supplied women for Allied officers.

But nowhere was found any significant stash of money. Dickey had his suspicions about a safe deposit vault in Banco del Lavoro in Nola. Genovese denied having a vault or a key for it. The bank records said the vault belonged to the gangster, but despite going before a Tribunal in Naples, a court order was refused to Dickey to force its opening. Dickey knew that one of Genovese's henchmen had visited it on the day he was arrested. A U.S. Army seal was put on the vault to prevent its opening.

Genovese was still in military custody in November, as Dickey waited for an arrest warrant to arrive for him from the United States. But no one wanted to make a decision on what to do with him. There was no suggestion even of putting him on trial for black market charges in Italy.

"At this time," said Dickey, "the Army did not seem very interested in returning this man to the States, and I was told that I was 'on my own, to do anything I cared to.'" It was an extraordinary situation, but clearly Genovese's associates in and outside the U.S. Army were working their influence as best they could and stopped any fast action on Genovese in the hope that Dickey might get fed up with the procedure and let him go.

That this might be the tactics of very highly placed U.S. officers was demonstrated when Dickey visited Rome to talk to Col. Charles Poletti, then commissioner of Allied Military Government in Italy. "I wanted him to tell me whether I should try him by civilian authorities," said Dickey, "whether Allied Military Government intends to try him, or whether the U.S. Army has control, or what I should do with him."

Poletti Asleep

Dickey arrived at Poletti's headquarters at 10 a.m. and was told to go straight to his office and walk in. Excited at the prospect of finally getting some advice on what to do next with Genovese, Dickey pushed open the door of Poletti's room. But he wouldn't be getting any sense out of the colonel.

"He seemed to be asleep," remembered Dickey. "He had his arms folded on the desk and his head down on his arms."

Dickey returned two more times that day to see Poletti but did not get to speak to him. "On both these occasions his office was jammed with people… I was kept waiting on both occasions for long periods, and after making several attempts to talk to him, I left… [Poletti was] just walking around, giving orders to the girls; but it didn't seem to be essential business, just more or less enjoying himself."

It was outrageous behavior from Poletti who, obviously, did not want to be dragged into the Genovese affair. Dickey then bumped into Brig. Gen. William O'Dwyer in the hall outside Poletti's office. O'Dwyer was on leave as district attorney from Brooklyn to serve in Italy. He knew all about the Genovese case but underlined the policy of his boss, Poletti, to steer well clear of it and advised Dickey to bypass his senior officers and deal directly with Brooklyn D.A. Thomas Hughes. (O'Dwyer would be later charged by a grand jury of incompetently failing to prosecute senior mobster Albert Anastasia.)

Returning from Rome to Naples, Dickey reported Poletti's behavior to his immediate superior officer. "He took no particular notice of the information," recalled Dickey, "said that he had heard rumors to that effect previously, and with a few casual remarks it was dismissed. So that is the last that was said about Genovese up until the time I made an all-out effort for his extradition."

Dickey pressed on, but by now Genovese was getting desperate. The mobster offered Dickey $250,000 to forget about the whole matter and let him go. At the time, the U.S. sergeant was earning just $210 a month.

"Now, look, you are young," Genovese told him, "and there are things you don't understand. This is the way it works. Take the money. You are set for the rest of your life. Nobody cares what you do. Why should you?"

When Dickey refused the money, the mobster turned nasty and threatened his life and that of his family. Dickey would not be intimidated. Finally, in January 1945, Dickey got the news he had been waiting for. With the help of the War Department, the Brooklyn D.A.'s office had set in motion extradition proceedings. The news traveled fast.

Just seven days later, Genovese's American mobster friends swung into action. The one witness to his involvement in the murder of Boccia was Peter La Tempa, but he was in jail. No problem for Genovese's friends.

On Jan. 15, 1945, La Tempa awoke in his cell with acute gall stone pains. The valuable witness was then given sedatives strong enough "to kill eight horses." Luciano later claimed it was Frank Costello and his associates that set up the murder. With the only major witness against Genovese gone, the mobster no longer feared returning to the United States. In fact, he was glad of the free return journey.

"Kid," he said to Dickey, "you are doing me the biggest favor anyone has ever done to me. You are taking me home. You are taking me back to the USA." Dickey was designated Genovese's guard on the voyage across the Atlantic. Handcuffed together they set sail on board the steamship James Lykes and arrived in New York on the morning of June 1, 1945.

No one met Dickey and his gangster prisoner at the port. He had to organize his own transport to arrive at the district attorney's office of Kings County in Brooklyn that afternoon. He presented himself to the policeman on duty and Asst. D.A. Edward A. Heffernan came down to greet them. When Heffernan recognized the mobster chained to Dickey's wrist, he whispered into the young man's ear.

"Do you mind my saying," said Heffernan, "I am surprised. We never expected to see this boy back here." (Heffernan would later be charged, alongside his boss O'Dwyer, of failing to successfully prosecute gangster Anastasia.)

When Genovese finally appeared before a U.S. court in June 1946, all charges were dropped against him for lack of evidence. "By devious means," said the county judge, "among which were the terrorizing of witnesses, kidnapping them, yes, even murdering those who could give evidence against you, you have thwarted justice time and again."

Dressed smartly in a double-breasted blue suit, white shirt and maroon tie, Genovese smiled. He was now free to continue his career as one of the top Mafiosi in America and exploit his links with the old Mafia in Sicily. Dickey's heroic efforts had all been in vain.

Genovese went on to prosper as top gangster in New York, diminishing fellow Mafiosi, such as Frank Costello and Meyer Lansky. But in 1959, his luck ran out and he was nailed for a narcotics deal and sentenced to 15 years in prison, where he died in 1969.

Dickey became a legend to other CID agents in Italy, but little is known about his life after he left the army. A request to the CID archivist revealed little and they had no record of his later career or death.

 


 

Tim Newark is the author of the recently published Mafia Allies: the True Story of America's Secret Alliance with the Mob (Zenith Press).

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          Interview with Ole Dammegard: Crimes of the global 'elite'        
For almost 30 years investigator Ole Dammegård has been on a quest to find the truth behind some of the worst conspiracies in the history of world - such as the murders US President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, John Lennon and the blowing up of m/s Estonia killing at least 852 innocent people. This has taken him on a very frightening and dangerous journey into unknown territories. What has been claimed as acts by lone madmen has turned out to be connected to the International military industrial complex and top level high finance, all sanctioned locally behind dark smoke screens.Ole has also analysed the assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was gunned down in February 1986. Pyschopathic assassins, top politicians and innocent scapegoats make up the characters in the macabre drama known as global politics. Join us from 2-4pm this Sunday September 13th as we delve into the details with your regular hosts Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley along with Sott Radio Network host-at-large, Harrison Koehli.
          The Truth About Tobacco with Richard White        
Smoking is hazardous to your health and causes lung cancer... but is that really true? Are tobacco and cigarette smoking really the scourge that Big Pharma, the media and millions of people around the world believe it to be? Today we'll be talking with Richard White, author of Smoke Screens: The Truth About Tobacco. We'll examine studies on smoking, what researchers have to say, the scientists involved in the anti-smoking movement, previous attacks on smoking, the origins of the anti-smoking movement, the diseases said to be caused by smoking... and more! Keeping your pets safe during the summer months is the topic of this week's Pet Health Segment. Join the hosts at 10am EST.
          Insane Driver Deploys Smoke Screen and Road Spikes in Action-Movie-Like Car Chase        
It didn’t work.
          Proposed FDA regulation of tobacco is weak        
For Michael Siegel, MD, a long time anti-smoking advocate and professor of social and behavioral sciences, the proposed Food and Drug Administration regulation of cigarettes is really a smoke screen for Big Tobacco. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, he states that the legislation was crafted, in part, by Philip Morris in a deal with […]
          Mandatory Minimums Are Back in Sessions!        

Last month, behind the smoke screen of the FBI-Trump main event, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo ordering federal prosecutors to seek the most serious charges possible and reinforce the use of mandatory minimum sentencing. Sessions claims that this policy “affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency.” But how truly “just” is […]

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          Comment #2        
Thanks Rick! Called smoke screen, each pointing a finger in the direction of the other to distract from what they in fact are doing. I believe TEA Party groups have caught onto the charade. Also believe what we'll see somewhere down the line is both major parties morphing into one diminishing unit and a separate party of fiscal conservatives will serve as the backbone of the other new party. Long past time for transformation ..... not "change".
          The Cost Cutting Ritual        
Does anyone recognise this????


The Cost Cutting Ritual (non-crisis)
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(NB In a crisis this ritual can be bypassed and usually is)

Having been through this (painful) experience a few times it is apparent that there is a 3 step ritual that must be completed in sequence if one is to achieve real significant costs savings.

I describe the three steps as
1. Count the paper clips
2. Point the finger
3. Face reality

In "Count the paper clips" management attempts to save money by making what are essentially petty and ultimately ineffective gestures. Examples are move to recycled paper, use cheaper pens, cut out business class travel, stop company phones, etc.. These are picked because they are seen as easy, painless(?) changes, that do not threaten any significant power base.
These are ineffective for a number of reasons. The first is that when you look at the overall cost base they represent only a small percentage of total costs and even if major inroads can be made to them (and this is rarely the case) it will have only a small effect on the bottom line. Short term there may appear to be gains but these are usually quickly eroded. For example cutting out business class travel may well result in more overnight stays or higher costs for changing travel arrangements.

The second reason they are ineffective is because they alienate the core of the company, its staff. They see small things being taken from them and as a result often withdraw their goodwill, with a negative cost impact.

So having "Counted the paperclips" and not achieved the objective the stakes get raised and we move to "Pointing the finger". This phase is usually looking at what are seen as overheads and cross charges. In essence management looks to someone else to make the saving and thus charge the business less. Examples are looking at the cost of a Finance Department and deciding that something like expense processing is too high. So the central team is cut to a minimum and the work, that still needs doing, is distributed to team secretaries. This may mean some staff cuts but usually among junior, relatively inexpensive staff. The cost of Finance drops as to the allocated charges, but a business unit overtime will need more secretarial support, control of expenses is likely to be slacker and probably staff unhappier with the process.
There is often a stage where the basis of allocation is examined closely and changed, but in the end the same total cost has to be allocated across the set of business units, just maybe allocated differently.

There are many possible examples, but they all have they all have similar impact, a reduction in central costs and this allocated charges with a compensating increase in "local" costs. Net impact over the medium term is usually minimal and less than desired.

Finally we get to the crux of the matter and "Face reality". In this, having tried the easy(?) options and failed the business faces up to cutting the drivers of significant costs which constitute the key power bases of the company. In business like financial services with high human capital this means cutting big jobs, front office jobs, the roles that require support. Having worked in such environments there is often a multiplier effect and that is that the total cost of a business is some near-constant multiplier of front office salaries, albeit the multiplier is specific to that company. For example with a 2.5 multiplier cutting a £100k job will lead to £250k saving.

Other businesses will have other key drivers for example plant and property and it is these that need to be tackled at this stage.

These are not easy savings but are possible and sustainable and management only reaches this point by having tackled the previous two steps. in anything other than a crisis, when drastic steps are required, trying to jump straight to "Facing reality" is extremely hard as the other ineffective savings will be offered as a smoke screen in order to protect key power bases.

In summary

Count the Paper Clips
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Typified by: Use of cheaper supplies/services

Results: Minimal saving after initial impact
Loss of goodwill and thus increased costs

Point the Finger
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Typified by: Some reduction in central functions
Some reduction in allocated cost

Results : More local resource needed
Compensating local cost
Reduced service(?)

Face Reality
=========

Typified by: Cuts in key drivers

Results: Reduction in local and associated costs
Attacks key power bases
Is sustainable
          Serpent Seed of Satan theorist Brett T.’s reply to me        

I wrote a critique of Brett T.’s claims and he was kind enough to reply. Now, in turn, I will reply to his reply as we are both clearly interested in engaging in reasoned and graceful discourse—you can find my initial critique here.
Below is the entirety of his reply interspersed with my critiques (I have only removed his initial email pleasantries, etc.).

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Brett wrote:

…I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Ken’s critique of my work…Let’s look at some of Ken’s comments on my work: first off, is it not a correct assumption that “…nowhere in the Bible does it say that either Cain nor Abel were Adam's son…”? No matter what angle Ken may be heading towards, here, by placing the above quote as the header of his critique, the truth of the manner still stands. If they weren’t listed as Adam’s sons in the Bible, then logic dictates that we cannot assume they were Adam’s offspring, either… right? Show me, Ken, where the Bible absolutely states that, and I’ll change the above quote! [the first two ellipses are mine, the rest within this whole section are Brett’s]

I would never solely argue that majority rules yet I will point out the fact that (granting an extremely statistically insignificant minority) 5,000 years-worth of Jews and 2,000 years-worth of Christians have accepted that Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and have done so because the Bible states as much.

So, the claim is that “they weren’t listed as Adam’s sons” yet, Genesis 4 states, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel.” The only reason to think that this cannot be stating what it means and not meaning what it states is that someone came along centuries after it was written and decided to weave a bit of folklore with it.
For technicalities, such as how Genesis 4 has been translated through the centuries, see “Serpent Seed of Satan theorist on the original text of Genesis 4:1,” part I and part II.

The other issue is that neither appear in Adam’s genealogy. However, the cultural and grammatical context informs us that biblical genealogies are not as we think of genealogies today: they are not a list of every single person but rather, they are meant to highlight certain personages and, as the Bible’s ultimate goal, to point us to the Messiah Jesus.
Thus, Abel is not listed as he had no offspring and Cain is not listed because he absconded from Adam and Eve and thus, began his own family lineage. Moreover, we have biblical context for concluding that he may also have been left out due to his sin. For example, 1 Chronicles 5:1 states, “Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.”

Brett continued:

Also, in regards to the other quote you put up there (“Those who have blood of this Serpent (and, possibly, other fallen angels) would go on to form ‘mixed’ multitudes of people…”): this, obviously, relates to the fallen angels of old - those who “lost their previous estate.” The same, then, were made to be terrestrial upon the earth, and mated with mortal women (as stated in the book of Jude, and in Genesis 6). So, since this is all in the Bible, what’s so speculative about it? It’s right there. I’m not making this all up.

Well, my reason for quoting his statement as such was to allow his greater context. So, “what’s so speculative about it?” nothing. I did not take issue with his and, setting aside some technicalities, generally agree that “fallen angels…lost their previous estate…mated with mortal women,” etc. and I would add 2 Peter as a supporting reference as well. See my book On the Genesis 6 Affair’s Sons of God for evidence that the angel view is the most ancient and the majority view amongst both Jews and Christians (you can find it at Amazon and CreateSpace).

Brett continued:

Also, in regards to the theory of Eve having sex with the Serpent, we really need to ask ourselves here, Ken: what isn’t really speculation in our Bible, in this day and age? No one was alive back then (including you); so both you and I will have to agree that neither of us could have it perfectly right. Agree? All we have, for sure, are the written words of old.

Well, I may feel that old but no, I was not alive back then and neither was Brett, however, God was and He told us that which occurred within “the written words of old.”
Perhaps I could turn the tables and state that nowhere in the Bible does it say that Eve had sex with the Serpent, show me, Brett, where the Bible absolutely states that, and I’ll change my mind. Now, it has to be a major premise of Brett’s serpent seed theory that Eve did, in fact, have sex with the Serpent but he is admitting that there is no proof of this necessary starting point.
So, the Bible never states that Eve had sex with the serpent which is reason enough to conclude that Eve never had sex with the serpent.
Now, the Bible is extremely explicit about all sorts of sexual liaisons, sexual sins, etc. so it is at least fair to think that if she had done so then it would be crystal clear stated in the Bible. Now, this is not Brett’s argument but I will note it just in case: the Bible is not required to tell us that “Adam knew Eve his wife and, oh yeah, by the way, the serpent did not know her, the beasts of the field did not know her and when her offspring were of age they likewise did not know her neither did anyone except for Adam as long as they both lived.”
This is another case of taking something simple and uncontroversial and making it appear as if it is because someone decided to weave a folkloric tall tale centuries after Genesis was written.

Brett continued:

As far as your comment about Adam and Eve (after their fall), rushing in to cover their “nether regions,” you state “how easy it would be to isolate this and allow the serpent seedline of Satan theorists to (mis)interpret it for you.”
How, Sir, am I isolating this, as a means to misinterpret it to anybody? I am not trying to deceive or misinterpret anything, here. If anything, it all seems fairly strait forward: Adam and Eve disobeyed God. After they sinned, one of the first things they did was to hurry up and try to cover their genital areas. How much more strait forward could one’s train of logic be, in this case? Why did they go for that area?
They didn’t try to cover their mouths (because they ate of a forbidden fruit); they didn’t try to cover their hands (because they held the forbidden fruit in their hands). As most would assume, they tried to hide the pivotal point their shame. Agree? Why these nether regions? You don’t seem to want to address this train of logic. And, to avoid the task of addressing this, it seems you would rather want to go off on a tangent, and give the typical interpretation I often hear: (paraphrasing) “it’s only a story with moral implications. Nothing physical to see here.” Isn’t that your only angle, here, Ken?

Firstly, I want to ensure that we do not, at least not in the case of my writing about Brett, that correlating “to (mis)interpret” with to purposefully “deceive” as one can (mis)interpret for many reasons only one of which could be to set out to deceive. Thus, as a just in case statement I will state that I never accused Brett of purposeful deception but only of (mis)interpretation.

As far as your comment about Adam and Eve (after their fall), rushing in to cover their “nether regions,” you state “how easy it would be to isolate this and allow the serpent seedline of Satan theorists to (mis)interpret it for you.”

What I got from Brett’s reply is that he is isolating this by taking it out of its clear context and surrounding it with the serpent seed theory. An oft employed tactic of such theorists is to post supposed gotcha! questions for which the only answer is claimed to be their theory. Thus, Brett makes the (good actually) point that they “try to cover their genital areas…didn’t try to cover their mouths” nor to “cover their hands,” etc. so “Why these nether regions?” because of a theory which is utterly foreign to the text, the Bible’s greater context and also to millennia’s worth of Jews and Christians.

My point about isolation is that even if in one case the theory seems the best fit, it is appealing to an enormous, unnecessary and unbiblical theory to attempt to deal with one issue (actually, an essentially non-issue that was made into an issue when support was sought for the theory).

Brett notes that I “don’t seem to want to address this train of logic…avoid the task of addressing this…want to go off on a tangent” but he such is not the case and he actually does note that I did offer that which he claims is a “typical interpretation” but what I wrote in my original article actually followed the Bible’s train of logic:

Well, you can see how easy it would be to isolate this and allow the serpent seedline of Satan theorists to (mis)interpret it for you.
However, it seems that the reason they covered their nakedness is that in Genesis 2 it was pointed out they were naked and not shamed. The theorists could easily claim that they were not ashamed and ashamed of that which they had done with their nether regions.
However, since the Bible knows nothing of that theory then the focus is shame. They were ashamed of having broken God’s commandment and the story does become, or so it seems, symbolic of attempting to cover their sin with works, having God reject their works based salvation and providing a covering which required the shedding of blood. One does not need to deny any and all symbolism simply because such theorists are going amiss and appealing to symbolism.

My overall point might be that even if (and that is a big IF) you grant this one point to the theorists, the score is still one to well, however many points are racked up by the rest of the Bible.

Brett continued:

I come across this type of narrative quite a bit, in regards to stories of the Bible. Of course, you may feel what I write is misinterpreted in your mind because you seem to validate the possibility of the Bible being filled with, for the most part, good moral lessons, and good information for us to live our lives. But, with that mindset, it’s easy for one to look at the Bible just for its moral implications, and proves harder take the Bible as anything more. But, what about things in the Bible which aren’t as “easy to swallow?” What about the possibility of the Bible being true, in regards to dates, actions, history, physical occurrences, etc.; and the need for it to being taken more literally?
When these situations come up, the foundations of belief - to many people - become lost. In other words: couldn’t the Bible be used for something other than just its moral implications? Thinking about it, practically, in only one way, at best, limits the Bible to a book of cautionary tales. Sorry, but I also take the Bible as history, and try to take it as literally as it portrays itself.
In the case of the above, the rush of Adam and Eve to cover their genitals was not just a Hebrewism, or figure of speech, but a description of their actions (after their sin). Simple. Many Christians in today’s world, however, have been so conditioned to take the Bible as reliable for its morality, but not history - turning the Bible into “just another book;” not something special, not something of God. This can be dangerous to the Christian who really wants to contemplate some of the “harder to swallow” realities in it.

This is a non-issue as it is based on Brett’s presupposition about what my point of view might be and yet, it is not: I also take the Bible as history, and try to take it as literally as it portrays itself—period.

Brett continued:

Yes, Adam and Eve, as you stated, were “ashamed of having broken God’s commandment”... but does that solidify the perception that there can’t be any more to the story? Why does it all have to stop here? I don’t think we “are going amiss” by allowing people to take a deeper look at all the possible elements to a Biblical story, beyond just the moral!

I am not even attempting to not allow people to “take a deeper look at all the possible elements to a Biblical story, beyond just the moral” and in fact, I encourage it. Yet, what solidifies “the perception that there can’t be any more to the story” is that the Bible knows nothing of it and neither did the overwhelming majority of all Jews and Christians who have ever lived.
When theologizing it is of the utmost to systematize whereby we ensure that our theology does not consist of disjointed bits and pieces but fits together like a jigsaw puzzle. Thus, my point again is that even if we think that we have one serpent seed piece, we should know that we are mistaken as it does not fit with the rest of biblical theology.

At this point, I would like to point out something to those who are not familiar with my many articles on this theory: I accept that there are two seedlines but these are not genetic, they consist of those who perform godly actions versus those who perform satanic actions and this is the biblical model, this is supported by the Bible’s greater context. For a shortcut to this, I have written it most succinctly within my article that was published in a Christian apologetics journal.

Brett continued:

You also said something about Cain and Abel being the sons of Adam: “Just because a ‘common term’ is not used does not mean that Adam did not beget Cain and Abel…” Yes, but you have to admit that this doesn’t mean that Adam begat them, either. Right? The rationale for what you say seems to be that: “Cain was not listed because he absconded from Adam and Eve and started his own family.” Okay, I totally agree with that. But, so what? Can you say definitely say that this was the reason the Bible didn’t list him as such? That would be a “no.” That, Sir, is speculation. I also agree that there, quite probably, were many other sons and daughters born of Adam and Eve; but wouldn’t someone of such importance, such as Cain, be mentioned a lot more in the Bible (as most Christians know of the story of Cain and Abel)? Either way, we cannot definitively say why Cain was not listed. Agree?

This seems another case of much ado about nothing: in other words, looking for trouble so as to appear to have found a gap and seeking to fill it with the theory.
Now, of course, the text means that Adam begat them because that is the point, that is what it states and: it does not state anything different than that.
I covered this above but am keeping Brett within his own context and he brought it up at this point. Now, “so what?” well, I offered two biblically sound and buttressed reasons versus one unbiblical theory.
As there “quite probably” being “many other sons and daughters” there is no quite probably about it, “Adam…begat sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:4). Yet, Brett’s reasons for thinking that Cain is “of such importance” seems to be the anachronistic reason that he is a key player within the theory. Biblically, Cain is as important as he is and is mentioned as many times as he is mentioned and for the reasons that he is mentioned—there is nothing more into which to read. Indeed, if he was the literal son of the serpent, carried within his body serpent/satanic genetics, was the forefather of an entire bloodline of hybrids then perhaps I should ask, wouldn’t someone of such importance be mentioned a lot more in the Bible?

Brett continued:

You also commented on Cain being “of the wicked one”; saying that: Cain “was ‘of the wicked one’ but this is merely a partial quotation which is pulled out of its context.” Really, now. Was it? When you say I pull things “out of its context,” that statement somewhat disturbs me. I go out of my way to not to take anything in my work out of context. But, again, it seems you have already made your conclusion. It seems your take on the stories of the Bible as being filled with, for the most part, moral, cautionary, tales, and really not a lot else.
I totally agree the context of the above verses possesses a moral element.
Most do. But, are we, again, to ignore everything else which might be in the verses; ignore anything else that might, possibly, shed light on something different? Just because the moral of the story is about “works” doesn’t mean the possibility can’t exist for something else to be in there.
These verses are basically telling us to “love one another.” Yeah, okay.
It mentions Cain, and how he killed his brother; mainly because his works were evil and the works of his brother were righteous. So, how does that automatically disqualify the possibility of Cain being “of” (or an offspring of) the wicked one? It doesn’t. Was he only a “moral”
offspring of the wicked one, here, Ken? Again, sorry to say, this is your speculation.

Unfortunately, this is unnecessarily verbose due to Brett touching upon the (non) issue of his (erroneous) perception of my take on the Bible.

Now, Brett and I have something in common, we both go out of our way to not to take anything in our work out of context: however, this does not mean that we succeed in every case—try as we may. Thus, this is not a personal affront against him on my part but my conclusion that he did, in fact, in this case, provide “merely a partial quotation which is pulled out of its context.”

Now, my point was not some vague sidestepping comment about “a moral element.” And I will note that Brett is focused on what “everything else which might be in the verses…something else.” I will be glad to be directed to what else is in there but it must keep within the immediate and greater context or else it is merely fanciful speculation and not well-grounded speculation.

Now, Brett specifies that “It mentions Cain, and how he killed his brother; mainly because his works were evil and the works of his brother were righteous” but note that the verse is telling us to be “Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous” (1 John 3:12). Thus, it was not mainly because but exclusively because. To add to this that well, it was mainly because his works were evil and the works of his brother were righteous and also because Eve had sex with the serpent and that Cain is a hybrid who was composed partly of serpentine/satanic genetics is clearly contextual to the verse, paragraph, the chapter, the book and the Bible as a whole.
Besides, what if he was the son of the serpent: what would that have to do with murdering Abel? After all, Adam and Eve sinned and they were direct creations of God Himself.

Thus, to ask “how does that” the actual statement of the text within its context “automatically disqualify the possibility of Cain being “of” (or an offspring of) the wicked one?” By adhering to hermeneutics and so deriving meaning from a text’s plain statements is not speculation—also see what Jesus stated about the “children of the wicked one.”

Brett continued:

It’s sad, but a vast number of today’s Christians quickly seem feel the need to discount any of the possible literal and historic elements of the Bible; mainly because it might not fit within the boundaries of today’s “politically correct” thought, or within today’s laws of science. It seems that many Christians desire to go down this same “P.C.” road - making it the qualifier for one’s ability to believe the Bible’s words as true or not. So many seem afraid to think about anything which might make them feel they are infringing on these “P.C.” values.
They say that “6” is the number of man. Bullinger personifies “666” as “man perfected.” Could the true enemy of the Bible - “666” - be a number of these P.C. thoughts of mankind… “perfected?” Political correctness does seem to come from secular humanism, which, assuredly, is not of God. It’s all “man.” So many people in Christianity, now, have bowed to the will of political correctness. As a result, any talk about Cain’s Serpent-seed bloodline is quickly withered away, due to the typical Christian’s fear of being portrayed as bigoted, racist, mean, what have you. It doesn’t pass that P.C. “smell test.” But, does it really have to, Ken? Shouldn’t we look at all of what the Bible has to say? It’s not Cain’s fault because he was born that way; so we can’t discuss this possibility… right? That’s the route so many of us, now, feel we have to follow.

Well, okay, Brett was venting. And yet, not against me as but against a generic “vast number of today’s Christians.”
The only thing to note is that while there may be instances of a vast number of today’s Christians discounting something because it is un-P.C. this does not mean that everything that is discounted by a vast number of today’s Christians must, therefore, be true.

Ironically, I am taking the Bible very literally and Brett is the one urging me to consider the what ifs that he reads between the lines.

Now, I will let the generic vast numbers of Christians speak for themselves. For my part, I do not quickly withered away any talk about Cain’s Serpent-seed bloodline but have read and considered that which very many of its theorists have claimed: from academics to preachers and from Rabbis to blog/website posters such as myself. I reject the theory based on a careful examination and refutation and not because it is not P.C. or anything of the sort. Brett must accept that some people who reject it have done so on as solid a ground as one could build upon such a topic. I “look at all of what the Bible has to say” and it says nothing about this theory.
It is also extremely odd that he states that as per my view “we can’t discuss this possibility” when I have discussed it with various theorists—as anyone can see.

Brett continued:

Yet, I, personally, try to concentrate on things a person can change (such as their attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors), rather than something they can’t (such as their bloodlines). Unlike a number of Serpent Seed writers, I don’t subscribe to one’s genetics, or bloodlines, as being their “end all;” hopelessly affecting the actions they take (as you seem to have implied). The light we have at the end of the ideological tunnel is this: the Bible, and God, always seems to give us a way out. Since God gives us free-will, we have the ultimate choice in whom or what we will eventually follow, or do. We all have a choice, just as Abel did (in the story of his sacrifice). Abel, I theorize, was probably a son of the Serpent, as well; but he chose to obey God. His free will trumped everything (even his bloodline); and that’s what’s important, here. But, that said and done, it, still, doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at all of the elements of a particular situation, and contemplate them, in these verses.

Well, every serpent seed theorists has their own take on aspects of the theory and so, indeed, I have encountered the claim, time and again, that being composed of serpentine/satanic genetics most certainly hopelessly affected Cain’s actions.
But fine, Brett does not hold to his (at least not completely) and so he can “theorize” that even Abel “was probably a son of the Serpent.” Clearly, “theorize” is a manner in which to say “No, I have no evidence” since, of course, Genesis 4:1 states that “Adam knew Eve his wife” so that it was Adam and Eve and not the serpent and as a result of this “she conceived” by Adam and not the serpent and who did she conceive? She “bare Cain” and if that is not enough, she “said, I have gotten a man from the LORD” and not the serpent. But wait, there’s more as this follows directly by that “she again bare” with again directing us to the context of that which was just stated, “his brother Abel.
Thus, we are all free to “take a look at all of the elements of a particular situation, and contemplate them, in these verses” and I, at least, never even imagined stating that we could not: I simply reject the theory because it is false.

Brett continued:

Political correctness will tell us to not waste any energy contemplating genetics, or blood lines, as factors behind a person’s thought or morals; yet, I don’t think it’s an entirely correct way to look at our world. For example: if we know that 8 year old Johnny is the son of a mentally deranged father, and also the son of a mother who’s an ax killer, P.C. tells us we are not allowed to even raise an eyebrow to these facts - if we see him acting aggressively, hurting other classmates, or being abusive to animals.
It’s a fact of life, though, in the world God fashioned. Agree?

Again, I am not going to play generic P.C. advocate so speaking for myself, I have personally waste very much energy contemplating genetics, or blood lines, etc. and actually I will not say “wasted” but “invested.”

Contextually, the metaphor about 8-year-old Johnny is faulty due to what I noted above as it is not a case of “we are not allowed to even raise an eyebrow to these facts” but that even Adam and Eve sinned without having a sinner (or the serpent/Satan) as their dad.

Brett continued:

Ken stated that: “this is about actions and not genetics”. Yes, I totally agree that there’s a lesson to be learned, here, in regards to actions.
But, sorry, that absolutely doesn’t discount the possibility of Cain being more than just a moral descendant “of the wicked one.” If we really look at the context of these verses (I John 3:11-12 KJV) - the way Ken seems to believe we should - the context might be comparable to the Bible stating (hypothetically): “we have Moses, the son of Amram, following God in a whole number of ways; as compared to Pharaoh, who didn’t. And, Moses was blessed for it. Pharaoh wasn’t.” Of course, the context of these hypothetical verses, again, is about works, and who was righteous. But, it also gives us a piece of unrelated information: Moses was the actual son of Amram. Just because the context of these verses do have a moral outcome, do we automatically have to discredit, or disqualify, everything else in the verse… such as he being the “son of Amram?” Of course not! So, why do we have to focus on only one idea, Ken, in these verses about Cain? Of course, P.C. raises its ugly head, here, and tries to tell us what we can and cannot think about. But, I don’t want to have the political correctness of man as being above the authority, or word, of my God, in any way.

So we agree again, “this is about actions and not genetics.” But, does this really not absolutely discount the possibility of Cain being more than just a moral descendant “of the wicked one”? I never claimed that “this” as is one singular point discounts it: reading Genesis all the way through to Revelation discounts it.

Well, I am just as uninterested in arguing again generic foes (such as vast P.C. Christian) as I am in arguing against that which “might be comparable to” an actual argument and “hypothetical verses.” I do not base my counter arguments upon automatically discrediting or disqualifying everything else in the verse but upon accrediting and qualifying that which it clearly states and its context.
Now, as to “why do we have to focus on only one idea…in these verses about Cain?” we do not and I will state it this way: Cain sinned, he did so because his own works were evil, Abel’s were righteous and Cain’s dad Adam was also a sinner as was his mom Eve. I am unsure as to where that got us but such as the facts.

Brett continued:

Ken, next, states that “Brett will claim that his (Cain’s) actions were motivated by his genetics”… well, not quite, here. That’s not entirely true, Ken. That seems to be an assumption, or another point of speculation on your part. It may be there, but it does not have the final say. As well, it doesn’t mean that this cannot, and should not, be examined. If we cross paths with a snake, the typical person with P.C. values will probably say that “all snakes aren’t poisonous; and we are prejudiced and mean if we raise an eyebrow to the possibility of our being bitten, at this time.” So, if we follow man’s authority, here, we might look good and worthy to others (if that’s our objective). But, if the snake does bite us, and it’s poisonous, then will these politically correct adherents be there for us after we’re bit? Probably not. That outcome doesn’t fit their narrative, or their end-goals. This is just one example of why we must, at least, utilize all of what we know about this world - even seemingly “unsettling” things – rather than intentionally overlook elements for the sake of some political “fuzzy” feeling. This attempt to please others may get us “bit” a lot more than we may ever want.

Well, I already touched upon this as Brett had already mentioned it and he can argue against them on his own.

Brett continued:

I never stated that Cain’s actions were entirely “motivated by his genetics”. Sorry, you’re incorrect in that assumption (if that’s what you meant). I am simply pointing out where the Bible might connect Cain with the Serpent… even on a genetic, blood level; and that may be noteworthy to some! We may be able to learn a lot about Cain - his attitudes, his beliefs, and his morality – by understanding all of elements that make him up. I never said, nor implied, that he was solely motivated, or acted, in accordance to his bloodline, or anything else of this manner. Even Cain could do what’s right, if he really wanted to. Abel did. That’s why the story of Cain and Abel is so important, in my opinion - we see that even a son of the devil could choose to follow God.
But bringing political correctness, or fear mongering, into so much of our Christian thought can be very negative to our understanding of the Bible, and what it may really be saying. P.C. has really entrenched itself into our Christian values, today… for the worse!

If I pushed Brett’s implications too far then I certainly did not mean to mischaracterize his views. Now, of course, there is a way to “connect Cain with the Serpent” in that, as noted above, the seedlines are as per actions and his were Satanic actions, at least in his dealing with Abel.

Now, it is fascinating that Brett, Zen Garcia and perhaps other serpent seed theorists end up, in essence at au fond, telling us that the theory is a theory about nothing really since “even a son of the devil could choose to follow God.” One wonders what the point is in such a case.

Brett continued:

Ken also said that “Brett gets it right in nothing [FYI: I had misspelled noting but have now fixed it in the post] that the difference with Seth is that he “resembled Adam.” Yes, but Ken: isn’t that the most important element of this whole argument, you think? You act like I only got one minor part of the story right! Sir, you seem to want to bring to forefront things which are very minor, into the overall discussion: such as how you don’t think Seth was the third son of Eve. Is the exact numbering of children from Eve’s womb the focus of importance, here, or is it the fact that Seth was the first “son” of Adam who actually looked like him?
What about that fact, Ken? Isn’t that’s very important? And what can say you about this? That’s what I want to hear… your critique on that! I just don’t hear want to hear people rationalizing things away, by whisking the reader off onto some minor topic. If you want to get all technical about whether Seth was the third born son of Eve or no, it all sounds like a “smoke screen” to me, an attempt to dodge the real points of discussion.
If you believe your hair-splitting technicality means so much to the reader, I’d be glad to switch the word. Yet, Seth was indeed the third son of Eve - as mentioned in the Bible. That was what helped to prompt me to write things the way I did, in the first place.

No, that Seth “resembled Adam” is not the most important element since, for example, only one of my own children resemble me noticeably more than the others and yet, I am each one's dad and my wife is each one's mom.
Also, I did not state that Seth was not the third but rather:

The Bible never says that the third-born son of Eve was Seth. This is an assumption. Now, it may actually be an accurate one but he is not stated to be the third. Between Abel and Seth many daughters could have been born and, for that matter, many sons. Brett gets it right in noting that the difference with Seth is that he “resembled Adam.”

