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2  General / General Discussion / Re: DO YOU KNOW WHO JAVIER SOLANA IS ? on: November 27, 2010, 03:51:42 am
Javier Solana: Javier Solana Madariaga (born July 14, 1942) is the current Secretary General of the European Union as well as the current High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU. At the same time he also holds the office of the Secretary General of the Western European Union (WEU). In the past he also held the position of Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He has already been selected by the European Council of Ministers even in advance of the new EU Constitution ratification to the future position of Foreign Minister for the European Union. With this position he will have enhanced powers over European military and foreign policy. As such, he will further serve as the vice-president of the European Commission. With the enhanced new powers of that future office he will have the right of initiative and potential rights to reward countries following his lead and punishing those that do not. He is also actively seeking to hold the UN Security Council seat currently held by France and the United Kingdom. Germany also covets the seat, which has made for interesting potential conflict between Joschka Fischer and Solana as they jockey for the global influence any permanent UN Security Council seat could provide. Solana has been actively seeking "security council reform" which would permanently restructure the Security Council of the UN away from its current permanent members.

Solana frequently refers to himself as a "European and an Atlanticist." This refers to a long standing alliance between Western European-, American-, and Canadian-related interests. During his NATO tenure, Solana also chaired the Atlantic Council.

Family background
Solana was born on July 14, 1942 in Madrid, Spain. On his maternal side, he is the grandson of famous Spanish diplomat/writer Salvador de Madariaga (1886-1978). Salvador de Madariaga at various times served as Spanish ambassador to the United States and as chief of the Disarmament Section of the League of Nations. Solana's maternal grandmother, Constance Archibald de Madariaga was born Scottish. Like her diplomat-writer husband, she was also a well known scholar. She was professionally and academically known as an economic historian. Javier is the younger of the two sons of de Madariaga's daughter Nieves (1917-2003). Javier's older brother, Luis Solana de Madariaga, was born in Madrid in 1935. Solana's mother, like her more famous father, was also a published scholar and writer. Her full name at the time of her death was Nieves Hayat de Madariaga Mathews. She was employed for upwards of 20 years by the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization), a United Nations agency headquartered in Rome. Her Yale University-published book on the life of Sir Francis Bacon was released in 1996. The 606 page volume is entitled, Francis Bacon: The History of a Character Assassination. Interestingly, Nieves de Madariaga Mathews (Solana's mother) claimed in her acknowledgements that the book was suggested and blessed by "my teacher, Osho, who thought highly of Francis Bacon and gave the book his blessing." Osho is more commonly known in USA circles as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Rajneesh gained extensive notoriety in the USA in the 1980s for his alleged Oregon cult compound. He was deported from the USA for its claimed excesses. As well as Rajneesh, Solana's mother was equally deeply and publicly influenced by the works of Immanuel Velikovsky. She devoted much time to her pursuit of both Velikovsky and Sir Francis Bacon literacy and causes.

Javier Solana's maternal aunt is Isabel de Madariaga, a professor emeritus of Slavonic Studies at the College of London. A brilliant and thorough scholar, she has published extensive historical works, most notably about Russian empress, Catherine the Great. Javier Solana's older brother Luis Solana is a retired Spanish telephone company chief executive officer; he was the first known Socialist party member to join the Trilateral Commission. Javier Solana, likewise, is active with the Trilateral Commission as he is with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) where although not a member, he is a frequent speaker and close friend of many of its principals. He is likewise active with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA).

On Solana's paternal side, his grandfather was Don Ezequiel Solana Ramirez. He was reportedly a revered educator and text book author who died in 1931.

Early history
Javier Solana's most personally listed affiliation apart from the Socialist party is the Spanish chapter of the Club of Rome. On a personal level, he has been said to "eat little and sleep less;" his is reportedly "a monk's diet of fish and fruit." Some accounts state that although he is active in global disarmament efforts, his favorite personal hobby is "collecting guns".

Professionally, apart from his political careers, Solana holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry (Received in Spain in 1963), a Master's Degree obtained in Great Britain, and a doctorate in physics; he is fond of saying that "in a previous incarnation I worked as a professor in solid-state physics." He received his doctorate in 1968 while studying at the University of Virginia under a Fulbright Scholarship in the United States. He taught and worked as a researcher at the University of Virginia between 1968 and 1971. Solana left the USA in 1971 to return to Spain with one of his teaching mentors. There he became employed by Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Again, he was banished for political reasons, i.e. opposition to the Franco government. In 1975 his political nemesis, Generalissimo Francisco Franco died. Thereupon Solana, expelled in his youth for anti-Franco rebellion, gained a Complutense University professorship. That year, also, he involved himself in Spanish political life. As a representative of a teacher's union, he ran and won election as the Socialist candidate for the parliamentary seat he was to begin occupying in July 1977.

