WingMakers Forum
Visit SUMBOLA - The Social Reading Platform
Publishers, Authors, Readers, and Talent wanted.


All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2164 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ... 87  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:13 am 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:56 pm
Posts: 940
For the record, I eat as much LOCAL organic as I can...Yummy!

[quote][i]Willamette Week[/i]:
http://www.wweek.com/story.php?story=6633

ATTACK OF THE $3 TOMATO
By ZACH DUNDAS

[i]How Portland's snooty tastes are saving Oregon farms, luring kids back to the land and even-gasp!- teaching Republicans and Democrats to get along. [/i]

Last week, the meat counter at New Seasons Market on Southeast Division Street-as good a place as any to observe Portland's organic-shopping, local-arugula-worshipping foodies in their native habitat-offered juicy-looking steak...for $13.99 a pound.

Why would anyone slap down more than a ten-spot for a pound of cow flesh when they could buy the same amount of the exact same cut for about $7.50 at Safeway, just blocks away on Southeast Hawthorne?

Or, for that matter, who would pay New Seasons $3.99 for a pint of blueberries when the same Safeway sells it for a buck less?

The answer, in both cases, has nothing to do with the way the American consumer is supposed to behave in the globalized, big-box, Chinese-made 21st century. Instead, it has everything to do with where that spendy meat and those blue-chip blueberries came from: Oregon.

Forget "organic," long the label coveted by that cross-section of hippies, yuppies, bourgeois bohemians and gourmets. Increasingly, "local" is the new buzzword chowhounds are chasing.

At the height of summer's bounty, signs of the trend are not hard to find. New Seasons, a Portland-owned chain that employs two full-time people to scout for local food, soon will open its sixth location since launching in 2000, and will surpass 1,000 employees. Portland's farmers markets, confined to a single obscure location little more than a decade ago, are everywhere-at least two dozen in the metro area. The largest, held Saturdays on Portland State's campus, boasts 140 vendors and a two-year waiting list for stalls. And local restaurants are engaged in something of a local-produce arms race to see who can trumpet the most eccentric, specific Oregon-grown specimens.

"'Local' is much bigger than organic now," says Tanya Murray, a Sauvie Island farmer who supplies salad mix to Portland restaurants. "It started with white-tablecloth places. Now it's trickling down. There's a place in St. Johns that has lottery machines but still wants to say it sells Sauvie Island salad. There's more demand than we can possibly keep up with."

Yet the best evidence that the buying habits of a small faction packs a real effect is not found in a gourmet grocery or hip bistro.

[b]Buried in dry data spreadsheets cranked out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture lies a dramatic tale: At a time when small farmers are dying out across America, the number of farmers in Oregon is on the rise. The latest USDA "agriculture census" showed the number of full-time farmers in Oregon increasing more than 55 percent from 13,884 in 1974 to 21,580 in 2002, the last year the USDA surveyed. Part-time farming, where many growers who specialize in farmers markets and other buy-local niches begin, is up, too.[/b]{that is amazing! I live here and I didn't realize...}

In contrast to farmers' plight nationwide-endless Willie Nelson benefits notwithstanding, about 300,000 farms have disappeared since 1980-Oregon's farming renaissance is stunning. In Illinois, for example, about 33,000 farms turned out the lights between 1974 and 2002.

Growers and industry analysts ascribe the increase in Oregon farmers to a growing number of small- and medium-sized operations designed to meet increasing demand for local grub.

"Farmers markets are growing by 10 percent a year," says Larry Lev, a marketing economist with Oregon State University's agriculture extension service. "The rest of agriculture isn't growing like that. The niche is serving a lot of good ends, and one of them is bringing bright, energetic people into agriculture who never would have dreamed of it otherwise."

To be sure, the "local" food industry represents just a spit in the ocean of Oregon's $3.8 billion agricultural economy. Most food grown in Oregon gets shipped elsewhere and the majority of food consumed in the state gets trucked in, just as in the rest of the country. (According to a 2001 Iowa State University study, the average dinner travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate.) But some Portlanders' finicky insistence on eating local is changing things: luring a new generation of savvy sodbusters-many of them women-onto the land, keeping old farm families in business, even forging new bonds between ultra-liberal urbanites and the Republican hinterland beyond.

All this has some proclaiming Portland the bellwether of some not-yet-defined revolution. "It's in the food-savvy city of Portland that the new food economy has taken root," says a July 31 feature in the Los Angeles Times, "and where the future may be taking shape."

The future? That's a bold claim in the age of the Golden Arches. But something's happening down on the farm, and some think pricey blueberries mark just the beginning.

Once, the "organic" label appealed only to the crunchiest of the crunchy: the co-op member, the carob-chip eater, the composting zealot. Thanks to increasingly mainstream worries about pesticides, the environment and genetic engineering, Fred Meyer and Safeway now feature all-organic sections in their produce department.

But the growing appeal of "local" is a little more complicated. (As is the definition. Some local-food proponents speak of a "foodshed" of about 150 miles in any direction. New Seasons, which recently unveiled a new promotional campaign to push "homegrown" foods, counts anything produced in the ...

Continued...[/quote]


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:28 am 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:31 am
Posts: 1386
Location: Wanted Signs in the Bastok post office
An advance in nanotechnology may lead to the creation of artificial muscles, superstrong electric cars and wallpaper-thin electronics, researchers report.

Nanotechnology has tantalized researchers for decades, promising a new era in stronger and lighter electronic materials. Nanotechnology is the science of engineering such properties at the molecular, or nanometer, scale. For all its promise, the technology has mostly been locked in laboratories.


Science
A sheet made from nanotubes, tiny carbon tubes only a few times bigger than atoms with remarkable strength and electronic properties.



In today's edition of the journal Science, however, scientists from the University of Texas and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization report the creation of industry-ready sheets of materials made from nanotubes. Nanotubes are tiny carbon tubes with remarkable strength that are only a few times wider than atoms. They can also act as the semiconductors found in modern electronics.


Science
The same sheet, emitting polarized light after the voltage is applied through incandescent heating.



"This is fundamentally a new material," says team leader Ray Baughman of the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.


• Self-supporting, transparent and stronger than steel or high-strength plastics, the sheets are flexible and can be heated to emit light.


• A square mile of the thinnest sheets, about 2-millionths-of-an-inch thick, would weigh only about 170 pounds.


• In lab tests, the sheets demonstrated solar cell capabilities, using sunlight to produce electricity.


The team has developed an automated process that produced 2&frac• three• quarters;-inch-wide strips of nanotubes at a rate of about 47 feet per minute. Other methods take much longer to create nanotube sheets.


"The technique is most elegant and the applications they've shown are quite impressive," says nanotube expert Shalom Wind of Columbia University in New York. Industry and academic researchers are already regarding nanotubes with avid interest, he adds.


Future applications that scientists have discussed include creating artificial muscles whose movement is electrically charged, or race cars with stronger, lighter bodies that could also serve as batteries, says chemist Andrew Barron of Rice University in Houston.


"We could see this on Formula 1 (racing) cars by next season, says Barron. "This is a jumping-off point for a technology a lot of people will pursue."


Wind is more cautious about the future. "We'll really have to wait to see the impact this has and whether it will pan out in commercial technology."


The federal government has made nanotechnology a research priority in recent years. Funding for the scientists' research came from the Defense Department, the Texas government and a partnership of nanotechnology labs.


The research team suggests first using the nanotube sheets as transparent antennae for cars or as electrically heated windows. "We do need to think of a catchier name than 'nanotube sheets,' " Baughman says.

_________________
Each Tributary Zone is designed like a house of mirrors. Until one steps inside, there is no image to reflect. No personal content to convey.