I know that Brett read this since he quoted from it but then he ignores it and claims, twice, that I was asserting that “Seth was the third born son of Eve” and so the “smoke screen” appears to be Brett’s and is blown away by my quoting myself fully and accurately. If Seth is the third that is a non-issue to me any more than that if he is not: my point is to note that which the Bible itself emphasizes about him.
You see, in part, I also speculate as much because I know that, as noted above, biblically genealogies are not a list of each and every person but a list of notable or otherwise persons who lead us to something of which we are to take notice.
So no, it is not “the exact numbering of children from Eve’s womb” but it is not I but it is the Bible which emphasizes, “Adam…begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth” (Genesis 5:3).

Brett concludes with:

Again, a lot of what Ken seems to write about my work comes off as deflections, deflecting what should be the real focuses of argument. Why not spend time on the elements which actually might point Christians towards learning something other than that all which could easily be put into some “politically-correct” box? Let’s not be intimidated, in these ways, in our quests to find the real truth Ken. Thank you for your time.

And I thank Brett for his time but some of it was ill spent (or, wasted). In the end, Brett seems to mostly agree with my points about that which the Bible actually states and merely urges us to consider what ifs. Also, he seems very adamant about protecting a theory to which he only seems to hold tentatively as it is based on speculations. And, his theory is apparently of no use in the end as those are serpentine/satanic hybrids can choose to follow God just as much as those who are 100% human.

I appreciate such interactions and will be glad to continue interacting but only based on what I claim and not based on what some generic vast number of P.C. Christians may claim.

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          The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 15, 1966        

John Lennon and Paul McCartney spoke with Flip Magazine for an exclusive interview that was published in Flip's May 1966 issue. John discusses his opinions of other artists performing Lennon/McCartney songs, while Paul mentions his interest in writing a song about Penny Lane based on inspiration from a song by The Animals.

"If I thought I'd got to go through the rest of my life being pointed and stared at - I'd give up The Beatles now. It's only the thought that one day it will all come to an end and which keeps me going."

That was just one of the frank and controversial comments which came from John Lennon during an exclusive three and a half hour interview I had with him and Paul in the Beatles dressing room at the Birmingham studios prior to the screening of 'The Music Of Lennon and McCartney'.

An hour previously I had been just one of a horde of reporters milling around the press reception hall with a dozen assorted models attired in rubber suits, negligees and bunny outfits (They appear in Peter and Gordon's sequence in the show) before a scale model of the studio set.

Although Paul had not seen me for some months, he singled me out at the reception and courteously invited me back to a private luncheon with himself, Henry Mancini, John and producer Johnny Hamp. During the meal, John expressed some disappointment that certain artists were not able to appear on the show. "You can't expect people to come over at a moments notice but I would have liked big names like Ella, Peggy Lee and Keely Smith to have appeared on the show," said John. "I'm not knocked out with the way Keely Smith did our numbers on her LP but she would have been a great name for the show."

Later in the privacy of their dressing room with only road manager Malcolm Evans, John, Paul, and myself present there were some vigourous views revealed about just who can sing and play Beatle music and do it justice. "There are only about 100 people in the world who understand our music," said John. "George, Ringo, and a few friends around the world. Some of the artists who recorded our numbers have no idea how to interpret them. Keely Smith added nothing to our compositions but a couple trumpets. I loathed Matt Monro's version of 'Yesterday' and liked Marianne Faithfull's. I wanted Richard Anthony on this show but he was busy having car crashes in France or something. We dig the way Esther Phillips sang 'and I Love Him' and Henry's orchestration of 'If I Fell' and that's why they are here. When Paul and I write a song we try and take hold of something we believe in - a truth. We can never communicate 100 per cent of what we feel but if we can convey just a fraction we have achieved something. We try to give people a feeling--they don't have to understand the music if they can just feel the emotion. This is half the reason the fans don't understand but they experience what we are trying to tell them."

"Lack of feeling in an emotional sense is responsible for the way some singers do our songs. They don't understand and are too old to grasp the feeling. Beatles are really the only people who can play Beatle music."

Just what kind of music do the music makers themselves dig? Paul was soon off on what kind of music he likes.

"Dylan is a fantastic composer," said Paul. "At first I didn't understand. I used to lose his songs in the middle but then I realized it didn't matter. You can get hung up on just two words of a Dylan lyric. 'Jealous Monk' or 'magic swirling ship' are examples of the fantastic word combinations he uses. I could never write like that and I envy him. He is a poet."

"I like some of the things the Animals try to do like the song Eric Burdon wrote about places in Newcastle on the flip of one of their hits. I still want to write a song about the places in Liverpool where I was brought up. Places like The Docker's Umbrella which is a long tunnel through which the dockers go to work on Merseyside, and Penny Lane near my old home."

"The one thing I can't understand is the protest songs like 'Eve of Destruction' that was absolute rubbish. Dylan's 'Masters of War' or 'God On Our Side' are OK because they say things in an original manner but P.F Sloan is too much."

John is very conscious of the Beatles musical progression and he explained to me how he would sit down in his house at Weybridge, put all their LPs in chronological order on his stereo gram and study the improving pattern of sound.

"I can hear that we've progressed from this," he used his hand to indicate a level, "To this" and raised it again. "But do y'know I never get to hear them all the way through. Someone always turns up and there I am sitting like an idiot in the front room listening to my own music. I'm too embarassed to leave it on."

At this stage of the interview, things become enlivened by the appearence of our top DJ Jimmy Savilla (who just happened to be around) who sat down on a chair opposite. Jim, who has blonde shoulder length hair, was wearing blue denims embossed with an enormous silver buckle and white leather boots. An imposing sight!

"Something's wrong with you," smiled John. "You're not smoking." Jimmy explained that George had recently complained about his self-made smog in the Beatles dressing room.

"That was George," declared John, and Jim promptly lit up an enormous cigar and disappeared behind his smoke screen. Recording manager George Martin entered upon the scene and for some reason that escapes me began in true life confessions manner to tell us about his Uncle who was a crook.

"I had an uncle who looked after sheep," said Paul. "He was a shepherd's crook." This pun was greeted with a short but reverent silence which was finally broken by Malcolm who declared piously, "Dat's very funny (significant pause)...boss!"

The inevitable subject of Elvis Presley was brought up by Jimmy who is his most ardent fan, and declared on a trip to Moscow recently the 10 by 8 glossies which he took with him of Elvis were like gold dust over there.

"We saw enough of him on our last trip to realize that he is anything but stupid," declared John. "I asked him if he had any new ideas for his films and he and Colonel Tom explained that the only time that they had departed from the 'kinda cowboy meets cowgirl theme' that they lost money. There's only one thing wrong with Elvis," said John. "He's a bit square that's all."

I tackled John about the subject of the Liverpool Cavern Club which was in danger of being closed down. It was this club where the Beatles blasted off from to International fame.

"Someone came up to me the other day and asked what I had done to save the club that made us," retorted John. "I replied that we made the club - the club did not make us." John later revealed that he is working on his next book. "I just sit down in the morning and work right through the day without a stop," said John. "Food just appears in front of me and I eat it - time means nothing to me while I'm working."

"Someone sent a copy of my book "Spainiard in the Works" back to me the other day. They complained I used bad language in the book. I returned the book to the agents with instructions to re-sell it.

We've often heard from reporters what they thought about The Beatles, but I'd never seen written what the Beatles thought about reporters. I asked John for his views.

"You can spot the good ones even in a crowded reception hall," said John. "You'll be saying something which no one else is writing down but just one or two reporters. I've seen enough journalists to recognize those who know what we're all about."

"Better tell him he's in' or you'll hurt his feelings," added Paul nodding at me.

"He wouldn't be here if he wasn't," retorted John.

Other subjects covered during the course of the afternoon comprised of Marxism, Royality, Hairdressers, Eastern Philosophy, Cars, Clothes and why John was wearing a T-Shirt labelled 'Lord John'.

The question of the musical which J and P want to write arose as I was about to leave. Paul commented sadly upon the scheme.

"I think we are resigned to the fact that this can not come about until The Beatles are disbanded. Then and only then will we have time to work on compositions."

When will The Beatles retire as a group? It could be next week because with this group the unexpected is always to be expected.

Source: Original magazine issue (Flip)

 

 


          Notes from Kings Cross Wednesday 2nd Jan 08.        
The corner stone of every religion or genuine spiritual teaching is this ordinary everyday naked non-conceptual awareness that is common to all.
However this ever-present knowingness, "isness", is always rejected by the conventional mind.
(It only appears to be rejected and that mind has no power of itself to reject or accept)
The mind as it is constituted cannot bear simplicity.
It hates this simple naked presence-awareness, because the mind as it is, is time - a bunch of dead memories and worn out concepts, and it seeks straight away to cover up this obvious awareness with a smoke screen or veil of ideas, dogmas, rules or admonitions, which it calls Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and a hundred other isms'.
You don't have to do anything to reach the Kingdom of Heaven of Christianity or the Pure Land of Buddhism.
How far do you have to go to reach space? You are already in it! - This is it right here and now - you've never left it, you only ' think' you have.
No one can say "I am not" because it's this naked awareness that is allowing you to say it.
Realize that this naked awareness that you already are is always present, unoriginated, un-ceasing.
This activity of knowing that you are didn't have any beginning, so it can have no ending.
Beginning and ending are in time, which doesn't exist.
There is only THIS Omnipresence.
Once the "I" thought comes over us around the age of 3 years there is from then onwards a sense of incompleteness, sin or separation.
I and the other.
As soon as the consciousness begins operating. separation becomes seemingly entrenched and an everlasting search for wholeness or completeness begins.
Everyone in the world is a seeker either consciously or un-consciously.
There is this continuous sense of lack or something missing.
This sense of lack is reinforced by everyone and everything in the world.
If you look at the world in general, it's whole purpose is to uphold and continue this restless becoming, and endless desire for even more - fame, success, money, sex, possessions etc.
However no matter how much one gains, amasses or accumulates, it will never be enough and can never make us whole or complete; because on earnest investigation you will find that you were never separate in the first place.
This Divine Spirit that is animating your body-mind "is" what you are seeking.
THIS is closer that hands and feet, nearer than breathing, but through the practiced habit of identifying with the body-mind organism, it is being ignored.
However it has to be realized that in liberation, there is no awareness of anything.
Awareness in the ordinary sense of the term, or even consciousness, does imply duality, because there is still awareness of someone or some thing.
Pure, impersonal awareness, unaware of itself is the Absolute.
Immortality is beyond time and space; in that timeless existence (SAT or pure BEING - beyond being and non being) there is no entry for the five elements, for light or darkness, for the Sun, Moon, or Planets.
Timeless spaceless existence doesn't know that it is.
THAT is reality, THAT is the truth.
If there is awareness of objects, perciever and percieved, people and animals that need to be converted or saved etc, this is duality, maya, delusion.
This is not liberation or true awakening.
This rare uncompromising pointing or message is pure Advaita and is radically different from what is put forward as Advaita at present in popular culture and most so called spiritual teachings.
This energetic shift from the contraction of being a separate "me" out into boundlessness is always a possibility when this genuine teaching or message is being expounded.
The realization or even the hint of the possibility that there is no one writing these words and that there is no person sitting in this room, or anywhere else for that matter, is utter freedom.
THIS is it, nothing has to be accomplished, there is nowhere to
go.
Living just happens by itself, you as that entity don't need to make it happen.
Everything happens in spite of the illusory entity "me" who thinks mistakenly that he or she is running the show and has destiny and free will.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
No one has control over life and death, so called - the appearance and disappearance of objects and things in this changeless, deathless non dual Absolute.
This activity of knowing, this pure life force or infinite energy, is an endless movement without beginning or end.
The mind as such, is only a by product or reflection of this boundless everlasting life energy, and so can never know or capture it.
A reflection doesn't affect or contaminate the mirror it appears on.
A shadow can't know it's (own) substance.
Therefore it must be said by no one, that the answer or solution to this mystery of true identity is definitely not to be found in the mind.
This is all the truth that anyone needs to know.
If the incessant and constant looking and searching, seeking in the mind stops or ceases, then Reality or non duality is present here and now - Omnipresent - THIS is it.
It is so simple that it is constantly over-looked.
All this time, so called, that you were seeking God Truth or Reality in the mind
(time) you had never ever left it.
There was no fall from grace or expulsion from Paradise, from the Garden of Eden, after eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
This event never happened, it only appeared to.
Nothing ever happened at all - Reality never changed.
Reality is THAT which never changes.
Be assured that you are THAT.
End.

          Steaming Smoke Screen        
A picture and a poem by my good friend Cindy… Steam is running so fast, going off the rails but staying on track. The smoke which gets in the eyes, obscuring sight but not the vision. Puffs of grey and spouts of white, smoking engines heart embers burning. Spinning wheels, cogs rotating. Rods anchoring the […]
          Captain's Theatre THE GREEN HORNET "Eat, Drink and Be Dead!"        
Continuing our weekly feature "Video Friday"...
In a plotline probably based on one of the original radio show's scripts, the Hornet and Kato take on liquor bootleggers operating out of a local dairy, using it's pasturizing equipment to ferment booze on a massive scale! (Why, in 1966, bars would even need illegally-produced liquor is not explained.)
In an interesting modern twist, the criminals use a helicopter to bomb any who oppose or betray them.
Effective, and leaves no ballistics!
When The Daily Sentinel begins a series exposing the racket, the gangsters grab reporter Mike Axford, threatening to kill him if any further articles are printed.
To save Mike, The Green Hornet cuts himself in on the racket, agreeing to turn Sentinel publisher Britt Reid (aka The Hornet) over to them in exchange for a percentage of profits.
Once inside, Reid sabotages the operation, rescues Mike, and defeats the helicopter bombing-baddies!

Side notes:
The Green Hornet series did quite a bit of location shooting during it's run.
Last week it was a marina.
In this episode, a huge local dairy.

The Green Hornet likes to make use of darkness to make dramatic entrances.
He does it twice in this episode!

Another "cold opening" where we see the criminals in action and no appearance by either Britt Reid or the Green Hornet!

Another on-screen costume change as Britt Reid changes in the back seat of Black Beauty, this time donning his Hornet garb.

Lots of play for The Black Beauty as more of its' gimmicks are introed, including built-in loudspeakers (with tape player so The Green Hornet and Britt Reid can seem to be in two places at once), rear smoke screen projectors, and the (rare for the time) mobile telephone.
Plus, both the flying Hornet Scanner and the car's rocket launchers get a healthy workout!

This is the only episode where the villain's lair is blown up, James Bond style! (And, no, they didn't blow up the actual dairy!)

From October 14th, 1966..."Eat, Drink and Be Dead!"
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          Agenda 2030        
The other day, a TV-set was running in my presence, when all of a sudden a face
showed up, that only a mother could love, belonging to German chancellora A.
Merkel. With the remote control out of reach i had to listen to her, when she ex-
plained emotionless her mission - the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

The agenda is a project by the United Nations (UN), the organisation using the
Flat Earth map in their logo. The agenda consists of seventeen points sounding
reasonable at first glance with the word "sustained" frequently used, but after
closer inspection the message is clear. It is the blueprint for the planned intro-
duction of worldwide communism under a one world government.
Naturalnews.com published a brilliant article by Michael Snyder, who decoded
the whole scam, it is an eye opening read making it very clear, that Merkel does
not give a bloody whit about Germany and "those, who live longer here", but
is a puppet of the NWO-elite.

I took a look at who is financing the UN and found out the USA provides a big
portion of the funds and as we know, those who pay for the music determine
what will be played at least, if they were not under Jewish control. So in my
humble opinion, when American and Jewish governments, secret services and
bankers would be serious, they could make the world a better place quasi over
night, but of course they are not. The former strive for the Pax Americana de-
manding economic, military and cultural hegemony, while the Jews want to
realize the Yinon-Plan making peace in the Middle-East impossible.

The Agenda 2030 is nothing but smoke screen and mirrors and a tool with the
sole purpose to install the NWO.


          Smoke Screen: The Gendered Impact Of Afghanistan's Drug Crisis        
Afghan girls look at drug addicts using heroin and other narcotics at a waste water canal in Kabul on April 26, 2012. Between 2005 and 2009 the number of Afghan heroin addicts tripled to 150,000, according to the United Nations, with 230,000 people now using opium. Afghanistan grows about 90 [...]
          The Great Race (11/07/2017)        
Nieuwe release La-La Land Records

La-La Land Records heeft deze week een 3-CD set uitgebracht met Henry Mancini's score voor The Great Race. Deze film uit 1965 van Blake Edwards kreeg een fantastische score geschreven door Henry Mancini (THE PINK PANTHER, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, A SHOT IN THE DARK). De hoofdrollen in deze komedie worden vertolkt door Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis en Natalie Wood. De eerste twee CD's bevatten de volledige film score welke voor het eerst verkrijgbaar is. De derde CD bevat in 1965 uitgebrachte LP versie welke een heropname van de score was. De muziek is geremastered door Mike Matessino. In totaal zullen er 2500 exemplaren verkrijgbaar zijn.

TRACK LISTING:

DISC 1
1 Overture 3:49
2 Main Title (The Sweetheart Tree) 2:56
3 Fanfare No. I / The Great Race March 1:18
4 Enter Leslie 1:30
5 Enter Professor Fate 2:23
6 Up Your Exhaust Pipe 2:23
7 Fate Again 2:03
8 Exposed! / Holy Cow 3:17
9 Fate Is a Fink 2:19
10 Enter Maggie / Fickle Fate 2:02
11 The Desert Song 3:31
12 New York to Paris (The Great Race March) 2:39
13 Fanfare (Times Square) / They’re Off 2:40
14 Pigeon / Stranded 1:45
15 Smoke Screen 2:07
16 It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight 1:52
17 He Shouldn’t-A, Hadn’t-A, Oughtn’t-A Swang On Me 4:41
18 He Shouldn’t-A, Hadn’t-A, Oughtn’t-A Swang On Me (band) 1:16
19 Texas Jack 1:08
20 It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight (reprise) 1:48
21 It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight (piano) 1:13
22 That Finishes Them! / Off to Grommet 1:42
23 Rise and Shine 2:03
Disc 1: Total Time: 52:27

DISC 2
1 Entr’Acte (The Sweetheart Tree) / Red Sky 3:56
2 Another Foot 2:19
3 Saved! 1:13
4 Captured! / Under Arrest 2:00
5 Princely Fanfare / His Royal Highness :47
6 Dance Medley 5:07
7 Whispering / Good Night, Sweet Prince 1:45
8 It’s a Secret 2:31
9 Heir to the Throne :53
10 Dirty Little Rat 2:30
11 Strict Orders 1:51
12 Dey Dere 2:50
13 Leslie Leaps In 2:57
14 En Garde 1:20
15 En Garde Again 2:08
16 Coronation 1:04
17 Faster! / Faster Still! / Escape! :54
18 Pie-in-the-Face Polka 3:51
19 The Sweetheart Tree (vocal) 2:40
20 Paris 2:21
21 Finish Line 1:14
22 Paris to New York - End Title 1:35
23 End Cast :35
24 Exit Music 1:53
25 It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight (full lyrics) 1:59
26 Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (excerpts) 6:17
27 Princely Organ Music :48
28 Guitar Strums / The Sweetheart Tree (alt vocal) 2:50
Disc 2: Total Time: 62:10

DISC 3
1 Overture 3:42
2 Push the Button, Max! 2:57
3 The Royal Waltz 1:43
4 Night, Night Sweet Prince 3:04
5 They’re Off! 1:32
6 The Sweetheart Tree (Choral) 1:59
7 The Great Race March (A Patriotic Medley) 1:54
8 He Shouldn’t-A, Hadn’t-A, Oughtn’t-A Swang on Me! 3:12
9 Music to Become King By 2:39
10 Cold Finger 2:28
11 Pie-in-the-Face Polka 2:28
Disc 3: Total Time: 27:38
TOTAL 3-DISC ALBUM TIME: 2:22:15

          For sale - Empty 1974 Ammunition Container for a French... - Auction        

Oldham, United Kingdom
An empty cardboard and metal ammunition container (tin) for a French Fumigène 56 Smoke Screening Hand Grenade with original stencilled markings.The stencilled markings are: "Gr Fum 56 (hc) 5 _ an _ 74"The container measures approx. 16 cm high x 7 cm diameter.Note - this is an empty transport container - please see the photos.
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          Parliament hill shooting a smoke screen        
​On October 22 2014, a young Michael Zehaf-Bibeau attacked parliament hill. He appeared in Ottawa with an assault rifle, and a motive, to break into parliament, and kill the prime minister, and any other MP’s he could. He managed to … Continue reading
          Virtual Zimbabwe        

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The CDS is slowly but surely undermining its own democratic traditions. It is now a marginal democracy where election-rigging is permitted. The CDS has fallen so far from its democratic origins that some of the people elected to the Representative Assembly do not believe that the majority have the right to make decisions; they don't believe in democracy itself. It is turning into a 'Virtual Zimbabwe'; elections take place but they are rigged in advance to support the incumbents. The opposition (who won the election) are routinely abused, personally attacked and hounded from office. Sound familiar? (This is, of course, nothing compared to the punishment meted out to the opposition in Zimbabwe. I'm drawing an analogy here, I'm saying the CDS is like a 'virtual Zimbabwe' to make a point.)

How does a virtual democracy end up taking this road? Well it begins with RA members who do not believe in democracy. At the RA meeting on 16 March 2008, representatives Beathan Vale (Simplicity Party), ThePrincess Parisi and MT Lundquist (NuCARE) indicated that they did not accept that majorities should take decisions. By a contorted twisting of logic they took the position that it is right for minorities to take decisions in defiance of majority opinion! These are people untethered from any sense of democratic politics, whose instincts are undemocratic and authoritarian. The only thing that matters to them is that they have a majority in the RA and that's all the justification they need to pass any laws they please. They have proposed and passed a number of changes to our election laws and Constitution in the run up to the by-elections due to be fought from 5-19 April which are designed to block any challenge to their domination.

There will be a by-election with voting from 19-26 April to fill two vacant seats left when Leon Ash and I resigned as members of the RA. I'm not going to rehash the reasons for our resignation and the CSDF decision not to fill the vacancies and force a by-election. Suffice it to say that after several weeks of personal attacks from ThePrincess Parisi and regular disruption of RA meetings by NuCARE and their ally Beathan Vale, I had had enough.

In the past few weeks members of the RA have either proposed or passed the following:

1. The RA has changed the election rules so that voters cannot eliminate factions they don't approve of. This means the by-election will be fought under different rules from the January election. We do not know who of the incumbent factions will be running in the by-election. We know that the DPU intend to stand and that Simplicity and NuCARE have said they won't. We shall see. The point is that the incumbents have changed the rules and this could benefit them should they choose to stand in the by-election. Sadly, the Scientific Council, the defenders of the Constitution and citizens' human rights, have chosen to allow this to happen.

2. The RA has raised the minimum faction size from 3 to 10% of the population which means the bar has been raised so that the minimum faction size is now 7. (I can't find a link to this on the CDS Forums page so this may have been decided by the RA without any public debate at all.) There's been a ridiculous smoke screen raised around this one. The change has allegedly been made to prevent the CSDF from splitting into two or three 'micro-factions' and gaming the electoral system which favours smaller parties. There is no CSDF plan to do this; it's an invented rumour to build support for this anti-democratic change. What it does though is prevent any new factions from forming on the same basis as the ones that fought the election in January. The incumbent factions only needed three members then, so why should the bar be raised now? There were, apparently, rumours that other people were going to start up a new faction to run in the by-election hence the need to raise the bar and prevent them from being able to stand; the Beathan/NuCARE coalition currently running the RA will brook no opposition. Again, the SC has failed to prevent this and has consequently failed in its duty to protect the Constitution and the founding documents and the human rights of CDS citizens. This is clearly an abuse of the powers of the RA. By sanctioning this change the SC has given carte blanche to the RA to rig this by-election and future elections. Now that they've been given their head I shudder to think what oppressive laws this Unrepresentative Assembly will come up with.

3. The RA seriously considered changing the Constitution to eliminate the two vacant seats the CSDF won in the January election 'for the time being' to pretend that there were 5 and not 7 seats. This would have made it easier for the Rump Assembly to achieve a quorum at meetings and pass further constitutional amendments. This would have completely ignored the January election result and disenfranchised the voters who chose the CSDF in the January elections. Fortunately the RA did not pass this outrageous proposal (I've christened it the 'Zimbabwe proposal') but it indicates the complete lack of democratic temperament in some members of the RA.

4. At the RA meeting on 24 March, ThePrincess Parisi proposed that the CSDF be prevented from participating in the by-elections. The argument is that, if the CSDF has candidates, they should take up the vacant seats and not force a by-election by refusing to sit in the RA. If the CSDF does not have candidates, they can't stand in the by-election. What this position fails to appreciate is that boycotting a parliament, on principle, is a perfectly legitimate political tactic. It is for the citizens to pass judgement on the CSDFs electoral tactic, not our opponents in the RA. This was the most outrageous proposal of all. Fortunately, most members of the RA can see that this is totally out of order and the proposal did not find support.

This Unrepresentative Assembly is out of control. They are passing legislation on a whim and most of it never appeared in their election manifestos. They claim to 'fear the CSDF' despite the fact that we resigned our seats and gave up any power we had. They have moved to rig the by-elections in such a way that the CSDF, and any other opposition, will be disadvantaged. The Scientific Council has, inexplicably, allowed this to happen. In the face of legislative tyranny we have a toothless judiciary incapable of defending the citizens' rights.

The only hope now is that the by-elections will return two representatives who will oppose the tyranny of the minorities and resist the undermining of our democracy. It's vital that all CDS citizens turn out to vote between 19 and 26 April and deliver a firm message in Defence of Democracy.
          Comment on Review of Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada, Making the Connections by Jody Williams        
Real easy to beat up on someone who isn't even there to defend themselves. Especially women who had to leave the state in fear of their lives because of death threats from brothel owners. I personally don't "believe" anything. I only know what people tell me. I've been hearing stories from women for years about being forced to work as prostitutes - yes even in the legal brothels. Trafficking happens in any industry - legal sex work is no different than the food industry, manufacturing, mining, farming, hotel industry - or any other industry where people are looking either for cheap/free labor, or are having a shortage of workers, or want to make money by undercutting the competition. Dennis - I've asked you personally to come to the table to discuss this issue of what these women tell me, what can be done to help them,and what you would do about it and you've refused. I've even asked you to help me make a public statement that you as a brothel owner, are committed to fighting sex trafficking - and you've also refused. I even asked you for help to fight AB67 in Nevada that was clearly NOT about helping any trafficking victims - but a smoke screen for something else entirely - and you refused. When I've asked you to help me with trafficking victims who need help to leave the state to get to safety - you're only response was to bring them to you for a job interview. A woman who has just been thrown out of a car going 65 miles an hour because she found out she was pregnant and told her pimp she didn't want to prostitute any more - is not going to go up and interview with you. Especially if she's 17 years old and not old enough to get a prostitute license. I've saved your emailed written responses to verify what I'm stating here is true. I don't say anything I can't back up as truth - unlike these crazy "abolitionists" as they're calling themselves - Melissa Farley included. Yes trafficking exists where it's legal - because it exists in any industry. While prostitution is legal in Australia - we have members of Sex Workers Anonymous who report to us they're quitting being "pro's" out there because the traffickers are bringing in women to do what they do for $50 a shot whereas they used to make $3,000 a shot for the same work. If sex work is like any other job or industry - then guess what? It's like any other job or industry - which means trafficking exists. I don't make anything up - but know what I'm told by eye witness accounts. While I have heard many others tell me stories of trafficking in Nevada, and other countries, legal brothels, this woman is the only one who was willing to brave the death threats to tell her story in public because she said she wanted people to "know the truth". http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stopsextrafficktalk/2013/07/08/hear-from-a-nevada-brothel-prostitute I went to the press conference with Melissa Farley based on certain things she assured me of - that turned out to all be false. One of which was that she knew it was impossible for us to charge a pimp with trafficking when the prostitute was working in a legal brothel because of the perception that trafficking can't exist within a legal brothel. She had claimed this press conference was to change that. The woman who gave the above interview - had been working as a prostitute since she was 12 because of her pimp and his father. She had two children by the man. When she turned 18 years old, and after seeing Dennis Hof on TV, he moved them to Nevada and put her to work in a legal brothel. He kept all of the money. When she told him she didn't want to prostitute anymore because she was being raped daily by men who were coming into the brothel and the owner was not giving her security nor was she being allowed to have the men arrested on rape charges either (what legal brothel prostitute is going to file and win a rape charge - tell me that case name please) - he beat her to a pump. When the police responded to the call - they arrested her for DM because they knew him. This then lost her custody of her kids to him. He then told her if she didn't continue to work for him - he was going to use the children in child pornography. Again, when I tried to open up a dialogue with Dennis, and other brothel owners, about what could be done to help women like her - I was rebuffed. That said - I have also published a news interview and a public statement was released in October of 2007 - one month after the press conference given in Las Vegas with Melissa Farley in September of 2007 that I was breaking off all connection with the woman. The reason that I broke all ties, and had the story printed about the break in City Life, was because she lied to me, and members of SWA. She lied to the press. She lied in the book "Trafficking in Nevada". She lied to donors. She lied to the public. She also ripped off donors and lied to me about the money that was promised as well as other stuff she promised as well in exchange for our support and cooperation for her report and the press conference. I couldn't do more than that because the day after the news article and letter was released - an SUV ran my daughter over in broad daylight and broke her back in three places. I was having to care for her in a full body cast for months. My daughter has been walking across the street to call AAA for help because someone had trashed our car that morning entirely. So I also had no car during that time period. After my daughter was out of the cast - I then learned that during the time I was caring for her - Shared Hope had taken Melissa Farley's report word for word, removed my name from it, all references to our work, or SWA, and they released the report under their name claiming it was "their" report. I asked people we had quoted in the report if they had done a second interview for Shared Hope - and they said "no". So it was either sold to them by Melissa - or it was plagiarized. Shared Hope, knowing I was home caring for my daughter, and without a car, and thus not able to combat them at that time - came into Nevada doing public speaking, and this report, and taking credit for the cases I'd been working on over the years, and raised over 1.2 million dollars and then split town. They lied to donors claiming they were "providing direct services to victims in Nevada" yet when I called them to help me with NV victims - they said "we don't do that" and hung up on me. When I went to file a complaint about them with the NV Consumer Affairs Dept. - I learned that the US Attorney's office had cut the office out of the budget. Thus it didn't exist. When I went to the US Attorney about this fraud, as well as about a few others that had been lying in the media, and raising money - they sent someone from the US Treasury office to come after me threatening me with jail time for "operating a business without a license". I pointed out that I'm not paid for what I do and therefore I'm not a business. I challenged them to show me where I'm "paid" to thus be operating a business. They backed off. When I sent out the word about what Melissa had done to our network of SWA members - that meant that no "real" ex-prostitute was going to have anything to do with the woman. This was when the fake "Stella Marr" emerged. When that was exposed as a "catfish" - she then build up Chong Kim. When that fell apart - her and Nicholas Kristof created "Somaly Mam". When that was exposed - Melissa then had a direct hand in not only creating the fake "Rachel Moran" - but also faking evidence that trafficking even existed in Ireland. In each one of these cases - it's been my hard work at uncovering the evidence that's been the foundation behind exposing these frauds. I'm the one for example who found and posted online Gaye Dalton's affidavit that Rachel Moran stole her story word for word - and that no one in Ireland in that region in that time frame had seen Rachel Moran working in the sex industry in any way. I'm the one who pointed out that I was the ONLY group doing any trafficking work in Nevada during the late 1990's - when Chong Kim claimed she was "trafficked in a legal brothel". She also claimed the brothel owners were part of the trafficking operation. However, it was me who pointed out that not only did I never see Chong Kim during our work there in the 90's, or otherwise, but also that in each case I've heard about it has NOT been the owners who had anything to do with the trafficking - but in fact pimps who are not employed by the brothel owners. The reason for the fakes that have only appeared on the scene since 2007 is clear. It's because no "real" prostitute nor "real" trafficking victim would say the outrageous stuff these people like Melissa Farley are getting people such as Rachel Moran, Chong Kim, Stella Marr, Somaly Mam, or even Ben Hillier (who the movie "Taken" was based upon) to say. Because myself, nor anyone in recovery, or retirement, that I'm aware of would say these lies either - in order to remove any "contrast" to their deception - they've had to defame us, silence us, shun us, etc. Because I had a close relationship to people within the industry who did not only acknowledge that trafficking existed, and that sometimes people wanted to retire for one reason or another, and because they agreed that no one should be forced into the industry, nor prevented from leaving when they wanted to also - people like Dave from the Erotic Review, or Margo St. James from COYOTE, and others - because they knew I was not against the sex industry or the workers themselves -but only as someone providing an exit program, an alternative to incarceration that did NOT make the people "victims" and that I believed one should be in the industry only by "choice" - these people connected to Melissa Farley created a whole "fake" smear campaign. They set up fake videos demanding for the industry to be "abolished" and signed my name to it. They set up mirror facebook accounts to look like my sites -and attacked people within the industry. They even created fake interviews with me supposedly where I called the industry a "disease". They even went so far as to have professor Shannon Bell claim she did a false interview with me she never did and then further claimed that I had said "sex work" was a disease for why I chose a 12 step format for our program. I had chosen a 12 step format for our program because it was the only one where a judge could order a man or woman into our program rather than incarceration back in the 1980's because of the laws that are written to only allow certain types of "alternatives" to sentencing when there's a mandatory sentence. Then the cherry on the sundae came. I chose the 12 step format for our program not only because it was allowed to be taken as an "alternative to sentencing" for those busted on prostitution charges, even pimping charges, etc. but I also had the copyright releases from AA to do so. My copyright release was for ANY/ALL programs to do with sex work. Which means I had it structured so no one could go to AA and get permission to set up something like "Strippers Anonymous" or "Porn Anonymous" or even "Trafficking Anonymous". I did this because in studying the history of 12 step movements - there came a time when other people would try and "hijack" the program for something other than what it was. I also copyrighted and trademarked our program in my name only, not a board, for that reason also. When it happened to Jimmy in NA and Bill in AA - they didn't own the copyrights. So to protect myself and SWA - I put everything into my name, and my name alone. In order to get funding for these so called "trafficking courts" that were then set up in 2007 such as Project Rose, Division 17 in Chicago, and 11 courts across the USA - they had to have a 12 step program as part of their program or a licensed therapist offering therapy for each client which is expensive. Again, why I chose a 12 step program for ours - not because I felt sex work was a "disease". They came to me and asked me if I would change our name to "Trafficking Anonymous" and if I would state that our 1st step was that the sex industry itself was our "problem". In Alcoholics Anonymous - they do not state alcohol is the problem. They state it's their "disease" that's the problem. So there is a distinction. One being whether or not I was going to have a program where the members could blame something, and someone, other than themselves for the decisions and choices they made. I refused. They then created "faux" Prostitutes Anonymous meetings thinking that because I changed our name in 1995 to Sex Workers Anonymous I had given up my "rights" to this name. I had not. After spending years, and getting quite a lot of threats in return, for trying to get them to shut down these fake meetings, and after not being able to find any attorney with the guts to go up against these people, and after them telling our members I had "died" and threatening other members who knew I wasn't dead - I finally got someone at the ACLU to listen to me. This became the lawsuit that was won of ACLU vs. USCB. https://www.aclu.org/news/court-prohibits-religious-restrictions-government-funded-trafficking-victims-program That got their funding pulled and THAT'S how we got the programs like Project Rose, Division 17, and the others created by three women specifically connected to Melissa Farley, and the Catholic Church, and the Buffett family, as well as Mrs. Hunt pulled out from under them. All while also suffering attacks from your faction here because of not considering that in this world of "catfishing" that maybe before you believe something you read online - maybe you should consider speaking to me. Heck - celebrities joke constantly about opening up newspapers to read stories about their own weddings to people they don't even know and George Cooney has filed numerous lawsuits - but it seems you people want to believe everything you read without verifying anything first. Including things like the headlines that Melissa planted at that press conference claiming I was "calling to outlaw the sex industry". Rubbish. The woman pulled reporters out into the hallway and told them I'd said that - and rather than speaking to me directly to verify that statement - they just published it. Which is also why I've contacted just about everyone in here directly asking to speak to them also to verify if things I've heard said to me about you all are true also before believing them. I don't repeat them unless I do. For example, Dennis - the women who have talked to you claim that you won't hire anyone to work for you unless they fuck you for free first as an "audition". Not saying that's good, bad or indifferent - just would like to know from your mouth if that in fact is true before I'd ever repeat that to anyone or believe it was true. You however have refused any adult decent conversation with me about anything - so I don't know if that in fact is true. So I have refrained from publishing any statements that you "sexually harass" your employees for that reason. I do not however seem to get the same courtesy back from this peanut gallery. I have a signed written confession from a Donald Austin where he admits he was lying to me about people in an attempt to extort money from me. I have run into numerous people repeating the lies he was telling until I got this confession out of him by threatening to take him to the police and to file a defamation lawsuit against him. I have people in the sex industry currently who state they will not speak to me because of statements he made during this blackmail attempt - however they also refuse to even look at his signed written confession what he said to them about me was a lie in the first place. Does it matter? When I've been excluded from panels, documentaries, and other media events by people within the sex industry who have said it's because of what he's said that he's now admitted was a lie to extort money from me - yes it matters. Yes I should be suing a lot of people for defamation to be proving my point about it and to clear my name. But instead I try and reserve my energy for something that will accomplish something. Like the defamation lawsuit and injunction I'm putting together now about Relativity Media, A&E, Kevin Brown, Shared Hope, Polaris, Salvation Army, etc. Not only can I join some of these parties to a defamation lawsuit based upon their defamation they did against me to cover their tracks during the copyright, trademark and intellectual property violations they committed against us, and not only can I show the public how this religious right group has been doing nothing but lying after lying to try and accomplish their goals against all of us, but I can also now prove that their "defamation" is also connected to a very specific agenda as well as bring criminal charges against them for defrauding tax payers and private donors out of millions of dollars. In other words, I think we're sitting on a modern day "Watergate". Especially since I also have multiple reporters who have admitted to me, in writing, that they knew it was a fraud - and they lied because they were being blackmailed. Not only to not tell the truth about the show being fake - but also to not write about Sex Workers Anonymous. Again why not write about us? Because I'm the founder of the movement. I'm the one who stepped up and said that yes trafficking does exist today, exists in America, and that we need to stop arresting "those" victims as "criminals" but instead offer them help. Look - in the rape movement there was a time when no one believed that a woman could be raped by someone she "knew" (date rape) nor by her own husband. These rapists were going free because the system didn't recognize they existed. The same also holds true even today for sex workers. I know of no case where a sex worker has been able to file a rape case and win. If anything - the judge says it's "theft of services" and not "rape" because somehow a prostitutes' vagina somehow becomes a "thing" to be stolen rather than her vagina simply because of her profession. Yet at the same time, the ethics commission states that politicians don't have to report when they've been given prostitutes'' by lobbyists because it "doesn't have a value". Well if it didn't have a "value" then how can it be given as a "gift"? Rape is not sex. It's about power. The same for commercial sex. You can't tell me that's sex either. I'm not saying commercial sex is rape. I'm saying that rape isn't about sex because it's about power. Commercial sex isn't about sex because when it's commercialized it becomes something different. Just as how if I cook you dinner in my home - that's one thing. But if I charge you for that same dinner - then the health department has the right to come in and inspect my kitchen for hazards. Which means that if commercial sex is the same as "any" profession or business - then the same rules should also apply. Which include things like workers comp, disability, pension, and even yes sexual harassment. Now personally I've been watching very carefully how these people have been raising millions of dollars and getting a lot of high powered support. They now have Senator Corker asking for 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS to go into other countries right now. They are also asking Nevada to give up any requirement to get a warrant before putting a tap on phone and oral conversations, to hold someone until they give a videotaped testimony before they've had the consultation with a lawyer, and refusing them their 5th amendment rights, and to actually fine someone "triple" damages EVEN WHEN THERE'S NO CASE PENDING. I'm reading this bill AB67 and going "wtf?" Dennis you think you're having a problem getting a billboard up in Oakland right now? By the time these people get through with you - I don't think you'd be able to even have a website up - let alone advertise anything anywhere. I don't even know where you're advertise with the sites and publications they want to take down. What are you going to do when they start coming in trying to make your employees not use birth control? Think I'm kidding? You're not reading a lot of these bills then very carefully. They are the foxes walking off with the whole chicken coop right now - while they are getting people like us squabbling with each there like children on a school yard. Now I've been accomplishing a great deal to fight these people back so far - and can accomplish even more - if I can get some polite respectful conversations going like adults between all of us here. Including a little support for the lawsuit I'd like to file right now for an injunction and a defamation lawsuit against the people in connection with "8 Minutes". This case shows a clear flagrant fraudulent misrepresentation, and pattern of this same thing (they did the same thing in 2012 with Annie Lombert and Somaly Mam and others), as well as financial crimes for the donor fraud (people who believed the show and outreach was real and donated money) including that they are blackmailing the media into supporting them. I believe like how Hitler attacked the pornographers first - I have been watching them carefully to see what their end game is here and we all agree it has nothing to do with helping sex trafficking victims. What it does seem to be about is grabbing up our rights for one thing - rights to free speech, rights to our 5th amendment, and certainly a womans' right to control what she does with her body. It's also an attack upon the Jewish and LGBT community. They are also using this platform to create another "Vietnam" where they are going into a country that we are not at war with under a smoke screen. They have created these fake trafficking courts to try and get the UN to classify anyone in any type of commercial sex work as a "victim" - thus they can go into any country where prostitution is legal, and even put sanctions against that country. Countries like Brazil where prostitution is legal for example - this bill co-written by senator Menendez (yes that one) allows them to enter into any country that has legalized prostitution and well read the bill for yourself. It's online. And just because you don't understand me - doesn't mean I'm rambling. And if you don't like my "long" writing - well some things aren't written in bumper sticker form. Which is how they're getting away with fooling people right now - because no one wants to read anything longer than 140 characters anymore. Well our constitution is long also and for good reason. Now if we join forces - we can accomplish a great deal. If we don't - well then Dennis - you might be facing people coming to attach the proceeds of your new book as being "trafficking money". You might have to consider what you're going to do when they put a tap on your company phone and they start publishing those phone calls online whether you like it or not because they can. They want us looking at and fighting with each other INSTEAD OF THEM which is what we need to be doing right now. I've told all of you before for years now I need some help. While you have continued to play their game - they've been gaining a lot of ground. The reason why Arizona blew you off Dennis when you offered them $500,000 to open a brothel down there - is because they're making five times that much by embracing this whole "trafficking" nonsense. Now if I'm so "ineffective" at what I do - then tell me why there's no legal brothels in CA now? Joe Conforte put up $1,000,000 into a PR firm in 1988 and went about to have it legalized in CA. I was the only person who stood up against him. The only reason I did was not because of the brothel - but because he refused to address the same issues I've raised with Dennis - about how to protect the workers from trafficking, from rape, and also about issues like workers comp, retirement, disability, drug programs where they can attend NA meetings while at the ranch, etc. Why did Project Rose get shut down if I'm not effective? Why did Nebraska give up their project to write a bill for "stiffer penalties" against traffickers after I asked them not to? Including how I got the "proof" the A&E show was a complete fraud and I have the legal grounds to sue them for an injunction to stop the show from airing and expose their real agenda. So if you'd like to open up a dialogue about this - you know where to reach me. Directly. Not talking about me when my back is turned. Talk to me directly. I believe we can stop this if we work together. Especially you Dennis. I remember when HBO made you change the listing for your show from "documentary" to something like "entertainment series" or something like that because it was not "reality" and people had been paid. Well people have been paid to appear on "8 Minutes" - yet A&E is not listing them as such as you were required to do for your show. Thus I think we can accomplish more about this if we work together. Thanks - Jody www.sexworkersanonymous.com
                  