Solana has been a member of the Spanish socialist party PSOE since 1964. That was the year as well that he joined the "Socialist Youth." In 1976, he represented the Socialists at an internation Socialist Congress held in the French province of Suresnes. He participated in the same Congress held in 1977 in Spain. Solana was designated secretary of Information and Press of the Federal Executive Commission of the PSOE. He was also active in the Teacher's Union, the Federation of Workers of the Education fo the General Union of Trabajadores (UGT). He was elected to the Spanish parliament as a representative of the Teacher's Union in 1977. He was continuously a member of the Spanish parliament and steadily advanced in the Ferdinand Gonzalez administration through various cabinet positions.

Between 1982 and 1995 he held powerful positions in the Spanish government including that of the Minister for Culture, Minister of Science and Education and lastly as Minister for Foreign Affairs (1992-1995). For most of those years he was also the official spokesman for the Spanish government. When it was Spain's turn to hold the rotating chairmanships/presidencies of the Council of the European Union and the Western European Union, Solana was designated by Spain to head those posts. Those dual posts would coincide in 1995.

On November 20th, 1995, during Spain's turn at the rotating six month presidency of the European Union, Javier Solana concluded a treaty between the European Union and Israel.

Role in NATO
On November 30, 1995, Solana was appointed as NATO Secretary General. His election was a surprise to many, including 52 United States congressmen who telegraphically protested his appointment because of his alleged Marxism and open Castro sympathies. He had once been on the USA's own subversive list. He was best known, per the Spanish newspapers observing the scene, as one of Spain's most vocal and most prominent opponents of NATO. He had once written a pamphlet, "50 Reasons to say NO to NATO." Between 1995 and 1999, Solana was NATO Secretary General.

The Secretary General of NATO usually has a ministerial role, passing on instructions from the member nations' consensus to its military components, but during his 1995 to 1999 NATO tenure, Solana was given sole unusual powers to make military decisions over Yugoslavia. For example, on January 30, 1999, he was given sole power to make all further military decisions over NATO Balkan operations. This included the say so on whether or not bombings should occur. Madeline Albright, USA Secretary of State then said by way of explanation, "Solana has the power and has had it since January 30, 1999. We are speaking with one voice through Javier Solana.", and on March 21, 1999, USA President Bill Clinton told a national American television audience in regards to the forthcoming bombings: "I agree with Javier Solana's decision to do this." The order to commence bombing against Yugoslavian targets was subsequently given solely by Solana.

USA General Wesley Clark, who as head military officer of the NATO coalition reported to and took orders from Solana, reports in his book WAGING MODERN WAR that he once asked Solana the secret of his success. Solana reflected briefly and then answered, "First make no enemies. Then never ask a question to which you do not know or do not like the answer."

Despite his activity in world politics, most Americans are unfamiliar with Solana's name, the Barcelona Process, and certainly the extent of his growing powers which are becoming increasingly global in scope and influence.

Roles in the EU and the Western European Union
Solana's NATO term was to have expired in December, 1999; however, he left that job two months early, in October 1999, to take the newly created position of Office of the High Representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (also more informally called "Señor PESC" ("Mr PESC", in Spanish media)- Post of European Security Commissioner). He was also given the title and responsibility of Secretary General of the European Union; this was for the purpose of giving continuity between the EU's 6 month rotating presidential administrations. These positions caused Solana to be generally described by the European press as "tsar of European military and foreign policy."

On November 20, 1999, Javier Solana was also selected by the ten-nation core of the Western European Union (WEU) to be its pending Secretary General, pending unification with the European Union. However, on June 5, 2000, the ten nation WEU in its Assembly Recommendation 666 noted that under its governing treaties, complete merger could not occur, and therefore they support a proposal to have the WEU Secretary General and CFSP High Representative (both Solana) preside over the PSC (Political Security Committee) and convene the council of the European Union in the event of an emergency. (Such an emergency was declared after the 3/11 (March 11, 2004) Madrid train bombings.)

This appointment came on the same day as major world leaders were gathering at deceased British author Sir Harold Acton's old Italian villa then and now owned by New York University's School of Law. The gathering was of the Third Way Movement. Solana was in attendance at the villa as were U.S. President and Mrs. Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Romano Prodi and many other distinguished transatlantic leaders.