The most common way of accessing a non-physical Tributary Zone is through meditation or the dream state. While in these altered states of consciousness the entity can begin to shift and restructure their energy system by accessing these Tributary Zones.
-Philosophy 4


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:49 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
Incredible- Greenpeace Admits Chemtrails

08/17/05

Nearly seven years after extensive “lay downs” of lingering and spreading white plumes were first reported smearing skies over across North America, Europe is in an uproar and Washington could be close to coming clean about chemtrails.

At least the Bush White house will soon have a legitimate weather control agency to finally “launder” one of the biggest cons ever perpetrated.

Introduced in the US Senate on March 1, 2005, Bill S517 calls for a US “Weather Modification Advisory and Research Board” to officially commence operations in October 2005. When passed as expected, this law will make large-scale chemical alteration of the atmosphere legal across a formerly free and beautiful land called America.

It’s already happening.

Less than two weeks before the bill was introduced, Linda wrote from “up here in the mountains of northeast Georgia” of the worst spray day she had ever seen. “Not one day in the past two months have we had a blue sky with normal clouds,” Linda wrote. Even normal clouds “are ‘laced’ with whatever the hell is coming out of those white planes that have no engine sounds, even when they fly low enough to see there is no printing anywhere on the planes.” Several years ago the US Air Force stated that it was repainting its silver aircraft white, and retrofitting its jet tanker fleet with “hush kits” to silence their engines.

DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE WEATHER
Whatever fresh environmental disaster Bill S517 accomplishes, this bill will ease the way for admission of a project suspected by many and confirmed by air traffic controllers at America’s biggest airports. When and if the US public demands that their government “do something” about the extreme weather pummeling their neighborhoods, Washington will be able to officially reply, “We are.”

Intended to “develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated national weather modification policy,” the board is tasked with coordinating state and federal weather modification efforts. It’s direct mandate is stepped-up research and development aimed at developing experimental “models, devices, equipment, materials, and processes” to change or control, “by artificial methods” the development of clouds and/or precipitation in the troposphere. This weather-forming region of the atmosphere lies between Earth’s surface and the stratosphere, starting around 35,000 feet.

The federal weather modifiers will now directly oversee the cloud-seeding operations currently being carried out over dozens of states to increase rain and snowfall for irrigation, electrical power and winter recreation purposes. As droughts intensify under an onslaught of moisture-absorbing chemicals dispensed behind ozone-destroying jet tankers, and future towns wash away in sudden flash floods triggered by rain-inducing atmospheric tinkering, these unnatural disasters and other “inadvertent” effects of weather modification will be closely “studied” by the newly created board.

But no studies have been released on the implications of wide-scale alteration of regional atmospheric heat balances.

Large-scale weather modification is banned under the United Nations Environmental Modification Convention signed by Washington in 1970.

CHEMTRAILS 2005
Meanwhile, recent heavy “chemtrail” spraying over Portland, Oregon and Canada’s west coast has eased off once again. Another long-time chemtrail “hot zone”, Santa Cruz, California continues reporting clear blue skies unmarked by the chemplanes’ ugly scrawl.

As recently as May 2005, a Swiss resident sent photographs to Meria Heller’s website, reporting: “Today was one of the heaviest Spraying in Switzerland ever.”

Some Canadians also have their eyes wide open. in June 2005, large graffiti spray-painted on a major overpass in West Vancouver advised motorists: WAKE UP, LOOK UP, CHEMTRAILS ARE EVERYWHERE.

AIR FORCE INSIDER DESCRIBES WEATHER MOD MISSIONS
An senior active duty air force insider has described environmental combat missions already being flown by specially-outfitted C-130 Hercules transports, which can be reloaded, refueled and relaunched in just 10 minutes to continue their assault on violent storms afflicting US communities. Flown by regular air force pilots, these “science flights” include onboard meteorologists, who painstakingly log the results of each mission.

Big storm fronts and hurricanes require a vast amount of absorbent chemicals to reduce their destructive power. To achieve the fast turn-around times needed to complete their missions, flights of returning C-130s taxi to a stop and immediately commence refueling as the empty onboard spray canister is removed. as soon as the empty canister is clear of the aircraft, a waiting truck wheels a semi-trailer-size container of sky-seeding chemicals to the plane’s lowered rear ramp, where it is slid inside on rails like a gigantic “soda dispenser”.

The air force insider added that other spray missions spread (barium) chemtrails to facilitate 3D radar mapping of the entire continental United States. He also said that the air force has been spraying storm fronts “for a long time”. The military’s main interest, he added, is experimentation aimed at gaining control of the weather for military use.

Did the air force spray this year’s first Caribbean hurricane, in which the western quadrant disintegrated just before making its Texas landfall? “There’s no reason they wouldn’t,” the air force insider replied.

But C-130 turboprops would not necessarily be used to try to influence hurricanes that typically release more energy than all atomic arsenals combined. Referring to the 757s-767´s recently modified for aerial spraying, the air force insider told willthomas.net, “We’ve got them, but I can’t talk about them.”

He added that many people in the air force “are aware of William Thomas” and his reporting on chemtrails. The air force insider confirmed that this reporter “has it mostly right” concerning the application and purposes behind chemtrails. But would not elaborate on my reporting.

EUROPEAN CHEMTRAIL UPROAR
Meanwhile, the chemtrails controversy has taken Europe by storm following a series of articles by Swiss freelance journalist Gabriel Stetter in the German popular science magazine Raum+Zeit (Space and Time), circulation circa 50,000.

Stetter’s first article, “White Skies” created a public relations nightmare for Greenpeace when it informed readers in January 2004 how “Thousands of people were thoroughly shocked when they realised, and were informed by Greenpeace in Germany, Switzerland and Austria that—for some reason or other—Greenpeace has no interest in the chemtrail question whatsoever.”

The Swiss government also came under public pressure to explain the checkerboards being painted in its skies. On March 5, 2004 the Environment Department in Berne, Switzerland responded to an inquiry by Rudolf Rechsteiner, a Social Democratic member of parliament, admitting that “A number of ideas exist that show how it would be possible to reduce global warming by technical means, at least in the short term.”

But these ideas, the government office hastened to add, “are no more than theoretical. We are not aware of any practical application of these methods, either at home or abroad.”

Ten days later, Greenpeace Switzerland climate and transport expert Cyrill Studer wrote an internal memo assuring colleagues that while he had “heard of the chemtrails phenomenon,” for the present, Greenpeace “will not be following up the theme of chemtrails.”

Two reasons for inaction by Greenpeace climate change activists were given. First, Studer explained, “There is not a sufficiently solid scientific basis” for Greenpeace to risk its budget and reputation verifying this “supposed phenomenon”. To do so, he added in his memo to Greenpeace staff, “would overstretch our capacities…Important elements of our climate campaign would suffer, particularly the promotion of energy efficiency and of renewable energies, or our active influence in present-day politics.”

But outside Greenpeace’s corporate offices, the controversy continued. On June 11 German Greenpeace spokeswoman Kristine Läger told concerned constituents:

The idea of reducing global warming by putting chemicals in the atmosphere has been around a long time. There are various proposals in this direction, suggesting the chemicals should be independently sprayed and that they should be mixed with the fuel of ordinary passenger aircraft. Whether in Germany such proposals have reached the point of actual realization is highly questionable. So far as we are aware there are no indications from research and observation of weather and climate that these so-called chemtrails exist. Nor are we aware of any project that has been realized in practice.. in all probability this is not happening.

