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12 years ago
Army “Big Brother” Unit Targets Bloggers


"Big Brother is not watching you, but 10 members of a Virginia National Guard unit might be," according to the Army. The Manassas-based Guardsmen are on a one-year assignment to clamp down on both "official and unofficial Army Web sites for operational security violations."

The team, working "under the direction of the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell" hunts for "documents, pictures and other items that may compromise security" — and then orders the parties to take the offensive content offline.

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12 years ago

U.S. agents question teen: Girl ran anti-Bush page on MySpace:

Julia Wilson, 14, got a surprise visit from two Secret Service agents Wednesday at McClatchy High after the words "Kill Bush" appeared on

12 years ago

American Prison Camps Are on the Way

By Marjorie Cohn

Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of Bush's "unlawful enemy combatants." Americans are certain to be among them.

Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests


Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Department's collection of information on demonstrations nationwide last year by students, Quakers and others opposed to the Iraq war.

13 years ago
Teacher Suspended For Criticizing Bush On Tape...

Washington Times   |  Valerie Richardson   |  Posted March 3, 2006 09:15 AM

By many accounts, teacher Jay Bennish was notorious for veering off topic to blast President Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during his social-studies classes here at Overland High School.

Then Sean Allen got an MP3 player for Christmas.

This week, Mr. Bennish was placed on administrative leave pending a school-district investigation after 16-year-old Sean recorded a lecture during his sophomore geography class in which the teacher compared Mr. Bush to Adolf Hitler.

Read entire story here.

13 years ago

CENTCOM Creates "Blog Team" To Scan Blogs

by georgia10 Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 12:12:33 PM PDT

Your tax dollars at work:

[Army Reserve Maj. Richard J. McNorton, CENTCOM's chief of engagement operations] said the team contacts bloggers to inform the writers about any given topic that may have been posted on their site. This outreach effort enables the team to offer complete information to bloggers by inviting them to visit CENTCOM's Web site for news releases, data or imagery.

The team engages bloggers who are posting inaccurate or untrue information, as well as bloggers who are posting incomplete information. They extend a friendly invitation to all bloggers to visit the command's Web site.

The team also has as its mission to spread "good stories":

"Now (online readers) have the opportunity to read positive stories. At least the public can go there and see the whole story. The public wants to hear these good stories," he said, adding that the news stories the military generates are "very factual."  [...]

The team's motto is "Engage," and Flowers and others work with more than 250 bloggers to try to disseminate news about the good work being done by U.S. forces in the global war on terror. The effort, officials here said, has reached more than 17 million online readers.

The contacted bloggers, the press release states, are surprised that the info CENTCOM feeds them isn't presented in the "mainstream media" (CENTCOM's term, not mine).  This newest effort, I think, should be viewed in the context of the military's PR blitz. Almost two months ago, the Army hired a PR firm to funnel "exclusive editorial content" to selected bloggers (diaried here). 

And so, the military takes on a new role: concern troll.

13 years ago

Why's a Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel on the "No-Fly" List? :

When Dr. Robert Johnson, a heart surgeon who did his active duty with the U.S. Army Reserve before being honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, arrived at the Syracuse airport near his home in upstate New York last month for a flight to Florida, he was told he could not travel.

13 years ago

Army Regulation 210-35 dated Jan 14, 2005 - Military responsibilities for creating/operating slave labor camps within USA "1–1. Purpose --This regulation provides Army policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations. Sources of civilian inmate labor are limited to on– and off–post Federal corrections facilities, State and/or local corrections facilities operating from on–post prison camps pursuant to leases under Section 2667, Title 10, United States Code (10 USC 2667), and off–post State corrections facilities participating in the demonstration project authorized under Section 1065, Public Law (PL) 103–337. Otherwise, State and/or local inmate labor from off–post corrections facilities is currently excluded from this program."

call them and fax them
13 years ago
13 years ago

The Line Has Crossed Us All: "Aiding and Abetting" Conviction Brings Six-Month Prison Sentence in SOA Trials By Clare Hanrahan 10 Feb 2006 "Thirty four peaceful protesters arrested during the November 20, 2005, vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, faced trial before Federal Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth on January 30 and 31st. All defendants were found guilty and sentenced to prison or probation. This year, prosecutors charged one activist with 'Aiding and Abetting.' According to the U.S. Criminal Code, 'Whoever aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures the commission of an offense, is punishable as a principal.'"

13 years ago

Company requires RFID injection 10 Feb 2006 Two employees have been injected with RFID chips this week as part of a new requirement to access their company's datacenter. Cincinnati based surveillance company created the policy with the hopes of increasing security in the datacenter where video surveillance tapes are stored.

13 years ago

Anti-war educators face firings, suits
Teacher who applauded peace faced spurious
sexual harassment claims.

13 years ago

Maybe a lifetime in the news business makes one paranoid. Or maybe it was just a matter of timing.

The story showed up in Tuesday's Press-Telegram, as I was reading "Night," Elie Wiesel's horrifying autobiography of a teenager in Buchenwald and Auschwitz.

Appearing on page A5, the story said the federal government had awarded a $385 million contract for the construction of "temporary detention facilities." These would be used, the story said, in the event of an "immigration emergency."

Jamie Zuieback, an official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), explained such an emergency like this: "If, for example, there were some sort of upheaval in another country that would cause mass migration, that's the type of situation that the contract would address."

That sounds a tad fuzzy, but let's concede that the camps do have something to do with immigration, illegal or not. In fact, there already are thousands of beds in place at various U.S. locations for the purpose of housing illegal immigrants.

But for anyone familiar with history U.S. or European the construction of detention camps for whatever purpose should prompt a chilling scenario.

Same folks
The new detention camps will be built by Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton. The latter, as you likely know, is the defense-related corporate giant with fists full of contracts involving the war in Iraq.

Halliburton was led by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000. Democrats in Congress have accused the administration of favoring the company via no-bid contracts. But KBR says the detention contract was competitive.

Tuesday's story also said the contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. However, Halliburton says it was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security in support of ICE.

The contract is for a year, but includes four one-year options. It is a renewal of an existing
13 years ago
''Temporary detention facilities' in the U.S. are a cause for concern'

Maybe a lifetime in the news business makes one paranoid. Or maybe it was just a matter of timing.

The story showed up in Tuesday's Press-Telegram, as I was reading "Night," Elie Wiesel's horrifying autobiography of a teenager in Buchenwald and Auschwitz.

Appearing on page A5, the story said the federal government had awarded a $385 million contract for the construction of "temporary detention facilities." These would be used, the story said, in the event of an "immigration emergency."

Jamie Zuieback, an official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), explained such an emergency like this: "If, for example, there were some sort of upheaval in another country that would cause mass migration, that's the type of situation that the contract would address."