Javier Solana presides over Europe's Political Security Committee (PSC). All seated on that committee hold ambassador rank in the EU and serve at the pleasure of Javier Solana. All foreign ambassadors of the European Union entity (as opposed to its individual countries) as well as all EU military personnel are ultimately accountable to the Council of the European Union through Javier Solana. The EU's hope is that the pending new European constitution will strengthen and extend this European federal type set of structures.

In December 2003, Solana published the European Security Strategy.

Javier Solana did most or even all of the spearheading and coordination of the Barcelona Conference, the launching pad of the 27 nation Barcelona Process expected to lead to a Mediterranean free trade zone by 2010. This conference was opened by him on November 27, 1995. He opened by declaring that it was auspicious that it began on the 900th anniversary of the calling of the first crusade by Pope Urban II, and commented "What a lot of intolerance and misunderstanding that led to." The conference concluded with the 27 nations signing the Barcelona Treaty.

Solana has also negotiated numerous "Treaties of Association" between the European Union and various Mideast countries. In his tenure with the European Union, Javier Solana has been relatively busy on the world stage negotiating various integration treaties with South American countries such as Bolivia and Colombia. He has also been a vital part of the Quartet for Peace in the Middle East along with Kofi Annan of the United Nations, a Russian representative, and a USA representative.

In November 2004, Solana assisted Britain, France, and Germany in negotiating a nuclear material enrichment freeze with the leadership of Iran. The EU through Solana stated it hoped to avoid another American-Iraqi style invasion through this and future negotiations. Reuters ( Others, particularly in the USA and England were more cynical about the motives. Rather than believe them altruistic, some British observers starting in the late 1990s stated that perhaps the EU's motives, engineered through Solana, were to dislodge the USA as a competing superpower in the coming 21st century struggle for increasingly scarce global resources. They pointed to the EU's own military buildup under the auspices of "peacekeeping" as perhaps a cover for planned future anti-USA efforts.

Solana claimed a pivotal role in unifying the remainder of the former Yugoslavian federation. Reportedly, he proposed accommodating the Montenegrine desires within the new loose union of Serbia and Montenegro (2003), instead of full independence of the parts. Solana claimed this was done to avoid a domino effect from Kosovo and Vojvodina independence demands. Local media sarcastically named the new country "Solania" after its claimed architect. Still other observers have pointed to this as a "Balkan reduction."

Increasingly as of 2004, there is increased reliance on Javier Solana on the part of the EU and the WEU, which has noticeably strengthened his military and foreign power. On June 29, 2004 Javier Solana was selected by the Council of the European Union to be its first Foreign Minister under the new EU constitution. Until formal ratification of the constitution occurs (slated for 2006), Solana is de facto exercising the defined powers of that future office as well as its approximate 26 billion euros budget (formerly reserved for the Commissioner of External Affairs).

A sign of that is that Solana no longer travels with the EU rotating presidency and the Commissioner of External Affairs (Chris Patten) as the reigning EU "troika" -- since the vote of the Council of Ministers, Solana now speaks and travels as the sole voice rather than one of three voices.

This was dramatically illustrated by events in Israel on or about July 20 to 22nd (2004). Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declined to meet with Solana, saying that because of an EU vote against Israel at the UN that Israel would not work with the EU, notwithstanding despite its prominence on the Quartet for Peace in the Middle East. Solana stunned the world, Israel included, by replying that like it or not, both he and the EU were there to stay on the Israeli-Palestinian decision making processes.

The Clinton White House once announced in a press conference that Javier Solana was the fulfillment of Henry Kissinger's long stated wish to have only one phone number to ring up for Europe. Post June 29, 2004, many other sources were making the same observation -- that Kissinger (and anybody else) could ring up Europe by calling only Javier Solana.

As the anti-Franco activist in his youth and the anti-NATO activist in his 40s combined with his leadership of NATO in his 50s, Javier Solana has sometimes been called a "squarer of circles" (i.e. reconciler of opposites). Past illustrations of this (whether intentional or not) were his marriage to the daughter (Concepción Giménez) of a top Franco general and by his heading NATO in his fifties. He has also played an active role in the various Mideast peace processes at least between 1991 and the present time.

Javier Solana is married to Concepcion Giménez Solana, herself a teacher. They are the parents of two grown children: a son, Diego, and a daughter, Vega. Solana reportedly has never moved his immediate family - wife and children - to Brussels, his main residence since taking his NATO post in the late fall of 1995 and his European Union posts thereafter. He has admitted that his family life has suffered as a result of the schedules from his NATO post and EU jobs forward.