A picture named jfkPark.jpgI got as far as "one-man circle jerk" and stopped reading. I don't think the NY Times would stand for us using that kind of language to describe them, nor should they. Jarvis wants to discuss this, but there's nothing to discuss. It was unprofessional, the kind of stuff your mother busted you for when you were a kid. Retract and apologize and the issue goes away. And all this name-calling by the Times of bloggers is a Bush-like smoke screen that distracts us from important stuff, like why can't they get the facts right?
          Madness        
By Capt. Fogg

Browse around the web and you'd think the world was going crazy and no, I'm not talking about Ferguson, MO.  Perhaps it is and perhaps we're all crazy too, but within a couple of minutes looking for stories other than about Ferguson, I found out far more than I wanted to know about a morgue attendant indicted for having sex with a hundred corpses of crime victims. Good thing I skipped lunch today.  But on any particular day you'll get demented Christian leaders telling us that public nursing causes people to become gay. Maybe all those baby Jesus pictures in churches do the same thing or maybe they cause people to become psychotic like this guy, but who knows?  It's a mad, mad, mad world and it's all Obama's fault for playing favorites with his black cronies.  

Larry Klayman, who is not a racist, is surprised that Obama isn't calling it the black House yet, but no, he's not a racist and Florida Governor Rick Scott whose company stole hundreds of millions from Medicare and who  takes personal credit for the economic recovery he had nothing to do with blames his opponent, former governor Charlie Christ for the recession. You know, the one that ended under Obama.

Think he's embarrassed by a campaign endorsement from a convicted slave trader or taking money from a contractor Florida employs to run prisons?  Nah and nobody else cares because Obama is on vacation while there are so many crises going on!  Really, and even though Obama had cut it short to be in Washington the other night, I broke off a long friendship with someone who didn't think it was fair mentioning the all time presidential vacation record holders, Reagan and Bush.  Bush took 879 Vs. Obama's 150 of course and I seem to recall a few crises during the Bush years. 2 1/2 years of vacation time but never mind -- Obama is just Obama and facts don't matter.

Of course there are crises galore in Ukraine and Africa and Iraq and Obama is being blamed for all of them by people who essentially don't give a damn about any problem but the one that suits their agenda and so it's hard to feel too much sympathy for anyone, crazy or sane.  Yes, it's a crazy world, a self obsessed and heartless and insane world with enough pain and suffering and grief  to fill a hundred worlds for a million years, but to most of us, it's our problem and it's who we can blame it on that matters. It's how much we can hide behind the smoke screen of bogus outrage that matters, because if blame were assigned fairly -- well we can't have that, can we?

You'd think we'd find a way to do something about it, but really, how many sane people are there other than you and I and besides, that damned Obama is on vacation.
          The Trump Administration Is Waging a War on Civilians In Syria        

This article first appeared in Tom Dispatch.

It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family.

They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Then occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS, also known as Daesh), Tabqa was also under siege by U.S.-backed troops and being hit by daily artillery fire from U.S. Marines, as well as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The city, the second largest in Raqqa Province, was home to an airfield and the coveted Tabqa Dam. It was also the last place in the region the U.S.-backed forces needed to take before launching their much-anticipated offensive against the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa.

His parents, Muhammed and Salam, had already fled their home once when the building adjacent to their house was bombed, Wassim Abdo told me in a recent interview. ISIS had been arresting civilians from their neighborhood for trying to flee the city. So on that Sunday, the couple was taking shelter on the second floor of a four-story flat along with other family members when a U.S.-led airstrike reportedly struck the front half of the building. Abdo’s sister-in-law Lama fled the structure with her two children and survived. But his parents and 12-year-old cousin were killed, along with dozens of their neighbors, as the concrete collapsed on them.

As an exiled human rights activist, Wassim Abdo only learned of his parents’ death three days later, after Lama called him from the Syrian border town of Kobane, where she and her two children had been transported for medical treatment. Her daughter had been wounded in the bombing and although the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led troops had by then seized control of Tabqa, it was impossible for her daughter to be treated in their hometown, because weeks of U.S.-led coalition bombing had destroyed all the hospitals in the city. 

A War Against Civilians

Islamic State fighters have now essentially been defeated in Mosul after a nine-month, U.S.-backed campaign that destroyed significant parts of Iraq’s second largest city, killing up to 40,000 civilians and forcing as many as one million more people from their homes. Now, the United States is focusing its energies -- and warplanes -- on ISIS-occupied areas of eastern Syria in an offensive dubbed “Wrath of the Euphrates.”

The Islamic State’s brutal treatment of civilians in Syria has been well reported and publicized. And according to Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander of the U.S.-led war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the battle to "liberate" these regions from ISIS is the "most precise campaign in the history of warfare."

But reports and photographs from Syrian journalists and activists, as well as first-person accounts from those with family members living in areas under U.S. bombardment, detail a strikingly different tale of the American offensive -- one that looks a lot less like a battle against the Islamic State and a lot more like a war on civilians.

These human rights groups and local reporters say that, across Syria in recent months, the U.S.-led coalition and U.S. Marines have bombed or shelled at least 12 schools, including primary schools and a girls’ high school; a health clinic and an obstetrics hospital; Raqqa’s Science College; residential neighborhoodsbakeries; post offices; a car wash; at least 15 mosques; a cultural center; a gas station; cars carrying civilians to the hospital; a funeral; water tanks; at least 15 bridges; a makeshift refugee camp; the ancient Rafiqah Wall that dates back to the eighth century; and an Internet café in Raqqa, where a Syrian media activist was killed as he was trying to smuggle news out of the besieged city.

The United States is now one of the deadliest warring parties in Syria. In May and June combined, the U.S.-led coalition killed more civilians than the Assad regime, the Russians, or ISIS, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, a nongovernmental organization that has been monitoring the death toll and human rights violations in Syria since 2011.

“This administration wants to achieve a quick victory,” Dr. Fadel Abdul Ghany, chairman of the Syrian Network for Human Rights recently told me, referring to the Trump White House. “What we are noticing is that the U.S. is targeting and killing without taking into consideration the benefits for the military and the collateral damage for the civilians. This, of course, amounts to war crimes.”

And nowhere is this war against civilians more acute than in ISIS-occupied Raqqa, where trapped families are living under dozens of airstrikes every day.

Hotel of the Revolution 

Located at the confluence of the Euphrates and Balikh rivers in northernSyria, Raqqa was first settled more than 5,000 years agoBy the late eighth century, it had grown into an imperial city, filled with orchards, palaces, canals, reception halls, and a hippodrome for horse racing. Its industrial quarters were then known as “the burning Raqqa,” thanks to the flames and thick smoke produced by its glass and ceramic furnaces. The city even served briefly as the capital of the vast Abbasid Empire stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

Toward the end of the thirteenth century, wars between the Mongol and Mamluk empires annihilated Raqqa and its surrounding countryside. Every single resident of the city was either killed or expelled. According to Hamburg University professor Stefan Heidemann, who has worked on a number of excavations in and around Raqqa, the scorched-earth warfare was so extreme that not a single tree was left standing in the region.

Only in the middle of the twentieth century when irrigation from the Euphrates River allowed Raqqa’s countryside to flourish amid a global cotton boom did the city fully reemerge. In the 1970s, the region’s population again began to swell after then-President Hafez al-Assad -- the father of the present Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad -- ordered the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates about 30 miles upstream of Raqqa. Wassim Abdo’s father, Muhammed, was an employee at this dam. Like many of these workers and their families, he and Salam lived in Tabqa’s third neighborhood, which was filled with four-story apartment flats built in the 1970s not far from the dam and its power station.

Despite these agricultural and industrial developments, Raqqa remained a small provincial capital. Abdalaziz Alhamza, a cofounder of the watchdog group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, which is made up of media activists from Raqqa living in the city as well as in exile, writes that the local news normally didn’t even mention the city in its weather forecasts.

In the mid-2000s, a drought began to wither the local cash crops: cotton, potatoes, rice, and tomatoes. As in other regions of Syria, farmers migrated from the countryside into the city, where overstretched and ill-functioning public services only exacerbated long-simmering dissatisfactions with the Assad regime.

As the 2011 rebellion broke out across Syria, Wassim Abdo and thousands of others in Raqqa, Tabqa, and nearby villages began agitating against the Syrian government, flooding the streets in protest and forming local coordinating councils. The regime slowly lost control of territory across the province. In March 2013, after only a few days of battle, anti-government rebels ousted government troops from the city and declared Raqqa the ​first ​liberated provincial capital​ in all of Syria. The city, then the sixth largest in Syria, became “the hotel of the revolution.”

Within less than a year, however, despite fierce protests and opposition from its residents, ISIS fighters had fully occupied the city and the surrounding countryside. They declared Raqqa the capital of the Islamic State.

Despite the occupation, Wassim’s parents never tried to flee Tabqa because they hoped to reunite with one of their sons, Azad, who had been kidnapped by ISIS fighters in September 2013. In retirement, Muhammed Abdo opened a small electronics store. Salam was a housewife. Like tens of thousands of other civilians, they were living under ISIS occupation in Tabqa when, in the spring of 2017, U.S. Apache helicopters and warplanes first began appearingin the skies above the city. U.S. Marines armed with howitzers were deployed to the region. In late March, American helicopters airlifted hundreds of U.S.-backed troops from the Kurdish-led militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces​ to the banks of the dammed river near the city. Additional forces approached from the east, transported on American speedboats. 

By the beginning of May, the Abdos' neighborhood was under almost daily bombardment by the U.S.-led coalition forces. On May 3rd, coalition warplanes reportedly launched up to 30 airstrikes across Tabqa’s first, second, and third neighborhoods, striking homes and a fruit market and reportedly killing at least six civilians. The following night, another round of coalition airstrikes battered the first and third neighborhoods, reportedly killing at least seven civilians, including women and children. Separate airstrikes that same night near the city’s center reportedly killed another six to 12 civilians. 

May 7th, multiple bombs reportedly dropped by the U.S.-led coalition struck the building where Muhammed and Salam had taken shelter, killing them and their 12-year-old grandson. Three days later, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced that they had fully seized control of Tabqa and the dam. The militia and its U.S. advisers quickly set their sights east to the upcoming offensive in Raqqa.

But for the Abdo family, the tragedy continued. Muhammed and Salam’s bodies were buried beneath the collapsed apartment building. It took 15 days before Wassim’s brother Rashid could secure the heavy machinery required to extract them.

“Nobody could approach the corpses because of the disfigurement that had occurred and the smell emanating from them as a result of being left under the rubble for such a long period of time in the hot weather,” Wassim told me in a recent interview. 

That same day their bodies were finally recovered.  On May 23rd, his parents and nephew were buried in the Tabqa cemetery.

“In Raqqa There Are Many Causes of Death” 

A few days after the Abdos' funeral, the U.S.-led coalition began dropping leaflets over Raqqa instructing civilians to flee the city ahead of the upcoming offensive. According to photos of leaflets published by Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, the warnings read, in part, “This is your last chance... Failing to leave might lead to death.”

ISIS fighters, in turn, prohibited civilians from escaping the city and planted landmines in Raqqa's outskirts. Nevertheless, on June 5th, dozens of civilians heeded the coalition’s warnings and gathered at a boat stand on the northern banks of the Euphrates, where they waited to be ferried out of the city. Before the war, families had picnicked along this riverbank. Teenagers jumped into the water from Raqqa’s Old Bridge, built in 1942 by British troops. A handful of river front cafés opened for the season.

“The river is the main monument of the city, and for many people there’s a romantic meaning to it,” Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, currently co-writing Brothers of the Gun, a book about life in ISIS-occupied Raqqa, told me.

But on June 5th, as the families were waiting to cross the river to escape the impending U.S.-backed offensive, coalition warplanes launched a barrage of airstrikes targeting the boats, reportedly massacring as many as 21 civilians. The coalition acknowledges launching 35 airstrikes that destroyed 68 boats between June 4th and June 6th, according to the journalistic outlet Airwars. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend later boasted about the tactic, tellingthe New York Times: “We shoot every boat we find.”

The day after the attack on fleeing civilians at the boat stand, the long-awaited U.S.-backed ground offensive officially began.

After three years of ISIS rule, Raqqa had become one of the most isolated cities in the world. The militants banned residents from having home internet, satellite dishes, or Wi-Fi hotspots. They arrested and killed local reporters and banned outside journalists. On the day U.S.-backed troops launched their ground offensive against the city, ISIS further sought to restrict reporting on conditions there by ordering the imminent shutdown of all Internet cafés.

Despite these restrictions, dozens of Syrian journalists and activists have risked and still risk their lives to smuggle information out of besieged Raqqa -- and their efforts are the only reason most Western reporters (including myself) have any information about the war our countries are currently waging there.

Every day, these media activists funnel news out of the city to exiled Syrians running media outlets and human rights organizations. The most famous among these groups has become Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, which won the 2015 International Press Freedom Award for its reporting on the ISIS occupation and now publishes hourly updates on the U.S.-backed offensive. All this news is then compiled and cross-checked by international monitoring groups like Airwars, whose researchers have now found themselves tracking as many as a half-dozen coalition attacks resulting in civilian casualties every day.

It’s because of this work that we know the Raqqa offensive officially began on June 6th with a barrage of airstrikes and artillery shelling that reportedly hit a school, a train station, the immigration and passport building, a mosque, and multiple residential neighborhoods, killing between six and 13 civilians. Two days later, bombs, artillery shells, and white phosphorus were reportedly unleashed across Raqqa, hitting -- among other places -- the Al-Hason Net Internet café, killing a media activist and at least a dozen others. (That journalist was one of at least 26 media activists to be killed in Syria this year alone.) Other bombs reportedly hit at least eight shops and a mosque. Photosalso showed white phosphorus exploding over two residential neighborhoods.

White phosphorus is capable of burning human flesh to the bone. When exposed to oxygen, the chemical ignites reaching a temperature of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s so flammable that its burns can reignite days later if the bandages are removed too soon.

U.S. military officials have not denied using white phosphorus in the city. The Pentagon has, in fact, published photos of U.S. Marines deployed to the Raqqa region transporting U.S.-manufactured white phosphorus munitions. Its spokesmen claim that the U.S. military only uses this incendiary agent to mark targets for air strikes or to create smoke screens and therefore remains in accordance with international law. But in the days after the reported attack, Amnesty International warned: “The US-led coalition’s use of white phosphorus munitions on the outskirts of al-Raqqa, Syria, is unlawful and may amount to a war crime.” (Amnesty similarly accused the U.S. of potentially committing war crimes during its campaign against ISIS in Mosul.)

Following the reported white phosphorus attacks on June 8th and 9th, Raqqa’s main commercial and social avenue -- February 23rd Street -- reportedly came under three straight days of bombing. Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, who grew up in that city, recalls how that street had once been lined with cafés, entertainment venues, and shops. Its western edge runs into Rashid Park, one of the city’s main public spaces. Its eastern edge stretches to the ancient Abbasid Wall.

Between June 9th and June 11th, as many as 10 civilians were killed in repeated bombings of February 23rd Street and its major intersections, according to reports compiled by Airwars. (These sorts of air strikes, ostensibly aimed at limiting the mobility of ISIS fighters, were also employed in Mosul, parts of which are now in ruins.) On those same days, four adults and four children were reportedly killed in airstrikes on Raqqa’s industrial district, another 21 civilians were killed in the west of the city, and at least 11 more civilians, again including children, when airstrikes reportedly destroyedhomes on al-Nour street, which is just around the corner from the al-Rayan Bakery, bombed less than two weeks later.

On that day, June 21st, a Raqqa resident named Abu Ahmad was returning from getting water at a nearby well when, he later told Reuters, he began hearing people screaming as houses crumbled. He said that as many as 30 people had died when the apartment flats around the bakery were leveled. “We couldn't even do anything,” he added. “The rocket launchers, the warplanes. We left them to die under the rubble.” Only a few days earlier, coalition warplanes had destroyed another source of bread, the al-Nadeer bakery on al-Mansour Street, one of Raqqa’s oldest thoroughfares.

In July, the U.S.-led coalition bombed the ancient Abbasid Wall, and U.S.-backed troops breached Raqqa’s Old City. U.S. advisers began to operateinside Raqqa, calling in more airstrikes from there.

More and more names, photographs, and stories of the coalition’s victims were smuggled out by local journalists. According to these reports, on July 2nd, Jamila Ali al-Abdullah, her three children, and up to 10 of her neighbors were killed in her neighborhood. On July 3rd, at least three families were killed, including Yasser al-Abdullah and his four children, A’ssaf, Zain, Jude, and Rimas. On July 5th, an elderly man named Yasin died in an airstrike on al-Mansour Street. On July 6th, Anwar Hassan al-Hariri was killed along with her son Mohammed, her daughter Shatha, and her toddler Jana. Five members of the al-Sayyed family perished on July 7th. Sisters Hazar and Elhan Abdul Aader Shashan died in their home on July 12th, while seven members of the Ba’anat family were killed on July 13th, as was Marwan al-Salama and at least ten of his family members on July 17th.

Hundreds more were reportedly wounded, including Isma’il Ali al-Thlaji, a child who lost his eyesight and his right hand.  And these are, of course, only some of the reported names of those killed by the U.S.-led coalition.   

“In Raqqa, there are many causes of death,” the journalists at Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently wrote. These include “indiscriminate airstrikes by international coalition warplanes, daily artillery shelling by Syrian Democratic Forces, and ISIS mines scattered throughout the surrounding landscape.”

For those who survive, conditions inside the city only continue to worsen. Coalition bombing reportedly destroyed the two main pipes carrying water into the city in the 100-degree July heat, forcing people to venture to the banks of the Euphrates, where at least 27 have been reportedly killed by U.S.-led bombing while filling up jugs of water.

A Coalition in Name Only

The United States has launched nearly 95 percent of all coalition airstrikes in Syria in recent months, meaning the campaign is, in fact, almost exclusively an American affair. “The French and British are launching about half a dozen strikes a week now,” Chris Woods, director of Airwars, explained to me. “The Belgians maybe one or two a week.” In comparison, in Raqqa province last month the U.S. launched about twenty air or artillery strikes every single day.

In June alone, the U.S.-led coalition and U.S. Marines fired or dropped approximately 4,400 munitions on Raqqa and its surrounding villages. According to Mark Hiznay, the associate director of Human Rights Watch’s arms division, these munitions included 250-pound precision-guided small diameter bombs, as well as MK-80 bombs, which weigh between 500 and 2,000 pounds and are equipped with precision-guided kits. The bombs are dropped by B-52 bombers and other warplanes, most taking off from the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, or the USS George H.W. Bush, an aircraft carrier stationed off Syria’s coast in the eastern Mediterranean.

Hundreds of U.S. Marines, most likely from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are also positioned outside Raqqa and are firing high explosive artillery rounds into the city from M777 Howitzers. In late June, the Marines’ official Twitter feed boasted that they were conducting artillery fire in support of U.S.-backed troops 24 hours a day.

The result of this type of warfare, says Airwars’ Chris Woods, is a staggering increase in civilian casualties. According to an analysis by the group, since President Trump took office six months ago, the U.S.-led campaign has reportedly killed nearly as many civilians in Syria and Iraq as were killed in the previous two and a half years of the Obama administration.

And for surviving civilians, the conditions of war don’t end once the bombing stops, as life today in the city of Tabqa indicates.

As of mid-July, according to Wassim Abdo, Tabqa still has neither running water nor electricity, even though displaced families have begun returning to their homes. There’s a shortage of bread, and still no functioning schools or hospitals. The Tabqa Dam, which once generated up to 20% of Syria’s electricity, remains inoperable. (U.S.-led coalition airstrikes reportedly damaged the structure repeatedly in February and March, when they burnedthe main control room, causing the United Nations to warn of a threat of catastrophic flooding downstream.) The U.S.-backed troops in Tabqa have, according to Abdo, banned the Internet and U.S. officials admit that children in the area are being infected by diseases carried by flies feeding off corpses still buried in the rubble.

Meanwhile, less than 30 miles to the east, the battle for control of Raqqa continues with tens of thousands of civilians still trapped inside the besieged city. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend has indicated that the U.S.-led coalition may soon increase the rate of airstrikes there yet again.

From Wassim Abdo’s perspective, that coalition campaign in Syria has so far killed his parents and nephew and ruined his hometown. None of this, understandably, looks anything like a war against ISIS.

“My opinion of the international coalition,” he told me recently, “is that it’s a performance by the international community to target civilians and infrastructure and to destroy the country.” And this type of warfare, he added, “is not part of eliminating Daesh.”


          Diversity Thursday        
This is a rather depressing DivThu, so gird your loins, take a deep breath, and say a prayer for the Naval War College - as it is being subjected to the cancer of the worst Cultural Marxist diversity babble I have seen in a few years coming from a Flag Officer in such an influential position.

The identity politics of MizzouEvergreen State have made their way to Newport.

Quotas are out in the open.

The incoming SECNAV needs to look in detail at the email I quote below and what it means. The CNO and VCNO need to consider if this is really the intellectual environment they want our leaders soaked in.

This doesn't just represent active discrimination against people based on race, creed, color, and sex - by giving preferential treatment to some over others simply based on same - it is an insult to all female professionals who have earned their positions through hard work and merit. It is patronizing to those it pretends to want to help - and is discriminatory against everyone else.

This has no place in a modern institution that should be focused on nothing but excellence.

This is a blight on our Navy.

So, I guess I'll have to Fisk the entire email paragraph by paragraph in an Old School DivThu way.
Team,

We are continuing to make great strides in hiring and advancing a more diverse and robust work-force across the Naval War College. Over the last 5 years, 20% of our faculty hires have come from traditionally underrepresented communities, and their academic rigor, intellectual capacity, and broad experience base have challenged our students to push their own intellectual boundaries, enhanced their critical thinking skills and expanded their perspectives. Although I am proud of the progress we’ve made in diversifying our College, this is an area that requires our continued and direct focus…we are not there yet. We must proactively recruit, develop, and retain the absolute BEST talent that our Nation (and partner nations) have to offer and we need to broaden the aperture by which we, as an institution of higher learning, examine and affect our dynamic and uncertain world. To that end, we will execute the following:
Classic DivSpeak internal contradiction. Once you get through the usual word salad from the Diversity Advisor Random Squid Ink Generator, you get to the core. He wants everyone to start being selective on who they recruit based on racial and sexual groupings. That is active discrimination taking priory over merit. When merit takes a back seat, average quality suffers - and it becomes apparent very quickly. You cannot say you are going to get the best talent by intentionally refusing to accept the best just because one or another group may already be overrepresented. It doesn't work for the NBA or for spelling bees - and it never works in war.
-- We will establish the following funded Chairs: Admiral Grace Hopper Chair of Cyber Security, Madeleine K. Albright Chair of Women, Peace, and Security Studies, and the Charles F. Bolden Jr. Chair of Science, Space, and Technology. A decision panel for these first Chairs will include PNWC, VPNWC, and Provost but the obvious goal is to appoint the corresponding named Professorships. Announcements will be made before Cloister. Our ultimate goal will be to have the respective Chairs financially endowed but until then we will fund each at 30k for faculty development/conference support/travel.
These are professionals with substantial accomplishment on their own, but by grouping this way and this manner, you instantly make them tokens. Insulting, patronizing, and transparently ham-fisted. On top of that - they are going to take away substantial amounts of money for the professional development and conference attending by existing faculty. That is essential for them to remain current, proficient, and to hone their areas of scholarship. It is like selling your work tools to buy a pet pony while your family starves.
-- We will also conduct a national level search for a future Condoleezza Rice Chair of Women in National Security and Diplomatic Studies.
Condoleezza Rice succeeded because she was good. To simply stamp "Woman" on her head is, again, an insult to the service she did to her nation. The fact she is a woman is tertiary to her service. To reduce her to just her sex is, well, sexist.
-- We will take advantage of our nascent post-doctorate hiring program so we might quickly assimilate the best and brightest of these young professionals into our AD ranks.
"These?" Oh, you mean "them?" As in "Us vs. them?" Clumping people together as "the other?" Really? We're back to that? I've called those drunk on Diversity Industry swill as being "retrograde" - but I don't think retrograde is a sufficient word to use to describe this ongoing divisive email.
-- As we finalize our new hiring instruction, all hiring committees within the College will have a 25% composition of women/diverse faculty representation will a goal of getting to 50%. Additionally, each hiring recommendation will include a review and certification by the committee members that ALL candidates were considered on a fair and equitable basis. These opinions will be reviewed by Provost, VPNWC, and PNWC before any offers of hire are made.
"...will..." That is a requirement, an order. The only way you can get a hard number like that is if you actively discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin - and actively remove opportunities from others based on same. This is not poor and clunking wording - which it is too - but an active call to perform recruiting in a discriminatory manner. Hey, credit for being out in the open about it, I guess.
-- We have undertaken an extensive compensation review that I anticipate coming to completion shortly. Additionally, we will establish an annual compensation review to ensure we are institutionalizing equal pay for equal work.
So, whose getting paid less? What is going to be the factor to determine who is paid what? Is race, sex, and ethnicity going to determine how much you are going to get paid?
-- As you know, we’ve established some faculty advisory committees to review various issues and the contours of the college. One of these areas of interest is diversity. I will receive a detailed brief by the end of July on this critical subject and look forward to their recommendations. A quarterly update meeting will be scheduled to review status and progress.
Metrics & incentives. I've been in those meetings. They have a certain pedigree.



--In early August, we will also conduct an all hands call for our female faculty. Please be on the lookout for this opportunity to engage.
"Please look out for this opportunity to be segregated and given a safe space!" My mother would have refused to go to such a patronizing, self-preening and ultimately degrading show.
Our diversity as an organization - in thought, perspective and experience - helps challenge us to see problems in news ways and find broader solutions. It is key to innovation. These are critical capabilities in our complex and dynamic world of Nation Security. I am open to other recommendations as we move out more smartly in this
area.

Sincerely
jeff "one team, one fight" harley


Jeffrey Harley
Rear Admiral, USN
President, U.S. Naval War College
[redacted]@usnwc.edu
sipr: [redacted]@nwc.navy.smil.mil
(401)-841-[redacted]
Ah ... the smoke screen. Until that last paragraph, did you see any call for diverse "thought, perspective and experience?" No you didn't ... unless you think that your DNA determines your thoughts, your perspective, and your experiences. The eugenics movements peaked about 80 years ago - are we going to retrograde that far?

I'll be kind; he doesn't actually mean that - it is just the standard smoke screen we have seen here on DivThu for the decade we've been doing this.

It would be nice to not make this personal, but the man signed his name to this call to actively discriminate against present and future employees of his command based on race, creed, color, national origin or sex.

That has no place in a merit based organization based on equality and fairness.

I would also offer that you cannot have "one team, one fight" if you insist on breaking your team up by race, creed, ethnicity, national origin, and sex. That is sectarian and divisive - the exact opposite.

Let me put my economist hat on for a moment before I go. What happens in such situations is that the most qualified people in the groups you actively discriminate against will not want to go to your institution. They will get hired elsewhere and will take their expertise there. As such, the most important thing at an institution of higher learning - the cumulative quality of its scholarship - will shift left on the quality curve.

Nice legacy.

Oh, and if define your legacy on showing preference for one racial or ethnic group over another, or another sex over another - you know what they call those kind of people, right?

Hat tip Salamander Underground.
          Let us wipe out the smoke screen, virtue is there in everybody        




The weblink is here please:  http://www.chandrikadaily.com/contentspage.aspx?id=131494

          Commissioner Joe Swann        
Based on information from a reliable source, the tax burden imposed on Hamblen citizens by the huge population of illegal aliens far exceeds any costs that would come from hiring and training local law enforcement to assist federal agents.

I believe its a fair assumption to make that Mr. Swann, who makes his living as an accountant, knows this and is engaged in a smoke screen operation with his claim that his opposition to the resolution was based on his fear that its ratification would result in a tax increase.

I know that he is a member of Thom Robinson's chamber of commerce and this alone is probably enough to explain his long winded explanation at the commission meeting. Still It would be interesting to see a list of clients who get their accounting done at Mr. Swann's firm. Just a thought.
          16 Books - July Books & Movies        
Happy last day of July, everybody! Sorry about no post last week, but we had a funeral to attend which brought the LB to town, so Saturday was spent watching le Tour and then heading to Grandma's condo for a big family get together. It was nice. I got to see some cousins that I haven't seen in quite awhile and aunts and uncles.

I enjoyed the heck out of the Tour de France this year, especially since it's the last sport I truly enjoy, sadly it only lasts three weeks. I wish Versus would show the Vuelta a Espana.

Here are the books and movies I read and watched in July.

Books

32. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - 870 pages - 2005 - I wanted to re-read book 6 before I saw the movie and thought it would be smart to re-read the fifth book, before the sixth one.

33. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling - 652 pages - 2007 - Ditto.

34. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - 759 pages - Well, after I had re-read the previous two, I had to finish the series, didn't I?

35. Fade by Kyle Mills - 344 pages - 2005 - I had read Kyle Mills' previous books and this had been out for a while (as you can see), but I finally picked it up. If you haven't discovered Kyle Mills yet and you like thrillers you are missing out. His books are meticulously researched and his characters are flawed but likable. In this one the title character, Fade, is an Arab-American who had been a Navy SEAL and ended up injured on a mission. The US government wouldn't pay for the very complicated surgery he needed and he ended up angry and embittered. However, the government now needs his special skills, but he won't play ball.

36. The Second Horseman by Kyle Mills - 339 pages - 2006 - In this one, a career thief, Brandon Vale, is busted out of jail by the person who put him there (for a crime he hadn't done), because he needs Brandon's special talents. There are WMDs, millions of dollars, behind-the-scene string pulling, and Israel-Arab tensions.

37. A Darker Place by Jack Higgins - 337 pages - 2009 - I've been a Jack Higgins fan since The Eagle Has Landed. I've read everything I've been able to find. It seems he's phasing out Sean Dillon (it's about time, he's got to be at least 65 by now) and Charles Ferguson (he's got to be at least 85), but I'm waiting to see where he's going with it. In this one, we had a Russian defector who wasn't quite what he seemed. It was less formulaic that I thought his previous few had been. He's still a classic thriller writer.

38. Darkness Falls by Kyle Mills - 299 pages - 2007 - This was very much a doomsday type scenario book. It scared the ever-livin' shit out of me. Again, the research done by Kyle Mills was extraordinary, this time into oil wells, production, fields, etc. I was especially happy to see that he had brought back Mark Beamon (from his first few books). Previously he was an FBI agent, in Darkness Falls he's the head of the energy department of Homeland Security, and he needs to find out why some major oil wells have stopped producing.

39. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich - 308 pages - 2009 - This might have been the one that pushes me over the edge on reading anymore of these. She blew up at least four cars in this one. I don't know why Ms. Evanovich think it's necessary for her plot line to blow up cars so regularly, but I'm really over it. The YS has bought the last two books, so at least I'm not wasting my money on these.

Movies

33. (500) Days of Summer (Theatre) - 2009 - I loved this movie. I had wanted to see it after I had gotten my VSL newsletter. I laughed out loud a lot, as did most of the crowd at the Detroit "premiere." My friend Katie had free passes and asked me to go when she watched the trailer and saw the lead actor wearing a Joy Division t-shirt. When she asked, I said, "Oh yes, I've been wanting to see that movie." The best part of the movie was that he wore THREE Joy Division t-shirts in it. Two were Unknown Pleasures but one when he was a teenager and another as an adult, along with a Love Will Tear Us Apart t-shirt.

34. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (K) - 2007 - I had to rewatch the movie before seeing the sixth movie. It sucked just as much as it did the first time around. Read the books, people, they're so much better than the movies.

35. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince (Theatre) - 2009 - I already gave my opinion on this movie at Zombieslayer's place. I have to agree with ZS's assessment that the director sucked. It's the same director as Order of the Phoenix and when a certain character dies and I don't cry...that's a problem...same as in the fifth when another major character had died. I sobbed my way through the end of the book (every time I read it), but the movie was so badly done, I didn't cry. I'm highly annoyed. We won't even discuss the bizarre addition of the burning of The Burrows. WTF was up with that???

36. The Children's Hour (N) - 1961 - Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine own an all-girl's school and are working hard to keep it going. There's a mean, vindictive girl there who spreads a story about them because she had been disciplined. All the parents take the girls out of the school and the women are destroyed. It was friggin' depressing, but it was really well done.

37. Momma's Man (N) - 2008 - I thought this was going to be a comedy and watched it after I watched The Children's Hour thinking it would cheer me up. Yeah, not so much. This was another recommendation from VSL, but I have to say that I did not love it. In fact, I would say that it fights with HP & the Order of the Phoenix for last place in Movie of the Month.

Book of the Month: Fade by Kyle Mills (it was hard since I had read three Kyle Mills and they were all great, but I loved Fade most). Please give him a chance. if you don't want to spend money, go to the library. He really is a brilliant writer and super nice as he responds to every e-mail - I've written to him twice now (last time after I had finished Smoke Screen a good 3-4 years ago and this time after Fade).

Movie of the Month: (500) Days of Summer - There's a line in this movie that is so worth watching. It made giggle for a good five minutes after it was said. It might have been a little juvenile, but it was still stinking funny.

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Sixteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First sixteen you can recall in no more than 16 minutes. Tag 16 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose. (A friend tagged me on Facebook, but I figured what the heck I'd share with you kids, too.)

As this took me over a week to do, I'm obviously not big on rules.

1. The Eight by Katherine Neville
2. Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity by Bruce Bawer
3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
4. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
5. The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb
6. Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter
7. Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly by Joseph Minton Amann & Tom Breuer
8. Alex Zanardi: My Sweetest Victory: A Memoir of Racing Success, Adversity & Courage by Alex Zanardi, Gian Luca Gasparini & Mario Andretti
9. The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins
10. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
11. Aztec by Gary Jennings
12. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
13. The Dante Club by Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
15. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
16. Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis by Mick Middles & Lindsay Reade
          Discord        
Sever Discordant ties those errant strings attached the sick portal of weakness we haven't walled off but for enticement a smoke screen graying out the true intentions of hope of one last shot at the other one last vulnerability fecund for a cancerous growth on the so..
          DDoS Attacks Spell ‘Gameover’ for Banks, Victims in Cyber Heists        
The FBI is warning that computer crooks have begun launching debilitating cyber attacks against banks and their customers as part of a smoke screen to detract attention away from simultaneous high-dollar cyber heists. The bureau says the attacks coincide with corporate account takeovers perpetrated by thieves who are using a modified version of the ZeuS Trojan that's being called "Gameover." The thefts come after a series of heavy spam campaigns aimed at deploying the malware, which arrives disguised as an email from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), a not-for-profit group that develops operating rules for organizations that handle electronic payments. The ZeuS variant steals passwords and gives attackers direct access to the victim's PC and network.
          Smoke Screen        
Smoke Screen è un film genere drammatico della durata di 82 minuti. Diretto da Gary Yates. Con Jaime Pressly, Currie Graham, Garwin Sanford, Larissa Laskin, Blu Mankuma, Zak Santiago, Malcolm Stewart, Martin Cummins, Brendan Fletcher, Marie Avgeropoulos. Prodotto in USA nel 2010. Trama: Quando la giornalista televisiva Britt Shelley si sveglia, trova al suo fianco il cadavere di un detective della polizia. Cinque anni prima, anche Raley, un amico del poliziotto deceduto, aveva trovato un morto...
          God Particle: A "fatal" crisis for Materialism?        

The infinitely large universe, with all its peculiar and puzzling characteristics, has always attracted the imagination of humans. Humans, from the very ancient time, have tried to solve the mysteries of the universe. In earlier times this task was mainly done by priests and intellectuals who served the religious authorities of their respective societies. Thus we find that the earlier picture of universe was shaped in the frame of theology, as it was only possible theory and philosophy. Like most of the branches of modern science, systematic research in the field of cosmology too, corresponds to the period when the whole Europe was awakening from its dark feudal ages. As Papal Church was the strongest and the greatest feudal lord which was holding back the growth of rapidly growing productive forces, a conflict arose between the representatives of the two contradictory forces. We see the reflection of this conflict in the field of human thinking too. New inspired thoughts and germs of thought were everywhere precipitating out of their fantastic theological shell. The proposition of the concept of heliocentric universe against the church propagated common views of earth centric universe marks the beginning of emancipation of the natural science from theology, although, in many minds it is still far from completion. From the very beginning, the process of the emancipation of natural science from theology was not so smooth, and marked with the innumerous acts of suppression of scientific discoveries and inventions, and unforgettable sacrifices of the Heroes of modern science for their thoughts. In fact, the ancestors of the modern bourgeoisie, the Protestant rebels, were as against the free investigation of nature as their Catholic counter-parts. They supported these scientific investigations only if they proved beneficial for their economic development and turned against them as soon as they inflicted on their own religious beliefs, the different shades of Protestantism. Burning of Servetus by Protestant Calvin and of Bruno by Roman Inquisition is just two of the numerous such cases and shows the similarity between Protestants and Catholics in this regard. In process of its historical development in the past few centuries, bourgeois class had already seen how dangerous the loss in religious faith of toiling masses can be for the existence of their rule, for example, the French revolution of 1789 and Socialist revolutions of 20th century. Thus, this legacy has taught bourgeoisie the very importance of maintaining, and even strengthening, the religious faith of common populace for the continuance of their exploitative rule. Making common masses believe in some supernatural authority, God, for grieves and sorrows faced by them, plays the most efficient role in diverting their attention from the real causes of their problems, generated by this unjust system. Thus, the most far-sighted ideologues of ruling class try their best to distort and obscure the real anti-religious and materialistic nature of every important scientific discovery and, for the same reason, any important discovery in every sphere of knowledge. This is the reason that even in the 21st century, when the progress of the natural science have surpassed, probably, even the dreams of the most quixotic minds of the 19th century, scientific discoveries are still being marked with the stamp of God and scientific theories are twisted so as to prove the existence of God.
The act of branding the probable discovery of Higgs Boson in CERN’s LHC experiment as a proof for the creation of universe by God, propagated by the hacks, serving this decaying capitalist system, and also by its conscious protectors and unconscious supporters, once again proves this. The basis for this misleading and false interpretation, of the theory that predicts existence of Higgs Boson, was the naming of this particle as "God Particle" by the particle physicist and Nobel laureate Dr. Leon Ledermann in his book The God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question? Though, he did not name it "God Particle" in the sense as it was later advertised by some theologians and a section of media. These philistines, who live not in a real material world but in the abstract world of ideas and in themselves are just a collection of ideas devoid of any bodily existence, have claimed that the discovery of "God Particle" will be a fatal blow for materialism as it proves the notion of creation of universe, at some point of time in the past, by an external agency or God. Hence, it becomes necessary to clear the smoke screen created around the probable discovery of Higgs Boson and have a materialist approach towards any such discovery.
Higgs Boson is a hypothetical fundamental particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. Today, Standard Model (SM) is one of the most successful models of particle physics and the existence of all the fundamental particles predicted by it, except Higgs Boson, has been established experimentally. According to this model, in the period of 10-43 seconds after the birth of universe (about which it says nothing) the whole universe was in the state of vacuum which was filled with a dense field of very high energy. This field, also known as Higgs Field, was distributed homogenously through out the universe and was sharply fluctuating. Higgs Boson is the constituent particle of Higgs field. According to SM, at that time all the fundamental particles were massless and gained their mass later through the interaction with this field. This process of generation of mass in particles is known as Higgs Mechanism. The more one interacts, the heavier it becomes. This is why we have massless photon but comparatively very heavy quarks. Thus, this model predicts birth of property of mass in fundamental particles, or in other words, the creation of massive matter from the vacuum filled with Higgs field.
This is a very simplistic, and somewhat rough, sketch of this very complex theory, yet sufficient for our present task. The origination of matter having mass from the Higgs field is interpreted by believers of supernatural power or God as the creation of matter from an external agency. And thus the discovery of Higgs Boson, according to them, will be a refutation of materialism as it claims the primacy of matter which has never been created by some external agency.
Now, there are two important problems in this whole issue that needs to be addressed. First point is that of interpreting vacuum in early phases of universe as the presence of some external agency i.e. some sort of consciousness or God. Second point is regarding the stand of materialism to the conception of matter.
As far as the argument of interpreting vacuum to presence of God is concerned, it is an absolute sophistry. One doesn't require great expertise in science to visualize that vacuum is a physical reality which represents just the absence of matter and not the presence of any sort of consciousness or God in that particular part of reality. Creation of vacuum is a general phenomenon in many of scientific areas. So, if vacuum represents any sort of spirit or divinely thing, it means that we create this divinely existence every time we create a vacuum. It can be easily understood that equating vacuum with God or presence of consciousness is sheer stupidity. Presence of vacuum in the early phases of universe and origination of property of mass in the particles from it does not prove the existence of consciousness before origination of matter. Vacuum is vacuum and consciousness is consciousness, and presence of vacuum does not imply the presence of consciousness. On the contrary, it should be said that only massive matter itself is not the whole material world but just a part of material world. Vacuum is also a part of material world, one of the forms in which objective reality expresses itself.
Second point needs little more attention. Materialism claims that material world is primary which has been never created by any kind of external agency or consciousness or God. The problem with which materialism deals with is what came first matter or consciousness; whether this material world is reflected approximately correctly and relatively truthfully in our consciousness or not; if yes, it should be accepted or not; our consciousness can know looking at the history of development of materialism (see Brief History of Materialism), it becomes clear that it (materialism) has never claimed that property of mass or any other specific property is a necessary criteria for anything to qualify as matter, except that of being an objective reality, existing outside our mind. For materialism "the concept of matter expresses nothing more than the objective reality which is given us in sensation" and "for the sole "property" of matter with whose recognition philosophical materialism bound up is the property of being an objective reality, of existing outside our mind" (Lenin—Materialism and Empirio-Criticism). It is not the task of materialism to find out that massive matter originated at some point of time or not; or to find out the different forms in which the objective reality expresses itself. It is a subject of natural science. Dialectical materialism, the most advanced and scientific form of materialism, just provides a correct scientific approach and methodology to solve any problem of natural science.
Thus, even, Fields theory proves to be correct and Higgs Boson is discovered, there will not be any crisis for materialism. The discovery of Higgs Boson will only uncover a new, previously unknown, aspect of matter. Thus, if Higgs Boson is discovered and notion of the birth of massive matter proves to be correct, no crisis is going to arise for materialism. In fact, whether Higgs Boson is discovered or not, CERN's LHC experiment will definitely deepen the profundity of our understanding of nature and universe, in other words of objective reality, and a new path will be shown for its further development, as Engels said—"with each epoch-making discovery even in the field of natural science ["not to speak of the history of mankind"], it (materialism) has to change its form", and so it will.

          Iraq/Syria: Danger From US White Phosphorus         

Smoking and burning white phosphorus streaks to the ground in west Mosul on June 2, 2017. 

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(Washington, DC) – The use of artillery-delivered white phosphorus by the United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State (also known as ISIS) forces in Syria and Iraq raises serious questions about the protection of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. This multipurpose munition should never be used as an incendiary weapon to attack personnel or materiel in populated areas, even when delivered from the ground.

“No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch. “US-led forces should take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian harm when using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria.”

White phosphorus munitions can be used for several purposes on the battlefield: as an obscurant or smoke screen, for signaling and marking, and as an incendiary weapon. US forces are using white phosphorus in both Mosul, in Iraq, and in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, in Syria. But the rationale for its use by US-led coalition forces is unclear as the coalition does not comment on specific incidents.

Human Rights Watch was not able to independently verify whether the use of the munitions resulted in any civilian casualties. A Raqqa resident living in Beirut told the New York Times that an internet cafe in Raqqa was recently hit by white phosphorus, killing around 20 people.

In Syria, a video published on Facebook on June 8, 2017, and reported on Facebook as shot that day in Raqqa, shows the use of ground-fired artillery projectiles containing white phosphorus, which are distinctive when air-burst. Another video broadcast by Amaq News Agency, an ISIS-linked news outlet, purports to show the same incident with fires on the ground started by white phosphorus, but its veracity cannot be determined. A video published online on June 10 suggest further use of white phosphorus on June 9.

In early 2017, US Marine artillery deployed to Syria in support of the operation to retake Raqqa, an operation in which Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are also participating. The Washington Post published photographs of the deployed Marine unit equipped with white phosphorus projectiles, as well as similar pictures showing white phosphorus projectiles with US Army units outside Mosul. The SDF announced the offensive to take Raqqa from ISIS on June 6. The reason for this use of white phosphorus cannot be determined from the videos, which shows white phosphorus being used just after sunset.

Footage shot in Mosul, Iraq on June 3 also shows the use of ground-fired projectiles containing white phosphorous. Smoke from ground fires is also visible in the video, but it is unclear if these were ignited by white phosphorus or caused by something else. Since mid-February, Iraqi forces supported by the US-led coalition have been engaged in an offensive to retake densely populated west Mosul.

The purpose of this use of white phosphorus is unclear, but Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) stated on June 4 that it was used to create a smoke screen. According to a US-led coalition comment to media on the use that Human Rights Watch obtained: “While protecting civilians fleeing from the Jamouri Hospital the Coalition used smoke and precision munitions to suppress the enemy and provide cover for fleeing civilians. In conjunction with Iraqi Security Forces, the Coalition used appropriate munitions to suppress and obscure ISIS snipers so that the civilians could reach friendly forces.”

In both Mosul and Raqqa, the US-led forces are using US-made M825-series 155mm artillery projectiles containing 116 felt wedges impregnated with white phosphorus, which ignites and continues to burn when exposed to the air. This is the only type of 155mm white phosphorus projectile in US stocks that can be air-burst. Neither ISIS nor Syrian government forces are known to possess or have used these US-made munitions.

The US-led coalition states that as a matter of policy it cannot publicly discuss the use of specific munitions, but admits to using white phosphorus in its operation in Iraq and Syria. US Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, told international media on June 9 that, “in accordance with the law of armed conflict, white phosphorus rounds are used for screening, obscuring and marking in a way that fully considers the possible incidental effects on civilians and civilian structures.”

In the Mosul incident, the projectiles burst very close to the ground in what seems to be an attempt to minimize the footprint of the effects. In Raqqa, videos appear to show the munitions bursting higher in the air, spreading the white phosphorus over a much wider area.

White phosphorus ignites when exposed to atmospheric oxygen and continues to burn until it is deprived of oxygen or exhausted. Its chemical reaction can create intense heat (about 815° C/1500° F), light, and smoke. White phosphorus can thus be used for marking, signaling, and obscuring, but it can also be used as a weapon to set fires that burn people and objects.

On contact, white phosphorus can also burn people, thermally and chemically, down to the bone as it is highly soluble in fat, and therefore in human flesh. White phosphorus fragments can exacerbate wounds even after treatment and can enter the bloodstream and cause multiple organ failure. Already dressed wounds can reignite when dressings are removed and they are re-exposed to oxygen. Even relatively minor burns are often fatal.

Attacks using air-delivered incendiary weapons in civilian areas are prohibited under Protocol III of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW). While the protocol contains weaker restrictions for ground-launched incendiary weapons, all types of incendiary weapons produce horrific injuries. Protocol III applies only to weapons that are “primarily designed” to set fires or cause burns, and thus some countries believe it excludes certain multipurpose munitions with incendiary effects, notably those containing white phosphorus.

Lebanon became the 114th country to ratify CCW Protocol III on April 5, 2017. Iraq, Russia, and the US are parties to the protocol, while Syria has not ratified it.

From 2000 to 2016, white phosphorus munitions were reportedly used in at least seven conflicts – Afghanistan, Gaza, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, Ukraine, and Yemen. In 2016, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen used artillery-delivered white phosphorus munitions.

Syrian government forces are not known to have used white phosphorus, but Human Rights Watch has documented the use of air dropped Soviet or Russian-made incendiary weapons in the country since 2012, and in their operations with Russian forces since late 2015. Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called on the Syrian-Russian coalition to cease their use of incendiary weapons in Syria.

“Horrific civilian harm from previous use of white phosphorus has generated public outrage and this latest use of white phosphorus underscores the urgent need for states to strengthen international law relating to incendiary weapons,” Goose said.


          Steal This Smoke Bomb Recipe        

Known for being one of the most devious scoundrels of the sixties, rebel activist Abbie Hoffman went down in history (among other things) for his publication Steal This Book, a guide to living for free- "a manual of survival in the prison that is Amerika". Boing Boing has excerpted Hoffman's recipe for the perfect smoke bomb from the book, along with annotations on the process. Hoffman says: "Sometimes it becomes strategically correct to confuse the opposition and provide a smoke screen to aid an escape. A real home-made stroke bomb can be made by combining four parts sugar to six parts... more


          Scene in Edmonds: Smoky sunset at Haines Wharf Park        
From photographer Bill Anderson, who notes that he continued his “Edmonds smoke screen sunset tour” Saturday night, Aug. 5, with a stop at Haines Wharf Park.
          DON'T INCINERATE YOURSELF ON THIS MIKE PENCE HOT TAKE        
At GQ, Jason Zengerle tries to imagine a Mike Pence presidency -- and doesn't get very far. The bulk of Zengerle's speculation concerns the sort of inside baseball you'd expect from a former Politico writer:
Consensus holds that Pence would want to surround himself with new staff—particularly Republican heavyweights, aides and operatives of the stature and pedigree that Trump wasn’t able to lure to the White House.

Dan Scavino, Trump’s former golf caddie who now serves as the White House director of social media and an assistant to the president, would almost certainly be bounced. Ditto for rookie staffers and family members like Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Strategists like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller? “I’m sure Mike prays for both of their souls every night,” says one former Pence adviser, predicting they’d be axed.

Surprisingly, one high-profile survivor might be Kellyanne Conway....
Enough. So, Jason, what about, y'know, policy? On that subject, Zengerle has a smoking-hot take: that the proudly evangelical Pence would actually be less Jesus-y than his current boss, a notion Zengerle gets from a couple of well-positioned but rather naive insiders.

No, really:
Perhaps [Pence's] most infamous move as governor of Indiana was signing a bill allowing businesses to discriminate against gays. Pence also pushed to mandate burials for aborted fetuses and made it possible to charge doctors who carried out certain abortions with wrongful death.

But for all the fears of a coming theocracy under Pence, more sober-minded observers suspect he could be largely hamstrung on sweeping social issues. Indeed, Pence’s religious fervor might, ironically, give him less room to push for some of the conservative policies Trump has enacted. For instance, Trump’s reinstatement of a ban on U.S. foreign aid being shared with NGOs that perform abortions probably would have garnered more attention—and been perceived as more of a religiously motivated move by critics—had it been orchestrated by Pence. “Trump can do a lot of socially conservative things,” Ponnuru says, “without getting the reputation of a moralistic theocrat because of his bad character—the charge is just not believable.”

There’s a way of thinking about Trump’s outrageous behavior—and even the scandals that result from it—as politically helpful to Trump. Anita Dunn, who served as communications director in the Obama White House, has detected in Trump’s antics a kind of smoke screen that keeps his policies from being fully dissected. “When Trump does horrible stuff like [the abortion-funding ban],” she says, “he’s providing a high level of entertainment on so many levels that people don’t have the energy to notice as much. There’s no way Pence will ever take up as much oxygen.” And as a result, the thinking goes, Pence’s ambitions might be easier to oppose.
You know what will provide a smoke screen for Pence if he becomes president? Not being Trump. The press, including allegedly liberal organs, will be over the moon if Trump is pushed out, and will revel in Pence's surface blandness and willingness to operate within traditional governing norms. That's what every story about him will focus on during his inevitable long honeymoon: He's filling subcabinet positions! He's spends quiet weekends reading briefing books and having dinner with his wife! He doesn't tweet!

And so if he wants to push out a Focus on the Family-approved executive order at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon, he'll weather the storm. The usual voices on our side will raise alarms, but the mainstream press will luxuriate in Pence being so gosh-darn Middle American, so ... regular.

It will take quite a while for progressives to become fully reenergized in order to fight Pence. In the meantime, he'll get away with a lot.

          The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch Trailer Analysis        
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The Nintendo Switch launch date is about two months away and Nintendo has released many new trailers to get people hyped for the console. The franchise I care most about and will be the launch title is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There is a lot of new information to gleam from the trailer so let me dive in:

Voice Acting
The most surprising aspect of the trailer is we hear voices of characters speaking. At 1:17 in the trailer, we hear the first ever spoken voices in a modern Zelda game (CD-i Zelda games are a joke). Finally after years and years of all characters being silent except for grunts, Zelda characters will be voices. We also hear Zelda speaking near the end of the trailer as well as a Goron & the Deku Tree. Finally the King of Hyrule says to save his daughter. If Nintendo is smart, they will keep Link the silent protagonist.

Large Environments
The trailer shows off impressive scale very much like Shadows of the Colossus and Skyrim. Link is climbing the side of a mountain, running through snow and harmonizing with grassy fields. The world layout looks very much like classic Zelda games with similar elements moved around or remixed. I saw a new looking Gerudo Village & Death Mountain

Orchestrated Music?
I'm holding my breath that all the music in the game will finally be orchestrated. Koji Kondo working on Twilight Princess had wished to orchestrate the entire game but instead they went with synthesized music. Skyward Sword still sounded like high quality midi tracks. Can Nintendo finally invest the money to do the soundtrack right after so many other professional orchestras have covered their music.

Ganon is Back & So is Princess Zelda
The calamity Ganon is back. At 2:02 you can see Ganon's purple ghostly form capturing Castle Hyrule. We also see the Deku Tree at 2:12 in front of the Master Sword grove. This is important as there as many Zelda games where they introduce new villains or characters to smoke screen it was really Ganon all along. Thank you old lady in the trailer for not beating us around the bush and hiding the villain behind general darkness in the world. It's Ganon and fans know he must get a taste of the Master Sword.

100 years ago something happened. What happens next for Link? We'll find out March 3rd, 2017 as the Nintendo Switch is released


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          The War on the non-obedient        
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The wrong carpenter
with
the wrong approach....


The war on Iran
is primarily a war  on a third-world-country
that did not , and shall not , bow its head for the west.

This war has started much earlier  than we all thinks
it started in Gaza and in Beirut before moving to Damascus , now.

The road to Tehran has started  ,
from Kabul, via Baghdad , via Gaza ,via Beirut, via Tripoli
and what has happened in Tunis and Cairo was simply a diversion ,
a smoke screen and a distraction.


The Third-world , whether Muslim or not , 
must again obey and serve the West.

Moscow is no more the guarantor of the National-Liberation's-worldwide
Islam , de-facto , has taking over this role.

But,the world of the Muslims is now divided into the "western-obedient "
and the non-obedient.

The best example would be Pakistan that has, anyhow ,an atom-bomb
while (or because) it is "Western-obedient "
while Iran is completely the opposite.

Most annoying for the West is, first of all ,
is Iran´s help and support for the Palestinian cause !!

Whether we agree with the Iranian-Mullah´s or not
they remain 10 times more honest  than those obedient Saudi-Mullah´s.

The West could not enter into Gaza , the West failed in Beirut
and Damascus shall not be different.....


Raja Chemayel
 


NB:
Israel is the core of the Western-policies.
          Comment on President Trump to Drain the Swamp in Education! by Clifford F Blake        
Teachers Union is part of destroying education as it should be. Back to the school boards and no mor fu/&& tensor!!! No more BS kids left behind is a smoke screen! And bring prayer, flag and allow teachers to send trouble makers home or to a discipline center!
          How to Spot A Player Talent in an Interview        
Guest post from Rick Crossland:

Why Don’t Executives Love to Interview?
It is surprising how many executives and even HR professionals do not like or look forward to interviewing candidates.  After all, this should be the celebration of bringing on another great employee, right?  Their fear is likely because many of them have historically not had very good success predictably selecting top performers through their current interview process.

Here are some of the reasons hiring managers do not enjoy better success in hiring top performers:

1.    They do not follow a structured hiring process.

2.    They ask the wrong kind of questions in the interview.

3.    They are looking for the wrong attributes in candidates.

4.    They are often fooled by candidates that talk a good game, but lack results and or character.
The cost of underperformers to your organization is immense. When an interview is carefully and properly done—and the right questions are asked, it is very straightforward to determine if your candidate is an A, B or C Player.  You only want A Players—those employees in the top 10% of the workforce for the salary paid that you would enthusiastically rehire.  The recently released book, The A Player is dedicated to defining and showing your executives and team members what A Player performance looks like.

Let’s examine the factors needed to successfully spot A Player talent consistently in your interviews.
Use a Structured Interview Process

In a typical interview process, HR managers, hiring managers and other team members interview a candidate in short, back-to-back interviews.  You have the good intention to thoroughly compare notes after the interviews, but often this never happens.  If it does, the debrief process usually does not include enough specificity on the strengths, weaknesses, results and skill sets of a candidate.
Instead, follow a structured behavioral-based interview process.  Get your entire decision team in to interview the candidate in one two-to-four hour sitting.  A longer, more intensive interview like this helps you see the differences between A, B and C Players, as the latter cannot provide enough details of their accomplishments.  After the interview, immediately go through the specific results the candidate has accomplished and compare notes for inconsistencies and where the candidate exaggerated his or her capabilities. Comparing your top two or three finalists using this methodology will yield amazing clarity.

Managers Typically Ask the Wrong Types of Questions in an Interview
Recently some HR managers of trendy, high tech companies have espoused some seemingly cool interview questions and techniques.   These include handing candidates a marker and having them sketch out the process of their favorite hobby on a whiteboard, asking if they believe in life in outer space, or the proverbial “tell me about yourself” interview question.

The problem with these techniques is they tell you nothing about what the candidate has accomplished in your industry.  Even if they happen to map out an industry-specific process, they are likely parroting what they saw someone else do.  They may just possess academic knowledge on a topic, not firsthand results.
It is important to understand that the primary determinant to a candidate’s future success is his or her actual past accomplishments.  To determine these, you must use behavioral interview questions.  A behavioral interview asks specific questions about the candidate’s actual accomplishments.  This is far more predictive than a situational interview, which asks hypothetical questions that are quite easy for a candidate to fabricate answers.

Managers Often Look for the Wrong Attributes in Candidates
Managers are often fooled by the wrong kinds of candidates.  The candidates that tend to most often fool managers are the flashy candidates or “showdogs.”  These types of candidates typically have good emotional intelligence (EI/EQ) skills and tend to be well dressed and articulate.  They tend to woo hiring managers with buzzwords, industry jargon, name dropping and strategic sounding talk. 

But don’t let these candidates fool you with these sweet-nothings.  These are candidates who talk a good game, but do not produce results.  In about 18-24 months they will be repeating their speech at another unsuspecting company.
The key to identifying these candidates is to use the structured interview and behavior interview tools mentioned above.  In addition, develop a job scorecard with defined performance attribute metrics on all aspects of the role.  A sample format of this job scorecard can be obtained at www.aplayeradvantage.com/resources. 

Ask specific behavioral-based questions around the scorecards.  These will sound like “When you were the marketing manager at Atlas Corp., describe a time you improved the return on investment (ROI) of your marketing actions.  What were the specific results and how did you accomplish this?”  Or, “Describe a B or C Player you coached up to be an A Player.  What were the specific results and how did you accomplish this?” 
As you have already most likely ascertained, the showdog candidate will not be able to hold up to this level of scrutiny.  They will try to take credit for their teammates’ results—but cut through this smoke screen by asking them “What were your specific contributions and results.”

These types of flashy candidates appear impressive, but they aren’t. You do a disservice to your organization hiring them. 
The above-mentioned tools will help you spot A Players who may or may not have great interview skills, but can produce real results.  While some folks wow you from answer one, other great candidates are a little more shy or humble.

Remember, if you want to be an A Player manager or leader, you must have a team of A Players. Therefore, being able to spot A Players in an interview becomes an invaluable skill to you.

Rick Crossland is author of the book The A Player. He works with organizations across the country to transform good companies into great companies. His practice, the A Player Advantage, which he founded eight years ago, is consistently employed to help take quality businesses to the next level of efficiency. He works with organizations across the country to transform good companies into great companies with his A Player approach.

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Song Dogs of the East: Change Expectations, Tactics for Eastern Coyotes

As a lifelong New Englander who has called predators from Connecticut to Maine since the early 1960s, I’m always amused when a Western-based writer tries to explain how it’s done east of the Mississippi. They invariably come up with some great theories that often sound convincing to the nov- ice predator caller, but it’s easy for those who have been there, done that, to see through their creative smoke screen. […]

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          By: kowtow        
Introduce a 100% inheritance tax. No one needs wealth after they're dead and the great benefit would be to create what so many progressives claim to love........equality! Now these doper,stoner economists seem to want to change the tax system as a smoke screen :) to introduce legalise drug taking and use the old "it's so expensive "to gaol em excuse. I reckon very few users ever go to gaol anyway so that particular piece of justification is bollocks.And if making gang leaders rich is a problm then tackle that with anti gang legislation and real gaol time for them as they are the serious criminals.Prostitution is legal in many places and lowlife are still involved in it and the women no better off despite what all the progressives have claimed all these years. Legalise dope and the gangs move to something else anyway, the Californian chemists keep coming up with new shit for losers to blow theii minds on anyway.
          OnWords: Quality        
You can usually tell that an organization has stopped caring about quality when it becomes the only thing they talk about. “Quality” is one of those words that is necessarily vague, and, therefore, becomes a smoke screen behind which much mischief can hide. Consider the continual quality improvement efforts so in vogue for the past few decades. They have all been accompanied by increasingly onerous and minute numeric evaluations and assessments. This data-gathering is then obsessed over for just long enough to justify the predetermined decisions of those in charge. Constant measurement comes at immense cost, not just in monetary terms, but in terms of time, effort, and emotional capital. But when you think of the quality of a thing, you don’t think of data. You think in terms of your senses: what the fabric feels like in your hand, the sound of an engine, what a good wine does to your nose. I’m equivocating here a little, simultaneously using the word “quality” to mean “what’s good”
          Put down the glass!        
This is an especially interesting article in regards to a discussions on freedom, and smoke screens I was having in one of my MA classes last week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12728629

Use the topic of health policy as a smoke screen to other issues, and reducing freedom by showing it as ' for our health'

Surely we should be FREE to buy alcohol and deal with the consequences

Perhaps we need to look at how human society can weaken itself by going against survival of the fittest? Not a very politically correct approach but one to be considered?

Is this really addressing the problem? I'm pretty sure my basic understanding of psychology is that most people abuse alcohol, drugs or food not because its cheap.....but because of emotional and societal problems and that's what should be dealt with?

Just struck me as interesting.

(Not to mention what is the definition of abuse? Remembering that many of the historical societies we consider great 'abused' one form of substance or another.)
          Julia Gillard Prime Minister, Kristina Keneally Premier NSW, Linda Burney Minister DoCS NSW Under Investigation for Corruption        

With possibly the most serious "evidence of departmental corruption" in Australian history surfacing in the department of community services in New South Wales (DoCS NSW), one wonders why nothing has been heard of it. Wouldn't the fact that the handling of just one family's case by DoCS NSW, revealing at least 20 different DoCS workers who behaved unethically, be alarming to anyone.

One of the complaints of corruption by this woman who had her children wrongly removed for six months and abused by the time she got them back, was that she had rung the DoCS complaints line, run by "Linda Burney"
and DoCS NSW, and had never once received the help that she undoubtedly was right in asking for.

The DoCS complaints "Hotline" is a smoke screen and a safety net for "Burney" and her cronies, giving the impression that there is a complaints service in operation, and alerting the department should the need arise to destroy evidence, alert staff who have been caught out, there are many reasons why the department's control of this service must be discontinued, and the responsibility of and independent entity.

Truly distressing is the corruption of everyone envolved in the case, and the reaction of Kristina Keneally and Linda Burney, who have stealthily set up a tribunal, much like the "DoCS complaints hotline."

This incident has proven how much corruption exists, DoCS have become expert at hiding corruption, with Burney at the helm for years.

No, to have an investigation run by an incumbent minister of a corrupt department is unacceptable. A premier who is also dismissive of corruption allegations, is also under a shadow of doubt. Keneally has now come under fire due to unethical handling of the families envolved with the corrupt DoCS workers, and the concealment of the whole alarming tragedy.

I raised my concerns about "this woman's case, and four other families" with cries of mistreatment, with the prime minister, Julia Gillard.

Gillard refused to acknowledge, and referred the matter to Keneally, who referred my complaints of corruption back to the person I was concerned was corrupt. This is surely a sign of corruption in itself.

What disturbs me the most, is the families who they have dealt with in Linda Burney's trademark cruel and tyrannical way, more than likely have had their children wrongfully removed. Every family whose case envolved the corrupt psychiatrist or corrupt DoCS workers, should be shown some respect and informed of this situation.

Linda Burney showing respect to parents, now there's a first.

It is for these reasons I have reported the prime minister Julia Gillard, the premier of New South Wales Kristina Keneally, and the New South Wales minister for the department of community services Linda Burney to the Independent Commission Against Corruption New South Wales.

The fact that this organisation was not approached in the first instance of such a substantial exposure of corruption but instead hidden by senior politicians, to me is another sign of corruption.