That sounds a tad fuzzy, but let's concede that the camps do have something to do with immigration, illegal or not. In fact, there already are thousands of beds in place at various U.S. locations for the purpose of housing illegal immigrants.

But for anyone familiar with history U.S. or European the construction of detention camps for whatever purpose should prompt a chilling scenario.

Same folks

The new detention camps will be built by Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton. The latter, as you likely know, is the defense-related corporate giant with fists full of contracts involving the war in Iraq.

Halliburton was led by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000. Democrats in Congress have accused the administration of favoring the company via no-bid contracts. But KBR says the detention contract was competitive.

Tuesday's story also said the contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. However, Halliburton says it was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security in support of ICE.

The contract is for a year, but includes four one-year options. It is a renewal of an existing contract, notes Halliburton.

KBR, in fact, had the $9.7 million contract to build the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. This facility, popularly dubbed "Gitmo," holds 660 prisoners classified by the government as "enemy combatants."

Anyone care?

This column is written with the distinct feeling that not many people will give a hoot about any or all of this. But as already noted, a news story about construction of government detention centers should give us all pause.

Considering what took place in Nazi Germany, as well as the shameful incarceration of Japanese-Americans in 1942, no detention camp should be built without the widest possible public scrutiny.

Bottom line: The contract cries out for greater attention. So far, the government's expressed reason for building them is insufficient and ill-defined. And even if the camps do relate to illegal immigration, their purpose could be changed overnight.

This is an instance in which we could be well served by our representatives in Congress. They need to look at this and give constituents a better picture of what is going on.

Let's not have it said, years from now, that no one ever questioned this.

Tom Hennessy can be reached at


Source: Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA)
13 years ago


Democracy Now speaks with writer and author Naomi Klein about what some are calling the real looting of New Orleans. In this week's cover story in The Nation magazine, Klein reports on how the city's poorest evacuees are being kept out of thousands of perfectly livable empty homes.

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Countries Dubya refused help from
13 years ago

U.S. receives aid offers from around the world
(CNN) -- The U.S. government has received offers of aid from dozens of nations across the globe in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the State Department said.

Neither the White House nor the State Department has said whether these offers have been accepted.

However, Reuters reported Sunday that the United States has asked for assistance from the European Union and NATO.

The EU Executive Commission said the United States has asked for first aid kits, blankets, water trucks and 500,000 prepared meals, Reuters reported.

NATO said the United States had asked it for food supplies, Reuters reported. "NATO stands ready to continue to support the United States as it recovers from this natural disaster," the alliance reportedly said in a statement.

Among those offering assistance are India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia, the four countries hardest-hit by the December 26 tsunami.

Other international organizations also offered help, ranging from medical teams to tents to cash donations. They include the Organization of American States, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and World Health Organization.

The United Nations has offered to help coordinate international relief.

Following is a list of some of countries offering aid:


Nigeria has pledged $1 million to hurricane disaster relief, government officials told CNN. "Nigeria will be happy to pledge $1 million to the hurricane disaster fund in the spirit of brotherhood," Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.


China offered $5 million in aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina. If needed, the Chinese government also is prepared to send rescue workers, including medical experts, officials said.

Japan has offered to provide $200,000 to the American Red Cross, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. Japan also will provide up to $300,000 in emergency supplies such as tents, blankets and power generators if it receives requests, the ministry said.

India is making a $5 million donation to the American Red Cross, Ronen Sen, Indian ambassador to the United States, said Saturday. In addition, Sen said India was willing to donate essential medicines to the relief effort.

The Singapore armed forces, responding to requests by the Texas Army National Guard, has sent three Chinook helicopters to Fort Polk, Louisiana, to help in relief efforts.

South Korea awaits a U.S. response after pledging aid, a government official said.

Afghanistan pledged $100,000 to help provide aid to the hurricane victims, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Sri Lanka will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

Taiwan has pledged more than $3 million to the relief effort.


Canada has offered to help in any way it can, and its navy is preparing a ship full of emergency disaster relief supplies to be sent when a request comes.

Cuban President Fidel Castro offered to fly 1,100 doctors to Houston, Texas, with 26 tons of medicine to treat disaster victims.

Mexico has offered $1 million and is sending 15 truckloads of water, food and medical supplies via Texas. The Mexican navy has offered to send two ships, two helicopters and 15 amphibious vehicles.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the United States, offered to send cheap fuel, humanitarian aid and relief workers to the disaster area.


Australia is giving $10 million, most of it to the American Red Cross, according to the Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.


France has offered mobile help from rescue teams in the French Antilles in the Caribbean, including a civil defense detachment of 35 people, tents, camp beds, generators, motor pumps, water treatment units and emergency kits, two CASA cargo aircraft, a ship (Batral Francis Garnier) and the frigate Ventose with its Panther helicopter, and a hurricane disaster unit. France also has offered assistance from the French mainland, including several aircraft. In addition, the NGO Telecoms Sans Frontieres, which specializes in restoring phone lines and Internet service in disasters, is ready to send a team of experts and equipment. Veolia Environment, which has facilities in Louisiana, has offered to make its local water management resources available.

Germany has offered a range of assistance, including medical and transportation services, water treatment capabilities and aid in searching for victims and supplies. Germany also has said it is ready and willing to "dip into its own emergency oil reserves" to release some 2 million barrels a day for 30 days.

Italy has offered to send aid and evacuation specialists immediately, Italy's civil protection unit said. Authorities have prepared two military transport planes to fly amphibious vessels, pumps, generators, tents and personnel to New Orleans, Louisiana, and other areas. They were awaiting word from U.S. officials, the unit said.

US won't let Canada help Katrina victims
13 years ago

Good News, Bad News

The good news:

Canada is sending aid to the United States.

The bad news:

We won’t let them in because of homeland security concerns.

US won't let Canada help Katrina victims by kos Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 20:58:29 PDT

"Things that make you want to scream" for $500, Alex...

Okay, first this article:

A specialized urban search and rescue team from Vancouver will be joining the rescue efforts in Louisiana in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

B.C. Solicitor General John Les said the province decided to send Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) after officials in Louisiana asked for help.

"We're the first non-U.S.-based team to be requested," said Les. "They're going to be helping as many people as they can."

CTV Vancouver has learned that the team will board a plane Wednesday night heading to Lafayette, Louisiana, where local authorities will direct them to devastated areas.

Sounds great! Except for one problem -- this team wasn't allowed to fly into the US, blocked by Homeland Security from entering. A Canadian reader sends this report:

On tonight's news, CTV (Canadian TV) said that support was offered from Canada. Planes are ready to load with food and medical supplies and a system called "DART" which can provide fresh water and medical supplies is standing by. Department of Homeland Security as well as other U.S. agencies were contacted by the Canadian government requesting permission to provide help. Despite this contact, Canada has not been allowed to fly supplies and personnel to the areas hit by Katrina. So, everything here is grounded. Prime Minister Paul Martin is reportedly trying to speak to President Bush tonight or tomorrow to ask him why the U.S. federal government will not allow aid from Canada into Louisiana and Mississippi. That said, the Canadian Red Cross is reportedly allowed into the area.