3  General / General Discussion / Re: DO YOU KNOW WHO JAVIER SOLANA IS ? on: November 27, 2010, 03:50:50 am
Francisco Javier Solana Madariaga

Born in Madrid on 14 July 1942
Married to Concepción Giménez - two children
Doctorate in physics - Fulbright scholar at several American universities
Professor of solid-state physics at Madrid Complutense University
author of over thirty publications in the field
Member of the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome
Joined the Spanish Socialist Party in 1964 (He was a Marxist)
"The history of Javier Solana illustrates the treachery of NATO, which has supposedly been the primary bulwark against Communist aggression in Europe. Solana was one of the luminaries of the Marxist Spanish Socialist Workers' Party. Besides much anti-American activity, in 1983 Solana led the opposition to Spain's membership in NATO. Now, one of NATO's rules is that the citizens of nations which have declined to participate in its military alliance are not eligible for the post of Secretary General. So NATO broke its own rules in appointing Solana. Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher said it was Solana's character that was the key in appointing him to head NATO and be in charge of the U.S. troops at its disposal. Of course! Obviously Solana had the right qualifications to set NATO firmly on its new path, which contradicts its mandate of being only a defensive alliance for its own members. Having done his job, Solana moved to the European Union as foreign and security policy chief, and is working to create a European military distinct from NATO." Cornelia R. Ferreira
Member of Spanish Parliament since 1977
Spanish Cabinet Minister from 1982 to 1995 without interruption:
December 1982 - July 1988: Minister for Culture; simultaneously,
acted as Government Spokesman from July 1985 to July 1988
July 1988 - July 1992: Minister for Education and Science
July 1992 - December 1995: Minister for Foreign Affairs
December 1995 - October 1999: Secretary General of NATO
Since 18 October 1999:
Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union /
High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy
Since 25 November 1999, Secretary-General of Western European Union (WEU)
Secretary General of the World Economic Outlook

Member of the Bilderberg Group


Francisco Javier Solana Madariaga (That is his whole name within his Spanish family)

Francisco Javier (Xavier):
He is named in this prefixed name for tha saint, Saint Francis Xavier, who founded the Franciscan Order which was the order Hitler gave authority to destroy Yugoslavia in the form of renemed brownshirted soldiers named Ustashi. You will see below that Solana convinced the EU Parliament to abandon its rules, and butchered NATO's rules, so that he could commend the destruction of Yugoslavia during Bill Clinton's tenure. The war in Bosnia was commanded by men other than US Military men and UK commanders. This explains why our planes and troops never quite knew what was going on, and that includes our Generals, if you recall. Solana, the Franciscan, was finishind off Yugoslavia for the Pope. If you know history, Yugoslavia held out and massacred the Pope's invasion long ago, from King Wenselau and Huss onward for many years. Solana is a man of towering rage on behalf of the Pope and the Vatican agenda.

The name Javier means 'light'. Light has many meanings and applications. One meaning of light is the knowledge gained by the act of studying. One application of light is the imparting of that same knowledge. He finds that others come to him, not only for advice, but also for help in understanding the whys and wherefores of their lives.

Winds from the East, or sunshine

BINGO, Javier Salana is the counterfeit Light of the World, and his origin is the East, home of Hinduism, rank paganism, and the New Age.
4  General / General Discussion / Re: DO YOU KNOW WHO JAVIER SOLANA IS ? on: November 27, 2010, 03:48:31 am


Javier Solana - Antichrist?
This article examines the life of Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy, and the Scriptures concerning the Antichrist, who will strengthen a peace agreement with Israel and the surrounding nations. Please note before reading. I am not saying Javier Solana is the Antichrist. All I am trying to do here is compare well known prophecies in the Scriptures concerning the Antichrist and the feats he will accomplish, with public knowledge of the man, Javier Solana. Another man could well fulfil all these prophecies. But the best we can do until "that Wicked" is finally revealed (2nd Thessalonians 2:8) is to make an educated guess as much as the signs of the times allow. I don't know if the European Neighbourhood Policy is the "seven year covenant with many" or not, all we can do is wait and see. For further information on Javier Solana, check through the news postings using the search function. I have tried to summarize the information as best I can here.
Luke 21:28
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

He shall use peace to destroy many (Daniel 8:25)
Javier Solana has brokered peace agreements throughout the world. His role as High Representative was initially to be involved in bringing Russia and the Caucasus regions closer to Europe. He would also be heavily involved in the Middle East. He was a key player in brokering Iran's suspension of its nuclear programme. Javier Solana has recently taken it upon himself to personally present Iranian President Ahmadinejad with a "package of incentives" agreed by six world powers, a bribe to dissuade Iran from seeking to produce nuclear weapons. World powers scolded the High Representative for what they perceived as a "cloak of secrecy" over the whole affair, with Javier Solana not detailing what was offered to Iran, nor reporting what was discussed at the meetings. He is also involved in trying to bring Turkey closer to the EU. The current peace process in the Middle East is also much a result of this man's doing. Israel initially refused to meet the Quartet who were pushing for the Gaza disengagement to kick-start the "roadmap to peace".

