I’ve continued pondering chemtrails and the biggest problem I have found is how my mind keeps turning to the philosophical aspect of the mystery. There is science aplenty if you follow the threads, it is often said that the truth is hidden in plain sight and such is the case with chemtrails. The problem for many is in finding satisfaction with the idea that it is simply weather modification or geo-engineering or communication technology and minds are reaching deeper into the metaphysical world for answers. For me, I’m always looking for the threads that tie everything in a neat picture so I can move on to the next mystery, but the amount of information available is nearly overwhelming and reaching a complete conclusion seems next to impossible.
Many insist that the chemical contrails are just a business decision, evidence that our government has become a corporate entity, more illnesses mean more doctor visits and prescription drugs. More storms mean more construction and more land to be developed, the insurance companies were not the friend of many of those washed out by Hurricane Katrina. More earthquakes, tidal waves and international tragedies mean more people donate money that is funneled off, we know the corruption of the Katrina donations alone was huge. Better communication, means increased sales of cell phones and various technologies. The more the average citizen suffers exhaustion and apathy, the easier to pass money-based corporate agendas and the weaker and sicker the society, the easier to manipulate through war, fear and terror.
Others believe that the chemtrails are about mind controlling the people and unfortunately there is evidence to back up those claims. The goal being to dumb us down, overwhelm us with media images and produce passive, non-complaining consumers and constituents. Others say that the mind control technology is being used to prevent the ascension to a higher and more compassionate way of being. That a force greater than us, God or the Universe, is calling us to fulfill our ultimate destiny, a good versus evil scenario beyond our human understanding and the chemtrails are designed to prevent us from receiving those messages from the divine.
Some say that the chemtrails are altering our DNA, against our will, a modern day holocaust. Others say that our DNA is experiencing a natural evolution, changing as we adjust to the earth changes and we are about to experience a new age of mankind, a spiritual ascension to a higher way of being. Still others say that we are in control of our DNA and our health, simply through our thoughts and they also feel we are ushering in a new age, a rise to the next dimension of existence, heaven on earth.
Some believe that UFOs and chemtrails are related, there is much photographic evidence showing orbs or circular craft flying in and out of chemtrail lines. Some suggest that our government is in control of new age propulsion systems discovered by back engineering crashed UFOs or craft found abandoned on the moon. Others feel that our government is working hand in hand with alien societies against us, seeking only to save themselves. And a lot of folks believe that the global government is run by the Annunaki, the serpent race mentioned in the Garden of Eden and the chemtrails are a diabolical exercise to rid the earth of a genetic experiment gone awry, us. And still others believe we are being contacted by benevolent alien beings that want us to save our own planet and find our connection to the spirit of oneness that touches us all.
So I guess it’s no wonder the lines between philosophy and science are getting crossed, I think as humans it’s hard to look up into the vastness of the heavens and not feel small and vulnerable. As we see the writing in the skies it awakens an awareness of our own mortality and when we seek the answers through the words of others, we again find the knowledge that we are mere mortals in a big scary world, afraid of the unknown. I’ve heard some very wise folks say we are living in the greatest time in history and that it is a wonderful time to be alive, so until I discover otherwise, that is what I am choosing to believe.
The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 40 million copies and has been made into a major movie. But how much of the story is fact and how much is fabrication? And how important is it for you to know?
by Don Hooser
The Da Vinci Code is a fictional thriller that is supposed to be set against a backdrop of real history. But how much of its "history" is actually true?
The timeless and perfect standard of historicity and truth is the Bible. It contains true history—God's flawless account of the past, present and future.
The Da Vinci Code attempts to reconstruct Jesus Christ, reinvent Christianity and radically revise the Bible. One of the book's major characters presents its major premise on page 235: ". . . Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false."
Which should we believe, The Da Vinci Code or the Bible? Popular Christianity isn't much help. Ironically, the Bible discredits much of today's Christianity as well, as we shall see.
Why The Da Vinci Code's astounding popularity?
The Da Vinci Code appears to be the best-selling novel of all time. Buyers have snapped up more than 40 million copies, and it has been translated into more than 40 languages and counting!
The Da Vinci Code has become a pop-culture phenomenon. In fact, it has spawned a whole cottage industry of publishing—books and Web sites that praise and parrot it, and Christian books and Web sites that refute its claims.
Why is it so popular? Author Dan Brown is a talented storyteller who knows how to appeal to a variety of people—murder-mystery fans, lovers of romance novels, history buffs, religious skeptics, conspiracy theorists, radical feminists, intelligentsia attracted to "alternative" Christianities and even art enthusiasts who may be wondering if Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci really did put secret clues in his paintings.
The Da Vinci Code is riding current waves in our culture: revelations of scandals in the Catholic Church and other churches; the growing interest in apocryphal and gnostic writings claiming to be the genuine accounts of the life of Jesus; the "spirituality is good but religion is bad" mind-set; the feminization of Western society; the rage for New Age; biblical illiteracy; and while criticizing most religions is politically incorrect, it's open season on Christianity.
And, of course, sex sells—so we should anticipate a sexual angle in a blockbuster novel. In The Da Vinci Code it's the portrayal of Jesus as having engaged in a physical relationship and the call for restoration of the "sacred feminine," sex rituals and the worship of goddesses.
The current-day portion of the plot takes place over 24 hours, mostly in Paris, London and Scotland. It has plenty of surprising clues to pursue, cryptic messages to interpret and people to identify.
In the movie, Harvard professor Robert Langdon, an expert in religious symbols (played by American actor Tom Hanks), is paired up with Sophie Neveu, a detective specializing in analyzing codes and other cryptic messages (played by French star Audrey Tautou), to help solve the mystery of the bizarre murder of Jacques Saunière, the curator of the Louvre Museum in Paris. All together there are five murders in the story.
They discover that Saunière was murdered because he was a grand master of the Priory of Sion, supposedly a secret society formed to protect the "truth" that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene, planning for her to lead His Church after His death.
According to this secret knowledge, Mary was pregnant with Jesus' child when He was crucified, and in France a whole royal line of their descendants survived to modern times. Instead of a literal cup or chalice, the legendary "Holy Grail" was Mary Magdalene herself, the "vessel" who held the blood of Jesus in her womb by carrying His child.
Supposedly the Priory of Sion has hidden the bones of Mary Magdalene together with numerous documents "proving" this truth until the right time to reveal it to the world.
In the story, members of Opus Dei (Latin for "Work of God"), a Catholic priestly order, are part of a conspiracy that will stop at nothing, including assassination, to prevent this "truth" from being revealed—because it would not only disastrously undermine the patriarchal Catholic Church, which has suppressed women, but would also refute the very foundation of Christianity.
How? By demonstrating that Jesus Christ, though a great teacher, was a mere mortal and fallible man—and that there was no miraculous virgin birth, no perfect life and no resurrection from the dead.
Can we separate fact from fiction?
Much space in The Da Vinci Code is devoted to "history" being explained by its three leading characters—Robert, Sophie and Holy Grail fanatic Leigh Teabing.
But it's a "history" that exists largely in the imagination of the biased author Dan Brown and the coauthors of one of his major sources, the 1982 book Holy Blood, Holy Grail — Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln (the first two of whom unsuccessfully sued Brown for incorporating their ideas into his book).
A Christian who has proved the veracity of the Bible will judge books by the Bible, not the Bible by books. Although translations sometimes introduce minor errors in understanding, the original Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament are absolutely true and trustworthy. In Jesus' prayer to God, He said, "Your word is truth" (John 17:17).