Canadian agencies are saying that foreign aid is probably not being permitted into Louisiana and Mississippi because of "mass confusion" at the U.S. federal level in the wake of the storm.

Once the hard-hit region is back on its feet, there better be a full accounting of the preparation and response to this catastrophe.

It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too!
13 years ago

My country is in the grip of a president surrounded by thugs in suits

By Howard Zinn

More Americans are beginning to feel, like the soldiers in Iraq, that something is terribly wrong. More and more every day the lies are being exposed. And then there is the largest lie, that everything the US does is to be pardoned because we are engaged in a "war on terrorism", ignoring the fact that war is itself terrorism, that barging into homes and taking away people and subjecting them to torture is terrorism, that invading and bombing other countries does not give us more security but less.


Write on my gravestone: "Infidel, Traitor." --infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.: Wendell Phillips

Illegal Immigration
13 years ago

Towns Lose Tool Against Illegal Immigrants

12 Aug 2005 at 10:00pm

A New Hampshire judge threw out a strategy that two police departments had tried to use that involved charging illegal immigrants with criminal trespassing.

U.S. border posse sets sights on 49th parallel, Robert Matas

13 years ago
It is becoming obvious that they plan to do something soon. They cannot just go ahead and launch a nuclear attack on Iran Carte Blanche as much as they would apparently want to. That just wouldn't fly, and they know it.
So, what other options do the War Profiteers have, in order to have a legitimate Raison D Etre to Nuke Iran? False Flag Operations! Black Ops! Another Operation Northwoods. They are Staging Terror. Every Day.
The CIA controlled Media plants the seeds in the minds of the Brainwashed Sheep.
REMEMBER: Sudden Response 05 will take
place this August.
Military drafts plan for 15 terror scenarios
13 years ago

War Plans Drafted To Counter Terror Attacks in U.S.
Domestic Effort Is Big Shift for Military

By Bradley Graham
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 8, 2005; A01

COLORADO SPRINGS -- The U.S. military has devised its first-ever war plans for guarding against and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States, envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several simultaneous strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans.

The classified plans, developed here at Northern Command headquarters, outline a variety of possible roles for quick-reaction forces estimated at as many as 3,000 ground troops per attack, a number that could easily grow depending on the extent of the damage and the abilities of civilian response teams.

The possible scenarios range from "low end," relatively modest crowd-control missions to "high-end," full-scale disaster management after catastrophic attacks such as the release of a deadly biological agent or the explosion of a radiological device, several officers said.

Some of the worst-case scenarios involve three attacks at the same time, in keeping with a Pentagon directive earlier this year ordering Northcom, as the command is called, to plan for multiple simultaneous attacks.

The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which has been reluctant to become involved in domestic operations and is legally constrained from engaging in law enforcement. Indeed, defense officials continue to stress that they intend for the troops to play largely a supporting role in homeland emergencies, bolstering police, firefighters and other civilian response groups.

But the new plans provide for what several senior officers acknowledged is the likelihood that the military will have to take charge in some situations, especially when dealing with mass-casualty attacks that could quickly overwhelm civilian resources.

"In my estimation, [in the event of] a biological, a chemical or nuclear attack in any of the 50 states, the Department of Defense is best positioned -- of the various eight federal agencies that would be involved -- to take the lead," said Adm. Timothy J. Keating, the head of Northcom, which coordinates military involvement in homeland security operations.

The plans present the Pentagon with a clearer idea of the kinds and numbers of troops and the training that may be required to build a more credible homeland defense force. They come at a time when senior Pentagon officials are engaged in an internal, year-long review of force levels and weapons systems, attempting to balance the heightened requirements of homeland defense against the heavy demands of overseas deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Keating expressed confidence that existing military assets are sufficient to meet homeland security needs. Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe, Northcom's chief operations officer, agreed, but he added that "stress points" in some military capabilities probably would result if troops were called on to deal with multiple homeland attacks.

Debate and Analysis

Several people on the staff here and at the Pentagon said in interviews that the debate and analysis within the U.S. government regarding the extent of the homeland threat and the resources necessary to guard against it remain far from resolved.

The command's plans consist of two main ...


Dont know if you have seen this ?
13 years ago
Mayan Calendar ... December 12, 2012
13 years ago

William A. wrote:

yes there is a transformation coming Pat it is on dec 12 2012, this date is important for it is the last date on the mayan calender.

I found this on another forum and followed the link: 

Some say it's going to end when the Mayan calenders ends in December 21, 2012. Here's some info on this if your interested
more on Catastrophic Earth changes, Solar Files, etc.,
In reality no
13 years ago

Where else though- do all heads of state/services and goverment meet when they are off duty or work! Im pointing my  fingure saying " Could it be" Their interests in mythology from all nations,the fact that it is their members who have been responsable for much of our understanding of archeology! there fianance have really paved the way for much of societys successes, look on their web sites and you will find all known heads of state rich and famous the elite (?) why if they are up to good do they maintain their silence over what they do? why do they use religeous symbolism!? Who is the highest degrree ? we would never know that but your GB is a thiry third degree , there are others also at this rank. so therfore there must be something above this. Unlsess it is based on a democracy(?) judging current world affairs then it is safe to presume they are not worshiping god with their rituals! in fact i think you have seen what they worship.a bit of this a bit of that! when the new Pope was ordained and he waved to all the heads of state. he and george stared at each other with such contempt.a bbc1 cameraman picked up on this and zoomed in. the next time we see a representative of the Vatican we heard " Thought shalt not kill" italys place in this current war is of abstention! I initially thought this is a snakey love look (david Ike) but no it was utter contempt. if these two men were in the same room they would of sparked at each other! funnily our Queen didnt go (?) but right in the middle ,which made the whole thing sick was there was a representation from the people who are oppressing the Palastinians. Romes old enemy. Im in no way anti semetic but another cue from the testaments was Jc said; those who say they are jews who are not jews. the only real threat to the state of jerusalem was Irak as saddam in his wisdom decided to threaten it verbally then demonstate this by parking five armoured personael vehicles in the (?) Gulf one

oh scues me you got a new airbase in uzbekestan. well thats the middle east surrounded ! the news is on in the background.apparently 52 islamic people died protesting about this. whats next We know really dont we!

love n peace

Pete O.: Masons?
13 years ago

Do you know veyr much about "The FreeMasons" Pete?