But Gabriel Stetter believes that the Greenpeace “Rainbow Warriors” know all about the rainbows in the sky. They probably also know of geoengineering studies to reduce incoming sunlight and slow global warming issued by the National Academy of Sciences. “And they may even have taken a look at the Welsbach Patent,” he writes. “But they have no idea what conclusions to draw from the chessboard pattern suspended in the Hamburg sky or the aluminium-enriched ‘rainbows’.

“Supposing the word ‘chemtrails’ appeared in print in the Greenpeace Magazine,” Stetter speculates. “How many tens of thousands of people more would look up into the sky and recognize that the supposedly Utopian “proposal” has long moved on via “spraying trials” to a systematic, long-term spreading of cloud cover over the whole of Europe?”

Back in Basel, Gabriel Stetter quoted unsourced opinion polls showing that in this “stronghold” of chemtrails believers, one in ten people “have already heard of them despite the media blackout. Several thousand people in the prosperous town at the bend in the Rhine know that the chemtrails phenomenon suggests that something is seriously wrong.”

Among these Swiss chemtrails activists, he explained, “are well-to-do people, who because of their environmental awareness have been for a long time, in some cases for decades, members of Greenpeace.”

Not any more.

“Veteran anti-nuclear activists, campaigners for animal welfare or against electrosmog—in their alarm they had all turned to Greenpeace because of the chemtrails, which are visible everywhere in the skies above Basel. But a painful experience awaited all of them. They were palmed off with the same unsatisfactory answers that we have by now grown tired of hearing. The consequence drawn by these elderly, well-to-do activists from Greenpeace’s lack of interest was the immediate cancellation of membership of many years, the withdrawal of legacies, and the withholding of payments to Greenpeace until further notice.”

As Brian Holmes notes on his website, http://www.holmestead.ca, the October 2004 issue #131 of the Raum + Zeit contained many pages of letters from readers responding positively to Stetter’s first article in issue #127. “Many of these letters are illustrated with color photographs supplied by the readers themselves.”

Former six-year a board member of Greenpeace Germany, Monika Griefahn chaired the Committee for Culture and Media of the Federal German Parliament when she replied to a letter from two chemtrails dissenters in July 2004, stating, “I am in basic agreement with your concerns. Instead of making a concerted and determined effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world, experiments of various kinds are being carried out in the earth’s atmosphere in order to cure the symptoms.”

GERMAN PARLIMENTARTIAN “ADMITS” CHEMTRAILS

Former six-year a board member of Greenpeace Germany, Monika Griefahn chaired the Committee for Culture and Media of the Federal German Parliament when she replied to a letter from two chemtrails dissenters in July 2004, stating, “I am in basic agreement with your concerns. Instead of making a concerted and determined effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world, experiments of various kinds are being carried out in the earth’s atmosphere in order to cure the symptoms.”

After assuring her correspondents, “I share your concern over the use of aluminium or barium compounds which have a considerable toxic potential,” the parliamentarian went on to say, “however, so far as I am aware the extent of their use is so far minimal.”

“At last!” Stetter announced in the German science magazine. “There we have it. In the skies of Germany, so Social Democratic member of Parliament Monika Griefahn tells us, aluminium and barium compounds are being spread just as tens of thousands of concerned citizens have observed, documented and bitterly deplored.”

Thanking the Honorable Griefahn her for her courage, Stetter suggested, “Maybe one day statues of politicians like Monika Griefahn or the equally plucky US Congressman Dennis Kucinich will adorn in marble splendor the squares of newly verdant German or American cities.”

That would be nice.

But the public outcry in Europe will have to spread to North America if we are to stop this massive, illegal and continuing air and atmospheric pollution.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 10:17 am 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:56 pm
Posts: 940
[quote]CHEMTRAILS 2005
Meanwhile, recent heavy “chemtrail” spraying over [b]Portland, Oregon [/b]and Canada’s west coast has eased off once again. Another long-time chemtrail “hot zone”, Santa Cruz, California continues reporting clear blue skies unmarked by the chemplanes’ ugly scrawl. [/quote]


It has been less this summer in Portland...
And I very grateful for that... :)


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:07 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
SANTA CRUZ RIVER DISAPPEARS!!

Gone underground


Posted: Friday, August 19, 2005 9:34 AM PDT
It was a bizarre case of now you see it, now you don´t.

On Sunday the water in the Santa Cruz River at the crossing just off Palo Parado Road and Interstate 19 was so high, many vehicles could not pass.

Three days later, the river at the crossing had all but disappeared leaving a number of dead fish whose life source literally was taken right from under them.

John E. Hays, flood plain coordinator for the Santa Cruz County Flood Control District, said, "the river is going underground ... roughly one-third of a mile north of the Peck Canyon interchange of I-19."

Hayes, who walked the river on Wednesday, said, "The flow is slowly, about one foot every minute or two, moving downstream, showing that the water table is being replenished within the channel.

"My best guess is that the flow on Sunday from the Sonoita Creek, approximately 3,710 cubic feet of water per second ... scoured the channel so the water is able to drain into the aquifer.

"This was not the first event of this magnitude this year, so it may have been a series of flow events that broke through the bottom layer" and allowed the river flow to sink into the ground.

He said the flow may have scoured through an algal mat that has been cited as possibly being partially responsible for the death of several trees along the river valley.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:21 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4168226.stm

..........
Bomb site leaflets

The Awami League blames the alliance government, led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, for not preventing Wednesday´s bombings.

Some 400 devices went off almost simultaneously across the country.

A 10-year-old boy and a rickshaw puller were killed and more than 100 others were injured.

Leaflets bearing the name of a banned Islamic organisation, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, were found at every bomb site.

They called for the establishment of Islamic law in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the police are interrogating more than 120 people detained since the attacks.

Several of the suspects are alleged to be members of Islamic groups linked to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.

The incident has caused some people here to doubt the government´s long standing insistence that it has religious extremists under control.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:44 am 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
UN mobilizes inter-agency teams to help US recover from Hurricane Katrina

6 September 2005 – The United Nations has mobilized three inter-agency teams to aid the United State´s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and further deployments may occur within the next few days, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

The teams span the whole gamut of UN humanitarian activities, from food and health to refugees and children, and have been assembled following the US acceptance of help from the world body in the face of the enormous devastation caused by the hurricane.

“The United States itself has been very generous in other people´s crises,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the BBC in an interview last night. “And this is why I think it´s important that we, the United Nations, and other countries return the favour, now that they are in need.”

At present, one UN inter-agency liaison team is based at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Hurricane Katrina Operations Centre in Arlington, Virginia. The other teams will be deployed in support of USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Regional Coordination Centres in Texas and Georgia.

These two teams fielded are comprised of representatives from the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as support teams from the OCHA/UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) network.

In order to coordinate its response, the UN assembled an inter-agency task force on 2 September, chaired by the OCHA, and composed of the UNICEF, WHO, WFP, UNHCR, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

UNICEF spokesman Damien Personnaz told reporters at a news briefing in Geneva his agency would specifically look at trauma effects on children as well as the situation of schools.

WFP spokesman Simon Pluess told reporters his agency would provide logistical help, while UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said his organization obviously had experience in working with mass displacement on an emergency basis.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?N ... ina&Cr1=UN

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:45 am 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
Mexican army convoys bringing aid to U.S.-- Foreign Troops on US Soil!


Posted on Tuesday, September 06 @ 23:20:20 EDT
Topic: nations countries immigration immigrants
nations countries immigration immigrantsMEXICO CITY -- A Mexican army aid convoy set out for the U.S. border Tuesday, carrying water treatment plants, mobile kitchens and supplies to feed the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

(border security, sovereign, America, Americans, Bush, President, Mexico, troops)

9/6/2005
By MARK STEVENSON
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS NEWS IN OUR SURVEYS SECTION.