Both biblical and secular history expose many flagrant fallacies in The Da Vinci Code. You can learn about many specific errors in such books as Cracking Da Vinci's Code by James Garlow and Peter Jones, Breaking the Da Vinci Code by Darrell Bock and The Da Vinci Code: A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowell. You can also find many helpful resources on the Internet.
But the title of this article is significant in that there are not just two perspectives to consider—the Bible vs. The Da Vinci Code. The perspective of most Christian churches is far different from that of the Bible and the way of life of the original Christians.
Any mixture of truth and error is error
A major tragedy is that, rather than diligently reading the Bible for themselves, most people assume that the teachings and practices usually presented as "Christian" accurately reflect biblical teaching. As a result, they often get false impressions of what the Bible says. Some become skeptical, assume the Bible has no real authority and decide it is not worth reading. Please, to know the real truth, read the Book!
People are seldom deceived when teachings are totally false. Most deception occurs when error is mixed with enough truth to make it believable, so the counterfeit seems genuine. Such deception began when Satan befriended Eve and deceived her with half-truths. "The tree of the knowledge of good and evil" (Genesis 2:17) partly represented the confusion that results from mixing truth and error.
Deception also depends on the deceiver appearing to be harmless. The apostle Paul warned of "false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:13, Revised Standard Version).
Believe it or not, the beliefs of most churches are mixtures of biblical teachings and pagan traditions (see "Truthful Quotes From The Da Vinci Code"). No wonder the great mother Church is called "Babylon," since the Hebrew word for Babel or Babylon means "confusion" (Revelation 17:1-6; Genesis 11:9). And during the Reformation, when "daughter" churches were expunging many wrong practices and traditions, they did not reject nearly enough!
Certainly The Da Vinci Code mixes a paucity of truth with a plethora of error. Its introductory page makes this audacious claim: "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate." In fact, a large portion is anything but accurate. Since the author's history and physical facts include innumerable errors, how much less can he be trusted in describing complex theological issues!
However, some of its statements about numerous "Christian" teachings having originated in paganism are true. Note—none of the Bible originated in paganism, and the teachings of the earliest Christians did not originate in paganism, but pagan ideas and practices began to infiltrate the Church very early in its history.
Most erroneous theories circulating today are nothing new. The Da Vinci Code revives and popularizes long-debunked heresies. Religious history has myriad myths based on previous myths based on still previous myths.
Major errors in The Da Vinci Code
During Jesus Christ's earthly ministry, His example and teachings did more to elevate women to spiritual equality and respect than perhaps anyone else in history. The Gospels note repeatedly that women were among His most devoted followers.
It is true that oppression and suppression of women have been all too common from the beginning of time. But this novel proposes the opposite extreme—that women are spiritually superior because new life comes from their wombs and is nourished from their breasts. It suggests a return to matriarchal paganism with its ritualistic sex. It even supports the worship of goddesses—especially Mary Magdalene (see "Jesus and Mary Magdalene" ).
The Da Vinci Code makes many false and outrageous claims. Among them are:
• The world has made a huge mistake in rejecting Mother Earth in favor of Father God.
• The early Christians did not believe Jesus Christ was divine—only that He was merely a great preacher and prophet.
• After the supposed conversion of Roman Emperor Constantine to Christianity, he invented the idea of the deity of Christ to achieve male dominance and the suppression of women.
• It was the Council of Nicaea, which Constantine convened in A.D. 325, that determined which books were to be included in the New Testament.
• This council rejected as many as 80 gnostic gospel accounts of Jesus to suppress the knowledge that Jesus was a feminist, merely mortal and had a sexual partner.
Please be aware that the Bible teaches that there are only two members of the divine God family—God the Father and Jesus Christ—and they are always referred to with the masculine gender. There are no goddesses. One must not make assumptions based on paganism, such as if there is a Father God there must also be a Mother Goddess.
As the apostle Paul explains, "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). Neither Mary the mother of Jesus nor Mary Magdalene is a god or a mediator between God and men. Nor is any supposed "saint."
If you decide to read The Da Vinci Code or see the movie, it would be much better if you were well-grounded in the Bible rather than have your opinions about the Bible and Jesus Christ formed from this novel or film!
People are so intrigued by secret conspiracies that they imagine them, invest in them and exaggerate them. But this blinds them to the world's greatest conspiracy and cover-up—the one pulled off by "Satan, who deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). Jesus Christ called him "the ruler of this world" (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). Paul said it is "the god of this age [who] has blinded" everyone (2 Corinthians 4:4). John wrote that "the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one" (1 John 5:19).
Satan doesn't care what you believe as long as it is not the truth. He would have you piece together your own god in whatever image you choose.
Satan has always wanted to destroy Jesus Christ and the truth that He taught. He influenced King Herod to try to kill Jesus when He was a child (Matthew 2:1-18). He tried to tempt Him to sin (Matthew 4:1-11). He tried many times to get Jesus killed and finally succeeded—with a Roman crucifixion no less. But Christ arose from the dead after three days and three nights, and later ascended to heaven where He rules at the right hand of God (1 Peter 3:21-22).
But Satan has never stopped trying to "suppress the truth" (Romans 1:18). He continually circulates countless counterfeits of biblical Christianity as well as innumerable other religions. But there is only one way to eternal life—through Jesus Christ and His revealed Word, the Bible (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
The staff of The Good News hopes that the controversy surrounding The Da Vinci Code will "work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). We hope it will motivate our readers to study the Bible and be prepared to help other people who are confused and disturbed by fictional pop-culture books and movies like The Da Vinci Code (1 Peter 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:15, 22-26). GN
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By drawing attention to Iraq and the obvious role oil plays in US policy today, the Bush-Cheney administration has done just that: They have drawn the world's energy-deficit powers' attention firmly to the strategic battle over energy and especially oil. This is already having consequences for the global economy in terms of $75 a barrel crude oil price levels. Now it is taking on the dimension of what one former US Defense Secretary rightly calls a 'geopolitical nightmare' for the United States.
The creation by Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld and company of a geopolitical nightmare, is also the backdrop to comprehend the dramatic political shift within the US establishment in the past six months, away from the Bush Presidency. Simply put: Bush/Cheney and their band of neo-conservative warhawks, with their special relationship to the capacities of Israel in Iraq and across the Mideast, were given a chance.
The chance was to deliver on the US strategic goal of control of petroleum resources globally, in order to ensure the US role as first among equals over the next decade and beyond. Not only have they failed to 'deliver' that goal of US strategic dominance. They have also threatened the very basis of continued US hegemony or as the Rumsfeld Pentagon likes to term it, 'Full Spectrum Dominance.' The move by Bolivian President Evo Morales, following meetings with Velezuela's Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, to assert national control over oil and gas resources is only the latest demonstration of the decline in US power projection.
Future of the Bush Doctrine in the balance
As the reality of US foreign policy is obscured by the endless rhetoric of 'defending democracy' and the like, it is useful to recall that US foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union has been open and explicit. It is to prevent at any cost the congealing of a potential combination of nations that might challenge US dominance. This is the US policy as elaborated in Bush's June 2002 West Point speech.
There the President outlined a radical departure in explicit US foreign policy in two vital areas: A policy of preventive war, should the US be threatened by terrorists or by rogue states engaged in the production of weapons of mass destruction. Second, the right of self-defense authorized the USA to launch pre-emptive attacks against potential aggressors, cutting them off before they are able to launch strikes against the US.
The new US doctrine, the Bush Doctrine, also proclaimed, 'the duty of the US to pursue unilateral military action when acceptable multilateral solutions cannot be found.' It went further and declared it US policy that the 'United States has, and intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge.' The US would take whatever actions necessary to continue its status as the world's sole military superpower. This resembled British Empire policy before World War I, namely, that the Royal Navy must be larger than the world's next two largest navies put together.