13 years ago

The building of the proposed kabballah site. the only thing is there is a islamic temple already on the spot and has been since the romans left somewhere between 50 and 100 ad. could this be the constant feature mentioned in Daniel and could the proposed site be the most disgusting thing. Crowley went further than anybody with this and was suppose to have communicated with the arch angel of saturn. what happened after this we do not really know, apart from he turned on his own. published masonic secrets and made other noises! he indictaed a madam balanski and made lots of noises about here, althought they had worked together? he refferred to her as a bag of snakes and a rasist and indeed she was connected with the higher authorities in germany at that time as she was Russian- but she never went back after the war finished maybe she didnt like russia or the other way round!

This is the only other place i have heard the term illuminatie is in Crowleys theory of magick and the golden dawn material that came from this! althought this sounds hocus pocus. there must be somethingin it oh eye watch madonna closley love peace tardy hippy

Quotes about Holding a Positive Vibration in the Face of Terrorism
13 years ago
 Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities – those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. (Howard Zinn)

We either fear that human culture is falling apart, or we can hold the Vision that we are awakening. Either way, our expectation is a prayer that goes out as a force that tends to bring about the end we envision. Each of us must consciously choose between these two futures. (James Redfield)

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we all are his accomplices. (Edward R. Murrow)

 A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one." The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?" The grandfather answered, "The one I feed." (Unknown)

A new, spiritually based social activism is beginning to assert itself. It stems not from hating what is wrong and trying to fight it, but from loving what could be and making the commitment to bring it forth. (Marianne Williamson) -

 Those who have been immersed in the tragedy of massive death during wartime, and who have faced it squarely, never allowing their senses and feelings to become numbed and indifferent, have emerged from their experiences with growth and humanness greater than that achieved through almost any other means. (Elisabeth KuBler-Ross, 1926 Swiss-born American Psychiatrist)

We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. (William Edwart Gladstone)

 Within a duality reality you empower what you oppose. (Dean Fraser)

 It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. (Confucius, BC 551-479 Chinese Ethical Teacher Philosopher)

13 years ago
William, I started studying numerology in 1972. The last thing I personally want to do at this point is to get into an extended discussion of the various methods. The bottom line is useful and consistent results and that is what I am interested in. In this context, numerology's ultimate usefulness, whatever method is used, is twofold; 1) It can enable us to see foot/fingerprints in events that gives indications of who is behind them. I think that is well established. The indications are all over the place. but more importantly, 2) It might enable us to predict what they will do next. This is far from established. I am obviously open to the possibility but I have yet to see something substantial in that regard.
its true light cannot be dimmed
13 years ago
but you can be shot!
Huge questions need answers ...
13 years ago
I see, William,
13 years ago
from your webpage... you're using the Pythagorean method, no? I'm no expert, but I know a little bit about the Chaldean method, which of course means all the number references will be different. So, I'm wondering... if the illuminati 'chose' the Pytha. method as their own, and being that they are "evil" we'll call that the "dark" numer. method, then we can call thet Chald. method the "light" counterpart. With that in mind, I wonder what all the references you speak to on your 9/11 page would look like with their Chald. calculations (that calc. method is different as well); and could we then use those numbers to further the "light" energy to over-power, or circumvent the "dark" numer. energy? I hope that makes sense.... if you're confused, let me know and I'll try to explain better. As Patti said, when the power of the "light side" is invoked, nothing can conquer it. (they certainly use astrology as well) .
"They took with them the most perverted aspects of Nazi Germany and brought them
13 years ago

Kay Griggs, Former Marine Colonel's Wife, Talks Again About Military Assassin Squads, Drug Running, Illegal Weapon Deals And Sexual Perversion Deep Within The Highest Levels Of U.S. Military And Government

Katharine ‘Kay’ Griggs knows what it’s like to have a gun pointed in her face. She knows what it’s like to have her face slapped, her bones broken and her nose bloodied by her former bully of a husband, an active Marine Colonel and  a man who she claims is “above the law and literally gets away with murder.”


and more here ....

Peter O.:
13 years ago

Dam that rapture for being so tardy!

13 years ago
Which numerology system are you using? I don't recognize it. .
Im open to what dave said there!
13 years ago

The Jehovas witnesses are shouting -the end is nigh as the prophesies are unfolding. They are unfolding -its in black and white as Daniel dreamt they would .But -is it because we know them?! im sure Mr laden read the bible and obviously the koran... flying goat, two symbols of power ect ect. find a freemason site its all there in black and white! .most people reject the old faiths and not many study beliefs -therefore nobody will bothrered too much about having these symbols around in fact, most will go hey this is cool. Nice suppressive pyramid to remind us that gods (?)people were once slaves.stick an eye in it and bingo we are being watched- The Jehovas issued about the calvary cross which has the same eweness about it...  be godly or moralistic and we will kill ya ? look at the capital of brazil. Jc said turn the other cheek ----- look the other way -not at it even if we dont believe it we are affected by symbology. the numbers go along with the secret handshakes and sighn languages..Mind also we are little turds compared to it (?) the evil eye lol the arabic myth was true. eek 

13 years ago

"Proud to be Human, Ashamed of my planet",,

is the bumper sticker on my car

AmeriKKKa has a "one party" system!
13 years ago

The Democrats make me ashamed to be an American.

The Republicans make me ashamed to be a human being.

13 years ago

well david lets look at numbers and different languages ok

Star = 4 Foundation  (english)

Soliel = 9 = out (french)

Stern = 22 master number (german)

zvedsden = 54 = 9 out    (bulgarian)

ISIS = 2 Duality 

Apollo = 8(creation) 

Sol = 1 = perfection

although you might say all these numbers are different, but if you look at their meanings relating to numbers, they have a pretty profound statement.

this is one of the reasons i beleive that when we die we return to our star. life is a circle the Buddhists are correct.

David I agree with you that different numbers and different languages come out with different meanings, But i have been doing numerology for over 8 years now and i have done several readings for people, and i have come up with after 50 readings to have on avg a 70-85% correction factor.

btw the reason i use the english alphabet to do numerology is because

English = 11  Alphabet = 11      Double masters,

Jewish also 11

arabic = 7 God Like

and english i beleive was derived from Jewish language

David if you have anymore numerology questions please start a new thread.

and here is my numerology page link tons of interesting facts and a free calculator download as well as being able to do your own charts.

have fun,,,

recommended song

Genesis,,"im counting out time",,"lamb lies down on broadway" album,,,even Pete knows about numbers and correlations


Kabbalistically speaking
13 years ago

Not the mystism of the judaic people but the formulations of the golden dawn! and the support of the bibbed ones! hippy spits

13th path represent death the 11th represents glory (hmm ugly virtues)

But the eye in the pryamid well thats golden dawn all over .the arch angel of saturn and his view of us! lol its all affectve symbolism. like when the kings and queens wore purple as it makes us divert our vision or even bow!

from Daniel we are expected to see the anti christ  extricate god on the mount.... we are busy bashing the muslems to allow for that (?)