"Luke's Army"
"Mikileaks"


          The Department of Community Services Holocaust of New South Wales        

DoCS NSW show festering signs of "Mass Corruption", the holocaust of NSW DoCS continues unabated, and a serious audit the only option. The federal government surely responsible for any worsening from the time awareness of this atrocity began.

An organisation that portrays itself as a beacon of light for children, befriends them, then abuses them, is the equivalent of a pedophile ring.

DoCS NSW does not even befriend these children. The position of parents is wrongly shown as the least important relevance to a child. So many like "myself", can make no difference to the situation of their children who were legally kidnapped.

Hi Melina,
I am still working with your case as a starting point for corruption in DoCS. What I would like to know is did you ever ring the complaints line and who else did you complain to. Because they have been proven to be corrupt, I am hoping this is a way to show that it is to do with the complaints line as well and want to see figures. I am also demanding that the cases of the workers envolved be reviewed, every family, and maybe it will help to bring some kids home. Would you be able to tell me how many were found to be corrupt and their names, or the tribunal still working on it? If you have any other suggestions, concerns or requests, please let me know.
Kind Regards,
Michael.

Hi ,
in answer to your questions number of people involved who were corrupt is still under hands of tribunal but on my count 15-24 people directly involved in the matter not allowed to disclose names at present.

In relation to the complaints line pfft yes i rang them over a dozen tiime, no real response there are still over 172 complaints which i listed adn gave directly to complaints line, ombudsman and senior docs directors which have never been responded to or answered in any way this i will be bringing up during the tribunal hearing.

when i know better figures and can release info i will

thanks michael

Melina

Since when did it become OK for a person of power to permit government abuse to one child, a whole state's children subjected to this is a Holocaust, unacceptable. For the prime minister, or me and you. These people are attacking innocent children and parents.

"Who would do this" to families, Linda Burney can show you a whole department of these people, so can Phil Reeves, the minister for the department of community services in Queensland.

Political motivation (not on my agenda) or jurisdiction not acceptable as a reason for the one person in Australia left for the families of the Holocaust, Australia wide, The prime minister.

Burney, I daresay will end her reign of terror at the next election.

Kristina Keneally, the premier of New South Wales has also stood by and witnessed this tragedy, as my complaint and evidence of corruption originally presented to the prime minister was sidestepped, Gillard denying any responsibility or obligation to the children in NSW, and referring it to Keneally.

Is it not an example of corruption for the premier to refer this matter to the minister responsible for the corruption. This didn't just begin. Thousands of testimonies a year claiming corruption existed, swept under the carpet by this minister, and now her premier and the prime minister.

The complaints hotline is not going to fix this one Burney.

Of least importance to a child is who wins the next election or what DoCS office is theirs, no, because these are totally innocent children. Why would you want to stop a child that you know should be with their parents, and lie, destroy evidence, get other DoCS staff to lie for you, write false statements, get a psychologist to write a fake report. And that was the first time this has ever happened in the period of a childhood since Linda Burney started her position of not only extreme responsibility, and extreme power. Everyone in Australia knows it isn't, including the prime minister.

The mistreatment of families exhibited without fear of reprisal for responsibility of any actions has resulted in a blatantly fraudulent complaints service.

A smoke screen for the corruption coming from these departments. The blatantly misleading name of "Community Services" is as deceptive as the "Complaints Hotline." A front for an early warning system to start destroying evidence. Desperate parents once again being penalised for their honesty and concern.

I rang the Queensland department of community services hotline four days before my son suffered a fatal blow to the head while in the care of a 74 year old woman with three older children who all had serious behavioural problems. I rang to complain to them about the scratches on his face. His mother found scratches on his penis the next day. I tried and tried and tried until he died.

What sort of organisation that allegedly looks after kids, can't even have the local manager of the branch return one of a father's 3 phone calls to save a child's life. The manager, the reunification team leader, the visit supervisor, the DoCS complaints hotline. All within five day of his child receiving a fatal blow to the head.

It is impossible to save your child's life if they are with the NSW or Queensland Department of Community Services. These are the two states in Australia which I am contacted by the most.

I think this psychologist has ruined many children's lives and should go to jail for a very long time, and the DoCS workers. Parental values and rights have been removed, and so has the value of children's lives. People that ruin the lives of many children, and cause death with their negligence, keep receiving less of a sentence than if it were an adult. Little babies scarred or dead forever, the whole of NSW aware of it, the premier aware of it, the prime minister aware of it, and lowly people like me know about it. So does my lowly son.

What will it take, how many little Lukies have to die?

Some other questions:

1.Number of Deaths per year for past ten years (A definite sign if things are worsening.)
2.Number of abused children in foster care figures for past 10 years
3.Number of children removed and removal periods over past ten years
4.Number of children and parents assessed by phoney pschyiatrist
5.Number of children removed who were assessed by phoney pschyiatrist
(A serious form of corruption. This should be thouroughly researched. A pattern must develop which can be looked for to expose more occurences. This is not the only serious claim against a DoCS pschiatrist being corrupt that is currently in the courts of NSW. I personally am aware of this particular case, with the mother resorting to going to a vet for blood tests after DoCS NSW cut off every avenue in the NSW medical sector. She travelled to Brisbane and slept on the street until her appointment with a Vet, the last expert left, the last hope of her child being returned. It is obvious to anyone how much this mother loves the child, as it was with me and Luke, and so many many more.)
6.Number of children and parents assessed by corrupt staff at DoCS NSW
7.Number of children who were removed that were assessed by corrupt staff at DoCS NSW
8.Number of requests to the courts for removal of children by DoCS NSW and %contested by parents unsuccessfully (It is impossible to have your child given back by the kidnappers, and the courts play their part in this travesty)
9.% of complaints by parents confirmed to be substantiated by DoCS NSW
10.Number of complaints per year about DoCS NSW
11.Number of children per year wrongly removed by DoCS with parents claiming children were wrongly removed.
Australia's Tragic Record in the Media

My advice is for people who feel they have been mistreated and experienced unethical behaviour from The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, The Premier of New South Wales Kristina Keneally, The Minister for the Department of Community Services in New South Wales (DoCS NSW), direct your concerns to "Independent Commission Against Corruption New South Wales".

The DoCs complaints "Hotline" is about as honest as the people who run it.

"Luke's Army"



          Reflections from Behind the Wall Anatomy of a Frame Up - Chapter 1 A Lifetime of Service A Luta Continua By Chuck Turner BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board        

Note: BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member Chuck Turner is writing this column from the U.S. Federal Prison in Hazelton, West Virginia where he is serving a three year term for a bribery conviction.

This is the first of eight chapters in which I discuss my two and a half year experience with the Justice Department that has led to my being a convicted felon at the work camp at USP Hazelton, Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.

My first reaction was that I was dreaming; no, I was having a nightmare but I couldn't wake up. After a lifetime of fighting for justice, I was in handcuffs being led out of City Hall. I didn't even know what I was being accused of. Later, it became all too clear, not only from the prosecutor describing me as a corrupt politician but also from the newspaper headlines the next morning screaming that I had been indicted for conspiracy to extort money from a local community business man and lying about it to the FBI.

How could this happen? I knew I hadn't done what they said but there were the camera trucks in front of our house. Reporters knocking at the door, urging me to talk to them as if it was my responsibility to answer their questions. Sure, they were just doing their job but they were part of an establishment that I had been fighting for decades. Yet, here they were ridiculing me, mocking me, gloating over my alleged hypocrisy. I felt like Alice in Wonderful and I had no idea how to get out of the rabbit hole.

The situation was totally absurd. Just eighteen months earlier I had declared my intention to launch a Peace and Prosperity Campaign. I had said to my constituents that after eight years in office, I was convinced that we needed to revise our strategy. It was not enough to organize and fight against the external forces of oppression, those who believed they had the right to abuse us. It was not enough to use the City Council process to establish new laws and regulations. We had to recognize that we had to do for self. We had to be the source of our strength and development.

We had to recognize, I said, that through our own individual and collective actions we had to create the foundation for the future that we needed and desired not only for ourselves but also for our children and their children's children. I argued that we needed to recognize that the prosperity that we hungered for as a community and individually could only be realized by establishing peace in our community and dedicating ourselves to using our talents and resources to regenerate ourselves. I said we needed a Campaign for Peace and Prosperity. We needed to put into action a pledge to constantly work to develop ourselves and our community. There was even a motto, "Do No Harm".

I wondered what would be the questions in the minds of people who had heard and remembered my call. What would be the thoughts of those who had slowly begun to get involved in the strategy I was urging? While I was trusted in the community that I had lived and worked in for over forty years, how would they withstand the media bombardment. How would they resist the accusations that their Councilor was an extortionist, conspiring with our first female black state senator to extort money from a local businessman, attempting to get a liquor license for a club that he planned to open in the community's new and first hotel.

What could I say to my constituents that could allay their fears and doubts? How could I convince them that I was not a hypocrite? I knew I was innocent but I also knew that the constant barrage of convicting information would make even those close to me wonder what had happened. At least, I knew that eventually the truth would come out and I would be able to laugh at what a horrible mistake had been made. I hadn't done what they said so how could I be convicted. Even the FBI's affidavit was full of holes that would allow my lawyer to quickly end the nightmare.

Yet, today 31 months after my arrest, I am an inmate at the Hazelton Federal Prison work camp in the mountains of West Virginia. I am ending the third month of my 36 month sentence. Despite my optimism that the truth would come out; despite the fact that the U.S. Attorney's Cooperating Witness said in the Boston Globe 6 months after my arrest that as far as he was concerned I was innocent, naive but innocent; despite the constant display of support from friends, constituents and allies before, during, and after the trial; and despite over 700 letters to the judge saying that I should be put on probation, here I sit a convicted felon.

However, I have learned during my 71 years that the art of living is not demonstrated by how you celebrate your victories but by your ability to turn seeming defeats into victories. Yes, I feel battered but certainly not broken. The struggle for justice is a continuing one and my commitment to devote my life as a warrior to that struggle still burns bright. The question as always is what to do and as usual the answer is clear. Even before I entered USP Hazelton, I knew I needed a plan to guide my actions. My plan would have to focus on preparing myself to reenter the struggle stronger on every level than when I left. It would have to enable me to continue to share my thinking with my community, and finally it would need to enable me to fulfill a commitment made to my community at a rally in front of my community office six days after my arrest on the day before Thanksgiving, 2008.

At the rally, energized by having survived a plot initiated by the City Council President (and others I assume) to drive me from office on the day after my arrest, I decided to focus on the opportunities that the situation presented us. I urged my supporters to build a communications network among friends, coworkers, and colleagues. I talked about talking points that they should raise to counter the media's incessant attacks on my character. It was an opportunity, I declared, to stimulate critical thinking and increase our community's capacity to see through the smoke screens put out by the establishment's mouthpieces.

I emphasized that while I was fighting for my survival, the struggle is more important than anyone one individual. I stressed that those of us who commit ourselves to struggle for justice have to be prepared to use the attacks to strengthen our community despite the casualties that will inevitably take place. From that perspective, I knew that regardless of what happened to me, i had a responsibility to turn this attack into a learning experience through which we all could learn and grow.

Since it was obvious that US Attorney Sullivan and his police force, the FBI, were conspiring to frame me for a crime that I didn't commit, I pointed out the golden opportunity we were presented to examine up close and personal how they operate. They continuously study us to assess our strengths and weaknesses. We should do no less if we are serious in our pursuit of justice. Through such a rigorous analysis and examination of their tactics, we could help our brothers and sisters in the struggle become wiser in evading the "criminal justice system's" continuous attempts to thwart justice and use prison to turn us into a permanent underclass and thus re enslave us.

With this focus on education, I will share with you each week over the next seven weeks an installment exploring the twists and turns of the Frame Up that led to my incarceration. As with all initial attempts to deepen the understanding of our experiences, I know that there will be gaps and issues that others will see the need to explore. The objective of this exercise is to stimulate our thinking and sharpen our ability to critically analyze the stratagems that are used against us. It is clear to me that if we are to be successful in ending the use of the "criminal justice system" to perpetuate injustice, we have to sharpen our thinking so that we can act more effectively.

In 1975, there were 500,000 people of all races in jail in this country. Today, there are 2.3 million and the numbers are growing. Over a million are of African-American descent. The correction officers union, I've been told, is the fastest growing union in this country. It is clear that if we are to lay the foundation for justice for future generations we have to stop the prosecutorial terrorism that is plaguing us all. In that spirit, please view this as an initial attempt to use my personal experience to broaden the needed national dialogue on how to end this terrorism.

In the remainder of this installment, I am going to share my background and the life of activism and service that it inspired. I have always believed that a fundamental principle of organizing is that the organizer should not be the focus. Campaigns are successful when the focus is on the goals to be achieved, the plan to achieve them, and the process of analyzing successes and failures. Too much attention on the organizer is distracting and dims the organization's focus. However, since one of the objectives of former US Attorney Sullivan's plot was to create the image that I was a fraud, hypocrite, and fundamentally corrupt, I think it is important that I begin by helping people better understand who I am.

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1940. I was blessed to have been born into a family that had two predominant passions - a thirst for knowledge and a desire to serve. Education was the "family business" on both my mother's and my father's side of the family. My mother's mother was a teacher who became an elementary school principal. My mother was a school teacher and my brother became a college professor and dean. My father's father was a high school biology teacher by day and a scientist by night having earned a PHD in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1907. Upon his death in 1923, he was honored by the St. Louis Science Society for his work on animal behavioral psychology. Later the City of St. Louis named a school after him.

While education was viewed as a service, other members of the family found other ways to serve. My mother's sister was a social worker, focusing her work on children. Her brother, my uncle, was a landscaper. My father was a pharmacist and owned with his brother, my uncle, a drug store that had the unique feature of having a pharmacy on one side managed by my father and a bar on the other, managed by his brother. Other members of the family sorted themselves out along the same lines of education and business with service to our people as the link. One of my grandmother's brother was at Niagara Falls in 1909 as a participant in the founding of the NAACP.

My father and mother divorced when I was young and I grew up in Cincinnati with my mother and her family while my father lived in Chicago where he operated his business. Given Cincinnati's location on the Ohio River, I remember as a child hearing stories of my grandmother going with friends and her children down to the landing where the river boats would bring new arrivals from the South. My grandmother's purpose was to welcome the new families into Cincinnati and help them establish a new life as part of the community. I remember going with my family to Ms. Stewart's Home for Young Women which was a boarding house for young "colored" women coming to Cincinnati. Outings to Ms. Stewart's where we would have dinner with the young women were a delight not only because of the food but also because of the beautiful young women and delightful conversations.

While I grew up with a sense of community, sharing, and service, there also was the other side of life for the African-American community. The time was the 40s, so segregation was the way of life once you crossed the river and it had a strong influence on life in Cincinnati despite the strong and wealthy Jewish community that flourished in the city. The local amusement park was not integrated until I was 10 years old and I grew up hearing stories of the times when you couldn't try on clothes in a store or had to sit upstairs in the movie theatre. Black children living in a public housing development in a white neighborhood were bussed to a black school miles away.

By the time I was a teenager, overt discrimination was not legal in the city; yet that didn't prevent the manager of a coffee shop in downtown Cincinnati refusing me service when I was 13 and looking for a job in the market area. When she asked me to leave because they didn't "serve Negroes", I said that the law said I didn't have to leave so she called the police. Upon arriving, the policeman apologized to her that there was nothing he could do. She then closed the coffee shop. By that time, I was enjoying the game and waited until she opened and again entered. At this point, she decided I think that business was more important than showing me who was in control and served me.

So I grew up in two worlds: one warm, supportive, and nurturing; the other cold and hostile. That is not to say that there were no shades of gray. I went to an integrated high school where I had friends of all races. I participated in organizations designed to bring people of all races together to understand our differences and to work collectively on the problems confronting us. Yet, the sense of living in two worlds was always there. Even more disturbing was the fact that there were constant reminders that as African-Americans, we had to understand that we were inferior. It was even said that the Bible documented the sin that had led to our eternal inferiority. Yet, my mother was the youngest graduate of the University of Cincinnati, graduating at 18 in 1928 until my brother graduated from U.C. in 1947 at 16. It all seemed like a bad dream - a nightmare in fact.

With an ingrained two world perspective, I headed off to Harvard at 18 with a full scholarship in my pocket. My years there resulted in a Harvard BA in government and a thorough exposure to the glories of the Anglo-Saxon culture and its contributions to the world. In addition, it further ingrained the fact that I lived in two worlds that did not mesh. Probably, the most frustrating part was that with a Harvard degree, I was viewed as having a excellent education. However, given the constant emphasis on the inferiority of my people, I gained no knowledge that helped me understand why this Christian nation behaved in such a devilish way. I was looking for answers to the questions: Where do we come from; why are we here; and where do we go after our spirits leave our bodies. They were questions that I thought were reasonable for an educated man but Harvard had no answers.

So off into the world I went. Harvard degree at the bottom of a box of books. My family's warning imprinted on my mind. Despite the impressive individual accomplishments that family members had achieved, there was a constant reminder that what we had accomplished had only been possible because of the sacrifices and struggles of countless unknown others who had laid a foundation upon which we could build. In other words, no matter how much individual success and how many accomplishments I might achieve, they would have no meaning if the accomplishments didn't create a base that future generations could use in the continuous struggle for justice. "To whom much is given, much is expected."

I didn't know what I was to do but at least I had a standard to measure my success. Having majored in government and thinking that law might provide the framework for the service I was seeking, I headed to D.C., ironically arriving on August 23, 1963. Thus, I had the opportunity to stand with hundreds of thousands and hear Dr. King and others give the call to action. A few days later, I was able to get a job as a reporter on the Washington Afro-American newspaper that granted me access to downtown and uptown life.

It was a fascinating opportunity to be in what seemed to be the hub of the universe, chronicling the change happening around us. However, I soon bored of writing about what others were doing. As if life felt my need, in November I ran into a college classmate and Alpha brother, Bill Strickland, at a SNCC convention I was covering who asked if i was interested in joining him in New York as editor of the newsletter of the organization he was heading, the Northern Student Movement (NSM). NSM had begun as a northern group of students providing support for the movement in the South. However, Bill and others had changed the focus to organizing in black communities of New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Hartford, Conn.

Again, while editing was interesting, when the opportunity to join a rent strike organizing project in Harlem came, I went. I joined with a group of young organizers who were apprenticing with Jesse Gray who had been using the rent strike tactic to challenge landlords for decades. In 1964, the courts had declared the strategy legal as long as certain guidelines were followed. So into the streets of Harlem we went ready to organize all those who previously had been afraid but needed change.

After a few weeks, the romance wore off. Despite deplorable conditions and the new law, we encountered people's internal resistance to change. Hearing our frustrations, Jesse would patiently say to us, "People know when they are ready. You don't. Your job is to test their readiness. If they aren't ready, move on". As my experience grew over the years, I began to understand how that philosophy had enabled Jesse and others to maintain their energy and optimism despite the frustrations and slowness of the process.

From Harlem, I went to Hartford to replace the director at the NSM project in Connecticut's capital city. The challenge of building and maintaining a multifaceted organization was fascinating and frustrating. We organized around a variety of issues from slum landlords to job discrimination, raising money to pay ourselves when national funds ran scarce. Challenging people to stand up was exciting as well as grueling work. However, it came to a screeching halt when a demonstration we organized to confront police brutality led to confrontations between the police and community, resulting in my arrest and the arrest of others in the organization and community.

We were charged with sedition and a variety of other charges that hadn't been used since the Sacco and Venzentti days. In view of the media focus around outside organizers, the national organization suggested that those of us who were not from Hartford should leave until the trial to allow for the situation to cool down. Given that there was an NSM project in Boston's black community I went there. By the time the cases were heard and I received probation, I had obtained a job as an organizer with a local poverty program and was ready to plant my roots in Roxbury, the heart of Boston's black community.

During the three years between my leaving Cambridge in 1963 and returning to Boston in 1966, I gave up the idea of becoming a lawyer. While organizing was tough, demanding work, I was convinced that organizing people always needed to be at the core of my work. I had come to realize that through organizing I would be able to meet my family commitment to have my life's work have benefit and meaning for the African-American struggle for justice. It was also beginning to become clear that organizing could be a means to bring together the two worlds that I lived in. Perhaps, most important, it satisfied my growing appreciation for our human ability to create new realities as we come together to focus our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy on a common purpose.

During the last forty five years, I have been driven by a desire to both fight back against oppression and to demonstrate the power of organized action to bring justice. My motto could have been, "Have a need, let's organize". Organizing the burning of trash as a community worker in Lower Roxbury in the late 60s led to an agreement with my boss to leave the organization but pushed the City to clean an area, ignored for years.

The need for unity in the late sixties in the Black and Latino community led to the formation of the Boston Black United Front which became the voice of the progressive community of color in Boston. A highway threatening our community spurred the development of Operation Stop, the joining of a regional transportation alliance against the highway, and the formation of the Southwest Corridor Land Development Coalition which produced a plan that guided the development of the land once the Governor rerouted the highway around Boston.

The need for a greater share of the construction jobs in Roxbury stimulated the development of a state wide black, Latino, and Asian alliance, The Third World Jobs Clearing House with offices in Boston, Cambridge, Worcester, and Springfield that operated for five years until the Reagan administration eliminated the funding base.

At the same time the need for a multiracial political alliance in Boston to protect affirmative action in the construction industry led to the formation of the Boston Jobs Coalition, an alliance of black, white, Latino, and Asian community groups, that led the fight for a local jobs policy, guaranteeing a share of all City financed and aided projects to Boston workers of all races, people of color, and women. This policy, linking affirmative action to residency, became a national model that is used today in cities across the country under the name, the First Source Program.

My need to see workers develop economic power by pooling their talents led to my becoming education director of the Industrial Cooperative Association, a nonprofit consulting firm, focused on aiding workers in the formation of businesses that they could own cooperatively. I then spent the next five years helping workers throughout the country develop the capacity to be owners as well as workers.

Organizing around the need for a community voice in the land use decisions in Roxbury led in 1983 to Mayor Flynn granting the Roxbury Neighborhood Council a guaranteed role in all land use decisions and granting five other communities the right to establish such Councils with similar powers.

The need to assure that community workers would get jobs as part of the Boston Jobs Policy led to the formation of the Greater Roxbury Workers' Association which became a major force in securing construction jobs for community workers for the next fifteen years.

Frustration with the level of violence in the community and the need to develop strategies to change the thinking of the perpetrators led me to take a job as a counselor and eventually a manager at Emerge, the nation's first organization to provide counseling services to men, convicted of domestic violence. My objective was to develop an understanding of the psychological dynamics that lead to violence in order to develop behavior modification strategies.

The need to educate the community on the devastating effects and extent of domestic violence in the community, led to the development of the Community Task Force on Domestic Violence, as a vehicle through which education and organizing could be initiated.

After 35 years of fighting against injustice from outside of government, a need to strengthen organizing in the community led me to attempt to use elective office as an organizing tool. In 1999, I ran for and won a Boston City Council seat representing the community in which I had lived and worked for decades.

Once in office, the need for a vehicle through which to link my political representation to community organizing led to the development of the District 7 Roundtable, a monthly forum bringing residents and activists together to discuss issues, exchange ideas, and develop policy initiatives that could lead to political organizing and legislative action.

The 2000 Census showing that people of color were now the majority population in the City put a spotlight on the need for more political operational unity. To strengthen the unity between groups and people of color, the institutes at U Mass Boston focused on the black, Latino, and Asian communities sponsored a conference which led to organization of the New Majority Coalition.

The need to end the discrimination against those with criminal records led to the formation of the Boston Workers' Alliance (BWA) which played a leadership role in the development and passage of a state law combating such discrimination as well as removing the question of criminal conviction from the state job application.

Knowing that political victories alone are not enough, the BWA in its six year history has also established a worker staffing agency to provide income to the organization and jobs for its members. In addition it has helped its members establish businesses based on the philosophy that a job is not enough.

The recognition of an opportunity for additional community resources in an era of shrinking dollars led to my advocacy for the City to lease rather than sell City owned land in Roxbury designated for economic development. Eventually the City agreed to the policy on the city owned parcels in the Dudley Square area and to share the lease fees with the community. Negotiations are now taking place regarding the size of the community's share and the vehicle for the determination of use and distribution of the funds.

Obviously, those of us who seek to institutionalize the practice of justice in this country are far from our goal. Therefore, the struggle for justice and a civilized society must continue through the development of new forms of organization and strategies. As Maulana Ron Karenga said in the January 11, 2011 issue of the Final Call, "...to be organized is to be in ongoing structures that harness our energies and house and advance our interests and aspirations and unite us into an aware and active social force for African and human good in the world". Former Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan has temporarily succeeded in removing me from the front lines of the Boston struggle for justice. However, while I rest and prepare myself my return to the battle, others are continuing relentlessly to struggle to make Boston and this country a beacon for the practice of justice throughout the world.

As I look back over my 48 years of activism and service, I realize that I have been walking in the footsteps of my grandfather, Charles Henry Turner*, for whom I was named. His passion focused on studying the behavior of mice, roaches, insects of all kinds, and particularly bees and ants with their highly organized group behavior. He focused his life on understanding the behavior of life forms that many consider as "pests", unwanted intrusions into their space rather than seeing them as my grandfather saw them, as an essential aspect of God's creation.

My passion has been and continues to be the study of the innate ability of human beings to create new realities through organized action. Because of my African-American ancestry, I have focused on the demonstration of those capabilities by those human beings considered by many in this country as inferior life forms, an unwanted intrusion into their space. Hopefully, we will soon learn to recognize all human beings as beings created "in the image of God", each possessing a divine creative spirit.

A Luta Continua--The Struggle Continues,

Chuck

* The following books have more information on my grandfather's scientific work:

1) Bug Watching With Charles Henry Turner (Naturalist's Apprentice Biographies), Michael Elsohn Ross, 1997 (A children's book)

2) Selected Papers and Biography of Charles Henry Turner 1867-1923: Pioneer of Comparative Animal Behavior Studies (Black Studies), Professor Charles Abramson, The Edward Mellon Press, 2003 (An academic study of his life and work including a history of the Troy-Knight-Turner Family that I wrote at the author's request)

Next Week: Chapter Two: The Keystone Cops Strike Again

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          Joan A. Conway commented on 'Barack Obama'        

The popular culture candidate is a smoke screen used for political purposes of which hasn't been described by anyone just yet. I believe Obama is a feel good politician to include excluded people from the political process, and nothing else. Many believe he is a fraud, not having any legislation in his home state that they can point to was his accomplishment.

Q. If one could only ask Oprah Winfrey why she and many in Hollywood have donated over one million dollars to his candidacy, what do you think their reply would be?

A.I was impressed by his message!

Q. And what was that message all about?
A. Hope!

Q. And how would he accomplish giving us hope, by inclusion of mostly ignore people in our political process?

A. Yes!


          Yisrayl Hawkins Says the Expression “Prophets of Doom” is Smoke Screen and Explains Why in New Post        

Texas Pastor says Savior’s Words were intended to instruct and to offer Peaceful Solution for problems, not generate fear as some have been led to believe.

(PRWeb July 28, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/07/prweb14549147.htm


          Issues Under Fire: Mosul is Under Attack        
Facing smoke screens, IED's and suicide bombers, a retrained, rearmed and refocused Iraqi army is taking the lead in a major offensive to dislodge ISIS from its declared Caliphate space. Mosul is under attack. Heavily supported by U.S. Special Ops. units conducting raids in ISIS held territory to soften up defenses prior to launching the effort to retake Mosul, gave Iraqi forces a fighting chance as they bust a move on the Islamic State's stronghold. Hopefully this strategy works, because the last time the Iraqi army faced ISIS, they had their heads handed to them. Literally.
          Don't let them twist our words,facts,issues-fire up and get the truth out!        
Dear Obama/Biden Supporters:


Did you ever realize the potency of words and how they can be twisted to support one's viewpoint before this election? The Republican Party has hijacked our language and turned things upside down. They have been doing it since John Kerry was Swift Boated and you would think we would have learned how to counteract this by now. So, according to them health care is now Obamacare and socialism at its best. It seems that government(as long as it is something you don't want to control like gay marriage) is an invasion into your life and completely over spending. Obama's financial rescue plan that kept us out of the largest depression ever (after W got us into this hole) is perceived as big government on an out of control spending tear.Once again, Karl Rove and now Glen Beck , have fired up this group of hypocrites who say they are for small government but don't want anyone to touch their Social Security and Medicare . What they do with their curious control of language is to get people to vote against their own interests. I mean do you really think that these greedy fat cats, who want to keep all their money, give a damn about the working class. They want their W tax cuts renewed at the cost of about 100 billion dollar deficit to this budget, they say they are so concerned about! It is this kind of language where you spin about bailouts,spending and deficits that makes all these people buy into it like it truth. Somehow I have to believe that this country has smart people who are beginning to see through this rhetoric. They are not as dumb as Rove thinks they are. The Tea Party message of keep government out of my life, except if I want to get rid of gay marriage,build a bridge to nowhere, keep tax cuts for the upper 1%(Koch brothers raison d'etre), dig for oil or abolish something we don't approve of like the education department. These great "father figures" know what is best for us and not that dangerous bloated government . The GOP and Tea Party use this spin that often is composed of lies (or distorted facts) and all use it consistently in lock step every chance they get. It is not about content but spin and saying it enough times that people begin to believe it.

We saw a movie last night in our film class that really drove this point home, called Fair Play, the story of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. There were all W's men including Cheney and Libby making this great case for Niger selling yellowcake uranium to Saddam Hussein for WMD's. You know the tale where Wilson wrote his report saying he traveled to Niger and talked to officials and found no evidence of the sale.He wrote a detailed report that stated," Moreover, because the two mines are closely regulated, quasi-governmental entities, selling uranium would require the approval of the minister of mines, the prime minister and probably the president. In short, there's simply too much oversight over too small an industry for a sale to have transpired."So back he goes and finds out in W's State of the Union address that what he had shown to be a false report was being taken as not only true but a reason to go to war with Iraq. W and Cheney were determined to go to war with Iraq. No information, facts, or discoveries of false signatures on the 1990's report was seemingly important or valid for them. This British report (remember those 16 words in the state of the union address) became the basis for war by raising fear that Saddam had Weapons of mass destruction.

I sat there cringing and watching news clips and wanting to tear out my hair over the manipulation of facts. At the very least Congress , which authorized the use of military force at the president's behest, should have investigated if the assertions about Iraq were warranted. Could we be falling for this again and the same guys selling us those lies. Here you have a man whose wife was an exposed CIA agent ,his family and his marriage were threatened because Cheney and Libby didn't agree with his report. Wilson sat down and wrote a an editorial to the NY Times about the results of his trip to Niger that negated the sale of uranium to Iraq. Hence, Libby had Plame outed in retaliation for this editorial. My friend in the film club said," I was not surprised at the lengths the Bush White House went to cover their behinds with the lies and deceit... but it was heartbreaking to know that many Iraqi scientists and their families who were depending on the US to get them safely out of the country, likely died as a result of the outing of Valerie Plame... and worse yet, is that there is no recourse, to this day, for Rove, Cheney, Bush and the rest! And of course the thousands of military and innocent Iraqis who died and continue to die, needlessly!"


Wilson felt both he and the CIA must tell the truth ,and his life was turned upside down and put into imminent danger because he did. Does one speak out when they know things are wrong? Do we protest the a candidate in Delaware is surprised that a separation of church and state is in the constitution. Do we fight back when Obama is pulverized by Fox news?Do we read newspapers and learn about issues since TV is no longer news but entertainment? Television doesn't seem to care about keeping us informed or getting the facts straight . Instead they like to talk about, Sharon Angle wanting Harry Reid to "man up". This is the same woman who sunk to a new low when she told a classroom of Hispanic kids in Las Vegas: "Some of you look a little more Asian to me". In the final scene of the movie Fair Game, Joe Wilson makes a rousing speech for speaking out against injustice and factual reporting. He asks his class how many of you students remember those 16 little words that led us into a war with Iraq? A few students raised their hands . Next he asked how many of you know my wife's name, and the whole room held up their hands. I rest my case says he about sensationalism making news. If you scream loud really loud you get your point across and that makes an impression.

I urge you in these last 10 days of the election to reach out to people. We have to speak out against injustice, no matter what the consequence. We need to get the truth out,since the GOP is more adept at spreading their message irregardless of the facts. The Republicans opposed the stimulus package that created between 1.4-3.3 million jobs. Go to www.FactCheck.org , the indispensable truth squad there says."It's just false to say the stimulus created no jobs".Where is the GOP plan that creates jobs? Indeed they propose actions that would worsen the fiscal situation. For starters they favor $700 billion in extended tax cuts for the most affluent Americans. This would lead to an even more gargantuan gap between rich and poor.They want to do away with health care reform that would mean an increase in deficits of about $455 billion. On the other hand,keeping health care reform will trim the deficits by more than $170 billion between now and 2020 says the C.B.O.(you can fact check this). You and I know these facts but the spinners are out there distorting the issues and making it seem like they will take us to" the promised land". We have to answer back and so many of you are out there doing just that by knocking on doors, making those calls, and e-mailing(don't worry there is an end in sight!!!). We cannot shut up and must report an injustice even if it is a pothole ! Please join me in getting out the facts and the vote on November 2. You can be sure that Palin will vote, Sharon Angle will vote, Rush Limbaugh will vote, and certainly Glenn Beck will vote. Lets don't let them beat us at our own game. We won in 2008 because we connected with the voters and each other. So many of you have come up with such terrific ideas and appeals to reach the voters from ****Dames for Democrats to ***Westchester 4 Change(see examples in this blog). We can and must keep fighting with facts and information against the outrageous unqualified people running for office with Tea Party support. They are not only ill informed but hypocrites begging for small government but not wanting anyone to touch their Social Security and Medicare. Yes we can and will spend these last days doing the right thing and getting our message out because this is who we are and what we do.

Love,Sunny

A Mama 4 Obama

From Betty in Scarsdale:

Nita is really lucky---and so are we to get rid of her opponent!!!

#2

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

Go Viral!!!!



From Jude in PA:

Hi Sunny! Thanks for keeping the fires lit. Let me know if any of your folks want to bus down between now and November 2nd--I'm running OFA operations out of Bucks County PA. we're about 45 minutes from philly, just slightly south of the lehigh valley. theres a train that comes into quakertown and doylestown.Hugs,


From Val in Ohio:

I guess you have not been persuaded to join the tea party (smiles). I just returned from the AARP convention in Orlando. Heard Kathleen Sibelius address health care reform; Larry King and Whoopi Goldberg shared a stage; was enthralled with Gladys Knight and BB King; gained wisdom from Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot; etc.etc. I bet there was not a tea party member in the crowd because the folks were not haters. They just came to have a good time. I didn't even find time to meet with your friend, Harriet.

Our local chapter of Drs. for America will be attending the rally on Oct. 30. That's going to be a nice way to wrap up the campaign season.

Sent the application for an absentee ballot to my son for his signature. Joe Sestak can count on a vote once he gets a ballot.

It's full speed ahead from now until November 2. I already voted so I can help get others to the polls.


From Sara in DC:

Hey obama family-

Hope this finds you all well! Put together a video essentially telling candidates threatening to repeal health care to back off-- thought you might be able to make some use of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4T-J04jwW0


Wonk Room has more: http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/10/05/aca-young-cover/

#2

Hope this finds you well. Thought you'd get a kick out of a video Campus Progress put together as a part of http://www.voteagain2010.com, an effort to boost youth turnout this midterm election cycle being orchestrated by over 30 groups and media partners.

http://www.voteagain2010.com/2010/07/iller/

The video is a response to the persistent talking point that young people who are politically active are zombies.


From Val in Ohio:

I drove down a newly paved street in my community this morning and a thought crossed my mind. If John McCain & Co. had been elected this road would not have been paved. Yes, it was stimulus dollars at work that got the job done. Now as the 2010 election draws near, I have to wonder what else will be taken away if the Rethugs dominate our national agenda. Prez Obama has tried to do what we asked of him with one hand tied behind his back (the Congress). We need to give him some help. Get out and vote!!! PS I hear James Carville said the Dems have come out of their fetal position and are starting to fight back.

From Hank in NY:

“What The World Needs Now” – October 12, 2010

Hal David, along with Burt Bacharach wrote that song many years ago. It was originally sung by Jackie DeShannon, and made even more popular by Luther Vandross. “What the world needs now, is love, sweet love, it's the only thing, that there's just too little of……” These lyrics were never more true than they are today.
Actually, the world, and especially America, is today so full of hate that we can’t even see straight. I thought there could be no more hated man in this country than George W. Bush, but the racist hatred being spewed at Barack Obama is so vile, and so vindictive, it makes the vitriolic contempt leveled on “W” seem as soft and sweet as cotton candy.