The policy also included pro-active regime change around the world under the slogan of 'extending democracy.' As Bush stated at West Point, 'America has no empire to extend or utopia to establish. We wish for others only what we wish for ourselves -- safety from violence, the rewards of liberty, and the hope for a better life.'
Those policy fragments were gathered into an official policy in September 2002, a National Security Council text entitled the National Security Strategy of the United States. That text was drafted for the President's signature by then NSA head Condi Rice. She in turn took an earlier policy document prepared under the 1992 Bush senior Presidency by neo-conservative Paul Wolfowitz.
The Bush Doctrine of Rice had been fully delineated in 1992 in a Defense Planning Guidance 'final draft' done by then Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Paul Wolfowitz, and known in Washington as the Wolfowitz Doctrine. Wolfowitz declared then, that with the threat of a Soviet attack gone, the US was the unchallenged sole Superpower and should pursue its global agenda including pre-emptive war and unilateral foreign policy actions.
An internal leak of the draft to the New York Times then led President Bush senior to announce it was 'only a draft and not US policy.' By 2002 it was officially US policy.
The Bush Doctrine stated that 'military pre-emption' was legitimate when the threat was 'emerging' or 'sufficient, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack.' That left a hole large enough for an Abrams tank to roll through, according to critics. Afghanistan, as case in point, was declared a legitimate target for US military bombardment, because the Taliban regime had said it would turn Osama bin Laden over only when the US demonstrated proof he was behind the September 11 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Bush didn't give proof. He did launch a 'pre-emptive' war. At the time, few bothered to look to the niceties of international law.
The Bush Doctrine was and is a neo-conservative doctrine of preventive and pre-emptive war. It has proven to be a strategic catastrophe for the United States role as sole Superpower. That is the background to comprehend all events today as they are unfolding in and around Washington.
The future of that Bush Doctrine foreign policy and in fact the future ability of the United States, as sole Superpower or sole anything to hold forth is what is now at stake in the issue of the future of the Bush Presidency. Useful to note is that Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz wrote his 1992 draft for then Defense Secretary, Dick Cheney.
Bush Administration in crisis
The most fascinating indication of a sea-change within the American political establishment towards the Bush Doctrine and those who are behind it is the developing debate around the 83-page paper, first published on the official website of Harvard University, criticizing the dominant role of Israel in shaping US foreign policy.
The paper was initially trashed by the ADL of B'nai Brith and select neo-conservative writers, as 'anti-semitic', which it is not, and as one commentator tried to smear it, as 'echoing the views of former KKK leader and white power advocate David Duke,' who has also attacked the Israel lobby. However, profoundly significant is the fact that this time, leading mainstream media, including Richard Cohen in the Washington Post , have come to defense of Walt and Mearsheimer. Even certain Israeli press has done so. The taboo of speaking publicly of the pro-Israel agenda of neo-conservatives has apparently been broken. That suggests that the old-guard foreign policy establishment, types such as Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft and their allies, are stepping up to retake foreign policy leadership. The neo-cons have proved a colossal failure in their defense of America's strategic real interests as the realists see it.
The paper, 'The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,' was written by two highly respected US foreign policy realists and consultants to the State Department. The authors are neither neo-Nazi skinheads nor anti-Semites. John J. Mearsheimer is political science professor and co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. Stephen M. Walt is academic dean and a chaired professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Both are members of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy. They are so-called 'realists' along with Kissinger, Scowcroft, Brzezinski.
Some of their conclusions about the Israel lobby's goals:
• 'No lobby has managed to divert foreign policy as far from what the American national interest would otherwise suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. and Israeli interests are essentially identical.'
• American supporters of Israel promoted the war against Iraq. The senior administration officials who spearheaded the campaign were also in the vanguard of the pro-Israel lobby, e.g., then Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz; Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith; Elliott Abrams, Mideast affairs at the White House; David Wurmser, Mideast affairs for Vice President Richard Cheney; Richard Perle, first among neocon equals, chairman of the Defense Policy Board, an influential advisory body of strategic experts.
• A similar effort is now under way to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.
• AIPAC is fighting registering as foreign agents because this would place severe limitations on its congressional activities, particularly in the legislative electoral arena. ... American politicians remain acutely sensitive to campaign contributions and other forms of political pressure and major media outlets are likely to remain sympathetic to Israel no matter what it does.
It's useful to quote the official goals of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, of which Walt and Mearsheimer are members, to have a better indication of their factional line-up in the current factional battle inside the US elite. The website of that Coalition states,
'Against the backdrop of an ever-bloodier conflict in Iraq, American foreign policy is moving in a dangerous direction toward empire.
Worrisome imperial trends are apparent in the Bush administration's National Security Strategy. That document pledges to maintain America's military dominance in the world, and it does so in a way that encourages other nations to form countervailing coalitions and alliances. We can expect, and are seeing now, multiple balances of power forming against us. People resent and resist domination, no matter how benign.
Authors Walt and Mearsheimer also note that Richard Perle and Douglas Feith put their names to a 1996 policy blueprint for Benjamin Netanyahu's then incoming government in Israel, titled, 'A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm [Israel].'
In that document, Perle and Feith advised Netanyahu that the rebuilding of Zionism must abandon any thought of trading land for peace with the Palestinians, i.e., repeal the Oslo accords. Next, Saddam Hussein must be overthrown and democracy established in Iraq, which would then prove contagious in Israel's other Arab neighbors. That was in 1996, seven years before Bush launched a near unilateral war for regime change in Iraq.
When NBC's TV's Tim Russert on the widely-watched 'Meet the Press' asked Perle about his geopolitical laundry list for Israel's benefit, Perle replied, 'What's wrong with that?'
For all this to succeed, Perle and Feith wrote, 'Israel would have to win broad American support.' To ensure this support, they advised the Israeli prime minister to use 'language familiar to Americans by tapping into themes of past US administrations during the Cold War, which apply as well to Israel.' An Israeli columnist in Ha'aretz accused Perle and Feith of, 'walking a fine line' between 'their loyalty to American governments and Israeli interests.'
Today, Perle has been forced to take a low profile in Washington after initially heading Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon. Feith was forced to leave the State Department for the private sector. That was more than a year ago.
Wave of Bush resignations underway
Now White House Chief of Staff and a man who was a Bush family loyal retainer for 25 years, Andrew Card, has left, and in an announcement that apparently shocked the neo-conservative hawks like William Kristol, on May 5 Bush's pro-neo-con CIA head, Porter Goss, abruptly announced his resignation in a one line statement.
Goss' departure was preceded by the growing scandal involving Goss' Number 3 man at CIA, Executive Director, Kyle 'Dusty' Foggo. Last December the CIA Inspector General opened an investigation into Foggo's role in Pengaton-CIA contract fraud. Foggo is also being linked to an emerging White House-GOP sex scandal which could pale the Monika Lewinsky affair. As Goss violated seniority precedence in naming Foggo to No. 3 at CIA, the Goss resignation and the imminent breaking sex and bribery scandals around Foggo are being linked by some media.
The Foggo case is tied to disgraced Republican Congressman, Randall 'Duke' Cunningham. Federal prosecutors have accused, as an un-indicted co-conspirator, one of Foggo's closest friends, San Diego businessman Brent Wilkes, of participating in a scheme to bribe Cunningham, the former GOP congressman from San Diego. Cunningham in turn is linked to convicted Republican money launderer and fix-it man, Jack Abramoff. Foggo oversaw contracts involving at least one of the companies accused of paying bribes to Congressman Cunningham. The Wall Street Journal reports that Foggo has been a close friend, since junior high school, with California defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes. They report, an ongoing 'criminal investigation' centers on whether Mr. Foggo used his postings at the CIA to improperly steer contracts to Mr. Wilkes's companies.'