Wear a bib ya will get away with anything


13 years ago
In some ways, the Mayans do come across as "tuned in". But as far as 2012 goes, who is to say that it is carved in some metaphysical law or people will be focussing on that date deliberately and make it a self fulfilling prophecy? The same thing with numbers. There are several systems of translating letters and words to numbers and unlimited additions, modifications, simplifications, etc. that can be done. In the end, one can usually find something associated with any event, although sometimes, it is very glaring as in 9/11, 3/11, the London and Bali bombings, etc. But to repeat my previous idea, we need to be able to predict not just watch and react while the NWO crew paints their gruesome canvas. The next couple of months do seem to be sensitive because there is pressure against the Bush regime from Fitzpatrick (who has already been threatened) and they do seem to want to take a shot at Iran or Syria. Captain May of Ghost Troop claims that his people figured out that there was going to be a staged nuclear strike in Houston in the past week (I believe the date was to be July 27. (72705 or 7272005) They figured it out and blew the whistle on it. Unfortunately, I have not yet obtained all the details of what happened to see if that is what really happened.
13 years ago
i just woke up so forgive me, i am correct it is only a month they lose and the 2012 president will never take office, so actually two presidents lose out
13 years ago

pat the next election is in November 2008 that term ends on jan 20th 2013 so actually i am wrong the next president will lose a year and a month

William A.: whoever wins next election?
13 years ago

Really ... it's whoever wins the following election ... if the date is December, the election takes place one month before that ... so it will be the president following the one elected in 2008 ... if there's still a "world" left ....and I beleive there will be ...

We're all due for a "paradigm shift" ... here's some info I found about it

The energy of a loving thought is enormously more powerful than that of a negative one. We have, within our own essence, the poiwer of transformation.

We've always had it!

13 years ago

yes there is a transformation coming Pat it is on dec 12 2012, this date is important for it is the last date on the mayan calender.

after doing some research on it.

what is suppose to happen is the world is suppose to shift from 3rd dimension to 4th dimension. I have no idea what this means for humanity. But Pat i have studied over 20 religions got an A+ in world religions in college and so far i am finding the mayans to be the most accurate in knowledge and existance of this planet.. but the good side of this date is it is exactly one month before the next presidents term ends.. So who ever wins next election, are they really winning,,,,lol

13 years ago

if you noticed pat the original plans for Freedom tower got 86ed and now they are drawing new ones up.. What their intentions are is to wipe out manhatten first, then make the whole island a govt/militray complex..hope this clears this up

more numbers for you all

wtc =77 in total 55 in consonants and 22 in vowels,,,clearly all master numbers and it was at one time one of the tallest buildings in the world,,,Tapei now has the tallest building it got higher then Petrona towers in malaysia.

freedom tower = 66 in total

full name GWb = 6

full name cheney = 6

if you put these guys into freedom tower you get your 666

just merely an observation

word has it freedom tower will be built like an owl which is the owl named Moloch of babylon, this is the owl the world leaders worship at Bohemian grove.

also if you look at the US capitol, from an overhead view you will see the roads are built in the shape of an owl with the Capitol sitting in its belly.

there is also a little owl somewhere on the bills issued by the mint, but he is so cute and small i have yet to find him, but i know he is there

What Makes a Traitor?
13 years ago

An Essay by Sankara Saranam
Friday, June 24th

What Makes a Traitor?

Letter s a youth, I entered a monastic order in Southern California. The day I started postulant training, a monk gave me the booklet of all the order's rules, and then boiled it down to a handful of words: "Loyalty is the highest law." One might think that sounds like a recipe for cultic denial, but there's sense to it - enough to maintain cohesion among otherwise diverging personalities, whether they belong to a nunnery or a nation.

I asked myself what disloyalty entails. I couldn't think of a reasonable answer, since I was sincere in being there. What I didn't ask was how the monastery might be disloyal to me. I mean, aren't vows necessarily reciprocal? A year later the monastery "let me go." I suffered a back injury while working in the gardens, and I was no longer of any use.

Today, my friends and I regularly exchange E-mails concerning the state of the Union, where again loyalty is the highest law. We talk about the science behind global warming, the billions being taken away from the average American and practically given to the richest of the rich through our tax code, and of course the war in Iraq. We all consider ourselves patriots, but feel America, as in its political system, has let us down.

We all feel, in the words of Einstein, that the "enormous power" of the "oligarchy of private capital" can no longer "be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true," Einstein went on, "since the members of legislative bodies… [are] largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who…separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population."

America is an abstract concept. It is people who make up America, and politicians can be held accountable for their actions if the public is made aware of those actions by the media. Einstein succinctly explained why that's not happening: "Private capitalists inevitably control…the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights."

When most Americans think of a traitor, they think of someone who sells top secret information to another country, a turncoat who kills other Americans, or perhaps someone who tries to disturb the political process by assassinating a political leader. If you boil them all down, these actions consist of lying, stealing, and killing with huge consequences.

Before I go on, let me point out that the more outlandish the false accusation, the more difficult is the defense; but the more outlandish a true accusation, the easier is the defense.

We now know that the Bush White House lied its way to war with Iraq. We know that tens of thousands of Americans and Iraqis have died as a result of that lie. We know that the tax cuts for the wealthy and giveaways to the pharmaceutical companies are costing Americans far more than any shortfall Social Security will experience in seventy years. We don't know what catastrophes await the entire human race if the science behind global warming is left unheeded by a government that is beholden to corporate oil.

Perhaps one thing needs to be said again, because for some reason, people know this but the huge consequences are not sinking in:


The Iraq war is not history. It is happening right now. Americans and Iraqis are dying right now. We are a foreign occupying power right now. We are on the losing side of both this war and history right now.

I don't know about you, but I smell a traitor to the life and liberty of the American people. In fact, the stench is so noxious, it must be many traitors. Even past tyrants could not have been called such reeking traitors, because they did not have America's high ideals to serve.

Americans will be true to themselves and their country in the voting booth if they are given the right information. It remains to be seen if in this Orwellian age the media will resurrect themselves like the phoenix from the ashes of their own treasons. But one thing is for sure: expecting government officials to account for themselves is like expecting a fox to feel guilty after dining on your chickens. It's not going to happen. Somehow, we need to do it for them.

David S. .... There is almost no point in going into it all
13 years ago

One can find these "fingerprints" everywhere. There is almost no point in going into it all until the patterns are understood well enough to predict events. Right now, we can identify patterns after the fact. That allows us to have some idea of who was behind certain events but that is all reactive.