Large Mexican flags were taped to many of the 35 green-painted Mexican army trucks and tractor trailers as they rumbled northward, in what apparently will be the first Mexican military unit to operate on U.S. soil since 1846.

The trucks, carrying 195 unarmed soldiers, officers and specialists, were expected to arrive in Laredo, Texas, sometime Wednesday. From there they are to proceed to Houston, where they will apparently be used to produce water and hot meals.

The convoy included two mobile kitchens that can feed 7,000 people each per day, three flatbed trucks carrying mobile water treatment plants, and 15 trailers of bottled water, blankets and applesauce.

It also includes military engineers, doctors and nurses.

In 1846, Mexican troops briefly advanced just north of the Rio Grande in Texas, which had then recently joined the United States. Mexico, however, did not then recognize the Rio Grande as the U.S. border.

The two countries quickly became mired in the Mexican-American War, which led to the loss of half of Mexico´s territory in 1848.

Mexico sent a squadron of pilots to train in the United States in the 1940s, but they served outside the United States - in the Philippines - in World War II.

In 1916, the revolutionary leader Pancho Villa led a group of irregular fighters in a brief raid into Columbus, N.M., in what is considered the last battle against foreign forces on U.S. soil.

Mexico was planning another 12-vehicle aid convoy to leave Tuesday or Wednesday and already has a Mexican navy ship steaming toward the Mississippi coast with rescue vehicles and helicopters.

Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez has said Mexico is setting up consular offices in trailers around the disaster zone to help some of the estimated 140,000 Mexicans who live in the region, 10,000 of them in New Orleans.

In addition, help was offered by a search-and-rescue group called "topos" - which translates as "moles" - organized by youths who dug through collapsed buildings after Mexico City´s 1985 earthquake.

http://www.alipac.us/article-693-thread-1-0.html

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:57 am 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
The Ireland Earthquake has been revised to a 7.7

Yikes!

2005/09/09 07:26 M 7.7 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G. Z= 91km 4.54S 153.40E

This REVISED information is provided by the USGS
National Earthquake Information Center.
(Address problems to: sedas@ghtmail.cr.usgs.gov)

These parameters are preliminary and subject to revision.

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake IN THE NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G. has occurred at:
4.54S 153.40E Depth 91km Fri Sep 9 07:26:44 2005 UTC

Time: Universal Time (UTC) Fri Sep 9 07:26:44 2005
Time Near Epicenter Fri Sep 9 17:26:44 2005
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Fri Sep 9 03:26:44 2005
Central Daylight Time (CDT) Fri Sep 9 02:26:44 2005
Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) Fri Sep 9 01:26:44 2005
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) Fri Sep 9 00:26:44 2005
Alaska Daylight Time (ADT) Thu Sep 8 23:26:44 2005
Hawaii Standard Time (HST) Thu Sep 8 21:26:44 2005

Location with respect to nearby cities:
40 km (25 miles) E of Taron, New Ireland, PNG (pop N/A)
140 km (85 miles) ESE of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG (pop 17,000)
870 km (540 miles) NE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2535 km (1580 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

For maps, additional information, and subsequent updates,
please consult:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/ ... uscuah.htm

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2005 12:11 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
Magnitude 6.0 - SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
2005 September 9 11:26:03 UTC
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

A strong earthquake occurred at 11:26:03 (UTC) on Friday, September 9, 2005. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located in SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 86 km (54 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)





Magnitude 6.0
Date-Time Friday, September 9, 2005 at 11:26:03 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Friday, September 9, 2005 at 8:26:03 AM
= local time at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 31.638°S, 68.999°W
Depth 86.2 km (53.6 miles)
Region SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
Distances
45 km (30 miles) WSW of San Juan, Argentina
140 km (85 miles) N of Mendoza, Argentina
205 km (130 miles) E of Illapel, Chile
1020 km (630 miles) WNW of BUENOS AIRES, Argentina

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 6.9 km (4.3 miles); depth +/- 7.9 km (4.9 miles)
Parameters Nst=169, Nph=169, Dmin=958.1 km, Rmss=0.8 sec, Gp= 68°,
M-type=body magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID uscuam

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:16 am 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
Slow Seismic Slip Event Underway in Pacific Northwest

Live Science
September 14, 2005

An important seismic event imperceptible to humans has begun in the Pacific Northwest as predicted, according to the government agency Geological Survey of Canada.

The event is called episodic tremor and slip (ETS). It involves a slow movement of the Juan de Fuca and North America tectonic plates along the Cascadia margin of southern British Columbia. Faults associated with the plates have been the sites of major earthquakes -- akin to the colossal tsumani-causing quake last December in Indonesia -- every 500 years or so, the geologic record shows. The last such temblor in the area struck on Jan. 26 in the year 1700.

The movement is slower than a traditional earthquake but more rapid than the normal creep associated with the fault. It runs in the reverse direction of the normal creep.

The movement was predicted. Scientists recently learned that these ETS events recur about every 14 months. It has been detected by Global Positioning System instruments.

The event does not mean an earthquake is imminent, but geologists are eager to study it and learn more and they say sooner or later an ETS event is likely to trigger a major quake.

"Compared to the steady year-round stress accumulation, this more rapid stress increase implies that a large subduction earthquake is more likely to happen during the time of an ETS event," the Canadian geologists write.

"The slip event and the associated (minor) tremors" are directly related to megathrust (Sumatra-like) earthquake potential," lead geologist John Cassidy and a colleague said in today´s statement. "Neither the tremor nor the slip can be felt."

The slip began Sept. 3 on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State and has migrated north to the Vancouver Island area, Cassidy wrote. Victoria moved 0.12 inches (3 millimeters) to the west over the course of two days. The events are thought to last six to 15 days.

"We think that it´s one of these events that will trigger the big megathrust earthquake,´´ Cassidy told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. "We just don´t know which one of these events will trigger the giant earthquake.´´

The immediate importance of the event is that it occurred as predicted and can now be used to improve understanding of the region´s seismology.

"By better understanding these events, we will be able to better predict the effects (and perhaps timing) of future magnitude 9 earthquakes along the west coast," the statement read.

A separate study recently concluded that a major earthquake along the fault could be overdue, given clusters of the events seen in the geologic record. Because the fault is offshore, scientists say its rupture could create a devastating tsunami.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:23 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
The Federal Open Market Committee Raises Rate a 1/4 point

For immediate release


The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to raise its target for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 3-3/4 percent.

Output appeared poised to continue growing at a good pace before the tragic toll of Hurricane Katrina. The widespread devastation in the Gulf region, the associated dislocation of economic activity, and the boost to energy prices imply that spending, production, and employment will be set back in the near term. In addition to elevating premiums for some energy products, the disruption to the production and refining infrastructure may add to energy price volatility.

While these unfortunate developments have increased uncertainty about near-term economic performance, it is the Committee´s view that they do not pose a more persistent threat. Rather, monetary policy accommodation, coupled with robust underlying growth in productivity, is providing ongoing support to economic activity. Higher energy and other costs have the potential to add to inflation pressures. However, core inflation has been relatively low in recent months and longer-term inflation expectations remain contained.

The Committee perceives that, with appropriate monetary policy action, the upside and downside risks to the attainment of both sustainable growth and price stability should be kept roughly equal. With underlying inflation expected to be contained, the Committee believes that policy accommodation can be removed at a pace that is likely to be measured. Nonetheless, the Committee will respond to changes in economic prospects as needed to fulfill its obligation to maintain price stability.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Alan Greenspan, Chairman; Timothy F. Geithner, Vice Chairman; Susan S. Bies; Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.; Richard W. Fisher; Donald L. Kohn; Michael H. Moskow; Anthony M. Santomero; and Gary H. Stern. Voting against was Mark W. Olson, who preferred no change in the federal funds rate target at this meeting.