Wilkes was implicated in the charges filed against Cunningham, as an un-indicted co-conspirator who allegedly paid $630,000 in bribes to Cunningham for help in obtaining federal defense and other contracts. No charges have been filed against Wilkes, though federal prosecutors in San Diego are working to build a case against him, as well as Foggo.
The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating evidence that Wilkes had given gifts to Foggo and paid for various services, including alleged sex orgies at the Watergate (now Westin), while Foggo was in a position to help him gain particular CIA contracts.
The CIA inspector general has opened an investigation into the spy agency's executive director, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, and his connections to two defense contractors accused of bribing a member of Congress and Pentagon officials.
The Goss resignation follows on the heels of public calls for Secretary Rumsfeld's immediate resignation over the Iraq military debacle coming from a growing chorus of retired US military generals.
The latest in the slow, systematic 'let 'em twist in the wind' process of downsizing the Bush regime, was an incident in Atlanta May 4 before a supposedly friendly foreign policy audience where Rumsfeld spoke. During the question period, he was confronted with his laying about the ground for going to war in Iraq.
Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA veteran who once gave then-President George H.W. Bush his morning intelligence briefings, engaged in an extended debate with Rumsfeld. He asked why Rumsfeld had insisted before the Iraq invasion that there was 'bulletproof evidence' linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda.
'Was that a lie, Mr. Rumsfeld, or was that manufactured somewhere else? Because all of my CIA colleagues disputed that and so did the 9/11 commission,' McGovern asked a startled Rumsfeld. 'Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary?'
Significant in terms of the shift reflected in how the establishment media handles Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush today is the following account in the Los Angeles Times:
'At the start of the exchange, Rumsfeld remained his usual unflappable self, insisting, "I haven't lied; I did not lie then," before launching into a vigorous defense of the administration's prewar assertions on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
But Rumsfeld became uncharacteristically tongue-tied when McGovern pressed him on claims that he knew where unconventional Iraqi weapons were located.
"You said you knew where they were," McGovern said.
"I did not. I said I knew where suspected sites were," Rumsfeld retorted.
McGovern then read from statements the Defense secretary had made that weapons were located near Tikrit, Iraq, and Baghdad…'
Rumsfeld was stone silent. The entire episode was filmed and shown on network television. Rumsfeld's days are clearly numbered. Karl Rove is rumoured to be days away from being co-indicted with Cheney aide Lewis Libby for the Valerie Plame CIA leak affair. Recall that that affair was over alleged Niger uranium evidence as basis for convincing Congress to waive a War Declaration on Iraq and give Bush carte blanche. All threads are being carefully woven, evidently by a re-emerging realist faction into a tapestry which will likely spell Impeachment, perhaps also of the Vice President, the real power behind this Presidency.
Part II: Disintegration of US Eurasia Strategic Influence
A Foreign Policy disaster over China
In this context, the recent diplomatic insult from Bush to visiting China President Hu Jintao, is doubly disastrous for the US foreign position. Bush acted on a script written by the anti-China neo-conservatives, to deliberately insult and humiliate Hu at the White House. First was the incident of allowing a Taiwanese 'journalist,' a Falun Gong member, into the carefully-screened White House press conference, to rant in a tirade against Chinese human rights for more than three minutes, with no attempt at removal, at a White House filmed press conference. Then came the playing of the Chinese National Hymn for Hu. The 'Chinese' hymn, however, was the (Taiwan) Republic of China hymn, not the (Beijing) Peoples' Republic hymn.
It was no 'slip-up by the professional White House protocol people. It was a deliberate effort to humiliate the Chinese leader. The problem is that the US economy has become dependent on Chinese trade imports and on Chinese holdings of US Treasury securities. China today is the largest holder of dollar reserves in form of US Treasury paper with an estimated $825 billion. Were Beijing to decide to exit the US bond market, even in part, it would cause a dollar free-fall and collapse of the $7 trillion US real estate market, a wave of US bank failures and huge unemployment. It's a real option even if unlikely at the moment.
China's Hu didn's waste time or tears over the Bush affront. He immediately went on to Saudi Arabia for a 3 day state visit where both signed trade, defense and security agreements. Needless to say, this is no small slap in the fact to Washington by the traditionally 'loyal' Saudi Royal House.
Hu signed a deal for SABIC of Saudi Arabia to build a $5.2 billion oil refinery and petrochemical project in northeast China. At the beginning of this year, King Abdullah was in Beijing for a full state visit. Hmmmmm…Since the Roosevelt-King Ibn Saud deal giving US Aramco and not the British exclusive concession to develop Saudi oil in 1943, Saudi Arabia has been regarded in Washington as a core strategic sphere of interest.
Hu then went on to Morocco, another traditional US sphere of interest, Nigeria and Kenya, all regarded as US spheres of interest. Hmmmm. Only two months ago Rumsfeld was in Morocco to offer US arms. Hu is offering to finance energy exploration there.
The SCO and Iran events
The latest developments around the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Iran further underscore the dramatic change in the geopolitical position of the United States.
The SCO was created in Shanghai on June 15, 2001 by Russia and China along with four former USSR Central Asian republics-- Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Prior to September 11 2001, and the US declaration of an Axis of Evil in January 2002, the SCO was merely background geopolitical chatter as far as Washington was concerned. Today the SCO, which has to date been blacked out almost entirely in US mainstream media, is defining a new political counterweight to US hegemony and its 'one-polar' world.
At the next June 15 2006 SCO meeting, Iran has been invited to become a full SCO member.
Last month in Teheran, the Chinese Ambassador, Lio G Tan announced that a pending oil and gas deal between China and Iran is ready to be signed.
The deal is said to be worth at least $100 billion, and includes development of the huge Yadavaran onshore oil field. China's Sinopec would agree to buy 250 million tons of LNG over 25 years. No wonder China is not jumping to back Washington against Iran in the UN Security Council. The US had been trying to put massive pressure on Beijing to halt the deal, for obvious geopolitical reasons, to no avail. Another major defeat for Washington.
Iran is also moving on plans to deliver natural gas via a pipeline to Pakistan and India. Energy ministers from the three countries met in Doha recently and plan to meet again this month in Pakistan.
The pipeline progress is a direct rebuff to Washington's efforts to steer investors clear of Iran. Ironically, US opposition is driving these countries into each others' arms, Washington's 'geopolitical nightmare.'
At the same June 15 SCO meeting, India, which Bush is personally attempting to woo as a geopolitical Asian 'counterweight' to China, will also be invited to join SCO. As well, Mongolia and Pakistan will be invited to join SCO. SCO is gaining in geopolitical throw-weight quite substantially.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mohammadi told ITAR-Tass in Moscow in April that Iranian membership in SCO could 'make the world more fair.' He also spoke of building an Iran-Russia 'gas-and-oil arc' in which the two giant energy producers would coordinate activities.
US out in cold in Central Asia
The admission of Iran into SCO opens many new options for Iran and the region. By virtue of SCO membership, Iran can now take part in SCO projects, which in turn means access to badly-needed technology, investment, trade, infrastructure development. It will have major implications for global energy security.
The SCO has reportedly set up a working group of experts ahead of the June summit to develop a common SCO Asian energy strategy, and discuss joint pipeline projects, oil exploration and related activities. Iran sits on the world's second largest natural gas reserves, and Russia has the largest. Russia is the world's second largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia. These are no small moves.
India is desperate to come to terms with Iran for energy but is being pressured by Washington not to.