If we can figure out where the next "terrorist 'drills'" will be taking place ...

The  initiative remains in the hands of the NWO crew.

Margaret Meade's famous quote comes to mind at this time:
 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
William A. ... some questions ...
13 years ago

In your posted message, you wrote:

A book by Micheal Drosnin,,called Bible Codes 2 Clearly predicts two events for next year.

1: We will wake up one day and Manhatten will be wiped out

and then you wrote:

 the govts plan as well is to move the govt from Washington to Manhatten that is why they wiped out the wtc to put up a govt complex. Once the govt is on manhatten we are screwed . because as you all know manhatten is an island and can be sealed off. So whats the public going to do.

I'm confused.  If the government is going to wipe out (nuke) Manhattan ... how then will they be placing the "new/secret government" in Manhattan after a nuclear strike?

I'm just trying to understand ...

There are some "strange" things happening in NYC .... all grocerry prices are "sky high" ... a small jar of Gerber's 2nd foods "Turkey" (for babies) was $.95 last year ... yesterday it was $1.19.  Groceries I paid $50 for last year, cost $87 now.

Former Mayor Giuliani used to say "I don't care if everybody who doesn't earn more than $100K can't live in Manhattan any more" .... and it's coming to that ... rents are skyrocketing and it would cost 2 parents and 1 child over $100 just to go to a baseball game today ... and those are the "cheap seats" ... the good seats go for $100/each.

A young couple, out on a date in Manhattan: 2 movie tickets at $10/each, 2 glasses of wine after the movie at $8/each  or beer at $6/each, a light snack ... probably $12-$15 ... which means parents would have to give a young person $100 to take his sweetie out on a date.

And Hollywood wonders why people would rather not go to the theater ... they'd rather rent a DVD and stay home ... so we seem to be headed back to the 1950s.

Every time a new Republican takes office, they give the pentagon a blank check. Reagan and Bush II are classic examples of this. How quickly we forget Eisenhower’s warning about the military industrial complex.

With respect to your "prediction" about Martial Law ... I have the same fear, William ... it is the ONLY way Bu$h can get his hands on the Social Security Trust Fund legally ... as well as all the money in the savings and checking accounts held by the banks ... in a national emergency they will confiscate ALL the currency and we become a nation of slaves.

Rove/Bu$h/Wolfowitz/Cheney/Perle/Rice have done their homework well --  studying dictatorships ... these Straussians mean business and we're all pawns in their chess game.

RayGun tried to install "the secret government within a government" but the Iran/ContraGate scandal brought them all down.

They'll try their very best to knock Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald "out of the box" now that the GOP just figure out he means business!

Then I read predictions "channeled" by "People of the Light" and they tell us not to be afraid that humanity will be saved, transformation will happen and humans will turn away from war and violence.

And, William, I don't think you're a nut ...

13 years ago

well david im not sure if you remember but I clearly posted a link two weeks before the london bombings saying that 7/7/7 was god's day and that it should be a special day,,hinting that it might be an eventful day.

two rumors i have heard through the internet and people is that the US is going to nuke either San Francisco or Los angeles.


San Francisco,,,because the reps are against gays and what they stand for so they will kill two birds with one stone, kill lots of gays and blame it on terrorists

Los Angeles,nicknamed "City of Angels" The illuminati wish to sacrifice this to there God.

A book by Micheal Drosnin,,called Bible Codes 2 Clearly predicts two events for next year.

1: We will wake up one day and Manhatten will be wiped out

2: First nuke strike hits middle east

next year is 2006 = 8 = creation = possible start of WW3

Personally i think this is last year to be american Next year America will be changed forever.

personally what i think the govt will do is pull off fulfilling executive order 12148 which states

Fema has only spent 4% of its total budget on Disaster relief the other 96% was used as Operation Garden Plot. Or building underground bases to keep the govt in continuity with the public. so what does this mean?

It means that, Bush has cried wolf and let people know he cried wolf, so now we don't know whether to believe him or not.

 Bush or someone will get on TV next year and claim that they have intelligence info on a premptive nuke strike on the US. But don't worry we have prepared for this, we need you all to go underground, Martial law will be declared and you will be forced underground by police saying these exact words,,,"It is for your safety"

once underground you will have a choice. Except the RFID implant(mark of the Beast) or die ( folks this is merely a prediction of mine and i hope to god im wrong)

right now they are working on limiting our movement,,,first with airplanes, now buses and trains, so now people are very leary using these modes of transportation. They increased the gas price in America to get people into driving less, and staying at home.

it is all a master plan that has been laid decades ago,,,but this time they honed it to perfection and are taking baby steps.

the only relief i see in sight is that no one has invented an automatic toliet bowl cleaner, So politicians will always need people to clean their homes and deal cards in Vegas and Alantic City.

and btw you said 191 died in madrid there you have your 11 master number. madrid = 13 (exclude the R and I when adding because they are nines)   

13 is a a big number to illuminati because it actuality 13 =4 which means Foundation.

See the govts are using numerology because they have denounced it as not a science so people think numerology is absurd, so I look like i nut when i talk about it, but look at the facts and the numbers, the planes that went down on 9/11 were in consecutive order 1-4 and if no one noticed the towers collapsed exactly 1/2 hour apart from each other.

11 is seen all over the place on 9/11, i have a whole numerology page on it.

and i just saw a documentary where whoever knew that the trade towers were not built well so they where going to bring them down in the 80's but if the owner brings them down it is a loss, so they thought hey,,Northwoods document and why not collect the insurance on these buildings.

Folks  what i have noticed is the govt uses reverse psychology and tramatic events to steer the peoples public opinion.

and it just baffles me that there are still people out there that believe Bush is great!

Facts to research

Northwoods Document

Executive order 12148 (found at national registry website)

Operation: Garden Plot

Bible code 2 Micheal drosnin (about the 200 section of library)

there is a way to calculate all the master days in a year, these are the days you should all pay close attention to as well as the 13 dates. I feel they are losing and people are waking up in droves, but i feel it is to late, the govt has already gained the control.

Btw Bush says "it is American to work 3 jobs" sure that way they can put through their bills with out your opinion because you do not have time working 3 jobs.

This is the govts plan as well is to move the govt from Washington to Manhatten that is why they wiped out the wtc to put up a govt complex. Once the govt is on manhatten we are screwed . because as you all know manhatten is an island and can be sealed off. So whats the public going to do.

As for land the UN has been buying up all the National forests and parks in america which equal 80 percent of the land mass of the US with them owning that and all the corporations they will own all of it.

they wish to herd us into five major cities.

paint a inverted star on the united states and you will see the major cities.

I beleive they are Seattle , Dallas, NYC, Floridacalifornia and washington DC, i beleive.