In a related action, the Board of Governors unanimously approved a 25-basis-point increase in the discount rate to 4-3/4 percent. In taking this action, the Board approved the requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.

2005 Monetary policy


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Home | News and events
Accessibility
Last update: September 20, 2005

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:18 am 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
China Names Condom for Bill Clinton

NewsMax.com (Inside Cover Section)


Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005
China Names Condom for Bill Clinton


A Chinese company is honoring ex-president Bill Clinton by naming a new line of condoms after him - along with a companion line of condoms that will be named after his ex-girlfriend, Monica Lewinsky.

Reports Britain´s Sky News: The Guangzhou Haokian Bio-science company has registered their names as trademarks for the contraceptives.

The condoms will display Chinese spellings: Kelitun and Laiwensiji.

A 12-pack of Clintons is expected to cost $5.00, with Lewinskys selling at a discounted price of just over $3.00.

The manufacturer´s general manager, Liu Wenhua, told Sky News that naming his condoms for Clinton was perfectly legal, explaining that "trademarks of two foreign surnames and can´t be seen as a violation of rights."

Clinton is the only U.S. president to be honored with his own condom brand line. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton was unavailable to comment on her husband´s latest achievement.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:44 am 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
this just had to follow...

Ananova:

Farmer ´breaks´ penis

A newly married Romanian farmer fractured his penis after ogling his young wife while carrying a heavy sack of grain.

Farmer Gheorghe Popa, 52, from Galati, had been moving the grain sacks to the barn when he stopped to watch his 25-year-old wife Loredana hang up the washing.

He got himself over excited and dropped the sack on his erect penis, snapping vital tendons and ligaments.

Doctor Nicolae Bacalbasa said: "It was a bizarre accident, and he was in a lot of pain.

"We have done what we can for him but he may never regain use of the organ again, at least for sexual purposes."


http://www.ananova.com/news/
story/sm_1544207.html?menu=

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:24 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
heads up for man's best friends...

New Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus Is Detected in 7 States

A new, highly contagious and sometimes deadly canine flu is spreading in kennels and at dog tracks around the country, veterinarians said yesterday.

The virus, which scientists say mutated from an influenza strain that affects horses, has killed racing greyhounds in seven states and has been found in shelters and pet shops in many places, including the New York suburbs, though the extent of its spread is unknown.

Dr. Cynda Crawford, an immunologist at the University of Florida´s College of Veterinary Medicine who is studying the virus, said that it spread most easily where dogs were housed together but that it could also be passed on the street, in dog runs or even by a human transferring it from one dog to another. Kennel workers have carried the virus home with them, she said.

How many dogs die from the virus is unclear, but scientists said the fatality rate is more than 1 percent and could be as high as 10 percent among puppies and older dogs.

Dr. Crawford first began investigating greyhound deaths in January 2004 at a racetrack in Jacksonville, Fla., where 8 of the 24 greyhounds who contracted the virus died.

"This is a newly emerging pathogen," she said, "and we have very little information to make predictions about it. But I think the fatality rate is between 1 and 10 percent."

She added that because dogs had no natural immunity to the virus, virtually every animal exposed would be infected. About 80 percent of dogs that are infected with the virus will develop symptoms, Dr. Crawford said. She added that the symptoms were often mistaken for "kennel cough," a common canine illness that is caused by the bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria.

Both diseases can cause coughing and gagging for up to three weeks, but dogs with canine flu may spike fevers as high as 106 degrees and have runny noses. A few will develop pneumonia, and some of those cases will be fatal. Antibiotics and fluid cut the pneumonia fatality rate, Dr. Crawford said.

The virus is an H3N8 flu closely related to an equine flu strain. It is not related to typical human flus or to the H5N1 avian flu that has killed about 100 people in Asia.

Experts said there were no known cases of the canine flu infecting humans. "The risk of that is low, but we are keeping an eye on it," said Dr. Ruben Donis, chief of molecular genetics for the influenza branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is tracking the illness.

But with the approach of the human flu season and fears about bird flu in Asia, there is much confusion among some dog owners who have heard about the disease.

Dr. Crawford said she was fielding calls from kennels and veterinarians across the country worried that they were having outbreaks.

"The hysteria out there is unbelievable, and the misinformation is incredible," said Dr. Ann E. Hohenhaus, chief of medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Hohenhaus said she had heard of an alert from a Virginia dog club reporting rumors that 10,000 show dogs had died.

"We don´t believe that´s true," she said, adding that no dogs in her Manhattan hospital even had coughs.

Dr. Donis of the disease control centers said that there was currently no vaccine for the canine flu. But he said one would be relatively easy to develop. The canine flu is less lethal than parvovirus, which typically kills puppies but can be prevented by routine vaccination.

Laboratory tests, Dr. Donis said, have shown that the new flu is susceptible to the two most common antiviral drugs, amantidine and Tamiflu, but those drugs are not licensed for use in dogs.

The flu has killed greyhounds at tracks in Florida, Massachusetts, Arizona, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas and Iowa. Tracks and kennels have been forced to shut down for weeks for disinfection.

In Chestnut Ridge, north of New York City, about 88 dogs became sick by early September, and 15 percent of those required hospitalization, said Debra Bennetts, a spokeswoman for Best Friends Pet Care, a chain of boarding kennels. The kennel was vacated for decontamination by Sept. 17.

About 17 of the infected dogs were treated at the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, N.J., where one died and two more were still hospitalized, a staff veterinarian said.

The Best Friends chain owns 41 other kennels in 18 states, and no others have had an outbreak, Dr. Larry J. Nieman, the company´s veterinarian, said.

In late July, at Gracelane Kennels in Ossining, N.Y., about 35 dogs showed symptoms, said the owner, Bob Gatti, and he closed the kennel for three weeks to disinfect.

About 25 of the dogs were treated by an Ossining veterinarian, Glenn M. Zeitz, who said two of them had died.

"The dogs came in very sick, with high fevers and very high white blood cell counts," Dr. Zeitz said, making him suspicious that they had something worse than kennel cough.

A spokesman for the New York City Health Department said that there were "a few confirmed cases" in New York but that the city was not yet tracking the disease.

Veterinarians voluntarily sent samples to the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine, which was the only laboratory doing blood tests.


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/22/natio ... 9f98def&ei
=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:36 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
from another forum...

[quote]Re: Why No Protest coverage?

Just got back from the D.C. march. There is a rule of thumb about population estimation there that states that if constitution avenue is filled you have an easy 100,000 people there. Constitution avenue was full at a moving pace for two hours,and spilling over. As far as demographics goes,i can only say that any description would be too limiting. The raging grannies were marching with the rappers. There were more languages spoken there than there probably was at the U.N.last week.The old and the young were as thick as theaves. I never saw such a peaceful, intelligent,and organised group before, and i have often been described as an old cynic.[/quote]

there was little or NO coverage of this march...or the marches in the UK, San Fran, and other places through out the world...taking place at the same time... some more eye witness reports said that the estimated number of protesters in DC were between one quarter and one half a million people... do you think these people would have been ignored if they were marching FOR the war, by the mainstream media.

again...pathetic journalistic wh@res.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 2:53 am 
Offline
Senior Member
 Profile

Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2005 7:31 am
Posts: 308
[color=330099]

I want to be remembered a long time for this post which is about GOD and about Nothing else but God.