The Bush Administration last year tried to get 'observer status' at SCO but was turned down. The rebuff - along with SCO's demands for a reduced American military presence in Central Asia, deeper Russia-China cooperation and the setbacks to US diplomacy in Central Asia – have prompted a policy review in Washington.
After her October 2005 Central Asian tour, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced re-organization of the US State Department's South Asia Bureau to include the Central Asian states, and a new US 'Greater Central Asia' scheme.
Washington is trying to wean Central Asian states away from Russia and China. Hamid Karzai's government in Kabul has not responded to SCO's overtures. Given his ties historically to Washington, he likely has little choice.
Gennady Yefstafiyev, a former general in Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, says, 'The US's long term goals in Iran are obvious: to engineer the downfall of the current regime; to establish control over Iran's oil and gas; and to use its territory as the shortest route for the transportation of hydrocarbons under US control from the regions of Central Asia and the Caspian Sea bypassing Russia and China. This is not to mention Iran's intrinsic military and strategic significance.'
Washington had based its strategy on Kazakhstan being its key partner in Central Asia. Th
e US wants to expand its physical control over Kazakhstan's oil reserves and formalize Kazakh oil transportation via Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, as well as creating the dominant US role in Caspian Sea security. But Kazakhstan isn't playing ball. President Nursultan Nazarbayev went to Moscow on April 3 to reaffirm his continued dependence on Russian oil pipelines. And China, as we noted back in December, is making major energy and pipeline deals with Kazakhstan as well.
To make Washington's geopolitical problems worse, despite securing a major US military basing deal with Uzbekistan after September 2001, Washington's relations with Uzbekistan today are disastrous. The US effort to isolate President Islam Karimov, along lines of the Ukraine 'Orange Revolution' tactics, is not working. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Tashkent in late April.
As well, Tajikistan relies heavily on Russia's support. In Kyrgyzstan, despite covert US attempts to create dissensions within the regime, President Burmanbek Bakiyev's alliance with Moscow-backed Prime Minister Felix Kulov, is holding.
In the space of 12 months Russia and China have managed to move the pieces on the geopolitical 'chess board' of Eurasia away from what had been an overwhelming US strategic advantage, to the opposite, where the US is increasingly isolated. It's potentially the greatest strategic defeat for the US power projection of the post World War II period. This is also the strategic background to the re-emergence of the so-called realist faction in US policy.
The average shopper in the UAE bought 30 grams of gold annually compared to the global average of less than 1 gram. South Asians constitute 70% of gold buyers, followed by East Asia with 22%. Arab and European consumers make up 4% each, 72% of purchasers were women and 63% were married couples. Special occasions were cited by 46% as the main reason for the gold purchase, while 23% bought jewelry to go on vacation. The Dubai Shopping Festival attracted 13% more spending.
High incomes do not necessarily make people consumers of gold as only 13% of these earning $6,808 or more per month were found to be jewelry buyers.
On Tuesday, gold and silver gained back 75% of Monday’s losses. Gold was up to $631.10, up $11.30 on the day and silver advanced $0.74 to $12.54. All kinds of rumors abound – that George Soros supplied Barclay’s with the silver it needed to start its ETF, which we hear is at hand. The good housing news caused the bonds to drop 1-point and the yield on the US 10-year Treasuries rose to 5.08%. The dollar got hit again closing at 87.10. George Bush has set his jackals loose to catch those terrible gasoline gougers. Needless to say, nothing will happen – just smoke and mirrors.
The expert prognosticators are finally entering our league. They are four years late; but that is fine, we are happy to have them. Swiss Asia Capital says gold will be at $1,600 in three years, due to the current account deficit as the US debases its currency and bonds.
Tuesday saw the Tocom long position in gold increase 1,902 contracts. Bit by bit the shorts are covering. They reduced their net short by 14,043 contracts from 4/21 to 4/24, leaving a total of 178,365 contracts. This is the third largest reduction on record.
Global platinum production should rise 8% in 2006. Palladium production will rise 9%. 2005’s platinum output growth of 3% was the lowest since 1998. The increases should in part affect prices in both metals.
In the week ending 4/21/06, there was a decrease of 42 million euros in gold and gold receivables, which reflected selling by a Eurosystem central bank, under the Central Bank Gold Agreement. The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency remained the same. Holdings increased by 0.2 billion euros to 95.1 billion. Bank notes in circulation decreased by 5.7 billion euros to 565.9 billion. Liabilities rose by 14 billion euros to 60.8 billion euros. Net lending to credit institutions rose 9.6 billion euros to 418.1 billion euros. The current account position of credit institutions within the Eurosystem increased by 2.1 billion euros to 161.7 billion euros.
Wednesday saw gold again rise $8.30 to $639.40 and silver rose as well, up $0.26 to $12.80. Toward the end of the day both J. P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs were large buyers. That should give the market directiion on Thursday and Friday. The increase in contracts was 2457 which is miniscule, still leaving room for 100,000 to 150,000 longs before an overbought condition develops. The market again moved up because of trapped shorts.
Major banks in Europe are selling structured products to smaller private banks and to wealthy individuals. These are commodity and gold and silver products and the people writing the derivatives don’t understand these markets and their volatility. They never saw a short squeeze nor do they understand it. Many of the writers are naked as well and one run in gold and silver and they will be wiped out like LTCM was in 1998, and they wrote the book.
In addition, the gold suppression cartel – the central banks and other elitists – are carrying gold they leased as gold as an asset, whereas the gold has been in reality sold. Either the banks take delivery in US dollars, which are falling, or they get nothing. This an accident waiting to happen, a bomb. Wait until citizens find out most of or all their gold is gone. Many will hang. We know these banks are already in trouble and it’s only a matter of time before failure reaches them. We are told the overall figure of derivatives is $237 trillion, we believe it to be much higher.
On the plus side for Wednesday, both Tocom and India were net gold buyers. Goldman moved into second place on the Tocom as the second largest short, only Sumitomo is larger.
On Wednesday, silver had another good day, yet open interest fell 3660 contracts. More short covering as 82 net shorts were added. This may have been prompted by Tocom’s new extraordinary margin requirements to try to save the shorts.
As all this transpires is it any wonder that people are getting out of fiat money and into tangible assets ASAP. Could it be that all commodities are becoming monetary assets? Perhaps the gold and silver suppression drove people to base metals as assets because they were not being suppressed.
Another interesting aspect of the silver play is that major users have very little inventory. They couldn’t believe that higher prices could ever happen again. It won’t be long before what is left of Comex inventory is gone. That means investors and the ETF’s a reflection of investor demand will own the physical silver. It could be that the elitists will then create a ruse to confiscate what silver is available to them. That is why you shouldn’t use the gold or silver ETFs. Use 90% silver bags and take delivery and use gold and silver shares. With gold and silver coins it is imperative you take delivery.
The value of gold is not about jewelry for ladies in India, the Middle East, China and major wealthy cities. It is about the world’s only real money. The central banks that were so anxious to sell from 1987 until now are having second thoughts. That is why European central banks have only sold about 2/3’s of what they can sell under the Washington Agreement. Gold is rising simply because there is too much money and credit floating around the world and they are expanding not contracting. This is the only way the elitists can keep the world economy afloat – by depreciating your money and that is why gold is a better alternative than paper.
As we have said often before in order to just play catch up with inflation, gold would have to sell at $1,700 an ounce. Yes, you have lost 50% of your buying power over the past 25 years. Then comes the play to offset everything else to $3,500. These are the projections we made six years ago and we’ll stick with them. That doesn’t mean gold can’t go to $5,000 or $6,000 in a blow-off market, it can. Gold is cheap and it’s a steal until we see $1,700 an ounce. Then we’ll have to figure where it is going from there. This is the lock, the opportunity of a lifetime for investors. Do not wait for pullbacks. You are not traders and you are not that smart. You buy and hold only making changes when necessary - always being long gold and silver. You are in a bull market. The trend is your friend. You just buy and hold.