Alex Jones explains it alot better then me on his video ,,Road to tyranny. he lays it out and documents it for you. it is called the Matrix

okay enough info on this post for you folks, by now im sure you think im a nut. so like ben frnklin was a nut with his kite and key, so am i with my science books and beliefs. God Bless all who read this and learn from it 

13 years ago
191 died in Madrid The London death toll was set at 52 for over a week and then was adjusted again to another strange number. The US dollar bill has over a dozen 13s plus some 33s on the back. Bush senior made his "New World Order" speech 11 years to the day before 911, etc, etc. One can find these "fingerprints" everywhere. There is almost no point in going into it all until the patterna are understood well enough to predict events. Right now, we can identify patterns after the fact. That allows us to have some idea of who was behind certain events but that is all reactive. The initiative remains in the hands of the NWO crew.
13 years ago

ok 65 people died in london there is your 11 master number

27 died on train =9 meaning out

and i just found another 13


355 = 13

on the back of the dollar bill count the tiers on the pyramid = 13

and in case you all didn't know

civil = 9 in total 1 in vowels and 1 in consonants

umm the meaning of the numbers are the same for the day of the event

9/11  out/master

civil = out/double perfection

Fact on 9/11 2001 and 2002 NY state lotto pick 3 was 911 you can check this with the new york lottery website

I have thirteen letter in my name lol
13 years ago

We dont know Jack the rippers name ? wasnt he a mason anyway- trying to kill Mary Kelly? anyways back to the world prison! im on camera every moment of my life, unless im indoors? Is that how we become paranoid by constant supervision? Human behaviour becomes extreeme when watched...either people sit down and refuse to perform or go all drama queen and over perform as expected. I need reconditioning to this- so ill go and watch Big Brother !

Love n peace and throw the telly out the window  

13 years ago
Mary Kaye Riley 13 letters
And after last night's fiasco in the house...I must say, the thought did try to creep into my mind.
13 years ago
If we are going to get into the symbolic use of numbers, why stop there? 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13 and multiples thereof are all over the place.
July 28, 2005
13 years ago
William, you are right about the two parties. I have not been a member of either since the the Nixon fiasco. We are told we are free but it is not true. Money plus power equals politics and we peons dance to their music.
13 years ago

this is a great example of how the Dems and REPS are actually working together. Voting is a myth, it is an illusion to make you think you have a choice but in reality , they are all working together to dominate the world,,it is sad,,,Green Party please doing something about it,, PPF will do something about it. I will do something about it.

I have confronted Triad and diebold and let them know I know what they are up to and i call and tell it like it is.

The govt can take everything from me,,,but folks My soul is mine and i have already made my pact with my maker,,

So dems and reps do as you will, i get to keep my memories and spirit,,,,, and without those death is pretty dumb

and a tip for all you folks,,,the illuminati love the number 13 so all things are done with a 13 theme example is the shuttle

it was due to launch on the 13th and it did not but it did however launch on the 26th which is a denomination of 13

also all mass murders have had 13 letters in their name try it

john Wayne gacy 13 letters

jack the ripper    13 letters

Jeffrey Dahmer    13 letters

Thanks Patt
13 years ago

Interesting article. I was not aware that the Department of Homeland Security had an immgration departement incorporated in the Homeland Security Department. But is should not surprise. Almost everything is falling under that catagory. Now there is a new thing called Domestic Terrorism instead of a domestic dispute.

I guess if one claims they're being terrorized by a spouse and call 911 and say it's domestic terrorism they get quicker action. And that action led to the shooting death of a baby. The father had taken the child from the mother, and she called 911 and cried "domestic terrororism." The man shot at the police, and they returned fire. A total of 90 rounds was fired by Los Angelos Police officers and a bullet struck the child killing the child instantly. The police are now under investigation by the citizen review board to determine if they should be charged with using unnecessary deadly force.

This new Department of Homeland Security Immagration should be illegal, and they should not be allowed to use the names of other organizations to catch illegals in the US. And you are right there are more Hispanics who are at risk because they are afraid of being deported to their own countries where they might face torture or worse. America is fast becoming a total police state.

I don't feel safe in my country anymore. But I have no idea where I could go where it is safe. It seems there are no safe places any longer because of BuchCo. He has alianated us from almost every country in the world. And now that CAFTA has passed we are going to be in worse shape now than ever before. This was BushCo dream come true. Now Corporate America will really run the country.

15 Democrats voted to get CAFTA passed, and it passed by 1 vote.

The Republicans voted against CAFTA so it was necessary to get 15 Democrats to vote in favor of CAFTA. Traitors to the party all 15 of them....We were sold out by the DLC again in favor of the Corporate woild dominiation....

The Sting That Keeps on Stinging
13 years ago

Ok, picture this: a bunch of immigrant workers congregate to attend a safety training meeting being held by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The room is packed--not only did the fliers advertising the event explain that it was mandatory, but they also promised complimentary doughnuts and coffee.

Now, imagine that the man running the session starts doling out handcuffs instead of Krispy Kremes. What the hell’s going on? Well, it turns out that when he announced, “Welcome to the safety training!” what he actually meant to say is, “I’m here to arrest you and have you deported...but feel free to grab a glazed cruller on your way out!”

Reality check: this is more or less what transpired recently at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. After being lured to a fake "compulsory" OSHA meeting, 48 subcontracted workers were arrested by the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on charges that they were illegal immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ukraine.

OSHA higher-ups weren’t informed of the Immigration Bureau’s plans for the sting, and--needless to say--they weren’t exactly jumping for joy at the misuse of their name and reputation.

According to Allen McNeely, head of the state Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health division, “Federal immigration officials say they have the right to round up illegal immigrants in any manner they see fit--even if it means impersonating Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials.”

What makes the circumstances of this undercover operation so morally repugnant is that it comes at a time when safety agencies nationwide are stepping up their efforts to reduce the outrageously high injury rate among Hispanic workers--a campaign in which Colossal Obstacle #1 is cultivating trust in OSHA amongst a wary immigrant population.

Consequently, the Goldsboro operation will be remembered as the sting that keeps on stinging. Given that many undocumented immigrant workers are unfamiliar with their legal rights and are reluctant to complain about abuses for fear of deportation (thus helping to explain why the fatality rate among Hispanic workers is 20% higher than that of white or black workers), I imagine that OSHA’s future efforts to protect America’s labor force will now be all the more taxing. The cumulative outcome of ruses like this? More disfigurements and deaths in the name of “national security," but also a mounting public outcry.

Sign the petition:

Scaring Us Senseless By NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB ...Glasgow
13 years ago

The truth is that neither human beings nor modern societies are wired to respond rationally to terrorism. Vigilance is easy to muster immediately after an event, but it tends to wane quickly, as the attack vanishes from public discourse. We err twice, first by overreacting right after the disaster, while we are still in shock, and later by under-reacting, when the memory fades and we become so relaxed as to be vulnerable to further attacks.