[/color]

[Edited on 5-7-2006 by robert_g]


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:37 am 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:56 pm
Posts: 940
[quote]Just got back from the D.C. march. There is a rule of thumb about population estimation there that states that if constitution avenue is filled you have an easy 100,000 people there. Constitution avenue was full at a moving pace for two hours,and spilling over. As far as demographics goes,i can only say that any description would be too limiting. The raging grannies were marching with the rappers. There were more languages spoken there than there probably was at the U.N.last week.The old and the young were as thick as theaves. I never saw such a peaceful, intelligent,and organised group before, and i have often been described as an old cynic.[/quote]

Thanks for sharing that, Starduster.
This is very encouraging. :)
Nor surprising...that the 'media' didn't report on it in any sort of significant way.


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:41 am 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:56 pm
Posts: 940
[quote](for example, they're totally invisible to all the fired up idealists who post at the 'reconciling this' thread. it's ironic to watch, but quite a study) [/quote]

Bait is fun. ;)
You are quite a study as well, Robert.

And sometimes it is fun to discuss the miscontortions.
The Chess Game is as big and boring as it has ever been.

I am interested in the 'Little People' of the world...
And what information manipulates us...

Et vous?


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:12 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
even though the estimated crowd's numbers are "low balled"... this clips give you some idea of the rising awareness...and mounting protest of what is going on behind closed doors in DC:

Thousands of local folk in D.C. for war protest

By Dave Richardson
Times Herald-Record
drichardson@th-record.com

Thousands of Hudson Valley residents are poised to descend on Washington, D. C., tomorrow, part of an army of protesters from around the nation planning a massive rally against the ongoing war in Iraq.
Organized by two high-profile activist groups – Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, better known as ANSWER, and United for Peace and Justice – the rally is expected to draw hundreds of thousands to the nation´s capital for a weekend of in-your-face but nonviolent protests.
Hundreds of anti-war groups around the nation are participating, and local organizers say as many as 3,000 Hudson Valley residents will attend.
Jan Howe, a member of the Orange County Peace and Justice Coalition who lives in Warwick, said two buses the group chartered filled up quickly.
"We could have easily filled a third," Howe said. "I´ve got people calling who´ve never done anything like this before. People who are saying they have to get there no matter what."
At least 20 busloads of protesters from the Hudson Valley will swoop down on Washington, organizers say. Hundreds more are traveling by carpool, train and air.
For Howe and others, protesting the war is not just a matter of conscience, it´s a matter of national survival.
"People are more and more outraged about what´s going on," she said. "I don´t think we are going to understand how bad things really are for years."

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:14 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
more in San Francisco:

Thousands protest the Iraq war
SF also crowded with Loveparade revelers
Kathleen Sullivan, Chris Heredia, Janine DeFao and Todd Wallack, Chronicle Staff Writers

Saturday, September 24, 2005

(09-24) 16:05 PDT San Francisco (SF Chronicle) --

Tens of thousands of people marched in San Francisco and the East Bay today to urge the U.S. government to pull out of Iraq, joining anti-war protests in Washington and other cities.

Elsewhere in the city, thousands of people grooved to the sound of electronic music along Market Street and at Civic Center Plaza. And tonight, thousands more are expected to rock-out at SBC Park to Green Day, the celebrity punk band born in Berkeley.

Both protest organizers and police estimated 20,000 people marched in San Francisco today, making it one of the largest anti-war protests since the U.S. invaded Iraq two years ago. Protesters gathered in San Francisco’s Dolores Park this morning, then marched for two hours to Jefferson Square Park, where the park was jammed with a standing room only crowd of bodies.

As they marched, people carried signs expressing outrage at everything from the war in Iraq to President Bush to the treatment of Palestinians. One man, dressed as Uncle Sam, carried an American flag with a peace sign.

A sixth-grader from San Jose held a handmade sign that said “No war ever more” on one side and “No war anymore” on the other. “I am going to be a conscientious objector,’’ said Dominic Dello Bueno, 11, who was there with his father and younger sister. “I vote for peace not war.” Some participants said they have been actively protesting the war for months or years.

“I write letters,’’ said Isabelle Corkins, 47, of Alameda, who with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. “This is the only thing left that gives me a sense of doing something.”

A student from Laney College in Oakland prepared to help carry a procession of black coffins, built to represent Iraqi children who have died in the conflict.

“The idea is that we will stop protesting just because the war is continuing, but we won’t,’’ said Maryjane Jota, 20. “Just because it’s old news, doesn’t mean that it’s old news to the people who are dying.”

Douglas Fisher, 61, held a large rainbow flag that said “Peace” in Italian. He said he got the flag in Sicily, and has taken part in several peace marches to oppose the war.

“Somebody said it was a great day for a march,’’ he said. “I was thinking it would be great if we didn’t have to come down here anymore.”

Along a grassy median on Dolores Street, people set up 40 large placards marking casualties from the war. Each poster carried 60 photos and drawings, representing American soldiers and Iraqi citizens who have been killed in the conflict. (The U.S. military estimates that at least 1,900 soliders have died, and thousands more have been wounded in Iraq.)

Jim Haber, 43, said the posters were designed to “show the human cost of the war.” At least a half dozen counter-protesters, including a group of college Republicans from San Francisco State University, turned out to the military effort in Iraq.

One held a handmade sign that said “Hey, losers. Stop demoralizing the troops.”

Another said he thinks the U.S. military will need to remain in Iraq for years to help the country establish a democracy. He said he thought most of the protesters were radicals who wanted to overthrow the U.S. government.

“There is a different way to peace,’’ said Leigh Wolf, a 19-year-old broadcast major. “This work can come to an end with patriotism instead of a socialist revolution.”

By late afternoon, the crowd at Jefferson Park had thinned considerably.

A smaller protest was also held in Walnut Creek, where about 250 to 300 people marched from the city’s Bart station to Heather Farms Park.

The demonstration drew a wide range of people — from seniors to kids— holding peace signs. Many drivers honked noisily as they drove by marchers on Ignacio Valley Road, though some gave a thumbs down sign or a middle finger.

A 52-year-old lawyer said he joined the protest because of her outrage at the federal government’s sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina. Faith Brewer said she thought the problem was exacerbated because too many resources were diverted to Iraq.

“Too many people died in New Orleans, because of the war in Iraq,’’ she said.

Brewer said she was particularly motivated to march in Walnut Creek, her hometown, because it’s considered a more conservative city in the liberal region.

“People tend to think that nobody here is against the war in Iraq — that all the leftist, peaceniks are in San Francisco,’’ she said.

Others held signs supporting peace and a pull-out of Iraq. On said “Moms against the War.” Another read, “Bring the troops home now.” A third said “Peace is Patriotic.” Unlike some other war protests, the focus appeared to be squarely on Iraq.

Sondra Runyan, who has a daughter in the Coast Guard, said she worried that Americans have become inured to the news of soldiers dying in Iraq.

“It seems when you turn on the radio, they mention we lost two or three soldiers, and then they’re off to the sports scores,’’ said Runyan, 47, of Martinez. “People are immune to the pain these families are going through. This is destroying families.”

Contra Costa County Supervisor Mark DeSaulnier, who attended the rally, said he plans to propose a resolution next month in support of Congressional legislation to set a deadline to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq.

“I don’t see this as being out of mainstream,’’ DeSaulnier said, as he looked over the crowd . “It may be the tip of the iceberg.”

“If enough local elected speak out, we could be saving lives,’’ he added.

The Walnut Creek rally ended peacefully at about 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, thousands of electronic music lovers gathered along Market Street for the 1 p.m. start of the city’s second annual Loveparade.

The parade, featuring 24 floats with more than 200 disc jockeys from as far away as Israel, was expected to head slowly along Market Street, ending in a massive dance party at City Hall and the surrounding Civic Center Plaza.