Quote: "Some officials believe Sharon doesn't want Israelis meeting with the Quartet envoys to make sure his "unilateral" pullout plan doesn't look like a diplomatic move. Sharon has portrayed the plan as a security measure meant to reduce friction between Israelis and Palestinians.

The EU has pledged to boost the Palestinian economy with 60 million Euros, and Europe is already training the Palestinian police force. All efforts for peace in the Middle East are already supported by the EU through the Barcelona Process, which started in 1995. When asked how he has been so successful, Javier Solana says the key to his achievement is to never make enemies, and never ask a question to which you do not know or like the answer to.

Javier Solana is now personally involved in the EU's peace efforts in the Middle East. He will be visiting Gaza, Israel and the surrounding nations to co-ordinate a new agreement brokered with the Palestinians, the Israelis and the Quartet (EU, UN, US and Russia) whereby the EU will monitor the Gaza border with Egypt at Rafah. This is the first time Israel has even allowed a third party to monitor border crossings during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And that it is the EU is especially significant - seeing just a few years ago Ariel Sharon told Javier Solana that the EU should let Israel deal with its own affairs, for Israelis up until now considered the EU to be just a financial benefactor rather that a strong regional power. Javier Solana replied to Sharon that Israel "had to deal with the EU whether he liked it or not". But everything is happening just like the Bible said it would.

Quote: "Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declined to meet with Solana, saying that because of an EU vote against Israel (regarding the peace wall) at the UN that Israel would not work with the EU, notwithstanding despite its prominence on the Quartet for Peace in the Middle East. Solana stunned the world, Israel included, by replying that like it or not, both he and the EU were there to stay on the Israeli-Palestinian decision making processes.

He shall honour the god of forces (Daniel 11:38)
He was commissioned to be Secretary General of NATO in 1995. He served on that post during the conflict in Bosnia. He was the only NATO Secretary General who had the power to decide when and where to bomb. Some accuse him of turning NATO - a purely defence organization into an Atlantic attack force, when he sent bombers to break up Yugoslavia using depleted-Uranium shells. This link from my friend Stephen regarding the NATO/EU sponsored break-up of Yugoslavia...

Quote: "When Canadian pilots joined in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in March 1999, we were told by Lloyd Axworthy and Art Eggleton that the intervention in Kosovo was necessary to prevent the violence there from spreading and de-stabilizing the Balkans. Yet we now know that long before the bombing it was NATO countries themselves that were inciting violence in Kosovo and attempting to de-stabilize that Serbian province.

Now Javier Solana is reaping the rewards from his sterling efforts in the Balkans, which he viewed as a great victory for NATO at a time when the alliance was facing irrelevance. Now the divided Yugoslav states are seeking to become full members of the European Union.

Javier Solana was responsible for brokering an agreement with Russia over the future NATO expansion to former Soviet satellite countries, of which Russia previously had great reservations about - NATO being a former cold war adversary. He was given a standing ovation by leaders who though such a deal was impossible. His expansion plan for NATO would see many members added to the club, which now has relations with almost every country in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 1999 he was commissioned to be the Secretary General of  the WEU, the European Union's "military arm". He is currently the West's only foreign minister that is capable of deploying troops on the ground.

On July 12th, 2004 he was appointed head of the European Defence Agency, a body which aims to streamline European Defence initiatives.

Quote: "The need to bolster Europe's military capabilities to match our aspirations is more urgent than ever. And so, too, is the need for us to respond better to the challenges facing our defence industries. This Agency can make a huge difference" - Javier Solana, Head of EDA

He is also advocating the implementation of the EU's 2010 Headline Goal, effectively a military response group which can be deployed in the event of an emergency.