Given the level of racism still present in the U.S. in the early stages of the twenty-first century, it is almost hard to believe that Obama ever got elected. If not for the miserable opponent, John McCain, that he faced in 2008, and that candidate’s almost mind-numbing decision to name Sarah Palin as his choice for Vice President, Barack Obama might not be sitting behind that desk in the Oval Office.

Now, everything that is wrong with America is being blamed on Obama. The “Tea Party” movement actually started as a result of ultra right-wing hatred of the president. Even many in the progressive segment of his own party hates him for escalating the war in Afghanistan. The scenes of joy and tears from Grant Park are a distant memory now. On that election night America convinced itself that we had become a color blind nation. The world community, friend and foe stood up and cheered, amazed at what the American electorate had wrought! Then Obama was sworn in and took office. It was as if the president had disguised himself as a caucasian man, and as he drove and walked down Constitution Avenue that cold January 19th, 2009, he started taking off the make-up and showing the world that he was an African American.

The haters stared in immediately, tossing in grenades comparing him to Hitler, and accusing him of not being a U.S. citizen. (Some 18% of Americans still believe it). The Glenn Beck’s, Rush Limbaugh’s, Newt Gingrich’s and Sarah Palin’s of the world hit him with everything from being a total socialist intent on ruining America, to blaming him for both Bush wars and the deficit. The Republican minorities in the House and Senate decided long before Inauguration Day to “just say no” to anything this president asked for, and it was only with the unique courage and conviction that Obama possess that enabled him to get health care and financial reforms passed into law.

Now this hatred has spawned candidates for Governor, the Senate and the House, who are so unqualified as to be incapable of even spelling the word “legislation.” Carl Paladino, Sharon Angel, and Christine O’Donnell are the more prominent names that come to mind, but there are many races where a Tea Party candidate has defeated the Republican Party’s own choice, and got there because of the hatred of their supporters for this president and their own party regulars. We cannot, and will not, solve the massive problems America faces as long as so much hate is present in our discourse. We must become, as Bush 41 said, “a kinder and gentler nation.”

Whatever the voters decide on November 2nd, all Americans need to start singing, “what the world needs now……”

From Lee in DC/NYC OFA and DNC:

As you know we are moving into the final days before the important midterm election on November 2nd. The final weeks of any election are about one thing – getting out the vote. If we can get large numbers of our 2008 voters to vote again this November then Democrats will keep the House and Senate, and President Obama can continue to move America forward. Please help us by volunteering some of your time at our office in New York City.

Organizing for America

25 East 21st Street, 4th Floor

between Park Avenue South and Broadway

Phone banks are scheduled almost daily:

Monday - Thursday from 1:00PM-5:00PM in the afternoon and 5:00PM to 9:00PM.

Saturday: 23rd from 1:00PM-5:00PM

We are doing our GOTV push the final four days, from Saturday October 30th through Election Day, Nov.2nd - - we will be making calls from 10 AM to 9 PM .Additionally, the OFA team organizes Saturday and Sunday trips to canvas in Westchester and Long Island. ** If you have questions please contact our amazing OFA Volunteer Coordinator Clare White (and Women for Obama alum) at 917-783-8905 or at clareawhite@gmail.com. Clare is copied on this email.

Thanks for your continued support,



From Kathy in MO:





Sorry this message is so long. I just think we need to arm ourselves with facts and get out and talk to voters every chance we get.







If you are a Missouri voter or have friends and family who are, please encourage them to get out and vote on Nov. 2 and support Robin Carnahan for Senator. She and her family have a record of real service to Missouri unlike Roy Blunt who only claims to have Missouri values.







Robin supports strengthening Medicare and Social Security where Blunt has said it would have been better if they had never started these life saving programs that have kept seniors out of poverty for years. He claims they really don't benefit anyone. He has voted to privatize or weaken them whenever he has had a chance. This is a very real part of the Republican agenda if they regain control of Congress.







Blunt has a voting record in Washington; Robin does not. He likes to rail against spending in Washington, but he neglects to say that he was Bush’s point man in the House to push through the $700 billion TARP bank/Wall St. bailout of 2008. Many would argue that the government needed to step in, but as it was set up, there was no accountability as to how this would be spent and much of it went to paying bonuses to CEO’s instead of stimulating the economy.







As small business owners, we have watched the legislation on SBA loans carefully this year. Blunt and the Republicans claim to be pro small business, but voted against this important legislation every time it came up. This has delayed for nearly a year us being able to get the loans we need to expand our business. He has voted against Main Street and job creation at every opportunity and for Wall Street and big business at every turn.







Blunt and the Republicans like railing against the stimulus spending and claim it didn’t create a single job. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office claims it has created approx. 2.5 million jobs and saved thousands more jobs of teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Blunt voted against all measures to stimulate the economy.







He is trying to hang a label of corruption on the Carnahan family by running ads against Robin's brother's Missouri windfarm. The claims are totally false. No one lobbied for these tax breaks in the Carnahan family nor in the windfarm company. The money was set aside and designated for companies all over the country to create jobs and encourage clean energy, something the Carnahans have been doing for years not just to get tax breaks or grants this year. Over 1000 companies across the country got these grants and tax incentives. The windfarm is the largest private sector investment in the state in the past couple of years and is expected to generate more than 2500 jobs as well as clean energy!



Blunt is just trying to deflect from his own proven record of corruption. His ties to indicted Tom Delay and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff are well documented. Even Chris Wallace on FOX questioned whether Blunt had the ethics to lead change in DC! One of his best known ethics breaches was trying to insert into a homeland security bill benefits for his tobacco lobbyist girlfriend and her company. He still maintains that making the tobacco industry stronger makes us all safer! His well documented voting record for big business and gifts from lobbyists is too long to list.







Millions of dollars of Blunt's ads are being paid for by Karl Rove's American Crossroads group and The US Chamber of Commerce that is rife with scandal over contributions from foreign countries to influence our election! They are running a well financed multi-million dollar smear campaign against Robin.



Please help us keep Blunt out of the Senate! He is a bought and paid for politician that exemplifies the very worst of Washington. Missouri and the country cannot afford to have him in the Senate.







Robin Carnahan has served MO well in many capacities most recently as our Secretary of State. She has fought corruption here and fought for consumers. She has also worked hard to make our elections safer and more ethical. We need her in the Senate.



Please support her with your vote and your volunteer efforts. You can see the volunteer opportunities at www.robincarnahan.com Thanks,



Also please Vote yes on Prop B which would strengthen regulation of the unsafe and inhumane puppy mills that MO has become infamous for!



From Mary in MO:



POWER!!!!!



This election is about power. It's about Republicans regaining power. They have shown they will stop at almost nothing to do so, up to and including using the feckless freakish tea partiers.



So now, the Republican Party has gathered under its "umbrella" people who engage in bigoted, absurd, and inflammatory rhetoric (and bahavior) and people who propose, among other things, the privatization of Social Security, the repeal of health care and Wall Street reform, and the impeachment of President Obama. The big "umbrella" includes people who say that government is too big and intrusive and yet propose that all abortions be illegal including for victims of rape and incest. As an advocate for abused and neglected kids for nearly thirty years, I can tell you that this last idea shows an abysmal lack of compassion and understanding.



To the point. Last month I turned 71.......the month before that, I completed treatment for breast cancer.



This month --- I PLEDGE to spend every Saturday until election day knocking doors for Robin Carnahan and to do whatever I can for the GET OUT THE VOTE effort.



I urge you, no, challenge you to do the same where ever you are.....there is work to be done. California, Wisconsin, Florida...there are races everywhere that could use help. Knock doors, make phone calls, -- just do it. I know some of you are already working hard --- enlist others.



In Platte County, Missouri: meet me tomorrowat at the HQ ( the Montee building) on 9 Hwy in Parkville 10:00 am. E-mail me if you can make it or if I can help you.



"They" say they want their country back but what they want to do with it is down right scary! I don't need to tell you that a Republican majority in both houses of Congress would be disastrous.



Let's do it........................







From Jane in Larchmont: How Dare Women not Vote after those who fought to get it for us only 90 years ago!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StF3_Mj0tBg

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say.

I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

Hard to believe this actually happened and we don't even talk about it.



This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago. Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.





The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'





(Lucy Burns)

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.



(Dora Lewis)

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.



For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/suffrage/nwp/prisoners.pdf



So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because --- why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining? Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.





All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.





My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'



HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.





It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.' We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.







From Betty in Scarsdale:





We released this new ad today hitting Joe DioGuardi where he claims to be strongest: on his fiscal restraint, or, rather, the lack thereof when he was a congressman. Link to the ad is below. Please spread it to your networks.





Maggie Haberman and Celeste Katz have the ad up on their blogs:





http://www.politico.com/blogs/maggiehaberman/1010/Gillibrand_goes_negative_on_DioGuardi_.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/10/after-cheery-pro-vets-ad-gilli.html







From Val in Ohio:

I drove down a newly paved street in my community this morning and a thought crossed my mind. If John McCain & Co. had been elected this road would not have been paved. Yes, it was stimulus dollars at work that got the job done. Now as the 2010 election draws near, I have to wonder what else will be taken away if the Rethugs dominate our national agenda. Prez Obama has tried to do what we asked of him with one hand tied behind his back (the Congress). We need to give him some help. Get out and vote!!!



From Gloria in McCungie PA:

Macungie Volunteers -

Lots of good news this morning -

1 - Rick + Noreen have taken on the Herculean task of calling all *382 Obama `08 volunteers* for whom we have phone numbers to nudge them into action. Go, you guys! I'm sure they'd appreciate your help if you have the time.

2 - The Mac Institute has offered us the use of a room *FREE* for one night as reparations for locking us out last Friday night. Free's always good, right?

Bad news -

There are no rooms available there for this Thursday 10/14 as we'd hoped. Two alternatives:

* Wednesday 10/13

* Friday 10/15

Please *email me with your preference* ASAP and I'll let you know the group's consensus.

Fired up + Ready to go!



From Tommy in MO:

28 days left in the campaign --- you know that means, right? Tomorrow, I kick off my third Boots on the Ground operation - BOTG III.



In the last 28 days of the campaign, I will again travel throughout this district's 28 counties. Tomorrow, we begin on Pine Street in my hometown of Rolla and proceed. Over the next 28 days, I'll join my growing field army to knock on doors and meet voters the old fashioned way.



From day one, my campaign made a strategic choice not to to run a conventional campaign. We wanted to build a campaign that people believe in, one less focused on me sitting in a call room dialing for dollars, and more focused on getting my boots on the ground, meeting voters.



That's why I need your help. Every minute I spend knocking doors and marching down Main Streets, my opponent will be destroying my name on the air. We need ammo to fight back. Every dollar you contribute means I can continue to communicate with the rest of the district via television and radio.Will you chip in to keep my ads on the air while I'm on the ground?I really appreciate your support as I prepare to hit the pavement!



From Betty in Scarsdale:



Elie Wiesel: Ground Zero mosque should be used to bring Jews, Christians and Muslims together Make sure and vote!!!



From Peggy in LA:

After a rocky start, Kirsten Gillibrand has not only found her footing, she is poised to assume the mantle of her formidable predecessor. Jonathan Van Meter reports on the Senate’s rising star. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

READ THE VOGUE ARTICLE, “IN HILLARY’S FOOTSTEPS”



From Sheila in Larchmont:



It was so great to be with a bunch of impassioned women (and a few men too), writing postcards until our fingers ached (and eating fabulous chocolate), knowing we were part of helping Senator Gillebrand stay in Washington to fight for the President and all of us. How great was it to see her ahead by almost 10 points in the polls the very next day (our postcards did not do it, but our spirit might have)!

Still I worry about all the potential upsets all over the country that may defeat our hopes for giving President Obama the support he needs and for furthering our progressive goals. I can't help thinking that if we could transport all the energy that was collected in your dining room yesterday to our neighbor state, Connecticut, where the wrestler and her money threaten Richard Blumenthal...! Maybe some of your Connecticut fans can tell us what we can do to help them in their efforts. CONNECTICUT: WE'RE HERE FOR YOU! WHAT CAN WE DO?



From Letty in NYC:

I strongly recommend the film "Budrus," about the triumph of Palestinian nonviolence in a small West Bank village. It will be playing in Manhattan from Friday, October 8th through the 21st.

Location: The Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St.

Letty

Here's a story on the film that ran in last Sunday's Times. Click here: Film - ‘Budrus’ Becomes Part of a Palestinian Debate - NYTimes.com



*** FOR SCREENING DATES IN L.A. AND WASHINGTON, D.C., CLICK HERE:

Click here: Budrus Official Film Website
Just Vision



From Amy in Mamaroneck:

Check out Joe on CBS News -- on total defensive



http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20018941-503544.html



From Randy in Berkeley ,CA:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/210904

This is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone by matt Taibbi.



Rolling Stones strikes again-- be sure to read the entire piece. As usual, Matt gets to the heart of the matter.



It's taken three trips to Kentucky, but I'm finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you'd expect: at a Sarah Palin rally. The red-hot mama of American exceptionalism has flown in to speak at something called the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, a gospel-music hoedown in a giant convention center filled with thousands of elderly white Southerners. Palin — who earlier this morning held a closed-door fundraiser for Rand Paul, the Tea Party champion running for the U.S. Senate — is railing against a GOP establishment that has just seen Tea Partiers oust entrenched Republican hacks in Delaware and New York. The dingbat revolution, it seems, is nigh.



"We're shaking up the good ol' boys," Palin chortles, to the best applause her aging crowd can muster. She then issues an oft-repeated warning (her speeches are usually a tired succession of half-coherent one-liners dumped on ravenous audiences like chum to sharks) to Republican insiders who underestimated the power of the Tea Party Death Star. "Buck up," she says, "or stay in the truck."



Stay in what truck? I wonder. What the hell does that even mean?



Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn't a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — "Government's not the solution! Government's the problem!" — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains...



...(After speech runs out to speak to some listeners)OK," I say. "And what do you do for a living?"

"Me?" he says proudly. "Oh, I'm a property appraiser. Have been my whole life."



I frown. "Are either of you on Medicare?"



Silence: Then Janice, a nice enough woman, it seems, slowly raises her hand, offering a faint smile, as if to say, You got me!



"Let me get this straight," I say to David. "You've been picking up a check from the government for decades, as a tax assessor, and your wife is on Medicare. How can you complain about the welfare state?"



"Well," he says, "there's a lot of people on welfare who don't deserve it. Too many people are living off the government." "But," I protest, "you live off the government. And have been your whole life!"... The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them. In fact, their lack of embarrassment when it comes to collecting government largesse is key to understanding what this movement is all about — and nowhere do we see that dynamic as clearly as here in Kentucky, where Rand Paul is barreling toward the Senate with the aid of conservative icons like Palin...(Read rest on line really great article http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/210904)



From Jennifer in DC:



Is this the Jon Stewart clip you were mentioning?



http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-23-2010/postcards-from-the-pledge



From Eileen in MO:



Platform for the 2010 Election



I COULD SUPPORT THIS. GEORGE



THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!



I am sending this to virtually everybody on my e-mail list and that

includes conservatives, liberals, and everybody in between. Even though

we disagree on a number of issues, I count all of you as friends. My

friend and neighbor wants to promote a "Congressional Reform Act of

2010". It would contain eight provisions, all of which would probably be

strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of

Rights. I know many of you will say, "this is impossible". Let me remind you,

Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, now is the

time when Americans will join together to reform Congress - the entity

that represents us.



We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a

Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House. These

people will become American heroes

Thanks,A Fellow American



Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six year Senate terms

B. Six Two year House terms

C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding

Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home

and back to work.



2. No Tenure / No Pension:

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay

when they are out of office. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and

back to work.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social

Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social

Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers

envisioned citizen legislators, server your term(s), then go home and

back to work.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all

Americans. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers

envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and

back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional

pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers

envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and

back to work.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in

the same health care system as the American people. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and

back to work.



7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American

people. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers

envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and

back to work. Or go to jail, if appropriate.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective

1/1/11. The American people did not make this contract with congressmen,

congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and

back to work.





From Stef in KIrsten's office:

I have concerning news. As you know, Kirsten has been an unwavering champion of women's reproductive freedom both as a member of the House and in the US Senate with a 100% pro-choice rating from groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL NY.



Amazingly, NY Republicans have nominated Joe DioGuardi, an extreme anti-choice Republican to run against her. DioGuardi opposes reproductive rights even in the cases of rape and incest. He says he wants to see Roe V. Wade overturned and has voted to eliminate funding for emergency reproductive care when a mother's life is in danger.



Read about his extremist record here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorna-brett-howard/joe-dioguardi-liar-liar-p_b_744184.html Please comment and spread the word to your friends and social networks.



You can help keep Kirsten fighting as our pro-choice champion and progressive advocate by helping out with Women's Week of Action!



Hundreds of women across the state are taking action and it's not too late to get on board! Please reply to this email or sign up at http://kirstengillibrand.com/womensweek to find out how you can help!



From Kathy in MO: In response to KC Star Editorial(see below)

Aren't they just hideous??? Anything that is humane or makes sense they are automatically against! This should be unanimously supported, but again they are twisting everything around to make it look bad to protect animals in this state! The fact that it is outside agitators like Joe the fake Plumber makes it even worse!

Joe the Plumber plunges into Missouri puppy mills

By BARBARA SHELLY

The Kansas City Star



A grand conspiracy is afoot, and it starts right here in Missouri.



So says none other than Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, John McCain’s improbable sidekick in the 2008 presidential campaign. Liking the limelight and desperately searching for a new gig, Joe has lighted upon the Missouri ballot proposition cracking down on puppy breeding abuses.



Joe wants you to know that Proposition B is not really about making sure that dogs have access to healthy food, clean water, reasonable veterinary care, protection from extreme cold and heat, and room to move around.



No. Prop B is a plot by the dreaded Humane Society of the United States, “simply to get rid of ALL dog breeding in Missouri — the unlicensed AND licensed breeders.”



But it doesn’t stop there. Here’s Joe, on the website Alliance for Truth, dedicated to “exposing hidden political agendas.”



“This bill is just a stepping stone. HSUS eventually wants to extend this law to ALL animals. Their idea of utopia is a United States with NO animal ownership; NO meat to eat; NO pets; NO hunting; NO fishing; NO service animals.”



Is that the end of it? Oh, indeed not. More from Joe:



“Even the extinction of our food industry isn’t the scariest part of this whacko liberal agenda. A law is only as good as it’s enforced. And HSUS is happy to fill the void. HSUS has now become the self-appointed law enforcement of the animal world. We have to draw the line and hold these radical animal rights activists back.”



Wurzelbacher’s rantings could be dismissed as comedy but for one thing: His arguments have been voiced many times in the halls and chambers of the Missouri Capitol.



That’s why the Humane Society mobilized to get Proposition B on the ballot. Animal protection measures are radioactive in the state legislature.



Elected officials in Missouri have argued that tougher rules for puppy breeders are the first step to limits on livestock production. They portray the Humane Society (HSUS to opponents) as a fringe organization determined to turn us into a nation of vegans.



Meanwhile, Missouri holds the dubious status of the “puppy mill capital” of the U.S., with about 1,500 licensed breeders supplying four of every 10 puppies sold at pet stores around the nation — many with breeding and health problems. Officials believe hundreds of unlicensed breeders also operate in the state.



Law enforcement raids continually turn up starved, sick and mangy animals, some stacked atop one another in wire cages.



Contrary to what Wurzelbacher and others claim, existing laws don’t adequately protect dogs. Missouri’s animal care facilities act is 18 years old and lax compared with animal welfare laws in other states.



“The provisions ensure that the dogs survive. It does not ensure that they’re treated humanely,” said Barbara Schmitz, director of the Humane Society of Missouri.



As Schmitz observed, opponents of Proposition B don’t want to talk about the way dogs are treated. So they hide behind smoke screens and outright falsehoods.



Experience from other states debunks the claim that the new regulations would “put almost every breeder in Missouri out of business,” as Wurzelbacher warns breathlessly. In any case, the demise of a business that forces animals to exist in misery is no great loss.



And although some states empower employees of animal protection groups to inspect breeding operations and enforce laws, in Missouri those responsibilities would fall to Department of Agriculture employees and local police and sheriff’s departments.



Wurzelbacher’s ominous vision of “HSUS employees running around with guns and police-like badges breaking down doors,” would not play out here.



Joe the Plumber would love to throw a wrench into the animal welfare campaign. But his conspiracy theory leaks like a bad faucet.



From Judy in Mamaroneck:



Click here: Op-Ed Columnist - Facebook Politicians Are Not Your Friends - NYTimes.com

From Dani in Brooklyn:



When Dowd's good, she's good...



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/opinion/10dowd.html?ref=opinion&pagewanted=print



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



October 9, 2010

Lord of the Internet Rings

By MAUREEN DOWD

It didn’t take long, sitting with an enthralled audience and watching the saga of the cloistered jerk who betrayed those around him and ended up unfathomably rich and influential, to understand why it has been hailed as a masterpiece.



They had me at the mesmerizing first scene, when the repulsive nerd is mocked by a comely, slender young lady he’s trying to woo. Bitter about women, he returns to his dark lair in a crimson fury of revenge.



It unfolds with mythic sweep, telling the most compelling story of all, the one I cover every day in politics: What happens when the powerless become powerful and the powerful become powerless? ...



From Amy in Mamaroneck and Todd in Gilllibrand's office:

I think we have the ideal name for DioGuardi: "Old Crony." It was the SEC's nickname for him when he was investigated as part of a ponzi scheme. Below is our press release we sent out today. I think between his tax cheating, his election law scheming and this, "Old Crony" sort of sums it all up. An old time insider using his connections to better himself.





http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/10/12/2010-10-12_feds_link_gop_senate_hopeful_joe_dioguardi_to_ponzi_firm.html#community







BREAKING…. NY Daily News: Feds link GOP Senate hopeful Joe DioGuardi to Ponzi firm









The SEC described DioGuardi, who faces incumbent Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next month's election, as an "old crony" of the company's bosses and suggested "he's connected to the original fraudulent scheme."







As of last November, thousands of investors were owed $1 billion. The feds froze the company's assets; the case is pending.













BY Kathleen Lucadamo

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER



Tuesday, October 12th 2010







U.S. Senate hopeful Joe DioGuardi prides himself on his accounting expertise - but he has a history with a firm the feds say ran a $1.7 billion Ponzi scheme.Medical Capital Holdings and its subsidiaries bilked investors out of $1 billion while sinking millions into a mega-yacht and Hollywood flop, a complaint filed last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission said.From 2007 to 2009, the former Westchester Republican congressman was paid $5,000 a month as a consultant for the subsidiary Medical Capital Corp. - and also got $16,000 a year to sit on boards of various other MCH subsidiaries.MCH managed the messy books for several of the companies involved in the so-called scheme and was named in the suit.DioGuardi, a trained accountant, claims he was oblivious to any wrongdoing.







"As a consultant, Joe was tasked with saving hospitals in New York from being shut down, but knew nothing of the schemes that were occurring behind the scenes," said his spokesman Brian Hummell, adding that his boss "has never seen the books."The SEC described DioGuardi, who faces incumbent Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next month's election, as an "old crony" of the company's bosses and suggested "he's connected to the original fraudulent scheme."...(Read rest on line)







From Val in Ohio:

The OSU rally had a lot of "fillers" leaving me to think the Prez had not arrived on time. The tea baggers put out a fake agenda listing speeches in five minute increments. Things like Obama explaining the trillion dollar budget, Michelle talking about childhood obesity, etc. Since it wasn't nasty, it was actually amusing. John Legend was great!

Off to a rally tomorrow for John Boehner's opponent. Canvassing last today. This is busy season.



From Hank in NY:

Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2010 9:19 AM

To: 'letters@nytimes.com'

Subject: To The Editor

“The Rage Won’t End on Election Day” – Frank Rich – October 17, 2010

Mr. Rich’s essay is correct, but he doesn’t include the major reasons why. America has lost her way. In many Caucasian neighborhoods, hate thy neighbor has become the lexicon, especially if that neighbor is a Muslim, Latino or African American. Our children are obese, apathetic and are leaving school unprepared to compete in the global economy. Our elected officials vote what the “polls” say, even against the best interests of their constituents. America doesn't make anything anymore, and as the Fed considers printing more money to stimulate the economy, the beneficiaries of that strategy will be Wall Street, not Main Street.



We have been mired in unwinnable wars for a decade, the cost of which measured in lives and national treasure is beyond calculation. But the real reason the rage will continue after the midterm elections is, those elected will do no better than those in power, and perhaps worse. There was a time when American voters could influence their own destiny with their ballot, but today American corporations and billionaires control the outcome of our elections. If we want a real target for our rage, look no further than that.



From Sue in Long Island:



We have a choice in Washington: Moving forward to solve our many challenges vs. pandering to anger and fear. Nov. 2 will be one of the most pivotal elections in our lifetimes. You can make a difference!

Call, walk and talk for Tim Bishop now. The race is neck-and-neck. Most polls show Tim Bishop is ahead among registered voters but trailing among “likely” voters. That’s why we need you: To tell Bishop supporters the importance of this election and make sure they Vote. Please join us! If you care about education, if you care about healthcare reform, if you care about preserving Medicare, if you care about equal rights, if you care about a woman’s right to choose, if you care about the environment, if you care about long-term job growth instead of boom and bust cycles...



From now until Nov. 2, our extraordinary volunteers have organized a bonanza of canvasses and phonebanks. They can’t make all those calls and knock on all those doors alone. Besides, these events are fun! Tonight please join Mike and Irene to make phone calls, join Mike on Saturday for a Bridgehampton canvass, and Susan on Sunday to go door to door in Sag Harbor. Next week Arlene is hosting a Monday night phonebank, Mike’s organized a Southampton canvass, and David will lead a team going door to door in East Hampton. Details here:



PHONEBANKS



Mike and Irene’s Southampton Phonebank

Call first time 2008 voters and get them to the polls!

CANVASSES



Will you help out during the most important 4 days of the campaign season? Commit to work during Get Out The Vote weekend Oct. 30-31, Monday, Nov. 1 and Election Day, Nov. 2 – all day or a half-day. Please contact Sue at suehornik@aol.com, 631-605-4689 or David at dposnett@med.cornell.edu, 631-324-4158

From Judy in Mamaroneck:



Wife of Clarence Thomas Reaches Out to Anita Hill Over 1991 Episode

>

> Virginia Thomas, the wife of Associate Justice Clarence

> Thomas of the Supreme Court, left a message last weekend on

> the voice mail of Anita Hill, who accused her husband of

> sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings, a

> spokeswoman for Ms. Thomas confirmed on Tuesday.

>

> In a message left at the office of Ms. Hill, who is now a

> professor at Brandeis University, Ms. Thomas apparently

> brought up Ms. Hill's accusations against her husband during

> the 1991 hearings.

>

> Andrew Gully, senior vice president of the Brandeis

> University communications office, confirmed that Ms. Hill had

> received the message and that she had turned it over to the

> campus department of public safety. That office, in turn,

> passed it on to the F.B.I.

>

> Read More:

> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/us/politics/20thomas.html?emc=na



From Betty in Scarsdale:

There are less than two weeks until Election Day and the stakes for New York have never been higher.



Andrew Cuomo needs your support not only to win this election, but to build a movement to turn our state around. And Andrew has run his campaign just like he will govern – by building a coalition for reform that draws support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.



But our ability to move New York forward depends on how many supporters like you cast your vote.This election is your chance to send Albany a message that we need to change direction and build a better future for New York.



Make the pledge to vote on Election Day -- Tuesday, November 2nd:



From Elizabeth in Mamaroneck:

Dear friends,

This video clip just about had me in tears, it's so good. Please don't miss it.



President Obama has been harshly criticized by many Democrats for his slow and cautious approach to gay civil rights, but a new video in which he talks about gay teenagers who are bullied is a breakthrough.

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/10/22/obama_speaks_to_gay_teens.html



From John R- ********* Note from Sunny,I loved it and think you will too!

Hi got this from Dean and found it share worthy. Check out the video:



http://bit.ly/9Y7H4Y



**** From Robin in North Salem:Wonderful example of starting a creative appeal to voters:

Dear All,



Got this from my dear friend robin I worked on Obama and the WLF with. It is terrific and I sent home to MO for them to do with Robin Carnahan . Can we do it for our candidates here and Kirsten and chuck? Let me know if any one of you can do this quick break down of who to vote for and few sentences of why?



Love,Sunny



Fired up and ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







Sent to me by my North Salem friend Robin!



Our sample of using their idea--Dear Friends: On behalf of Elizabeth,Susan,Rachael,Sunny,and the Dames for Democracy, I am forwarding this email to each of you in the hope that you will read it and send it to 10 of your democratic women friends in our area and remind them to vote on November 2. We need honest, thoughtful, level headed, hardworking people representing us at the state and federal levels – people who are willing to reach across ideological divides to get really important things done (like finishing healthcare reform, fiscal discipline in government and addressing global climate change). These are huge, complex, nonpartisan issues and republicans and democrats should not be fighting over them -- and would not be fighting over them (at least to the point of paralysis) but for the vicious partisan lie machine at work in our society. John, Mike and Tom (as diverse as they are) are each this kind of leader. I support all three of them. I also support Kirsten Gillibrand for exactly the same reasons. Robin Albin recently sent around a good article about Kirsten in Vogue. If you have not read it, please do and pass it along as well.



Recently I became part of a group called "Dames for Democracy." It is a local group of 10 women formed because research shows when women vote democrats win. This midterm election is crucial. Traditionally voter turnout is low during the midterms when every vote counts even more. The Republicans and Tea Party are using scare tactics to frighten the public about social issues. We must elect people who will support the issues and causes we believe in. Each one of us agreed to contact 10 democratic women and ask each to:





1. Promise to vote

2. Reach out to 10 additional democratic women and ask them to do the same



3. Provide absentee ballot information to friends with kids in college.



We can affect big change with this simple recipe for voter turn out. PLEASE join me and the other Dames for Democracy.



Here is our ballot line up:





Nita Lowey for U. S. House of Representatives: etc etc who can fix this up for us?



John is a staunch supporter of healthcare reform based on a real life family experience where he had to fundraise for a family member to afford medical treatment. He chairs the Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, where he is an ardent advocate for the proper treatment of veterans. He has voted reliably forextensions of unemployment insurance, phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq, support for infrastructure projects, affordable healthcare, and protecting social security.







Nan Hayworth is a very wealthy former ophthalmologist who made enough money in 16 years of work under the current health-denial system to retire at age 45 to pursue her political aspirations. Her husband is the CEO and President of Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG) and one of only 9 doctors on the national advisory board of Aetna Healthcare.







She OPPOSES the DISCLOSE ACT (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show) which requires those corporations paying for advertising and funding campaign to put their NAME on their ads – BP/Exxon Mobil NOT ‘Citizens for sensible energy’ – Aetna or Cigna not ‘Americans for Healthcare Protection’.







She is in favor of the repeal of the healthcare reforms. A repeal would protect the profits of doctors and facilities like MKMG where her husband is CEO. Repeals of things like allowing people with preexisting conditions to get healthcare; allowing children to stay on their parent’s plan until 26; preventing insurers from dropping members who have been faithfully paying their premiums for years once they got an expensive illness to treat; no co-pays for preventative care, annual physicals, OB/Gyn etc.; Money to seniors to close the ‘doughnut-hole’



She is not pro-choice and supports the Stupak Amendment. (http://www.docstoc.com/docs/15284081/Stupak-Amendment-to-HR-3962-Rev-108)



She would like to see:



a Permanent extension of tax cuts for millionaires (like her)



Elimination of the estate tax which only affects the wealthiest Americans with estates valued OVER $3.5 million (like her)



Privatization of our social security – subjecting it to fluctuations in the market; privative Medicare and Medicaid – allowing Medicare which cost about 1.5% to administer to cost 35% or more; extending the Social security eligibility age to 70; and privatize the VA – subject our v
          Hiding the Budget While Seeking Re-Election        
The Lewis County budget has been located and it resides on the County Manager's desk. County Manager David Pendergast has been acting as the budget "czar", finally unveiling the budget to the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, October 22, according to this morning's Watertown Daily Times.
While the County Manager is the Budget Officer, it is unusual that there would be so little Legislator involvement with the budget at this late date. Legislators are usually brought into the process in September, listening to budget presentations by departments and asking questions and setting priorities. Now, only two weeks from presenting the Tentative Budget, the Ways and Means Committee made up of only three of the ten Legislators has finally been brought into the process. The Ways and Means Committee is chaired by Legislator Jerry King, famous for attempting to close the Croghan Transfer Site even though it was making money and for turning last year's budget process into a three ring circus. Now, he and his committee appear to be the only Legislators that have had more than a peek at the budget. Why am a grabbing for my wallet?
As it stands now, we're looking at 24% tax increase. The County Manager calls this "unacceptable" and that is an understatement. But what is as galling is the smoke screen process
that seems to be deliberately followed this election year.
What is to be done about reducing this onerous 24% tax increase? What cuts are Legislators going to make? Will it be like last year where vital services such as the Emergency Management Coordinator was proposed to be cut while keeping a luxury like the Trail Coordinator? What are the Legislator's priorities? What other taxes or fees will they attempt to raise?
Oh, we're going to find out early in November...after...yes... the elections. Taxpayers have a right to know what their Legislator's positions on the budget are and to be able to hold them accountable. How convenient that the entire budget process thus far has been kept under wraps in one man's office.
The Legislators were elected to represent the taxpayers and have the fiduciary responsbility of Lewis County as their main charge. They can't do either while willingly or unwillingly being kept in the dark.
The taxpayers and voters need to start demanding answers from their Legislators starting now. This undercover budget process is an affront not only to our pocket books but also to democracy.
It would appear that Board members that have opposition are hoping the clock runs out before having to make their budget opinions known to the public.
Don't allow this to happen. Get on the phone now, but most of all remember the dismal budget track record of each of these people, primarily Lucas, King and Hoch, each exhibiting misplaced priorities. Lucas can't seem to stop spending, the self serving motel study is a case in point.
In this case they can hide, the budget that is, ...and they can run, for office that is,.. but you can
find them and catch them on election day.
          Pesticide companies smoke screening bee crisis?        
By Susan Johnson Copy Editor It’s no secret that honeybees are in trouble. But researchers differ on the major cause
          Stolen but wonderful explanation of Global Warming...        
The Original Article may be found here. Give Credit where its due!

Climate Change for Idiots

On September 11, 2001, our world changed forever.

And not just because of the obvious. For three days after the attack on the World Trade Center, all commercial aviation came to a standstill in the United States. For the first time since 1914, when Tony Jannus piloted a wooden, open-air Benoist XIV biplane in the first commercial passenger-carrying airline flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida, traffic in the friendly skies above the amber waves of grain came to a screeching halt. And in those three crucial days, our entire understanding of global warming underwent a fundamental transformation.

But this literally earth-shattering revelation has not been getting a lot of press since that horrible day. Public interest in climate change is dwindling into either resigned apathy, or growing skepticism about the risks of global warming; a 14 percent decline in people who believe the earth is becoming warmer. At the current conference in Copenhagen, the emphasis has shifted away from what the hell are we going to do to save the planet before it’s too late to world leaders bickering and squabbling in an unseemly power struggle over who gets to pollute the most. And while the talks are failing as politicians shuffle carbon credits around like magicians with a deck of cards, global warming deniers are busily promulgating ever more heated and bizarre conspiracy theories.

Climate change is a hoax, they’re shouting from their soap boxes. Agenda 21 is just a smoke screen designed to enslave the Third World, and global warming is fraud, a steekin’ fraud, I tells ya, run by the Illuminati and the Rothschild dynasty and aliens from Alpha Centuri in a vast conspiracy with Big Business and Pharma and corrupt politicians to control the world’s resources in a scam for world domination! Global warming is a natural phenomenon, they’re insisting, 30,000 scientists have iron-clad proof (and leaked emails) that it’s all been propaganda designed to frighten us. CO2 is caused by tectonic plate shift, or the earth’s axis tilting, or sun spots, or Urban Heat Island effects, or water vapor, or cows farting. (Actually, the last one does have some validity; livestock ‘byproducts’ account for 32.6 billion tons of CO2 per year, or 51% of annual global GHG emissions.) It’s a natural cycle – we went through a Little Ice Age in the Holocene then global warming in the Middle Ages (actually, we didn’t), and volcanoes spew out more CO2 than humans do (again, uh-uh, human activity releases more than 130 times more CO2 than all our current active volcanoes combined). Anyway, modeling the environment is too vast, too vague, too complicated, not even scientists can agree with one another; we just aren’t capable of adequately simulating the atmosphere or understanding climate change.