An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 people showed up for the festival last year, and organizers hope to double that tally this year.

Though precise crowd estimates weren’t available, the sidewalks were packed 12-people deep in some places along Market Street as dance party regulars mixed with tourists. “Can you feel the love? It’s contagious,’’ said Brian Tene, 27, of Daly City, dressed in a Superman outfit, complete with a red cape and sculpted foam chest. “Look at everyone being themselves and being free.”

Loveparade was first launched in Berlin in 1989, with the idea that techno music would help bridge the cultures of East and West Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. While the Berlin event is now defunct, other Loveparades had popped up around the globe, including Mexico City and Tel Aviv.

The San Francisco event — which includes not only Euro-inspired techno music but hip hop, house, jungle, funk, progressive and trance music — has continued the theme that music celebrates diversity, promotes tolerance and fosters community.

“The music sort of joins everyone together,” said parade spokeswoman Jennifer Manger. “If we can put all the music in one place, we can join those subcultures together in a community of love.”

The Green Day concert was expected to begin at 7 p.m., ensuring traffic snarls would continue throughout the day. A BART commuter reported trains were jammed.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:17 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
and Seattle: (London, Los Angles and other cities also drew tens of thousands)

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/apl ... %20Seattle

War protesters take to Seattle streets

By MELANTHIA MITCHELL
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SEATTLE -- Throngs of anti-war demonstrators marched along downtown streets on Saturday, demanding the Bush administration bring American troops home from Iraq.

The protest came just days after anti-war groups on Thursday began a $1 million ad campaign on television and in newspapers accusing the Bush administration of lying about the need for an extended U.S. military presence in the Middle East.

More than 1,900 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003.

Bush on Thursday said that withdrawing troops right now would make the world more dangerous.

Opponents of the war disagreed.



"It´s always been possible to pull troops out," Bethany Malmgren of Los Angeles said in response to the president´s comments. "By saying that, he´s being very judgmental and not taking into consideration the needs of Iraqi people and their rights," Malmgren said.

Saturday´s event was organized by A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), whose members anticipated 5,000 people to attend the rally and march. By the time the march started, the sidewalks and Westlake Plaza were packed with people - from modern hippies to babies in strollers. At least 50 police officers were clearing the streets of cars and buses to make way for the marchers.

Jane Cutter, a member of A.N.S.W.E.R., said it was important that people demonstrate to show Bush that he has no other option but to withdraw from Iraq. Cutter, like other demonstrators Saturday, said resources are being wasted in Iraq.

"People in the gulf have been left to die while millions of dollars are being spent on the war in Iraq," she said, referring to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

John Ferrero, 60, of Seattle, agreed and called for an investigation of the president, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and "the whole chain of command for their torture in Iraq."

Ferrero said he also was concerned about the way the war in Iraq has divided this country and caused economic devastation.

Holding signs and banners that said "Bring the troops home now," "Wage Peace" and "End colonial occupation: Iraq, Palestine, Haiti," protesters marched peacefully down Pine Street to Second Avenue, north to Marion Street and up Fourth Avenue back to Westlake Plaza.

Meanwhile, counter-demonstrations were hard to find Saturday.

Dave Loebe, 53, of Federal Way, walked quietly along the sidewalk during the march, holding a white flag with a red border and blue star in the center that said, "Honor those who serve."

With many friends in the military, Loebe wanted to show his support for them. "I do this all the time," he said, nodding to the marching crowd and saying, "They have a right to demonstrate."

Carol Isaac, 62, of Seattle, held up a sign showing Bush saying "Shut up and shop," a spoof, she said, on his comments after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Isaac marveled at the spectrum of people who came out Saturday, recalling her participation during the Vietnam protests when she said most protesters were "the people suffering the most, the young people."

Kent and Meredith, a couple from Portland, Ore., who gave only their first names, brought their sons, Griffin, 6, and Kegan, 15, to the rally.

"We thought it would be important for the kids to participate in this," Meredith said. "I just want them to have a wider world view than what we talk about at our dinner table."

Kegan held up a sign that said, "Bring my bro home," with a picture of a soldier dressed in desert camouflage.

The couple´s 22-year-old son, who they did not want to name for his protection, is in Iraq as a medic with the California National Guard. He´s due home in January.

"I just want them all home. It isn´t just my son," Kent said.

He later added, "The only difference between today and the next day or the next year is the amount of dead people ... both U.S. soldiers and Iraqis."

Kegan said the march was "awesome," the president, however, is not. "Bush sucks," he shouted as he walked among baby strollers and people with dogs.

Other protests were staged in San Francisco, Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C., where tens of thousands of demonstrators marched by the White House calling for Bush´s impeachment.

Bush was out of town, monitoring hurricane recovery efforts from Colorado and Texas.

And in London, an estimated crowd of 10,000 marched in support of withdrawing British troops from Iraq.

---

On the Net: http://www.answerseattle.org

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:21 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
LA Times mentions marches in LA, San Diego and San Francisco.

http://www.latimes.com/la-092405laprote ... -headlines

Thousands of Californians Protest Iraq War
From Associated Press
Drums pounded, voices boomed and whistles shrieked as thousands of demonstrators marched in the shadows of downtown skyscrapers today to protest America´s involvement in Iraq, one of several California demonstrations on a day of protests across the country.

The crowd, a mix of people ranging from mothers pushing baby strollers to spiky haired punk rockers, chanted for an end to the bloodshed and waved signs that said, "Who would Jesus have bombed?" and "War is not the answer."

Police closed a downtown street to accommodate the protest, which they said drew an estimated 15,000 people. Protests across the country -- including one in Washington, D.C., that was the largest in the capital since the U.S. invasion -- came at a time when public support for the war and the Bush administration have been slipping.

"We went to Iraq to bring them peace and we are killing them, enslaving them," said demonstrator Arline White, 41, of suburban Monrovia. "We should start a gradual withdrawal of troops, but we´ve left a mess."

In San Francisco, several thousand protesters packed Dolores Park for an anti-war rally late Saturday morning, chanting slogans and waving signs that read "U.S. Out of Iraq," "Impeach Bush" and "How Many Lives Per Gallon?"

Protester Helen Lin, 23, of San Francisco, said she was discharged from the California National Guard last year because she refused to go to Iraq. Wearing a camouflage military uniform and a sign that read "I didn´t sign up for this," she said she opposed the war.

The war "is for all the wrong reasons," Lin said. "The troops should be brought home now. Many of my battle buddies have already died. I don´t think they should have gone to begin with."

Carilyn Goldammer of Arcata, 57, an elementary school teacher, said, "I think it´s important that we show our numbers. Our government and our senators need to know that we don´t want this war. There´s no real reason for it."

In San Diego, more than 2,000 protesters marched through downtown to a city park where they displayed mock coffins commemorating the deaths of Iraqi civilians and white crosses to represent fallen American soldiers. A small group of counter-protestors turned out to support the war.

Linda Tubach, 52, a high school teacher who took part in the Los Angeles demonstration, was being pulled around by her Dalmation, which was festooned with a large, spotted peace medallion to match the dog´s black-and-white coat.

"I would like to see immediate withdrawal and reparations paid to the Iraqi people," said Tubach, who said she visited Iraq in 2001 on a medical aide mission. "We attacked a defenseless country."

The marches were largely peaceful, although two people were arrested in Los Angeles detained for vandalism.

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:33 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
and lastly from an "independant" news source, giving it the IMF twist...we can see that even with a "low-balled" figure...when you combine all the protester that marched yesterday...there may have been a million.