Banks are building up large positions in gold in anticipation of record sales of gold coins to retail buyers for the Hindu festival of Akshaya Tritiya. Corporation Bank has imported 10,000 specially-minted centenary coins of 8-grams. Overseas Bank is selling 5-gram “Mudra” bars at 298 branches. Of 101 tons of gold sold last year, banks accounted for 3%.
The SEC, as we predicted, has approved Barclays Silver ETF called: Shares Silver Trust. It will track the price of silver bullion that will be stored in vaults in allocated accounts and trade like listed shares on an exchange. We do not care for this type of investment, nor the gold ETF for several reasons. We prefer delivery of gold and silver coins and at this stage of the bull market gold and silver exploration shares. These investments have built in leverage to take the greatest advantage of the bull market.
I love sensational headlines, don't you? Nevertheless, this is a serious and new article on a little discussed subject in the media, reflective of the immense power of the nuclear lobby in silencing what is effectively death in the air.
April 27, 2006 By Arun Shrivastava CMC 1. The scientists warn the US governmentThe Union of Concerned Scientists recently warned that, should the USA use nuclear weapons in Iran, of say 1 megaton yield, it would kill 3 million people in Iran and another 35 million will die of radiation fallout in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Watch the animation on: http://www.ucsusa.org/global_security/nuclear_weapons/ nuclear-bunker-buster-rnep-animation.html The satellite image below shows the way radioactive wind will blow first 48 hours. Hot, dry air, blowing from arid-plains of Iran, Afghanistan will carry radioactive dust into the Indian sub-continent, and blow right across the northern Gangetic plains.
A group of thirteen top physicists, including five Nobel laureates, in the United States have warned President George W Bush not to use nuclear weapon. The letter is available at http://physics.ucsd.edu/petition/physicistsletter.html.The warning initiated by Jorge Hirsch, a professor of physics at the University of California at San Diego, was signed by more than 1,800 physicists who have categorically rejected the new U.S. nuclear weapons policy of preemptive use of nuclear weapons even against non-nuclear states, aggressor or non-aggressor, alike. By its very nature, science and technology is a-political. Generally, scientists and engineers follow a philosophy that their discipline seeks welfare for the humankind and, therefore, they are generally a-political. What is unprecedented here is that a group has come out against present administration's policy of (a) using nuclear weapons, (b) using the weapons preemptively, i.e. without any overt or covert threat of aggression, and (c) against nations that are non-nuclear, and who are defenseless against the aggression of the United States of America. That the mainstream media, globally, failed to forewarn the people of the dangers inherent in such illegal and irresponsible act of the present US administration is also unprecedented. Hence the actions of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the group of physicists in taking the extraordinary step of directly communicating with the people and with the administration is not merely commendable, it is an indictment of a key democratic institution. 2. How will nuking of Iran affect the Indian sub-continent and the world?Since I am an Indian, one of my main concerns since 9/11 has been the impact of US policies on survival and sustainability of West Asia and the Indian sub-continent. The people of the sub-continent have millennia-old history of trade and commerce with West-Asia. Interaction with Europe is merely three centuries old…and that interaction has led to death, destruction, mayhem, misery, exploitation, devastation……and now utter decimation stares us in our face. It is the geography, my friend. And history is never far behind.There are many ways warm air blows from West-Asian region into the sub-continent. The attached satellite photo shows one of the ways the wind blows during summer months.Strong surface winds from West-Asia, picking up sand and dust, blow right across Northern India, including India's capital New Delhi. This is normal warm air current as winter ends, spring crawls up and summer begins, but just before the Monsoon winds arrive from the South. During winter as well we have bone-chilling, strong surface winds in northern India coming from the West-Asian region. There are currents that blow across the dry west-Asian region and enter the Himalayas via the Karakorum Range. Particles of dust picked up by these winds are rained out and these flow through the hundreds of perennial rivers originating in the Himalayas.When Iran is nuked, these winds will suck up radioactive dust and deposit them right across Northern India, including the Himalayas.Since the US started its unprovoked aggressions in West-Asia, post 9/11, depleted uranium carried by these winds has already contaminated vast regions of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India,.This amounts to two nuclear attacks on Indian people by an elected US government in less than five years. The third one is not far behind.The 21 countries affected of depleted uranium [Annex 1] can say exactly the same thing: the civilians in these 21 countries have been attacked by the US government without their respective governments being an aggressor. If it is a demented extension of "the right of preemptive action" by the depraved US administration….it is an outright policy of genocide, or omnicide, choose your own term. But none of these people ever raised a finger against the US; majority still believes that Americans are civilized. Does it matter now? People are not evil, only individuals are. Individuals commit crimes in your name, our name. In the District of Cruelty, there are just five individuals who are responsible. And as John McCarthy says, "Impeach now. Then arrest and charge mass murder." http://www.opednews.com/articles/ genera_john_mcc_060424_impeach_now.htm John is a very pissed off combat veteran who's been there, seen it all. And, if you are an American, don't ever forget that he is war hero and he was a Prisoner of War in his own country, the United States of America. So much for your brand of democracy, freedom and the rule of law! 3. How many will likely be killed?How many will be killed or maimed for life is an academic question. Nuking of Iran will destroy the environmental sustainability of the entire sub-continent possibly within a few months, if not weeks. Over 850 million people already suffering from depleted uranium contamination will be exposed to further dose of nuclear radiation. At least a billion will die in Asia alone. No one will be spared, anywhere. The radioactive wind will surely kill and maim, first, people in Iran, then across the Indian sub-continent, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and then travel round the world and keep killing people all over the world for decades. Including the United States. "1.3 BILLION people have been killed, maimed and diseased by nuclear power alone. That is only the beginning and does not include atmospheric testing or the impact of thousands of tons of DU used in the deserts and cities and homes of the Middle East and Central Asia, and let's not forget the former Yugoslavia. The amount of DU admitted to officially by the US Govt. is the atomicity equivalent of hundreds of thousands of Nagasaki bombs... since 1991. And that is a gross underestimation," Says Leuren Moret. 4. Why should civilians die?A gringo revels in being macho. In the grand old tradition of political and philosophical gringoistic-machismo- the Prezzie of world's lone super-power thundered, "we need the best weapons, best equipment, and best training….to ensure peace and freedom…[whatever, who cares]. Need anyone remind the people in power that the essence of war is to disarm the aggressor with least harm to civilians, people who are unarmed? And, as the Union of Scientists and the Group of Physicists have strongly come out against the preemptive use of nuclear weapons, there is a powerful moral undertone to their pleas. Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), in his magnum opus "De jure belli ac pacis" [on the law of war & peace], says:"Fear with respect to [any] power is not a sufficient cause. For...self-defense to be lawful it must be necessary; and it is not necessary unless we are certain, not only regarding the power of [an aggressor], but also regarding his intention; the degree of certainty which is required is that which is accepted in morals." [parenthesis and underline, mine] Huigh de Groot; The Law of War and Peace; Chapter 22; V1. It should also be noted that it is a principle of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence that the probability of being attacked does not confer the right to attack any one. It is repugnant to every principle of morality, mores and law and equity. For, if that were not so, any one could shoot any person walking in the street on the presumption that that man had dreamt of killing him, and, therefore, the man is a potential aggressor, and, therefore, he must be killed. Well, the present US administration is working on just this principle in the international [as well domestic] arena. The Tavistock Institute has done a wonderful job in de-moralising the ruling class. [Remember Shelley? He used de-light in the sense that light has gone out of our lives]5. Post scriptThose of you who wish to know of the pain and suffering that nuclear weapons and radiation contamination can cause, please read this essay from Ms Leuren Moret. We are all father, mother, brother, sister and children of someone, somewhere, and we would never want this to happen to any one: http://lonestaricon.com/2006/CurrentIssue/17/14guest.htmAnd don't forget to view http://todayspictures.slate.com/inmotion/essay%5Fchernobyl/? GT1=8019 I am attaching a few edited photographs from a very brave lady, Ms Elena Filatova, who traveled on her motorbike to Chernobyl and took the following pictures. If we don't take action, the world would soon look like the 'scapes shown in the photograph. This article is devoted to those who have suffered radiation illness or disability and those who died or suffered in the Chernobyl accident. Sorry I am a day late. It is also dedicated to people in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering depleted uranium contamination. I am indebted to the following friends:John McCarthyLeuren MoretPaul DeBurghdayElena Filatova [spasiba] for her excellent photographs on Chernobyl disaster that shocked me to write this piece. Click www.elenafilatova.com Crossposted at: CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS
Dearest Friends, Debbie S. needs all of our help and I am going to watch and then email Nancy Grace as she has asked us to do. Her mother has been missing for at least 20 years or longer and finally the media will be covering her mother's disappearance. Please forward this to all you know even if you choose not to watch. Thank you dear friends and I am excited for Debbie and pray you will all help out! Warmest hugs, Dreama
The groundswell against racism, poverty, and oppression shook the streets across the United States last week when Latino workers, along with supporters from labor unions and communities, walked out into the spring air and shook their fists at fundamentalist politicians rushing to defend white supremacy. United in struggle, these stalwart masses stood together against elitist tyranny. They were in step and right on time.