Quote: "4. The ability for the EU to deploy force packages at high readiness as a response to a crisis either as a stand-alone force or as part of a larger operation enabling follow-on phases, is a key element of the 2010 Headline Goal. These minimum force packages must be military effective, credible and coherent and should be broadly based on the Battlegroups concept. This constitutes a specific form of rapid response, and includes a combined arms battalion sized force package with Combat Support and Combat Service Support. Rapid reaction calls for rapid decision making and planning as well as rapid deployment of forces. On decision making, the ambition of the EU is to be able to take the decision to launch an operation within 5 days of the approval of the Crisis Management Concept by the Council. On the deployment of forces, the ambition is that the forces start implementing their mission on the ground, no later than 10 days after the EU decision to launch the operation. Relevant air and naval capabilities would be included. The need for reserve forces should be taken into account

The timing of the formation of this Rapid Response Force also significant. This initiative will be being completed just as the European Neighbourhood Policy will be reaching its mid-term review. Europe will therefore have a force capable of being deployed anywhere in world within 5-10 days, should any particular country decide to step out of line. This is especially significant if the European Neighbourhood Policy does end up being the fulfilment of Daniel 9:27, because we know that the Antichrist does deploy a force in the Middle East, in response to a crisis there...

Daniel 11:41-44
He (Antichrist) shall enter also into the glorious land (Israel), and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon (all Jordan). He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

European countries are also working towards the goal of implementing the GMES (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security), a network of satellites that will provide Europe with a "Spy in the Sky". The prime aim of the GMES is to provide security to European borders. It will also ensure member states are complying with EU regulations, such as the common agricultural and fisheries policies.

Quote: "Reviewing the various user needs, it was established that GMES has to support the following EU objectives and policy domains:

* Europe's environmental commitments, within EU territory and globally, by contributing to the formulation, implementation and verification of the Community environmental policies, national regulations and international conventions;
* Other EU policy areas such as agriculture, regional development, fisheries, transport, external relations with respect to the integration of the environmental dimension in the respective domains and their specific requirements;
* Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP);
* Other policies relevant to European citizens' security at Community and national levels, notably the potential exists for application to policies related to Justice and Home Affairs activities of the European Union, such as border surveillance.

The pilot stage of the project was officially launched on the 15th of November, and is expected to be completed by around 2010. If Europe intends to have its own army which will capable of being launched to deal with any "situation" in the world within 5-10 days, it will have to have a fast, efficient communication system, and the GMES fills this role.

He shall magnify himself to the prince of the host (head of the EU army - Daniel 8:11)
At the EU Summit in June 2006, Javier Solana was appointed head of the European anti-terrorism force, an EU body comprising of police, civil and military assets pooled from the 25 member nations. The legislation to create this role, along with the pooling of forces across the EU, was originally part of the EU Constitution. European MPs blasted the EU for cherry picking parts of the Constitution which had previously been rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands, and drafting them into European law. This new anti-terrorism role has become possible through Javier Solana's own "Recommendation 666" document, which is commented on at the end of this article.

Quote: "At the Brussels European summit, all 25 member states agreed to pool assets - police, civil protection and military - and place them at the disposal of Javier Solana, the EU's foreign minister-in-waiting. Such a move had been planned in the constitution which was rejected by voters in France and Holland last year. The constitution has been left on the shelf although Europe's leaders want it up and running again by 2008. Minutes of the summit show that the kernel of the counter-terrorism force, the "crisis steering group", will be operational in a fortnight.

On the 21st of November, 2005, European leaders, prompted by the head of the European Defence Agency - Javier Solana, agreed to pool their defence markets in a move that could pave the way for the creation of an EU army. This legislation was also originally part of the Constitution package, but the EU leaders took it upon themselves to adopt it into law behind our backs. This along with the creation of the EU anti-terror force could pave the way for the fulfilment of these verses.

Daniel 11:31
And arms shall stand on his part (Antichrist's behalf), and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength (Temple), and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

Daniel 8:11
Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

He shall not regard the God of his fathers (Daniel 11:37)
His parents may be Jewish. I haven't hard proof of this yet, but I read this on another website. His grandfather, Salvador de Madariaga, who worked for European unity in the League of Nations authored a book on the history of the Jews in Spain, and also wrote a book about Christopher Columbus, exploring the possibility he was a crypto-Jew.

He shall not regard the desire of women (Daniel 11:37)
Some scholars see the desire of women meaning the desire to "give birth to the Messiah". In any case, Javier Solana has a wife and two children, but lives on his own in Brussels since taking the post of NATO Secretary General in 1995.

By his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand (Daniel 8:25)
He has devised, and is responsible for the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The ENP gives financial incentives to states in exchange for political reforms (read "political control"). It has been said that while America's tool for bringing about global security is its army, Europe's weapon is its financial clout, used through subtle means, i.e. "craft". Statecraft is one of the things Javier Solana says he has used to help bring Europe together.