This number only represents the "activists"...and not those who hold similar sympathies, that either could not march or would not because of intimidation... making this the biggest "protest" march since Viet Nam...and they all were done in a peaceful manner...with very few incidents...

as the polls are showing...America is waking up from the dream...and the scales have fallen on the side for PEACE !....as "we the people" demand.

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30409

POLITICS-US:
Thousands Rally Against "Economic Apartheid"
Shirin

WASHINGTON, Sep 24 (IPS) - At least 100,000 people from different parts of the U.S. and the world converged on Washington Saturday to demand an immediate end of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and what they termed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank´s "war on the poor".

The march was timed to coincide with the ongoing annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF.

Led by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), a coalition of anti-war organisations, people of different racial and national backgrounds joined the march, which started and terminated at the Washington monument.

Although the U.S. Park Police no longer issue official crowd estimates, organisers said the event drew between 100,000 and 300,000 people.

Holding colorful banners, puppets and placards, they walked the streets surrounding the White House, U.S. Treasury and various monuments singing songs and shouting slogans promoting international peace and economic justice.

A feeder march and rally was organised by the Mobilisation for Global Justice, a coalition of activists demanding an end to the "economic violence" of the World Bank and IMF.

Activists marched from Dupont Circle under the banner of "Another World Is Under Construction" in one of many independently organised actions planned to coincide with the anti-war demonstration.

Thousands of police were deployed alongside the route of the march and at metro stations. Streets had been cordoned off at several points, limiting access to the city for commuters and sometimes would-be protesters.

Asked about the connection between the war and the World Bank and IMF, Virginia Setsheti of the Anti-Privatisation Forum in South Africa told IPS, "It is not just about war. It is about how many people die around the world because of unfair policies and actions -- a large part of which are economic."

"So it is not just the military injustice that we are facing. We need to connect the dots together," Setsheti said.

Mobilisation for Global Justice organiser Basav Sen added, "The connection is there for all to see. The U.S. policies in Iraq look very much like an IMF-style structural adjustment programme at gunpoint."

A statement issued by the organisers of the march criticised the policies of the Bank and IMF around the globe, and specifically in Iraq. It claimed that these institutions "place corporate profits ahead of basic human needs worldwide. We will speak out against the corporate theft of Iraq´s resources and the decimation of the Iraqi economy through privatisation and ´free trade´."

Addressing the protestors, Prof. Dennis Brutus, a veteran of the South African movement against apartheid, urged people to challenge the Bank, IMF and other international financial institutions (IFIs) on moral grounds.

He told IPS, "I fought against apartheid. We had national apartheid and now what we are facing is global apartheid. The IMF and the World Bank are pushing a global agenda that favours big corporations. It is an agenda that is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. We need to fight them on moral grounds."

The crowd cheered Brutus, now 81 years old, as he approached the podium holding a placard which said, "Blind Obedience is Embarrassing". He fought alongside Nelson Mandela to end apartheid in South Africa, and spent time in jail with him. Brutus now teaches peace studies in the U.S. and had come specially to address the march.

Another speaker was Father Thomas Kocherry from India, who is known for his work in the fishing community in Kerala. He claimed that colonialism had never ended and that the Bank and IMF are a product of that colonial legacy.

"Globalisation is an extension of the conquest of colonial powers over Asia and Africa. For me, the Bank and IMF are their agents," he told IPS.

Among the marchers was Naureen O´Conner, a Washington resident who had come with her husband Rick, six-month-old daughter Rose and five-year-old son Daniel. As she and the other protestors prepared to march, she held up her daughter and said, "It is her first rally".

Roger Conant, who had joined the march from Massachusetts along with several others, said that he was there to express "opposition against the war" and to say that "IMF and World Bank policies are just not working."

Leslie Matthews, another protestor, said, "We must announce to the world that not all Americans are in favour of what their government is doing in Iraq and elsewhere. Yes, the Bank and IMF and White House are all here in DC, but so are we and we say that enough is enough. We refuse to be part of this unjust war on the poor both through economic and military means."

Saturday´s events were the culmination of a week of activities, featuring, among other things, a mock wedding of the World Bank to the Pentagon, with an activist portraying World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz as the presiding minister.

Activists claim that Pentagon and the Bank and IMF work in unison to promote what they term as "economic apartheid".

According to Aniket Desai, an Indian who had joined the march as part of a South Asian street theatre group, "The fact that Paul Wolfowitz is the president of the World Bank is a reflection that military and financial institutions are connected. They are both controlled by the rich."

Wolfowitz, who was appointed as the head of the Bank earlier this year, was the deputy secretary of defence under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005 and the chief architect of the Iraq war.

Aniket was walking inside a big plastic balloon bearing the slogan: "Future Scenario: Privatised Air".

"They have privatised water. What is next?" Aniket asked. "It is going to be air and everything that a person needs to survive. They will do anything for profit."

In view of the recent criticism of the U.S. government in handling the disaster in New Orleans, several protestors expressed their anger over resources being spent in Iraq. They also demanded that better health and education services be provided to U.S. citizens rather than spending money on war.

In a statement, the organisers said, "Instead of draining our national treasury for endless war, we demand that our tax dollars be used to repair the damage done to Iraq and to fund services in our communities."

"We call for an immediate end to our government´s assault on immigrants, the unethical pressures on our young people to join the military, and the undermining of democracy through relentless attacks on everyone´s basic rights."

Thousands of people also marched through central London Saturday to demand that Prime Minister Tony Blair withdraw British troops from Iraq. (END/2005)

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 4:46 pm 
Offline
Posting Freak
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 20383
Location: High Plains of the Front Range of the Rocky Mts in Colorado USA
looks like C-spans count was even a little "conservitive'...lol at 500,000...I am so proud of you AMERICA !!!

http://truthout.org/campcaseydc.shtml

Numbers
By Scott Galindez

Saturday 24 September 2005 11:08 PM

It is safe to say that there were hundreds of thousands of people marching against the war in Iraq today. Police Chief Charles Ramsey´s only statement was that the organizers achieved their goal of 100,000. The DC police refused to make any other estimate. C-SPAN estimated 500,000, a number that I believe was possible from my observations. I was on the corner of Pennsylvania and 15th on the steps of Riggs bank when the march began. People were still arriving from all directions. The massive amount of people moving in all directions prevented a front of the march from forming. People just started marching on their own with no marshals anywhere near the front of the march. Thousands of people passed me before any organized contingent. The first major contingent that passed me were thousands of students with signs that said, "college not enlistment." Thousands of people later I finally saw what was intended to be the lead banner. I saw Congresswomen Lynn Woosley, and Barbara Lee, the Reverend Al Sharpton and other dignitaries carrying that banner.

Thousands of people behind that came the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Joan Baez was marching with them right next to Marine Jeff Key and dozens of other veterans of the Iraq war. Behind them was Gold Star Families for Peace. About half a block later came Veterans for Peace, with Military Families Speak Out a short distance behind them. At the time I assumed that they were in the middle of the march. I later found out that while they were not near the front they were much further from the rear.

I moved down to Pennsylvania and 13th to catch the front again and noticed for hours that there were still people heading up 15th Street. I headed to the concert at 4:30 pm, 4 hours after the march began and people were still marching past the White House, only 4 blocks from the march´s starting point.

To summarize, it took over 4 hours for people clear out of the ellipse area. I have been to several large marches in Washington, DC, since 1989 and this was by far the largest.

[Edited on 25-9-2005 by starduster]

_________________
"...to know this information and then remain passive—a pure observer—is a programmed response, and that is not an answer to how do I best serve truth? It is a denial of truth.” 5th Interview


Top
 

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2164 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ... 87  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Copyright © 2005-2012 WingMakers.co.uk