Besides, why should we care how much we pollute the planet, since India and China don’t give a damn…?

So… a bit of Climate Change for Idiots to aid those of us who feel like we’re beating heads against the wall arguing with friends and relatives frantically denying The End is Nigh, all while driving their SUVs through the nearest McDonald’s drive-in, those poor benighted souls too obtuse to realize the causes of global warming are myriad, and that while – yes, they are correct, Big Biz and First World greed are busily maneuvering and dodging and scheming over who gets to profit the most from climate change – that doesn’t mean it’s not real. We’re too focused on the looters to realize that the city is burning down around us.

Climate change is complicated, but not impossible to understand. Anyone with a driver’s license for that SUV isn’t required to know that d = V /(2g(f + G)) ; drivers instinctively know enough physics to apply the brakes long before the car needs to stop. The reaction time for a driver to start applying the brakes is 1.5 seconds. In terms of climate change, we’re in that reaction phase – and we’d better start thinking about stomping on the brakes pretty damned soon. A driver who doesn’t care about braking before they crash is either stupid, suicidal, or crazy.

Let’s break this down into more easily digested morsels so that even those suffering from the current deficit of basic science in American school systems that their grasp of geological history is closer to The Flintstones than Charles Darwin can get a grip.

Dick and Jane are in a jet, flying over Kansas. Look, Jane, look! The jet is leaving a contrail behind us. See the contrail form cirrus clouds. Contrails last up to eight hours, says Jane, and only half a dozen of them are needed to grow and form a cloud the size of the entire state of Massachusetts. That’s really big, says Dick. Woof, says Spot, shivering down in the baggage hold.

Now for some basic math, something else that seems to be lacking in our classrooms these days:

Five thousand planes, give or take a few, are in flight over the United States at any given moment. In a single day, more than 87,000 are leaving contrails all over those friendly skies. On average, 64 million jet planes take off and land somewhere in the States, leaving behind contrails. Divide six cirrus clouds the size of Massachusetts into 64 million contrails, and that’s a lot of clouds. All this cloud cover is bouncing the sun’s energy back into space, keeping our planet cool in what’s been called ‘global dimming,’ which should be a good thing, right?

Um, not really. Now we need some chemistry… yeah, yeah, I know. They don’t teach much of that in schools anymore, either. But let’s give it a shot, anyway.

What exactly are contrails? Contrails and clouds are similar, made up of condensed water vapour freezing around small particles. Clouds form from ice crystals and other natural particles, like dust blown into the atmosphere by wind. Ice crystals melt into water, while dust, being generally inert, falls back to earth where it came from. Contrails, on the other hand, form around aircraft exhaust, including carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxides, and hydrocarbons such as methane, sulfates, soot and metal particles. The clouds formed by these exhaust particulates has another difference to ordinary clouds; ice crystals and natural dust is larger than hydrocarbon particulates, which form much smaller water droplets. Smaller water droplets reflect back more sunlight, but don’t grow heavy enough to precipitate as rain. Pollution-derived clouds actually decrease rain, adding to drought conditions.

Now add this in to what is known as the Asian Brown Cloud, a thick layer of smog covering a huge area of southern Asia and the Indian Ocean formed by combustion pollution, wood fires, garbage fires, burning fossil fuels in cars, industrial factory emissions, the usual culprits. In the monsoon months, rain washes this massive toxic cloud out of the air – and into the soil. But while this lethal crap is floating around in the atmosphere and causing droughts, floods, and killing two million people a year, it also is contributing to ‘global dimming’, masking its own impact on atmospheric warming. And before anyone gets too smug that the so-called ‘Asian’ Brown Cloud is all India and China’s fault and therefore their problem, it’s not unique to Asia; hotspots popping up in Europe, South Africa, South America, and North America – in other words, everywhere.

In September of 2001, we got our first real glimpse of what happens if we aren’t pumping vast quantities of particulate crap into the air alongside all the carbon dioxide waste. Current climate change forecasts only take into consideration CO2 emissions, which predict a maximum warming of 5 degrees by the end of the century, plenty of time to ‘do something’, everyone can relax, sit back, wait for scientists and politicians to come up with the answers all in the nick of time, don’t worry, be happy.

But climate change forecasts haven’t been factoring in global dimming. We don’t have a hundred years to come up with a solution – we’ve got about twenty to apply those brakes before it’s too late. Cooling particle pollution is already dropping off while the CO2 warming pollution is continuing to rise, which means a doubled accelerated warming - reducing cooling and increased heating at the same time. With the dual effect of global warming/global dimming, temperatures could rise twice as fast as previously thought, global warming exceeding two degrees by around 2030, at which point the Greenland ice sheet would melt, causing irreversible damage.

Once the Greenland ice cap begins to melt, nothing will stop it. After Greenland, the world's tropical rain forests will start to die off in the heat. By 2040, with only a four degree rise in global temperature, the Amazon Basin rain forest becomes unsustainable, subjected to devastating fires (think - Australia right now), all of South America turns into one vast savannah and ultimately desert.

As rain forests die and burn, those fires will release even more CO2 into the atmosphere, driving global warming still further and faster. In just a century, rather than five degrees hotter, the world could easily be twice that, which would be a warming more rapid than any other at any time ever in Earth’s history. Bar none.

Most European and northern plant species will not survive in a North African climate. But while a ten degree warming in Europe in a hundred years is merely catastrophic, a ten degree warming in an already hot country makes it completely uninhabitable. Life on earth begins to starve and die, which includes us.

And now for the coup de grace at the end of this chain of effect: a ten degree warming will lead to the release of a vast natural store of greenhouse gas bigger than all the oil and coal reserves of the planet. Methane hydrates store ten thousand billion tons of methane, a greenhouse gas eight times stronger than carbon dioxide, at the bottom of the ocean in a kind of frozen form, known to be destabilized by warming. Once these gasses start to be released, no matter what was done at that point to curb emissions, it would be too late. Ten thousand billion tons of methane, which would have twenty-five times the impact on temperature than a carbon dioxide emission of the same mass over the following 100 years, would be released into the atmosphere, the Earth's climate heading towards temperatures unseen in four billion years, with no way to stop it. All life on earth would become extinct. It’s the end of the world. And we're only talking two hundred years, tops.

But, yeah, those deniers are completely correct about one thing - the earth has been here before. Back when the only life capable of surviving in such an atmosphere and climate was precursors of bacteria. Totally natural, ya betcha. If we're really lucky, the earth will recover on its own, just like it did the first time around... in another four billion years.

Welcome to Venus, folks.
          Lisette Sewalong        
A little while ago I joined Cam's Lisette Sewalong to give myself a kick to my derriere to get a dress sewn for myself.  OK ... so officially it was a Lisette Continental Dress ... but I got the green light to take part with the Lisette Passport Dress.  Mainly because I already had this pattern but also because I can't work a belt on a dress ... I just can't seem to tie the thing right.  I missed the dress belt tying gene. But oh how I love this dress.  It has some cute dart work on the front to give a fitted bodice ... and just enough skirt to give a little hat dip to the fifties.
Last time I sewed this dress I ran it up in size 16 ... and ended up having to run it in at the side seams.  This time I had a go at the 14 ... no adjustments required - snug but wearable.
I got the cotton fabric months ago with the express purpose of making this dress.  I have a penchant for the polka dot and I love the cheeky wee red polka dot just peeking out in the mix. I even found some beaut cotton bias binding for the arm holes in the stash that matched a treat ... further confirmation that you can never have too much op shop sourced bias binding!
 The back gapes a little at the neck if I had to be super picky - but I can live with that sort of carry on.  I love how it comes in at the waist but the full skirt hides all your daggy, hangy-outy, origami-me-up-and-tuck-me-in-somewhere bits ... with big pants I reckon I would even pull off this smoke screen when seated.
 This is bloody ace pattern ... and super easy. I'm definately going to whip a few more of these babies up.  I love a good frock.  Now I can feel all inner glowy and smug when I say 'I made it myself'. Simplicity Pattern 2209 if you care to get amongst it.
Thanks so much Cam for the sewalong!  You are a gem of this crafty bloggy world x

PS ...I'm standing on our super-cool reclaimed pallet deck that my man made this summer ... I whip up dresses ... he rocks the DIY 
          About Earn Extra Cash Writing        
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It took me a while to warm up to earning extra cash online by writing. My limited tour of duty as a print journalist left me thinking that most writers will always be underpaid for their work. I got out of the industry and stayed away from writing professionally for years. During this time the dot com boom and bust happened, and I ran a website for an indie band that I was a member of. While experimenting with html and learning the ins and outs of being a webmaster I discover online forums and incorporated them into the band site. I soon discovered that my passion for writing had returned - in the form of overflowing threads on the band forum.

Little did I know at that time that web 2.0 was just around the corner, and that I could instead earn extra cash from my writing instead of providing free content for others to monetize!

Fast forward to 2007. This was the year that I actually figured out what a 'blog' was. I had heard the term and to be perfectly honest - the word annoyed me. However, when I got my hands on Wordpress - I became a believer. The agony of creating a website from scratch was gone, freeing up time for content - which was my specialty!

Around this time I was researching about how to start up an online business. Like many others, the low cost of starting up an online business was a strong attractor for me. It seemed like a sure way to earn extra cash, or possibly to become a main income stream for me and my family. I learned about Adsense and put it onto one of my new-fangled blogs: I earned 1 cent after three months!

I subsequently forgot about Adsense and earning extra cash with my blogs, I just wrote what I wanted. This was mostly content from my 'old school journalist' mode of thinking: opinions/editorial pieces and interviews. However, when I started writing content that wasn't opinion-based and instead was information or 'how to' based...things started to change. Traffic started coming in, and my online income increased as well. Now, we're still talking about having enough cash for a cup of coffee - but this was still a welcome sign for me.

You see, I love to write. I was willing to pay for web hosting and domain names and not make a single red cent for it. I enjoyed having the forum to express my opinions and write about my interests (mainly bass guitar and indiebands!) and I was willing to pay for the luxury of my own online space. But when the money started coming in I realized - there's a good chance I can write about these things, help people out and earn enough to not only offset my domain and hosting costs, but earn extra cash at the same time! I began to write more helpful content with my audience in mind, and my traffic went through the roof compared to my previous stats.

Around this time I learned more about keywords, SEO and how to write content for the web. I love to read and I researched as much as I could find on these topics. Most of it was garbage and a smoke screen to pay someone money for their ebook or special program, however one site I found gave out info for free and that was make money online for beginners by Grizzly Brears. Griz didn't pull any punches, told it like it was and was able to prove that he went well beyond earning extra cash with his techniques.

I'm still applying what I learned from Griz - which I've also learned has been called 'BUM' marketing (since it requires no cash at all to get started, even a bum on the street can do it). It does involve the right techniques, effort and patience - but you can earn extra cash without having to spend a dime, which was music to my ears.

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Smoke Screen: The New York Times editorializes about a new study showing that the anti-smoking efforts sponsored by the tobacco industry are “notably ineffective and possibly even a sham.”

Companies like Altria (the former Philip Morris) have spent millions of dollars on ads purportedly designed to discourage underage smoking, but the ads seem to have been more effective at deflecting criticism of the industry than at reducing teen cigarette usage.

The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health and authored by academic researchers supported by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, concluded that ads aimed directly at young people had no beneficial effect, while those aimed at parents were actually harmful: the greater teenagers’ exposure to the ads, the stronger their intention to smoke and the greater their likelihood of having smoked in the past 30 days.

Without taking sides on the merits of the study, one thing is clear: if Philip Morris wants people to believe it is serious in its intent, it is going to have to produce better evidence of its commitment than it did in response to the Times, boasting about the number of teenagers exposed to the campaign. Exposure, obviously, is not the issue, and the company needs to research the impact its anti-smoking ads are having.

Unless, of course, it already has such research, and is secretly pleased with what it shows.
          The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch Trailer Analysis        
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The Nintendo Switch launch date is about two months away and Nintendo has released many new trailers to get people hyped for the console. The franchise I care most about and will be the launch title is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There is a lot of new information to gleam from the trailer so let me dive in:

Voice Acting
The most surprising aspect of the trailer is we hear voices of characters speaking. At 1:17 in the trailer, we hear the first ever spoken voices in a modern Zelda game (CD-i Zelda games are a joke). Finally after years and years of all characters being silent except for grunts, Zelda characters will be voices. We also hear Zelda speaking near the end of the trailer as well as a Goron & the Deku Tree. Finally the King of Hyrule says to save his daughter. If Nintendo is smart, they will keep Link the silent protagonist.

Large Environments
The trailer shows off impressive scale very much like Shadows of the Colossus and Skyrim. Link is climbing the side of a mountain, running through snow and harmonizing with grassy fields. The world layout looks very much like classic Zelda games with similar elements moved around or remixed. I saw a new looking Gerudo Village & Death Mountain

Orchestrated Music?
I'm holding my breath that all the music in the game will finally be orchestrated. Koji Kondo working on Twilight Princess had wished to orchestrate the entire game but instead they went with synthesized music. Skyward Sword still sounded like high quality midi tracks. Can Nintendo finally invest the money to do the soundtrack right after so many other professional orchestras have covered their music.

Ganon is Back & So is Princess Zelda
The calamity Ganon is back. At 2:02 you can see Ganon's purple ghostly form capturing Castle Hyrule. We also see the Deku Tree at 2:12 in front of the Master Sword grove. This is important as there as many Zelda games where they introduce new villains or characters to smoke screen it was really Ganon all along. Thank you old lady in the trailer for not beating us around the bush and hiding the villain behind general darkness in the world. It's Ganon and fans know he must get a taste of the Master Sword.

100 years ago something happened. What happens next for Link? We'll find out March 3rd, 2017 as the Nintendo Switch is released


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          Bulletproof Luxury Cars: How The Rich And Famous Escape In Style        
For the first time ever, the luxury armored car business in America is booming with record breaking sales to the wealthiest consumers. New techniques for making a dramatic escape include smoke screens, tacks and electric shock.
          Governor Christie’s Executive Order on Guns Is An Election Campaign Smoke Screen        

This pandering does not fool us, we know that gun rights continue to be relegated to the same friends & family of law enforcement, the legislature, & judges...

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          The Classes of India and Their Political Roles: A Thesis of the Bolshevik-Leninist Party of India        

From the Fourth International, Vol3, No.3, March 1942

Editorial Note from the editors of Fourth International: At this moment when India takes a central place in the International arena, there opportunely arrives from our Indian comrades a series of documents and the most encouraging news.



The following document is a section of a thesis adopted in the latter part of last year by the Formation Committee of the Bolshevik-Leninist Party of India as the program on which all Marxist revolutionists could form a single revolutionary party. Together with certain other groups, the original committee has now constituted the Bolshevik-Leninist Party of India as an adherent of the Fourth International. The party is now centering its agitation on the central slogan of the Constituent Assembly (see the Editorial Comment in this issue).

Together with the Ceylon Socialist Party (the Lanka Sama Samaja Party) and a recently-formed organization in Burma, our Indian comrades have established the Federation of Bolshevik-Leninist Parties of Burma, Ceylon and India, for the revolutionary destiny of these three peoples is closely linked together.

All three parties stand firmly on the program of the Fourth International. On the decisive question of defense of the Soviet Union and the character of the USSR as a workers’ state, they stand with Trotsky and the Socialist Workers Party against the petty-bourgeois opposition of Burnham and Shachtman who abandoned Trotskyism.

In documents which we have received, the parties of the Federation make unambiguously clear their agreement on the Russian and all other questions with the Fourth International against the petty-bourgeois opposition, which has been spreading false stories about the position of the Indian and Ceylonese comrades.

Readers of our magazine have been previously informed of the successes of the Ceylon Socialist Party (see particularly our September, 1989 issue), the leading proletarian organization in this important colony of six millions bordering India. For some years it functioned as an unaffiliated organization. In 1941 it adopted a new program and declared for affiliation to the Fourth International. This document we shall publish next month. Although a number of its leaders have been imprisoned since the beginning of the war and the party itself is illegal, it has nevertheless managed to continue publishing its three newpapers – a Sinhalese organ for Ceylonese workers and peasants, an English one for students and certain other purposes, and one in Tamil, the language of the Hindu immigrant laborers from India who form a tenth or more of Ceylon’s population.

The rich experience of our Ceylonese comrades In organizing trade unions and peasant organizations in Ceylon, where they have played the leading role in a surging mass movement, will undoubtedly be invaluable to the new party in India during the coming great days. They have already contributed greatly to the theoretical foundations of the new party.

The document which we print below demonstrates by irrefutable facts that to the great masses of India the question of independence is inextricably connected with the agrarian revolution. Of no avail will be the deals in Washington and London with the Indian bourgeoisie whom Nehru and Gandhi represent. The laws of the permanent revolution will sweep those agreements into the discard.

Every advanced worker should carefully study this document. Though written nearly a year ago, it will tell him far more about what is going on in India than the abundantly publicised reports of the negotiations between Cripps and Churchill, Nehru and Gandhi, Roosevelt and Chiang Kai-shek. With the collapse of British armed power in the Far East, the revolution has begun in India!

The Native Princes
The revolt of 1857 represented the last attempt of the old feudal ruling class of India to throw off the British yoke. This revolt, which despite its reactionary leadership laid bare the depth of mass discontent and unrest, alarmed the British rulers, and led to a radical change in policy in India. Seeking for bases of social and political support, the British abandoned the policy of annexing the Indian states within British India, instead guaranteeing the remnants of the feudal rulers their privileged and parasitic positions in innumerable petty principalities, buttressing their power and protecting them against the masses, and receiving in return the unqualified support of these elements for the British rule. The princes of the Indian states, maintained at the cost of a chaotic multiplication of administrative units, are today only the corrupt and dependent tools of British imperialism, and the feudatory states, checker-boarding all India as they do, are no more than a vast network of fortresses erected by the British in their own defense. The variety of the states and jurisdiction of the feudal princes defies a generalized description, but they bolster alike the reactionary policies of imperialism in India. The despotism and misgovernment practiced by the great majority of these rulers in their territories have created and perpetuated conditions of backwardness extreme even in India, including the most primitive forms of feudalism and slavery itself. Their collective interests are represented by the Chamber of Princes, instituted in 1921, which is the most reactionary political body in India.

The Landlords
The most solid supporters of British rule in India, after the princes, are the landlords. In fact the majority of the princes are no more themselves than glorified landlords, playing the same parasitic role as the landlords of British India. The landlords of India have a record of medieval oppression, of rack-renting and usury, and of unbridled gangsterism over a disarmed peasantry, which has made them the most hated exploiters in India. The rapid extension of landlordism in modern times through the development of intermediary and new parasitic classes on the peasantry, has not only increased the numbers of those who receive land rents, but firmly linked their interests with those of the Indian capitalist class, by ties of investment and mortgage. The political role of the landlords has always been one of complete subservience to British imperialism, as well as the greatest obstacle in the Way of agricultural development which demands a thorough-going democratic revolution in the agrarian field and the liquidation of landlordism in all its forms.

The second half of the nineteenth century saw the rise of an Indian capitalist class in Bombay and other industrial centers. The Indian bourgeoisie of the early period, conscious of its own weakness and dependent position in economy, offered no challenge whatever to British rule. But the deep economic conflict between their own interests and those of their British competitors drove them from the first decade of the twentieth century, to utilize the national political movement to strengthen their bargaining power against British imperialism.

The Indian Bourgeoisie
The bourgeoisie, in the absence of any competing class and especially of an independent proletarian movement, assumed complete leadership of the national political movement through its party, the Indian National Congress. The bourgeois leadership of the movement was clearly demonstrated in 1905, by the choice of the economic boycott of foreign goods as the method of struggle against the partition of Bengal. The aims of the bourgeoisie were defined during this period as the attainment of “colonial self-government within the Empire” as junior partners of the imperialists. They abandoned the struggle and adopted a policy of cooperation with the British after the grant of the MorleyMinte reforms, their own aims being satisfied for the moment.

The last years following the first World War, and the years which immediately followed it, were marked by the development, for the first time since 1857, of a mass struggle on a national scale against imperialism based on the discontent and unrest of the peasantry and the working class. This discontent was especially marked in Bombay, where the wave of working-class strikes was on a scale hitherto unknown in India, and reached its highest point in 1920 for which year the number of strikes reached the gigantic total of 1½ millions. The Montague-Chemsford reforms were designed to meet this rising threat by buying off the bourgeois leadership, and they succeeded to an extent, that section of the bourgeoisie who wanted whole-hearted cooperation with the government seceding from the Congress to form the Liberal Federation (1918). But the growth of the mass movement compelled the Congress bourgeoisie either to enter the struggle or be isolated from the masses. Launching under its own banner the passive resistance movement, and later the mass civil disobedience movement of 1921-22, the Congress entered the struggle, but only to betray it from the inside.

The mass movement which, despite its timid and unwilling leadership, had attained the undeniable character of a mass revolt against the British Raj, was abruptly called off when at its height by the bourgeois leader Gandhi, and a period of demoralization followed for the masses. The reactionary and treacherous character of the bourgeois leadership was shown clearly in the Bardoli Resolution of 1922, which condemned the no-tax campaign of the peasantry and insisted on the continuation of rent payments to the landlords, assuring the zamindars (landlords) that the Congress “had no intention of attacking their legal rights.” The bourgeoisie thus demonstrated its reactionary attitude toward the land question in which lies the main driving force to revolution in India.

With the worsening conditions of the late 20’s, the mass struggle developed again at a rising tempo, and was again led to defeat by the Congress (1930-34). The aims of the new struggle were limited by Gandhi beforehand to the celebrated 11 points which represented exclusively the most urgent demands of the Indian bourgeoisie. Nevertheless the movement developed in 1930 far beyond the limits laid down for it by the Congress, with rising strikes, powerful mass demonstrations, the Chittagong Armory raid, and the risings at Peshawar and Sholapur. Gandhi declared openly to the Viceroy that he was fighting as much against the rising forms of revolt as against the British imperialists. The aim of the bourgeoisie was henceforward to secure concessions from imperialism at the price of betraying the mass struggle in which they saw a real and growing threat to themselves. The Gandhi-Irwin settlement was a settlement against the mass movement, and paved the way for a terrific repression which fell on the movement during its ebb in 1932-34.

Since 1934 Gandhi and the leaders of the Congress have had as their chief aim that of preventing the renewal of a mass struggle against imperialism, while using their leadership of the national movement as a lever to secure the concessions they hope to obtain from imperialism. They see in the rising forces of revolt, and especially in the emergence of the working class as a political force, a threat to their own bases of exploitation, and are consequently following an increasingly reactionary policy. Reorganizing the party administration so as to secure to the big bourgeoisie the unassailable position of leadership (1934), they transferred the center of activities to the parliamentary field and to working the new Constitution in such a way as to secure the maximum benefits to the bourgeoisie, until the intransigence of the British parliament and the Indian government in the war situation and the withdrawal of many of the political concessions of provincial autonomy again forced the Congress into opposition (1939). The Congress bourgeoisie then engaged in a restricted campaign of individual “non-violent” civil disobedience with narrowly defined bourgeois aims, and under the dictatorial control of Gandhi himself. By this move they hoped to prevent the development of a serious mass struggle against imperialism, the leadership of which will be bound to pass into other hands.

The main instrument whereby the Indian bourgeoisie seeks to maintain control over the national movement is the Indian National Congress, the classic party of the Indian capitalist class, seeking as it does the support of the petty bourgeoisie and if possible of the workers, for its own aims. Despite the fact that under these conditions revolutionary and semi-revolutionary elements still remain within the fold of the Congress, despite its mass membership (five millions in 1939), and despite the demagogic programmatic pronouncements (Constituent Assembly, Agrarian Reform) which the Congress has repeatedly made, the direction of its policy remains exclusively in the hands of the bourgeoisie as also the control of the party organization, as was dramatically proved at Tripuri and after. The Indian National Congress in its social composition, its organization, and above all in its political leadership can be compared to the Kuomintang, which led the Chinese revolution of 192527 to its betrayal and defeat.

The characterization of the Indian National Congress as a multi-class party, as the “National United Front,” or as “a platform rather than a party,” is a flagrant deception and calculated only to hand over to the bourgeoisie in advance the leadership of the coming struggle, and so make its betrayal and defeat a foregone conclusion.

The more open reactionary interests of the Indian bourgeñsie find expression in many organizations which exist side by side with the Congress. Thus the Liberal Federation (1918) represents those bourgeois elements who cooperate openly with the imperialists. The sectional interests of the propertied classes are represented by various communal organizations, notably the Moslem League (1905) and the Hindu Maha Sabaha (1925) which are dominated by large landlords and bourgeois interests and pursue a reactionary policy in all social and economic issues, deriving a measure of mass support by an appeal to the religious and communal sentiments of the backward masses.


The Petty-Bourgeois Intelligentsia
Because of their position of dependence on the capitalist class, and in the absence of a real challenge to their leadership from the proletariat, the various elements of the urban petty bourgeoisie and of the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia have always played a satellite role to the bourgeoisie. The radicalization of the petty bourgeoisie under imperialism found its first and strongest expression in the prolonged terrorist movement in Bengal and elsewhere, the failure of which, despite the heroism of its protagonists, demonstrated finally the utter inability of the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia to find an independent solution of its own problems.

Today the urban petty bourgeoisie finds its political reflection mainly in the various organizations within the fold of, or under the influence of the Indian National Congress, such as the Forward Bloc, the Congress Socialist Party, the Radical Democratic Party of M.N. Roy, etc.
Within the Congress, the petty-bourgeois leaders have repeatedly lent themselves to be used by the bourgeoisie as a defensive coloration before the masses, bridging with their radical phrases and irresponsible demagogy the gap between the reactionary Congress leadership and the hopes and aspirations of the masses. Thus the demagogy of Bose and Nehru, as well as the “socialist” phrases of M.N. Roy and the Congress Socialist Party, to say nothing of the “Marxism” of the National United Fronters of the Communist Party of India, have in turn served the Gandhian leaders as a smoke screen for their own reactionary maneuvers.

The humiliating capitulation of the Congress Socialist Party to the Congress leadership, the conversion of M.N. Roy and his Radical Democrats to imperialist war-mongering, and the departure of Subhas Chandra Bose from the Indian scene, are symptoms of the diminishing political role of the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia, which however theatrically it may posture before the masses in normal times, exposes in times of growing crisis its political bankruptcy, and exists only to be utilized by the bourgeoisie in its deception of the masses.


The Peasantry
The peasantry comprises the vast majority of the Indian population (70 per cent). The stagnation and deterioration of agriculture, the increasing land hunger, the exactions of the government, the extension of parasitic landlordism, the increasing load of rural debt, and the consequent expropriation of the cultivators, are together inevitably driving the peasantry on to the revolutionary road. Peasant unrest, leading frequently to actual risings (Santhal Rebellion of 1855, Deccan Riots of 1875), have been a recurring motif in Indian history. In the last two decades, and especially since the world economic crisis (1929), the peasant movement has been on the rise, and has taken on a more and more radical character.

It is precisely the depth and scope of the agrarian crisis that places the revolution against imperialism on the order of the day, contributing to it the driving force and the sweep which are necessary to accomplish the overthrow of the ruling power. Nevertheless the agrarian revolution requires the leadership of another class to raise the struggle to the level of a national revolution. The isolation and the scattered character of the peasant economy, the historical and political backwardness of the rural masses, the lack of inner cohesion within the peasantry, and the conflicting aims of its various strata, all combine to make it impossible for the peasantry to play an independent role in the coming revolution.

The invasion of moneyed interests has sharply accelerated the disintegrating tendencies within the peasantry. The creation of a vast army of landless peasants, sharecroppers and wage-laborers on the land has immensely complicated the agrarian problem, and rendered necessary revolutionary measures of the most far-reaching character. The basic antagonism between landlord and peasant has not been reduced by the entry of finance capital into agriculture, since this did not bring with it any change for the better in farming methods or in the system of land tenure. On the contrary, the landlord-peasant antagonism has been given a sharper emphasis by the extension of parasitic claims on the land, and the overthrow of landlordism by the transference of the land to the cultivator remains the primary task of the agrarian revolution. Nevertheless, this basic antagonism has been supplemented by a new one, which is reflected in the growth of an agricultural proletariat in the strict sense of the word. Besides this, the invasion of finance capital has made the problems of mortgage and of rural debt more pressing in some parts of India than in others, and these facts taken together will probably give to the agrarian revolution, at least in some areas, an anti-capitalist character at a very early stage.


Leadership of the Peasantry
The leadership of the revolution, which the peasantry cannot provide for itself, can come only from an urban class. But the Indian bourgeoisie cannot possibly provide this leadership, since in the first place it is itself reactionary through and through on the land question, sharing as it does so largely in the parasitic exploitation of the peasantry. Above all, the bourgeoisie, on account of its inherent weakness and its dependence on imperialism, is destined to play a counterrevolutionary role in the coming struggle for power.

The leadership of the peasantry in the petty-bourgeois democratic agrarian revolution that is immediately posed can therefore come only from the industrial proletariat, and an alliance between the proletariat and the peasantry is a fundamental prerequisite of the Indian revolution. This alliance cannot be conceived in the form of a “workers’ arid peasants’ party” or of a “democratic dictatorship” in the revolution. The revolutionary alliance between the proletariat and peasantry can mean only proletarian leadership of the peasant struggle and, in case of revolutionary victory, the establishment of the proletarian dictatorship with the support of the peasantry.


The Peasant Movement
The growth of the peasant movement in recent times has led to the formation of various mass organizations among the peasantry, among which the most important are the Kisan Sanghs (Peasant Committees) which are loosely linked up in a district, provincial, and finally on an all-India scale in the All-India Kisan Sabha, whose membership in 1939 was 800,000. These associations, whose precise character varies from district to district, are in general today under the control and influence of petty-bourgeois intelligentsia elements who, as pointed out before, cannot follow a class policy independent of the bourgeoisie, although the growing mass pressure upon them is reflected in the more sharply radical demands they are forced to put forward.

There is no means of deciding in advance the exact role of the Kisan Sanghs in the coming revolution. This will be determined by the correlation of forces within them, which in turn will depend largely on the consciousness and militancy of the lower layers of the peasantry and the measure of control they exercise in the Kisan Sanghs. But it can be stated beforehand, on the basis of the experience of the Russian and Chinese revolutions, that the existence of Kisan Sanghs on however wide a scale does not offer a substitute for the separate organizations of poor peasants and agricultural laborers in rural Soviets, under the leadership of the urban working class. Only the Soviets can assure that the agrarian revolution will be carried out in a thorough-going manner.


The Working Class
The industrial proletariat is the product of modern capitalism in India. Its rapid growth in the period since 1914 can be illustrated by a comparison of the Factory Acts Statistics for 1914 and 1936:

Year........ No. of Factories........ No. of workers employed

1914........ 2,936.......................... 950,973
1936........ 9,329...........................1,652,147

The numerical strength of the industrial proletariat can be estimated at five millions, distributed mainly as follows (1935 figures)

(a) Workers in power driven factories (including those of the Native States):1,855,000; (b) Miners: 371,000; (c) Railwaymen:636,000 (d) Transport workers: 3,61,000 (e) Plantation workers:1,00,00,00

The Indian working class is chiefly employed in light industry (cotton, jute, etc.) but also to some extent in the iron, steel, cement, and coal mining industries. The degree of concentration in industrial establishments is relatively high, owing to the recency of industrial development and the typically modern character of many of the new enterprises. The proletariat holds a position in Indian society which cannot be gauged by its actual size; the true gauge is the vital place it occupies in the economy of the country.

The wage rates of the Indian proletariat are among the lowest, the living conditions the most miserable, the hours of work the longest, the factory conditions the worst, the death rate the highest in the civilized world. The fight to remedy these intolerable conditions and to protect themselves against the steadily worsening conditions of exploitation bring the workers directly to the revolutionary struggle against imperialism and the capitalist system, the destruction of which is necessary for their emancipation.


Working Class Struggles
The record of proletarian struggle in India dates back to the last century; but the movement took on an organized character only in the post-war period. The first great wave of strikes (1918-21) signaled the emergence of the Indian working class as a separate force, and gave to the national political movement during this period a truly revolutionary significance for the first time in its history. In 1920, on the crest of this strike wave, the Indian Trade Union Congress was formed. The second great strike wave of the late twenties, especially in Bombay, showed an immense advance in the working-class movement, marked by its growing awakening to communist ideas. The increasing millions of the workers and the growing influence of the Communists caused the trade union movement to be split in two by those leaders who sought the path of collaboration with the bourgeoisie. Thus the reactionary Trade Union Federation was formed in 1929. This policy of the reactionary labor leaders was facilitated by the disastrous “Red Trade Union” policy followed by the Communist Party of India on orders from the Comintern bureaucracy. With the arrest of the Communist leaders on a trumped-up charge (the Meerut Conspiracy case) and the further splitting of the Trade Union Congress in 1931, the wave of working-class struggle subsided once more. It was in this period (1930-31) that the Communist Party of India, which commanded the confidence of the awakening workers, made the grievous political mistake of standing aside from the mass movement which was again assuming revolutionary proportions.

The tendency towards economic recovery commencing in 1936, combined with the mass activities in connection with the election campaign of the Congress led to a revival in the mass movement which entered once again on a period of rise. The Congress Ministries saw a resurgence of the working-class strike movement with the Bengal jute strike (1937) and the Cawnpore textile strike (1938), a resurgence which was arrested only by measures of increased repression introduced by the government since the outbreak of war; but not before the Indian working class had clearly demonstrated its attitude towards the imperialist war, particularly by the mass political anti-war strike in Bombay of 80,000 workers.


Left Groups
The Communist Party of India, which alone in the last two decades could have afforded the Marxist leadership that above all things is needed, made instead a series of irresponsible mistakes, which find their expression in bureaucratically-conceived policies of the Comintern. In conformity with its false central programmatic aim, the “democratic dictatorship” of the proletariat and the peasantry, the CPI fostered the growth of workers’ and peasants’ parties from 1926 to 1928, at the expense of an independent working-class party. This policy was shelved in 1929 to make way for an ultra-left sectarian policy (in the celebrated Third Period days of the Coinintern), the signal expression of which came in the splitting of the trade union movement by the formation of “Red Trade Unions.” This sectarian policy of the CPI led to its isolation from the mass struggle of 1930-31, and made the bourgeois betrayal of the struggle so much the easier. In the period of ebb which followed (1934) the CPI was illegalized and has remained so since. From 1935 onwards, the CPI (again at the behest of the Comintern now openly and flagrantly the tool of the Soviet bureaucracy), reversed its policy once more and held out the hand of collaboration to the bourgeoisie through the policy of the National United Front which credited the bourgeoisie with a revolutionary role. The CPI was transformed into a loyal opposition within the Congress, having no policy independent of that organization, a state of things which continues today.

Mechanically echoing every new slogan advanced by the Comintern to suit the changing policies of the Soviet bureaucrats, the CPI has shown its reactionary character by its attitude towards the imperialist war. With its false theory of national united front, the CPI is making ready to repeat its betrayal of the Chinese revolution by handing over the leadership of the revolutionary struggle to the treacherous bourgeoisie. The Communist Party of India, because of the prestige it seeks to obtain from the Russian revolution and the Soviet Union, is today the most dangerous influence within the working class of India.

Openly preaching collaboration with the bourgeoisie, and today with the British imperialists at war, is the party of M.N. Roy. With a narrowing base within the working class, Roy has turned for a following to the labor bureaucrats supporting the war, and to the bourgeoisie itself.

The Congress Socialist Party (1934) has from the beginning followed a policy of utter subservience to the Congress bourgeoisie, and remains today completely without a base within the working class. Surrendering its claim to an independent existence, the CSP has been split wide open by the Communists who worked inside it, and is today an empty shell devoid of political substance.

To the left of the Communist Party, disgusted with its bureaucratic leaders and its reactionary policies, there exists a number of small parties and groups, occupying more or less centrist positions. Such are the Bengal Labor Party (Bolshevik Party of India), the Red Flag Communist (Communist Party) led by S.N. Tagore, etc. Without a clear-cut revolutionary policy and without making a decisive break organizationally and politically with the Comintern, these parties and groups are unable to offer the working class the independent leadership it requires.