In late March, HBO featured a new film “Walkout” by Latino filmmakers Edward James Olmos and Moctesuma Esparza. While the film was created using the 1968 Chicano “Walkout” as a model, none involved in this Hollywood production anticipated the dramatic impact it would have on Hispanics throughout the United States. Over a million demonstrators marched in the streets in response to the recent House bill making felons of an estimated 13 million illegal immigrant workers and anyone assisting them. This inspirational mass protest has sparked a national debate on immigration and workers rights.
The United States may have been founded upon genocide, racism, sexism, and worker exploitation; but it has been built with the labor of African slaves and immigrant workers. People fleeing Kings and dictators throughout the world have sought refuge in this nation that professes constitutional liberty and justice for all. The ideology of economic freedom, i.e., that anyone can work hard and have a better life, has taken root and battles have been won as workers continue the struggle to make the dream real. Human rights and civil rights have finally ‘connected the dots’ to labor rights.
Today our society stands at a crossroads, literally and figuratively. Capitalist extremists have become emboldened through militaristic adventurism and global expansion. Jobs have been used as a weapon against all workers, exploiting both poor and rich countries with “divide and conquer” tactics. Privatization, outsourcing, and off-shoring are strategies used by big global corporations in brutal attacks on union organizing to weaken labor. It is the classic eternal struggle of authoritarian power against egalitarian principles in the distribution of social wealth produced by collective labor.
Politicians, corrupted by money and corporate lobbying, defend the status quo of rule of law by elitist wealthy capitalists. Private enterprise is not an elitist privilege, nor is a corporation entitled to the rights of a person. Get corporations out of our constitution, our government, and our public domain. Private enterprise and corporations must be controlled by society, not in control of society.
Workers, who produce the wealth, are getting tired of being pitted against one another, denied their fair share, and shut out of the democratic process. They are entitled to their piece of the pie. They are sick of being heavily taxed to support their own exploitation through wars of imperialism. They are enraged that their children and grandchildren must pay the price in blood, sweat, and tears, while the richest 1% parasitic minority live in luxury with lower taxes and social privilege.
Basta! Enough! Shout the masses of exploited workers and enlightened citizens. Civil rights and human rights depend upon labor rights. Walk out of institutions, workplaces, and superstores that support social parasites and their corrupt politicians. Take charge of public domain and privatized industries built with public funds.
Workers united can build a democratic socialist society by the people, of the people, and for the people. Labor rights are the actualization of civil rights, human rights, and democracy.
Barbara Tutor is a Social Activist, Writer, Systems Analyst, and Nature Lover residing in Wild Wonderful West Virginia – email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPORATISTS are globalization elitists, primarily superrich U.S. capitalists, who ‘let their wealth work for them’ by exploiting nature, nations, and workers of the world. The divine quest of global corporate supremacists is to establish worldwide authority, rule their private dominions of free enterprise, and institute capitalist idealism as the New World Order. Belief in fundamentalist capitalism is the supreme idealism of corporatists. Their superior role was bestowed through the privilege of wealth, and they have accepted this burden. It works for them! And, it has been sold to most of the world as capitalist democracy. But mention any variant of ‘socialism’ and evil casts a shadow upon the scene. According to corporatists, “Socialist ‘evil-doers’ and social ‘do-gooders’ should both be annihilated.”
NEO-CONSERVATIVES are fanatical U.S. political officials who implement and control the global dominions of U.S. corporatists through psychological operations (psy-ops), military force, or whatever means necessary to bring an end to all hope for social democracy. The U.S. Constitution sets forth a foundation for social democracy as an ideology based on egalitarian principles of “social rule, of, by, and for the people.” But corporatists and neo-cons would like to turn back the calendar on social gains, such as Social Security and all public domain, by privatizing vital social programs that people have won through struggle. Corporatists and neo-cons attempt to over-ride our constitution by: • rigging elections, • setting up war-games that ‘simulate-and-confuse’ standard military response to terrorists attacks, • developing media scripts to create a pseudo-reality through lies and distortion, • enacting unprecedented violations of civil liberties, • using unmitigated lies to justify the ‘shock-and-awe’ of war against sovereign nations, • condemning and bullying critics as unpatriotic, • slashing U.S. taxes on corporatists, • giving finance corporatists big dividends on the accelerating debt burden of current and future taxpayers, • showering corrupt military-industrial corporatists with mega-contracts, • enacting laws written by lobbyists to benefit corporatists, and, all the while partying and basically sucking-up to jet-set corporatists.
WHITESHIRTS are a privatized army of public relations specialists contracted by neo-cons to do the dirty work of creating pseudo-reality by trashing truth. Masters of psy-ops are covertly presented to the public as issue experts, casting spells of fear and mind-control over the citizenry with a new level of skill, technology, and sophistication. Corporatists sponsor whiteshirts to set-up fronts, such as faith-based non-profit organizations, educational institutions, think tanks, consulting companies, phone banks, etc., to market corporatist propaganda and support the schemes of neo-cons. At times, whiteshirts may hold dual positions as journalists for mainstream news media, or go undercover within activists groups and political campaigns opposed to corporatist goals.
Who are these pathetic impersonators? A list of names would be lengthy and volatile, is not published, and fortunately is not required. The names and issues may change, but the role whiteshirts play becomes increasingly identifiable once the &lsquoogrom’ is exposed to the public. Whiteshirts become plain as the nose on your face when you sense any of the following on TV news or radio-talk shows: screeches of arrogance, repetitious talking points, capitalist fundamentalism, privatization rhetoric, divisive pseudo-values against sin, or racist hate dogma. Whiteshirts express the same ‘know-it-all’ voice when trying to imitate a caller to C-Span’s Washington Journal, the same verse in major newspaper articles, the intense personal attacks or outright threats against writers of op-ed articles in newspapers and on internet blogs, etc., etc., etc.