He shall confirm a covenant with many nations for 7 years, and break it in the middle of those years (Daniel 9:27)
My friend Javier sent me this picture of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addressing the Knesset and the nation on July 17th, 2006. After six days of fighting between Israel and Hizbullah, the Prime Minister stated that he did not want this conflict, but hoped that Israel could soon sign an "eternal covenant of peace" with their Arab neighbours. Javier Solana was the first world leader to visit Lebanon, and has been prompted by European leaders to help find a lasting solution to the crisis.

Quote: ""The crisis in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon make extremely grave and worrisome bounds from hour to hour," the letter said. The two theatres of crisis "place the security and political equilibrium of the entire region in danger," it said. In the "two distinct crises," the EU. "has weight and credibility" that could be used toward finding solutions, Chirac said in the letter, dated Thursday and made public Friday. The letter noted that the president was reiterating a proposal made in June. He suggested that Solana, who visited Beirut last weekend and was currently in Cairo, work in conjunction with the United Nations to meet with all figures necessary to "very quickly make proposals to reach conditions for a global and lasting cease-fire in the region."

Following the conflict between Hizbullah and Israel in July-August 2006, the UN Security Council brokered a cease fire between the two sides. As part of the UN resolution that resulted in the cease fire, it was agreed that the international community would send a force into Lebanon to prevent fighting breaking out again. Europe has mobilized over 7000 troops to patrol the southern border of Lebanon, the biggest force the EU has launched in its history. As a result of this many EU ministers have been stating that Europe has a new-found role in the Middle East, a peacekeeping role that for the first time is backed up by a credible military force. This is exactly the situation what Daniel predicted would be the case during the 70th week or the seven year tribulation period.

Quote: ""The time has come for European efforts to relaunch peace in the Middle East," he [Spanish Foreign Minister Miquel Angel Moratinos] said Friday after his EU counterparts met in Brussels with UN chief Kofi Annan. "Europeans are gaining more in credibility, in presence and engagement in the future of this region, which is our region," he said Saturday. Italy, which will be the the force's biggest contributor with up to 3,000 soldiers and which will take over its command next February from France, was hopeful that the commitment would mark a new era of EU influence in the region. "It's the first time that Europe assumes such a strong responsibility in the region and we hope there will be a change, not only for the stabilisation of the border between Israel and Lebanon, but also to push peace in the whole region" said Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema.

With European troops now on the ground in the Middle East, the EU has an added means of making sure any future peace agreement takes hold in the region. The EU is effectively trying to create an environment in which a peace agreement with many nations could be signed. Javier Solana is now pushing for EU ministers to pave the way for new talks for the Middle East, aimed at bringing security to Israel and a lasting peace to the entire region (or "peace and safety" as mentioned in Thessalonians 5:3).

Quote: "EU President Finland is hosting the meeting in a 17th century fortress in the town of Lapeenranta, where ministers will study how to leverage their growing military presence as peacekeepers in southern Lebanon to bring about regional talks. European officials argue that the fragile ceasefire between Israel and Lebanese Hizbullah guerrillas and continuing Israeli-Palestinian violence can be resolved only by a political process leading to a negotiated settlement. In efforts to win a wider Middle East peace, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he would urge ministers to pave the way for new talks based on a return to Israel's 1967 borders "plus or minus agreed minor adjustments".

And what better man to help broker any future peace agreement than Javier Solana himself? The current EU President Erkki Tuomioja has stated Javier Solana has been given a mandate by EU Foreign Ministers to be directly involved in the Middle East peace process on the behalf of Europe.

Quote: "Ministers agreed that united action by the EU over the summer had made a positive impact on efforts to stabilize the situation in the Middle East. Tuomioja said that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana already has the mandate of the member states of EU to work to move the peace process forward and to be in contact with all the parties involved. He particularly emphasized the importance of cooperation with the United States and Arab nations.

Javier Solana's European Neighbourhood Policy, is to last from 2007-2013, with a mid-term review period, in which Javier Solana himself will be involved. 16 nations have signed up, including Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel signed up in December 2004. All countries will have their agreements confirmed on January 1st, 2007. It's prime aim is to bring security and political control to Europe's borders as mentioned above.

Some people have stated, and I was also of the impression, that this agreement could not be the covenant of Daniel 9:27, due to the differences in the prophetic 360 day calendar and our present calendar of 365 days. But examining the workings of the 360 day calendar, this may not pose a problem. The European Neighbourhood Policy lasts for a period of 2557 days, with each year containing 365 days, plus 2 days for leap years. The prophecy of Daniel runs according to the Jewish calendar, which contains only 360 days per year, giving a total of 2520 days. The Jews had a system of adding extra days to their years so that the seasons didn't drift - 30 days after every six years, and 30 days after four years on the seven succession. 