Terrorism exploits three glitches in human nature, all related to the management and perception of unusual events. The first and key among these has been observed over the last two decades by neurobiologists and behavioral scientists, who have debunked a great fallacy that has marred Western thinking since Aristotle and most acutely since the Enlightenment.

That is to say that as much as we think of ourselves as rational animals, risk avoidance is not governed by reason, cognition or intellect. Rather, it comes chiefly from our emotional system.

Patients with brain lesions that prevent them from registering feelings even when their cognitive and analytical capacities are intact are incapable of effectively getting out of harm's way. It is largely our emotional toolkit, and not what is called "reason," that governs our capacity for self-preservation.

Second, this emotional system can be an extremely naïve statistician, because it was built for a primitive environment with simple dangers. That might work for you the next time you run into a snake or a tiger. But because the emotional system is impressionable and prefers shallow, social and anecdotal information to abstract data, it hinders our ability to cope with the more sophisticated risks that afflict modern life.

For example, the death of an acquaintance in a motorcycle accident would be more likely to deter you from riding a motorcycle than would a dispassionate, and undoubtedly far more representative, statistical analysis of motorcycles' dangers. You might avoid Central Park on the basis of a single comment at a cocktail party, rather than bothering to read the freely available crime statistics that provide a more realistic view of the odds that you will be victimized.

This primacy of the emotions can distort our decision-making. Travelers at airports irrationally tend to agree to pay more for terrorism insurance than they would for general insurance, which includes terrorism coverage. No doubt the word "terrorism" can be specific enough to evoke an emotional reaction, while the general insurance offer wouldn't awaken the travelers' anxieties in the same way.

In the modern age, the news media have the power to amplify such emotional distortions, particularly with their use of images that go directly to the emotional brain.

Consider this: Osama bin Laden continued killing Americans and Western Europeans in the aftermath of Sept. 11, though indirectly. How? A large number of travelers chose to drive rather than fly, and this caused a corresponding rise in casualties from automobile accidents (any time we drive more than 20 miles, our risk of death exceeds that of flying).

Yet these automobile accidents were not news stories - they are a mere number. We have pictures of those killed by bombs, not those killed on the road. As Stalin supposedly said, "One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic."

Our emotional system responds to the concrete and proximate. Based on anecdotal information, it reacts quickly to remote risks, then rapidly forgets. And so the televised images from bombings in London cause the people of Cleveland to be on heightened alert - but as soon as there is a new tragedy, that vigilance is forgotten.

The third human flaw, related to the second, has to do with how we act on our perceptions, and what sorts of behavior we choose to reward. We are moved by sensational images of heroes who leap into action as calamity unfolds before them. But the long, pedestrian slog of prevention is thankless. That is because prevention is nameless and abstract, while a hero's actions are grounded in an easy-to-understand narrative.

How can we act on our knowledge of these human flaws in order to make our society safer?

The audiovisual media, with their ability to push the public's emotional hot buttons, need to play a more responsible role. Of course it is the news media's job to inform the public about the risk and the incidence of terrorism, but they should try to do so without helping terrorists achieve their objective, which is to terrify.

Television images, in all their vividness and specificity, have an extraordinary power to do just that, and to persuade the viewer that a distant risk is clear and present, while a pressing but underreported one is nothing to worry about.

Like pharmaceutical companies, the news media should study the side effects of their product, one of which is the distortion of the viewer's mental risk map. Because of the way the brain is built, images and striking narratives may well be necessary to get our attention. But just as it takes a diamond to cut a diamond, the news industry should find ways to use images and stories to bring us closer to the statistical truth.

straight shooting
13 years ago
There are a lot of straight-forward, verifiable facts in that article.  It's very difficult, however, for a lot of people to accept the fact that the political events that concentrated power in the District of Columbia and got us in the mess we're in today were almost all championed by the Progressive movement.  Is it really all that surprising that greedy, power-hungry people have been drawn to the center of power?
13 years ago





By: Devvy

July 25, 2005

The other day I received an e-mail from a sincere man who is just getting the message about what's happening to our constitutional republic. (America is not a democracy!) Poor Leon said, "Americans are going to be rounded up!" I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but apparently Leon hasn't gotten the memo: Americans have already been rounded up.

"Give me control over a nation's currency and I care not who makes its laws." Baron M.A. Rothschild. "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is master of all its legislation and commerce." President James Garfield. If you don't know about the unconstitutional "Federal Reserve," please obtain a free copy of my booklet, Why A Bankrupt America, because starting in 1913, the banking cartel took over this country with the worst yet to come. The Federal Reserve has played the greatest role in the deliberate destruction of family owned farms in this country. See my column on this here.

Since 1913, the American people and this republic have been under assault by the international banking cartel and all their tentacles, i.e., the treasonous Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and treasonous Trilateral Commission. 1913 was one of the most destructive years in the history of this republic as far as Congress is concerned. They passed the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Secretary of State, Philander Chase Knox, declared the non ratified Sixteenth Amendment ratified to make the American people believe there would now be a personal income tax. He committed fraud. And, the the same year, the final blow came with the announcement that the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified when it clearly was not.

Once the banking cartel took control of our monetary system and created a feeding artery (IR, they then made sure the mobs (democracy) would control the Senate, wiping out states rights. By having the mobs control the senate, those all important treaties would be ratified by senators who serve their foreign masters instead of we the people.

As time went by and Americans were drawn into one war after another to enrich the coffers of the banking cartel, the agenda went into hyper drive beginning in 1994 with passage of the unconstitutional NAFTA and GATT. NAFTA has shut down over 6,000 factories, leaving once thriving communities little more than ghost towns. If we ever had to gear up for war on our own soil, we would be left naked because those all important factories are nothing but rusting buildings. By buying cheap foreign goods by the boat load, Americans have been part and parcel to destroying the job sectors in this country that made American the greatest and most prosperous nation on this earth.

GATT has destroyed millions of jobs that are now held by people in Communist China, Communist Hong Kong, Communist Viet Nam, Communist Russia, India and our enemy, Mexico. It has undermined our sovereignty to such a degree that were Andy Jackson alive, he would live up to his famous words, "Tell them (the South Carolinians who wanted to nullify the Tariff Act of 1832) that I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find."

"Outsourcing" continues to destroy careers and force college educated Americans into retail jobs at minimum wage. Americans who don't seem to care about their fellow countrymen, continue to load up their homes with cheap garbage made in foreign countries to save a buck, putting millions of Americans out of work and further promoting the agenda of reducing America to third world levels, stifling wages and creating more despair. You can buy Made In America and I hope you will make the effort to support American workers first. Contd Please read whole article

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