Watch and listen for whiteshirts. Recognition becomes instantaneous to alert citizens. Don’t let them get away with propaganda or bully attacks. Challenge their lies and abuse in a rational truthful manner to take the emotional edge off of their intended purpose, incitement and diversion. Whiteshirts are just a bunch of scripted con-artists desperately trying to act like ‘the-big-man.’
Barbara Tutor is a Social Activist, Writer, Systems Analyst, and Nature Lover residing in Wild Wonderful West Virginia.
PAGAN SUN WORSHIP AND CATHOLICISM LA VERITA - THE TRUTH
In the Vatican's St. Peter's basilica in Rome, there is a rather remarkable sculpture that probably goes mostly unnoticed by those who visit there. It is a part of a sculpture group by Gian Lorenzo Bernini decorating the tomb of Pope Alexander VII. At the four corners surrounding the kneeling Pope, are the four virtues, Charity, Prudence, Justice and Truth. Charity is on the front left side and "La Verita", which means "The Truth" is on the right front side of the overview below.
The first thing you might notice is that "Truth" stands with her foot on a globe of the earth, symbolizing her power over the globe. Then looking closer you will see that she clutches in her arms the sun, probably symbolizing Truth's love for the light rather than darkness, and that the Truth will be revealed in time, by the light of day.
Photo by Scala/Art Resource, New York
Historically, pagan Babylon worshipped the sun as a deity, and pagan Rome also worshipped the invincible sun. The Roman Catholic Church, with the assistance of Caesar's civil Sunday law ( Constantine), transferred the Sabbath rest to the Sun Day, and commonly uses images and symbols of the sun. In the following articles we will examine the many pagan sunburst images used by the Catholic Church in various forms of art.
Scripture Testifies That Stars Depicted Pagan Gods
Amos 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
The Stones Give Their Testimony
On the right is an artifact unearthed in the holy of holies of the pagan temple in the Canaanite city of Hazor / Hatzor, in northern Israel, that dates to 1400 years before the time of Christ. It is described as follows:
"a basalt offering table, pillar-shaped, with a carved symbol of the storm god Baal on its side. That symbol was a circle with a cross in the center"
Above is a tablet from the early 9th century B.C. which depicts the Babylonian sun-god Shamash seated on the right, holding emblems of his authority, a staff and ring, and the king with two attendants on the left. In the center, on an altar, is a large 4-point sun image, with additional small wavy rays between the points. In Hebrew, the word for sun is:
8121. shemesh, sheh'-mesh; from an unused root mean. to be brilliant; the sun; by impl. the east; fig. a ray, i.e. (arch.) a notched battlement:-- + east side (-ward), sun ([rising]), + west (-ward), window. See also H1053 in Strong's Hebrew Dictionary.
Altar diagram from Ceremonial for the use of the Catholic Churches in the United States of America , Ninth Edition, revised by Rev. W. Carroll Milholland, S.S., published by H. L. Kilner & Co., 1926.
The above diagram of the Catholic altar shows the same general Babylonian sun symbol. In the photo below, behind Pope John Paul II, on the front of the altar of St. Peter's Basilica, you see a tapestry with a sunburst design nearly identical to the pagan sun-god symbol of Baal / Shamash. This tapestry is called the altar frontal, antipendium (antependium), or pallium altaris.
Below: Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican Copyright 1996, NBC News.
Below: Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican Copyright 2000, NBC News.
Symbol of Babylonian sun-god Shamash
The Pope conducting Midnight Mass on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica on Christmas Eve of 2000.
Below on the left is a picture from the coronation of Pope Pius XI in 1922. On the tapestry hung from the balcony, there are three symbols of Baal / Shamash evident. On the right is Pope John XXIII waving to the crowd in St. Peter's square from above another similar banner, after an Urbi Et Orbi speech.
Copyright 1922 by Underwood
Photo by Dmitri Kessel
Below on the left is a similar photo of John Paul II, making his first public appearance as Pope, in 1978.
Photo by Fabian / Sygma
Above on the right is a photo from early in the papacy of John Paul II, and the symbol of Baal / Shamash appears on the front of his fish head shaped mitre. Note also the small black cross on his shoulder (compare below), on what is called a Pallium:
The modern pallium is a circular band about two inches wide, worn about the neck, breast, and shoulders, and having two pendants, one hanging down in front and one behind. ... The ornamentation of the pallium consists of six small black crosses -- one each on the breast and back, one on each shoulder, and one on each pendant.
Below on the left is a Neo-Assyrian standing stone (stele/stela) dating from about 824-811 B.C., which depicts King Shamshi-Adad V. In particular, note the necklace the King is wearing. On it is what is called a Cross Patt�e or Cross Form�e. Twenty-eight hundred years ago that shape was symbolic of pagan sun worship (click on the image for a closer look).
Today the Pope wears a similar symbol around his neck, on the Pallium, which the Pope also confers on selected bishops as an ornamental token of his favor, and it is also worn by archbishops and patriarchs as a symbol of their authority as a metropolitan, derived from unity with the Pope. Note also, that beneath the Pope's Pallium there is an "x" / diagonal cross, which mimics the diagonal bands below the Cross Patt�e worn by the pagan king. The Pope also has a ring and staff of authority, remarkably similar to the depiction of the sun god Shamash on the Babylonian tablet shown previously.
Note the lower hand of King Ashur-nasir-pal II in the above stele. On the wrist is the sunburst symbol. On the right, the pagan sunburst is on the glove of Pope John XXIII. (click on the image for a closer look)
The depictions of the pagan kings on the ancient standing stones above, show a strip of cloth (lappet) hanging from the rear of the headgear. These lappets are also present on the papal mitre and tiara, shown at left, and partially visible in the photos of popes above.
IMMAGINI DEL CONCILIO: CITTA DEL VATICANO: 1966 Press Office of the Ecumenical Council.
The symbols of Baal and Shamash worn by a Catholic Bishop.
On the left is a medallion from the Vatican pavilion of the 1988 World Expo, which depicts what is called a Monstrance, used to display a consecrated host. It bears a remarkable similarity to the symbol of Baal / Shamash. See The Monstrance.
At left are two examples of ciborium, in which are kept the Eucharistic wafer hosts of the Catholic Mass. The one on the left uses the Cross Patt�e as a handle on top, and the other uses the four point cross within a circle, the ancient symbols of Shamash and Baal.
On the left is a Vatican 100 Lire gold coin. Note the symbol of Baal, found in Hazor, is behind the head of the figure supposed to be that of Christ.
Here you see the symbol of Baal used in artwork representing the Year of the Eucharist that appeared on the cover of the November 10, 2004 edition of L'Osservatore Romano.
Now on the right you see the sunburst image on the underside of the canopy of Bernini's Baldacchino, the large canopy-like monument in St. Peter's Cathedral, directly over the main altar of St. Peter's, and the alleged tomb of St. Peter. The dove in front of the sunburst is supposed to be symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Note the shape of the sun rays. They are essentially identical to that of the pagan sun symbol worn by Assyrian kings over 800 years before the time of Christ.
From Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Copyright 1996, NBC News.
The Baldacchino From a photo by Scala/Art Resource, New York
Bernini also put pagan sun images on the top of each of the columns of his Baldacchino, which stands above the altar of St. Peter's. (The sun image and 3 bumble bees are symbolic of the Barberini family and Pope Urban VIII).
Here on the left is essentially the same image as found in Bernini's La Verita and Baldacchino, but this is the face of the pagan Greek sun god Apollo, on the temple of Apollo, in the Pergamon museum in Berlin!
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