Nevertheless these groups and parties contain many tried fighters and able Marxist theoreticians, who would be invaluable in a revolutionary working-class party.
This party can be only the Bolshevik-Leninist Party of India, the party of the Fourth International in India, which alone with its revolutionary strategy based on the accumulated experience of history and the theory of permanent revolution in particular, can lead the working class of India to revolutionary victory. This party has still to be built on an all-India scale, though many groups exist already whose fusion in the Formation Committee of the Bolshevik-Leninist Party of India has provided the nucleus for its formation.

Despite its subjective weakness in organization and consciousness, inevitable in a backward country and in the conditions of repression which surround it, the working class is entirely capable of leading the Indian revolution. It is the only class objectively fitted for this role, not only in relation to the Indian situation but in view of the decline of capitalism on a world scale, which opens the road to the international proletarian revolution.


The Permanent Revolution
India faces a historically belated bourgeois-democratic revolution, the main tasks of which are the overthrow of British imperialism, the liquidation of a semi-feudal land system, and the clearing away of feudal remnants in the form of the Indian Native States. But although bourgeois-democratic revolutions occurring in the advanced capitalist countries in previous centuries found leadership in the then rising bourgeoisie, the Indian bourgeoisie appearing on the scene only after the progressive role of the bourgeoisie in the world as a whole has been exhausted, is incapable of providing leadership to the revolution that is unfolding in India.
Connected with and dependent on British capital from the beginning, the Indian bourgeoisie today displays the characteristics of a predominantly compradore bourgeoisie, enjoying at the best the position of a very junior partner in the firm British Imperialism & Co. Hence, while they have been prepared to place themselves through the Indian National Congress at the head of the anti-imperialist mass movement for the purpose of utilizing it as a bargaining weapon to secure concessions from the imperialists, the bourgeois leaders have restricted the scope of the movement and prevented its development into a revolutionary assault on imperialism.

Incapable from the very nature of their position of embarking on a revolutionary struggle to secure their independence, and fearful of such a struggle, the bourgeois leaders have maintained their control over the mass movement only to betray it at every critical juncture.

Secondly, unlike the once revolutionary bourgeoisie of former times which arose in opposition to the feudal landowning class and in constant struggle against it, the Indian bourgeoisie has developed largely from the landowning class itself, and is in addition closely connected with the landlords through mortgages. They are therefore incapable of leading the peasants in the agrarian revolution against landlordism. On the contrary, as is clearly demonstrated by the declared policy and actions of the Congress both during the Civil Disobedience movements and in the period of the Congress Ministries, they are staunch supporters of zamindari interests.

Finally, unlike the bourgeois-democratic revolutions of former times, the revolution in India is unfolding at a time when large concentrations of workers already exist in the country. The industrial proletariat numbering five millions occupies a position of strategic importance in the economy of the country which cannot be measured by its mere numerical strength. It is important to remember, moreover, that a hitherto uncalculated but indubitably very high proportion of these workers is employed in large concerns employing sever-al hundreds of thousands of workers. The high degree of concentration of the Indian proletariat immeasurably advances its class consciousness and organizational strength. It was only in the post-war years that the Indian working class emerged as an organized force on a national scale. But the militant and widespread strike waves of 1918-21 and of 1928-29, which were the precursors of the mass Civil Disobedience movements of 1920-21 and of 1930-33 testify to the rapidity of the awakening. These workers are in daily conflict not only with the British owners of capital, but also with the native bourgeoisie. Faced by the threat of the working class, the Indian bourgeoisie has grown more conservative and suspicious. With every advance in organization and consciousness of the workers, the bourgeoisie has drawn nearer to the imperialists and further away from the masses. It is clear that not a single one of the tasks of the bourgeoisdemocratic revolution can be solved under the leadership of the Indian bourgeoisie. Far from leading the bourgeois-democratic revolution, the Indian bourgeoisie will go over to the camp of the imperialists and landlords on the outbreak of the revolution.

The urban petty bourgeoisie, daily becoming declassed and pauperized under imperialism and declining in economic significance, cannot even conceive of playing an independent role in the coming revolution. Since, however, there is no prospect whatever of improving their conditions under imperialism, but on the contrary they are faced with actual pauperization and ruin, they are forced onto the revolutionary road. The peasantry, the largest numerically and the most atomized, backward and oppressed class, is capable of local uprisings and partisan warfare, but requires the leadership of a more advanced and centralized class for this struggle to be elevated to an all-national level. Without such leadership the peasantry alone cannot make a revolution.

The task of such leadership falls in the nature of things on the Indian proletariat, which is the only class capable of leading the toiling masses in the onslaught against imperialism, landlordism and the native princes. The concentration and discipline induced by its very place in capitalist economy, its numerical strength, the sharpness of the class antagonism which daily brings it into conflict with the imperialists who are the main owners of capital in India, its organization and experience of struggle, and the vital position it occupies in the economy of the country, as also its steadily worsening condition under imperialism, all combine to fit the Indian proletariat for this task.

But the leadership of the working class in the bourgeoisdemocratic revolution poses before the working class the prospect of seizing the power and, in addition to accomplishing the long overdue bourgeois-democratic tasks, proceeding with its own socialist tasks. And thus the bourgeois-democratic revolution develops uninterruptedly into the proletarian revolution and the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat as the only state form capable of supplanting the dictatorship of the Indian bourgeoisie in India. The realization of the combined character of the Indian revolution is essential for the planning of the revolutionary strategy of the working class. Should the working class fail in its historic task of seizing the power and establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat, the revolution will inevitably recede, the bourgeois tasks themselves remain unperformed, and the power will swing back in the end to the imperialists without whom the Indian bourgeoisie cannot maintain itself against the hostile masses. A backward country like India can accomplish its bourgeois-democratic revolution only through the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat. The correctness of this axiom of the theory of permanent revolution is demonstrated by the victorious Russian revolution of October 1917, and it is confirmed on the negative side by the tragic fate of the Chinese revolution of 1925-27.

In India, moreover, where the imperialists are the main owners of capital, the revolutionary assault of the workers against imperialism will bring them into direct and open conflict with the property forms of the imperialists from the moment the struggle enters the openly revolutionary stage. The exigencies of the struggle itself will in the course of the openly revolutionary assault against imperialism demonstrate to the workers the necessity of destroying not only imperialism but the foundations of capitalism itself. Thus, though the Indian revolution will be bourgeois in its immediate aims, the tasks of the proletarian revolution will be posed from the outset.

But the revolution cannot be stabilized even at this stage. The ultimate fate of the revolution in India, as in Russia, will be determined in the arena of the international revolution. Nor will India by its own forces be able to accomplish the task of making the transition to socialism. Not only the backwardness of the country, but also the international division of labor and the interdependence – produced by capitalism itself – of the different parts of world economy, demand that this task of the establishment of socialism can be accomplished only on a world scale. The victorious revolution in India, however, dealing a mortal blow to the oldest and most widespread imperialism in the world will on the one hand produce the most profound crisis in the entire capitalist world and shake world capitalism to its foundations. On the other hand it will inspire and galvanize into action millions of proletarians and colonial slaves the world over and inaugurate a new era of world revolution.

          Dear Dr. Wessely        
An open letter to Dr. Simon Wessely,

My my, such a to-do this week. Over precisely what? If you have received actual death threats, for heaven's sake take them to the police, now. Or are you just exagerrating your lack of popularity in the patient community?

If you really have received threats (and if so, that's what the law is for), then here is my response to you:

1. There are an estimated 250,000 patients in the UK suffering from M.E. Statistically speaking, it's probable that some within that large community might be personally unbalanced. It's irresponsible to use those few as an excuse to mistreat the rest. How have you mistreated them? In this particular case, by trying to scare off researchers and clinicians who might seek to help these people, many of whom are invalids.  You also blow a smoke screen so the press doesn't notice there's professional and sober criticism of your pet theories and research.
     This is irresponsible for a medical professional, and irresponsible for all those media outlets to give you so much space with which to condemn 250,000 sick people. Shame on you, and shame on them.

2. The researchers who I know who have left the field did so because of threats from their bosses and ridicule from colleagues, not patients, plus a lack of funding for biomedical research. Your outcries might perform the same function. Now why would you want that?

3. Things got pretty hot in the breast cancr community when they were debating full mastectomy v. simple lump removal, but nobody suggested stopping research into breast cancer.

4. If email had been available in the mid-1980s, does anyone believe the desperately sick and ignored AIDS community would never have sent insulting emails? To someone who insisted they were somaticizing?

5. How convenient that the press plasters Simon's paranoia all over the place, but the stories printed about ME/CFS in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal in the past year never got a peep in the British press - now why is that? Do you believe Americans are more polite? Not likely, is it? Do you think it might have something to do with the SMC, which you helped found? Has the British press really sunk this low?

There were lots of stories involving M.E. and CFS that could have been covered by the British press this past week. A committee has come up with a new definition of M.E., based on biomarkers and biological evidence, soon to be published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. That's certainly worthy of coverage. New biomarkers have come out of the New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry. But the British press doesn't cover the evidence that M.E. and CFS (Fukuda 1994) or ME/CFS (Canada 2003) are not caused by somaticizing (the physical expression of emotion).

In 1999, Harvard University medical professor Anthony Komaroff declared in the Journal of American Medicine that with thousands of refereed journal articles into biomedical symptoms, correlations, tests, and possible causes of CFS (Fukuda 1994), it's time to put an end to the psychiatric explanation of the disorder. He has not changed his position (except to note there are now thousands more). How long will it take for that information to reach British shores? Twelve years of silence is a very long time.

When will responsible scientists, journalists, and representatives of the government finally put an end to the monopoly of information in the UK by psychiatrists, with regards to both CFS and M.E.? WHO has coded M.E. under neurology, not psychiatry, since 1969. Why is all the information on this disease printed in the UK tilted towards psychiatry? It certainly hasn't helped the patients, who remain sick (with an estimated 65,000 housebound or bedridden). People have died from this disease, and at some point in its course it is apparently contagious - why keep shoving it under the rug?

Gosh, do you think it has anything to do with the monetary inconvenience it would pose for insurance companies and penurious governments if this disease were taken seriously - if the biomedical research was portrayed honestly?

I fear George Orwell's dystopia has arrived - 27 years late.
          Barbarians        
Here is a fine example of civility.

And I guess if its good enough for the Dictator,

It is good enough for the Brits.

This is funny, in a dark, Monty Python sort of way.

Maybe everyone in war should wear their underwear.

According to Bill Maher, these are the New Rules.

And just in case you missed it,

Here is the US Senate getting a rare look

at what truth looks like,

While showing their rears too.

Its about 45 minutes long.

And here is a nice piece from Scott Ritter:

He says,

"George Galloway, the politician in question, stared down the US Senate subcommittee on homeland security and government affairs, and its notoriously partisan chairman Norm Coleman, and blasted as totally unfounded the committee's allegations that he had profited from oil vouchers in exchange for his anti-war stance. He emerged from the hearing victorious. If only more politicians, British and American alike, were able to display such courage in the face of the atmosphere of neoconservative intimidation prevalent in Washington these days.

But mainstream America still seems unable to digest the horrific reality that the MP's testimony underscored: that Senator Coleman's McCarthy-like hearings are but a smoke screen for a crime of horrific proportions. "

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          Dear Candidate 2016        


It might seem like it's too far off, but it really won't be long before the lawns begin to sprout all those lovely candidate signs signaling the election season is upon us, once again.

I'm not a big fan of how long this process goes on. Plus I'm always hoping that we'll have some reasonable campaign reform before the next election season, which never happens. Change that nips not only the huge money in the bud, but also reels in the amount of time we have to spend listening to the candidates telling us who they are, what they stand for, and how they'll vote; usually a load of crap they think the masses want to hear, one lie after another after another. In a perfect world, campaigners would also curtail their boasting about how much they love their god and how they'll uphold that book once they get into office. As if it has any relevance to how well they will do the job. Check any paper after the election and you'll find just how immoral some of those leaders have been once they got into office.

The candidate(s) who would top my list would possess integrity, first and foremost. Don't lie, plain and simple. In this day and age when things can be fact checked relatively easy, just don't do it. And if, for whatever reason, it's found out that something was done improperly, admit it. Be intentional in transparency, stop putting up smoke screens to deflect away when being human is all that happened. I'd have much more respect for that than a cover-up. Oh, and using this as a photo-op is also not a good idea. Sincerity and honesty is key. Be the person who is represented on the campaign trail, not just give us a showy version of an ideal you think we want to elect.

Productivity is also very important. Did the candidate show up for the job and produce? I want to know that who I've got representing me is not afraid to get their hands dirty and work. Roll up the sleeves and get things done kind of effort. If they have political experience, were they present at the time of voting, were they in attendance on committees they served and, more importantly, did they do the research on whatever the issue was before they voted? And if they are new to politics, what did they bring to the table in their own communities or what were they active in and passionate about? How did they contribute that was meaningful and substantive? I'd vote for anyone who can demonstrate what working hard means and shows how it was done.

Along with being a person who knows how to contribute, the prospective candidate who has the ability to work well with others shows a genuineness for collaboration. It is another key trait which promises to ensure success in getting elected. It's certainly required in all positions, but politics demands the ability to see both sides of issues, and determine solutions that will achieve a balance between differing opinions. The end goal being that the welfare of the community is maintained, not the stroking of the biggest ego in the room.

The last qualities that would put a candidate in as a top contender for me are the ones who possess intelligence and common sense, and can speak without stammering about how to implement good ideas in a rational, sensible fashion. Having a good grasp on the overall big picture and how to solve problems is an enormous plus! Making the right choices for the people they represent as well as taking into consideration what is ethical will only enhance those choices.

What I want to see in a candidate who stands before me begging for my vote is someone who is a genuine and humane human being. We've all see the flashy, disingenuous, smug lifetime politician who says all the right things to one group and changes his or her tune to coincide with the next twenty agendas of organizations visited during the campaign. It's disgusting, it's manipulative and it's not what we need at the helm of legislating laws. Those that are supposed to be there for the betterment of the communities that elected them need a trustworthy candidate.

I'm always hoping that the selection offered up of local, state and federal campaigners has a quality and caliber about them that truly shows leadership and empathy for the communities they represent. And there are some, but not enough. The volume of good leaders has to increase substantially. I hope it does before the next election season.

In my old age, I've gotten rather cynical though as I've watched election after election boil down to the lesser of two evils in just about every one I've been privileged to participate in.

So, Dear Candidate 2016 - if you don't fit the proposed mold - don't even get in the ring this time.

Please and Thank You.

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Gutsy blog Suellen :-)) I hear this frequently: I wish I had the guts to do what you do; or I could never do that; or that's ok for yooooou ... as if to imply the latter puts me in some insane category. The truth is most people live with fear; fear of dying, fear of failing, fear of loss, fear of disapproval ... fear, fear, fear. Even successful people are faced with fears. I believe the challenge is either one of deconstructing the fear, in order to strip it of it's power. Or, standing on our dig, and doing it anyway. Frankly, there is negotiating with fear; we either do it, or we don't do it. The smoke screen of procrastination, is another word for 'not doing it.' Love your style Catherine
          The Psocial Network        
Google+ is a great idea:  a social network that lets you build arbitrarily complex classifications of relationships with other users.  The goal?  To let you build social networks that resemble "real life."  That's a powerful thing.  Unfortunately, that goal is never going to come to pass because somewhere on the way from great idea to great product, somebody straightened his (and yes, I feel certain that this decision was made by a man) tie and said that he'd like it better if it made people use their real names.

Now, instead of a network that looks like real life, you have a network that looks like a version of real life in which you wear your driver's license on your shirt and announce your name to everyone you see.  That is not, obviously, what real life is like, but that's what Google wants the social network to be.  If you're interested in why, I think this makes for some fine reading.

But let's get back to how this change essentially makes it certain that Google+ isn't going to be the revolutionary game-changer it could be.  I wrote a while back about the fact that the design of Google+ implies two specific features, neither of which are in the product.  The first is strong identity.  Whether you call it that (I like that personally) or "Validated Identity" or whatever else, it means that you have provided some kind of proof to Google of who you are and that Google has stored that information and attached it to your profile.  Right now, Google is putting on a kind of Identity Theater in which they pretend to require valid identity documentation from a user if there is any kind of question about the validity of their profile.  Anyone reading this blog knows by now that this is a long way from reality.  The thing is, Google's not really equipped for the customer service load that doing this for real would involve, so instead of simply being honest with us, they've put up a pointless smoke screen, obviously intending to prop things up later...if later ever comes.

The second is strong privacy.  Strong privacy is exactly what it sounds like:  I control what information I share with all parties.  So far, Google's record on privacy with Google+ is pretty poor.  Obviously the biggest, noisiest issue that has come up is the so-called 'NymWars.  There are others:  gender privacy (which they fixed, quickly and correctly), and various issues with sharing information about your contacts with various systems, sharing granularity in Photos, etc.

Google+ needs these to make it what it is intended to be.  There is, however, one other thing that's required and that is Flexible Names.

I don't necessarily mean pseudonyms here.  They are a part of it, but not the whole.  Possibly not even the most important part.  Danah Boyd has already written a significant analysis of "real name" policies and how they relate to issues of power and privacy.  I suggest reading that if you haven't done so already.  The thing is, we all use a multiplicity of names in the course of our daily lives even if we don't use the internet, much less a social network, at all.  The vast majority of those names are not our "wallet name."  That is real life--you know, the thing Google+ says it wants to help you reproduce in a social network.

An example:  I am not, universally, known as Gary Walker.  Frankly, I prefer "Gary E. Walker," and that is how I sign my name and any official correspondence, papers, etc.  To my immediate family and to everyone who knew me prior to late 1991, however, I am "Edward Walker."  

My father is "Gary Walker" (although Gary isn't his first name), and to avoid confusion, I was called by my middle name until I went to college and it got to be too much of a hassle to explain to people that I went by "Edward."  Eventually, I got to like being "Gary E. Walker" and I just stopped mentioning the whole "Edward" thing to people.  Now, when my mother calls the house and my wife answers the phone, my mom doesn't ask for "Gary."  That is still my father (although Google would insist that he is actually "James," a name I have never heard anyone call him in almost 4 decades).  She asks for "Edward" which is my name as far as she is concerned.

Back that up a second...my name depends on who I'm talking to?  Yeah.  It does.  Context alters identity just like it alters the kind of information you want to share.  That's implicit in Circles.  That's why the real name policy feels so spectacularly wrong.

Another example:  How many people do you know who have an "anglo" name which they use with co-workers, or at school as well as a "real" name which is something the rank and file can't pronounce, but that their folks at home use exclusively?  Google, apparently, has never met someone who goes by "Jeff" even though his real name is Kwon-Li or Aref, or Jumaane, because they haven't made any provision for that and have made it impossible to use the limited resources they have provided to address the issue.

So what you really have in real life is what I've decided to call a Psocial Network.  A multi-leveled affair in which both the type of relationships and your identity vary from one set of contacts to another.  That's what Google+ is supposed to be.  I realize Vic Gundotra has said that it's the way the designer designed it.  That sort of makes me wonder why Google is preventing that same designer from publishing his book on the subject.

Somebody straightened his tie.  Somebody male.  Somebody over 40.  Somebody making more money than you or me or the very smart people who designed this system.  I don't know who.  I don't know when.  I can smell the power-tie testosterone-soaked used-car-salesman stink of this 3000 miles from Mountain View, though.  And remember, if you don't like it, don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
          inspire        



Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! Audrey Hepburn

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. Michael Jordan

The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility. Charles Kettering







          The Anatomy of a Contemporary Pyramid Scheme In The New Iraqi Dinar American Greed Ponzi Fraud        

A very strange Ponzi scheme is evolving in the United States regarding a small, instable currency called the (New) Iraqi Dinar. Fraudulent businesses dealing in the currency have popped up on the internet operating in a way analogous to the Bucket Shops that helped precipitate the 1929 stock market collapse that led into the Great Depression.

To understand this scam you have to understand foreign currency markets. The FX (Forex) market is an out-growth of commercial banking where importers and exporters are assisted by very large bank FX brokers. The market for foreign exchange is the largest financial market in the world, open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day with daily spot and forward contract volume estimated at $1.88 trillion dollars per day according to the 2004 triennial central bank survey.

But, here's the problem. The New Iraq Dinar is virtually not trading in this massive Forex interbank market because of the instability of civil war, the American military occupation, and prior embargoes all of which have made significant export-import transactions impossible.

In short the Iraqi economy is effectively sequestered from the rest of the world!

TOURIST EXCHANGE WINDOWS AND KIOSKS ARE A DIFFERENT MARKET!

There is a very small, insignificant exchange market in each foreign currency in which small foreign national banks operate that allows tourists to exchange tiny amounts of currency when in Iraq that is NOT the Forex inter-bank market. It operates semi autonomously within local national banks where people get exchange for small personal purchases when in Iraq. This is where all the New Dinar trading is occurring. Without the necessary liquidity of the interbank market the New Iraqi Dinar has a miniscule float that is extremely volatile to this U.S. currency Ponzi scheme.

Central banks abhor excessive speculative exchange rate volatility because it confounds the process of economic policy implementation through supply intervention (e.g. the U.S. Federal Reserve affects supply and demand through its discount window). With no depth, breadth, or width in a New Iraqi Dinar inter-bank Forex market, combined with the majority of currency floating overseas due to the New Iraq Dinar Ponzi scheme here in the U.S., this already economically uncertain government is facing a particularly difficult monetary situation where policy interventions are neutralized by this scam.

The Iraqi government DOES NOT want the price of the currency driven up violently by fraudulent speculation. THIS IS WHY THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IS ISSUING WARNINGS! If pyramid scheme people were to drive up the price of the New Dinar it would inject artificial inflation into the already unstable Iraqi economy. At some point the government would be forced to throw in the towel and stem the inflation by RETIRING the New Iraqi Dinar and reissuing new currency.

In so doing anyone outside of Iraq holding the New Iraqi Dinar will be wiped out! A somewhat similar, though not identical, scenario played out in Brazil in its conversion from a military regime to a democracy that was initiated by President Jose Sarney in the late 1980s with his moratorium on external debt accumulated by the prior military command economy. Retirement of the currency was part of that plan and they had to do it various times!

RABBITS SET UP FOR THE KILL!

Here in Puerto Rico there is an internet website that offers Iraqi Dinars. A local physician informed me that his colleagues in a local hospital have bought between 500,000 to 1 million New Iraqi Dinars. They received a rush message from another doctor friend in New York that claimed that Chase bank exchanges 1 Dinar for $1.89. This means, for instance, if a group of doctors bought $100 US worth of Dinars from the Puerto Rican Dinar pyramid operator for $120 that they'll get $189 US in return. If the Puerto Rico fraud operator claims were true they would receive a holding period return of 57.5%.
Two of the physician's doctor friends bought tickets to travel to New York to exchange their money with Chase Bank
This astute physician kept getting calls from his colleagues telling him to buy Dinars. But he felt that the "opportunity" was too good to be true suspecting that the local Puerto Rican Dinar dealer created the rumor to increase buying demand and ill-gotten profits.
He contacted Chase directly and spoke with 2 people asking very simply and clearly:
"Hello I am looking for information about exchanging Iraqi Dinar for American US Dollars." The second lady answered, "You need an account to receive that information"
The physician said, "I don't have an account yet but please help me get information as I am planning to open one soon."

She said, "Yes, Hold a Minute." After 5 minutes of silence on the line she came back saying, "OK what kind of information do you need " He asked, "How much do I get for 1,000,000 Iraq Dinars." She put him on hold again but this time she came back faster, " Sir, for 1 million Iraqi Dinars you will get $749,000 USD." The physician was unpleasantly surprised and asked, "Can you tell me that amount again, do you mean 'seven hundred forty nine thousand.'" She said, "Yes, that's what you will get for that amount of Dinars."

The physician was shocked and perplexed at the low amount he would receive for his Dinars. If he would have made the mistake of investing $120 with the Puerto Rico operator he would have received only $74.90 in return... a loss of $45.10 or -37.58%!

DIRECT AND INDIRECT QUOTES ARE RELATED BUT NOT THE SAME!

Exchange is quoted directly or indirectly. Directly means that it's from the U.S. perspective answering the question, "how many units of country X's currency do I get per U.S. dollar?" Indirect quotes answer the opposite question, "how many dollars do I get per unit of country X's currency?"

So, in this case the kind lady was telling him that the direct quote for the Iraqi Dinar is 0.7490 US dollars per Iraqi Dinar when you buy with US Dollars. Note that quotes are out to 4 decimal places. From this it is easy to calculate the indirect quote by taking the reciprocal. So, you would get 1.3351 Iraqi Dinar per U.S. dollar if you bought Dinars at the time I wrote this article.

This reciprocal relationship, simple as it is, between the direct and indirect quote confuses people. The Puerto Rico Dinar website is confusing people by claiming that the indirect quote (which they are inflating) is what people will get when they hold Dinars.

Also, the fact that this group of physicians had to really hunt to find a bank that would exchange Dinars is further evidence that there is no strong inter-bank market for the currency. When people come back from travel they often carry foreign currency in their wallets. For small, instable currencies only a very large bank like Chase will bother with the hassle of exchanging the currency.

SUSTAINED OUTSANDING INVESTOR RETURNS START WITH QUALITY EDUCATION!

An excellent movie every beginning investor should watch is "Boiler Room" where Ben Afleck is one of the stars. In the investment industry "rabbits" are certain people that are most conducive to suggestion through a good story as a smoke screen for a bad investment with a big cut for the promoter. A "rabbit" is someone who a dishonest investment operator can make a buck on fast. Rabbits are those people that know they are very intelligent because they are highly specialized in fields that required outstanding academic excellence to have entered highly competitive professional fields. When you combine smug intellectual arrogance with high income such people are also prone to remain quiet AFTER they have been conned.

The people that best fit this profile for investment "sucker plays" are physicians, CPAs, attorneys, and engineers. The movie Boiler Room portrays the process perfectly. My father was a very successful optometrist. I hold a highly regarded research Ph.D. in finance today and am a university finance professor specialized in leveraged investments because of all the con jobs I watched dad get suckered into as I silently watched as an ignored child during "opportunity" meetings.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY

At the beginning of any pyramid scheme everyone makes a return when the operation is small but eventually every fool is parted with his money!

The Wallet Doctor http://www.WalletDoctor.com cuts through the bull in Futures, Forex, and Options. Join his Fun In The Sun Investment Club in Puerto Rico at http://www.caribbeaninvestmentclub.com

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          Short Creek's Long Legacy        

Earlier this month, when Texas authorities entered the compound of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints near Eldorado, the men, women, and children of the ranch surely thought of a similar raid conducted on their predecessors more than half a century earlier. In 1953, Arizona law-enforcement officials descended on the Short Creek community on the Arizona-Utah border and took nearly 400 Mormon fundamentalists, including 236 children, into custody. The raid on Short Creek backfired, however, by arousing public sympathy for the polygamists, and it shaped the ensuing relationship between state powers and polygamous communities for the next 50 years. But this legacy also ultimately helped lead to the recent events in Eldorado.

Though the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints banned polygamy in 1890, plural marriage remained a way of life for many church members and leaders for several more decades. By the 1930s, however, Mormon officials began to excommunicate those who refused to abide by orders to enter only monogamous marriages. Polygamists—or fundamentalist Mormons, as they came to be called—insisted the church had strayed from Joseph Smith's most important teaching about the path to salvation. Many of them, vowing to preserve the practice of plural marriage, gathered in Short Creek, Ariz., an isolated town north of the Grand Canyon where other polygamists had begun to settle in 1928. The residents hoped to separate themselves from the world and live out their holy experiment.

Both church and state, however, refused to forget the polygamists at Short Creek. The Mormon Church, still struggling with its own relationship to plural marriage, pressured Utah and Arizona authorities to prosecute the fundamentalists' flouting of state laws. (A small part of the Short Creek community sat on the Utah side of the border.) Small raids in 1935 and 1944 resulted in a handful of arrests, but nothing would compare to the raid of 1953.

In the middle of the night of July 26, 1953, Arizona officials and state police swooped in to arrest the entire town. Government leaders claimed they were acting on behalf of the state's taxpayers. Area residents, resentful of the increase in school taxes connected to the abundance of fundamentalist children, had pressured the Arizona government to do something about the polygamists. The county welfare department was also struggling to support the large number of "single" women who applied for assistance for their dependent children. But Martha Sonntag Bradley, a professor at the University of Utah and the author of Kidnapped From That Land, a book about the Short Creek raid, contends this was all a smoke screen for the government's real desire to stamp out polygamy. "The real problem," Bradley says, "was the way this lifestyle was offensive to the far more basic Judeo-Christian values of the area."

Short Creek had become a ghost town. Thirty-six men were arrested, while 86 women and 263 children were taken into state custody and distributed to small towns throughout the state in an attempt to destroy the polygamous community. (Only a few nonpolygamists avoided arrest.) Newspapers excoriated Arizona for the raid, seeing in it—against the backdrop of the growing Red Scare—the threat of a totalitarian state's power over individual rights. And Americans, sensitive to the images of sobbing children being torn from their parents' arms, defended the fundamentalists' right to practice their religion and to raise their families as they saw fit. Only the Mormon Church seemed to endorse Arizona's actions against the polygamists at Short Creek.

Two years later, nearly all of the men, women, and children had returned to their town—and the already largely separatist fundamentalists further withdrew from the world, taking with them the lessons of the raid. The raid became a community reference point, underscoring the evil intentions of the outside world and the need to remain cut off from its influences. FLDS Church leaders used the raid as an excuse to tighten restrictions on clothing and hairstyles, ex-polygamist Carolyn Jessop writes in her memoir, Escape. Lest future generations forget, the Short Creek raid became a standard feature in community sermons and in the textbooks fundamentalist children studied.

Because the political backlash to the raid had been so strong—Arizona's governor, who had pushed for the raid, was voted out of office the following year—both Arizona and Utah retreated from their prosecution of the fundamentalists, even though polygamy remained illegal. In the détente, the fundamentalists flourished, and the community at Short Creek doubled its population each decade. By 2000, more than 5,000 fundamentalists resided in the twin towns Short Creek had grown into—Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. (Observers estimate the FLDS Church has more than 10,000 members scattered throughout the West.)

But as more time passed since the Short Creek raid, the fundamentalists began taking jobs outside their community and interacting more with the world around them. It was this decreasing separatism that Warren Jeffs sought to curb by moving some of the residents of Colorado City and Hildale to the Texas compound. Jeffs, who had succeeded his deceased father as leader and prophet of the FLDS Church in 2002, claimed direct lineage from both Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith, and he took more than 70 women as wives, many of whom had been his father's spouses, too. Jeffs' sense of his own power was immense, and he commanded absolute obedience from his community. In building the ranch compound in Texas, Jeffs hoped to prepare a perfect place where God's chosen could wait for His imminent return—the compound's name is Yearning for Zion—and he gloried in his status as God's leader on earth. "It was almost as if he thought he was invincible," Martha Bradley notes. "It was exactly how Joseph Smith acted in the last year of his life."

That hubris would eventually spell disaster. As Jeffs began work on the compound in Texas, he also challenged the relatively laissez-faire approach the Utah and Arizona state powers took to the FLDS community with a series of acts that outraged government officials. Jeffs ordered the fundamentalists to remove all their children from the public school system. And charges of sexual abuse among the fundamentalists became public when some of Jeffs' nephews filed a lawsuit claiming he had sodomized them during their childhoods. Other women and men who had left the FLDS Church testified that Jeffs oversaw all marriages in the community and frequently forced underage girls to marry older men. Authorities could no longer turn a blind eye to the community that had grown out of Short Creek.

Jeffs went into hiding after the FBI placed him on its 10 Most Wanted List, but his presence was always felt in Colorado City/Hildale and in Eldorado. Texas officials, free of the legacy that had curtailed Arizona and Utah officials, watched the YFZ ranch closely, probably mindful of their state's own difficult history with a previous separatist sect community—the Branch Davidians, who had established a settlement near Waco more than a decade earlier. When a 16-year-old girl reported sexual abuse at the YFZ ranch via a cell-phone call earlier this month, state troopers rushed into the compound and removed 416 children accompanied by more than 100 women. After most of those women were separated from their children this week, they appeared on Web videos pleading for compassion—perhaps hoping to appeal to the same public sentiment that led to the Short Creek backlash.

State officials in Texas have justified their actions as protecting children from widespread physical and sexual abuse rather than as an interference in nontraditional religious practices. But this separation of polygamy from child abuse confounds some observers, like Martha Bradley. "Why isn't it about polygamy?" Bradley asks. "Because that's the condition that leads to these problems of child abuse. That really is the issue."


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          Getting Over Being Overly Critical of Oneself        

Do you feel as I you don't measure up to other people's expectations?  Do you constantly feel that you should have done this, that or the other?  Do you get to the end of the day and feel that yet again you haven't quite done all of the things you set out to do?  If so, you are not alone; many people suffer from these feelings of guilt or self doubt.

Other people suffer from a slight variation upon this theme.  They feel angry that other people expect so much of them and lash out against the unfairness of the pressures placed upon them.  They want to rule their own life and make their own choices and feel fed up with other people's suggestions, expectations and ideas. 

But when you really dig down deep this variation is merely a reaction to those same old feelings of self-doubt and guilt.  The anger and lashing out at others is merely a self built smoke screen to divert one's attention away from that guilt and self doubt.  They prefer to feel angry so as to protect themselves from those guilty or doubting feelings.

At the end of the day you feel as you do because of how you think about situations and how you respond to situations.  There comes a point in life where it is up to you to build your confidence sufficiently so as to no longer worry so much about what others say, think, encourage, expect or suggest. 

It is up to you to set your own standards and also to live up to them.  There is no point in blaming others or blaming circumstances.  If you really want to do something then you will find a way to do it.  If you feel that you have failed, then try again and again until you succeed.  If you don't try again and you let things slip then you either didn't want it enough or you didn't believe you would succeed. 

Accepting that things are dependent upon you, your own thoughts and your own behavior, and not upon others is an important step upon the pathways to life success and achievement.  In doing this one thing you in fact take control.  You allow yourself to build your strength, build your confidence and build your self esteem.  You allow yourself to begin to live your own life by your own rules.

Satisfaction and happiness comes from feeling you have achieved your own goals.  If you constantly move and change your goals subject to what you think other people think or expect then you will never be satisfied.  It is really, really important to spend some time asking yourself what you want in life and setting goals which are appropriate to you. 

Second guessing what everyone else wants and trying to live up to what you think other people expect is not an easy task to achieve; pleasing yourself and working to your own goals and expectations is what really matters so as to feel happy in yourself.  Basically what we all need in life is the confidence to be ourselves.

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          Top 50 Memorable Movie Cars        
The rotten tomatoes have come up with their own list of the world’s most memorable movie cars. I know some of you are familiar with these spectacular vehicles. From the top 50 list, I took the top 10 cars that made a full blast in the silver screens.

10. Mr. Frye's Ferrari
Type of car: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB
Special features: attracts joyriding parking attendants
Appears in: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

9. Tim Burton's Batmobile
Type of car: GM Batmobile
Special features: Turbine, remote control, shields
Appears in: Batman, Batman Returns

8. Starsky's Gran Torino
Type of car: 1976 Ford Gran Torino
Special features: Mag wheels, custom paint
Appears in: Starsky & Hutch

7. Bandit's Trans Am
Type of car: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Special features: T-tops, CB Radio
Appears in: Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II

6. Ecto-1
Type of car: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor
Special features: Siren, sliding proton pack storage
Appears in: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2

5. James Bond's Aston Martin DB5
Type of car: 1963 Aston Martin DB5
Special features: Oil slick, smoke screen, ejector seat, radar tracking system, machine guns, revolving license plates
Appears in: Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Cannonball Run, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale

4. Bullitt's Mustang
Type of car: 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback
Special features: Makes you feel almost as cool as Steve McQueen
Appears in: Bullitt

3. The General Lee
Type of car: 1969 Dodge Charger
Special features: Extensive race modifications, musical horn
Appears in: The Dukes of Hazzard

2. Herbie
Type of car: 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle)
Special features: Ultimate cruise control
Appears in: The Love Bug, Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie: Fully Loaded

1. Doc Brown's De Lorean
Type of car: 1981 De Lorean DMC-12
Special features: Flux capacitor, remote control, hover conversion, Mr. Fusion generator
Appears in: Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III


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