Quote: "The (European) Commission will draw up periodic reports on progress and on areas requiring further efforts, taking into account assessments made by the authorities of the partner country. The Action Plans will be reviewed and may be adapted in the light of progress towards meeting the priorities for action. It is suggested that a "mid-term" report be prepared by the Commission, with the contribution of the High Representative on issues related to political co-operation and the CFSP, within two years of the approval of an action plan and a further report within three years. These reports can serve as a basis for the Council to decide the next step in contractual links with each partner country. These could take the form of European Neighbourhood Agreements whose scope will be defined in the light of progress in meeting the priorities set out in the Action Plans.

Just before the 10th Anniversary (27-28th November 2005) of the Barcelona Process - also known as EuroMed, Javier Solana commented on the progress made so far by Europe in the Middle East region. EuroMed itself is a framework of agreements between the European Union and 10 Middle Eastern nations. These are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. EuroMed is not a peace process in itself, but aims to resolve regional conflicts at the same time as providing political and economic reforms, helping to bring about stability. It was born out of the Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and is thought of more as a means of supporting any real peace agreement that may come about in the future. Javier Solana states that the EU is planning to launch a "governance facility" (perhaps the ENP?) with Mediterranean countries. This will provide economic assistance for those states doing their best to bring about political and economic reforms (or "political control" from Europe). Just like the Middle East covenant that will be confirmed by the Antichrist in the book of Daniel, this "governance facility" is to last for seven years - by Javier's own admission.

Quote: "Many Mediterranean countries say they want to advance on the path of political reform but that it should be home-grown and that they need help. I agree. So I am pleased that the EU will launch a so-called governance facility. This will not be a cosmetic initiative, but one that, over seven years, will offer several hundred million euros to those countries that are making the greatest efforts concerning governance reform. They can then spend the extra money on the priorities they have set themselves. This is what I call a true partnership for political reform.

Here's another interesting article on the ENP, from my friend Stephen. It gives a brief outline on how the ENP represents the future for EU expansion, an alternative to enlargement of the union, and explains its aims to offer member states three things, prosperity, stability and security.

Quote: "Prosperity: A lack of economic prospects is linked to political unrest, radicalisation and is one of the factors pushing people to do dangerous illegal migration. We address this through offering trade opportunities, support for macro-economic reforms, advice on investment-friendly business climates. By supporting the countries' own reform efforts, we also benefit the EU since our continued growth requires new markets. (Daniel 7:23, the fourth beast shall "devour the whole earth")
Stability: Lack of democracy, lack of respect for the rule of law, governance failures, all contribute to instability. We offer advice and support on relevant reforms and offer deeper relations to those partners who make progress towards good governance, for the benefit of their own citizens. Democracy cannot be imposed, but it can and must be supported.
Security: ENP enables us to bring together various internal and external instruments more effectively, working with our neighbours to tackle new threats e.g. cooperation against terrorism, tackling the root causes of extremism, thwarting international organized crime, contributing to resolving conflicts. All of these issues are major concerns both for our citizens and for those of our partners.

He shall be the prince of the people that destroyed Jerusalem (Daniel 9:26)
Daniel states that the Antichrist would be the prince of the people that would destroy the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (the Temple). In AD 70, Jerusalem and the Temple were literally destroyed by the Roman armies under the command of Titus. The Antichrist will therefore be a prince of the Revived Roman Empire, or in modern terms, "Europe".

In October1999, Javier Solana finished his term as Secretary General of NATO, and became Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The Council of the European Union is the main decision making body for the EU. Javier Solana also holds two other important posts in Europe, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy, and Secretary General of the WEU. These are possibly the highest posts currently achievable in the three organizations, and Javier Solana has all of them. In that sense Javier Solana is a "prince" or literally a ruler, and not a "king", i.e. he has no kingdom as such (yet). Compare this with Daniel 7:24, which states the ten horns are ten "kings" which shall arise.

That fact that Javier Solana is Spanish may tie in with another Scripture. According to Daniel, Spain may be a significant player in the EU. Daniel 7:24 states, "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them...". After the ten kings arise, another arises after them. Spain happens to be the 11th member of the European Union (i.e. it arose after the 10). The fact that the Secretary General of the WEU, and High Representative for the CFSP for the EU, and Secretary General of the Council of Europe happens to be Spanish is therefore quite significant. And when you consider that Spain also hosts the Barcelona Process, which aims to bring about peace in the Middle East, is currently calling for a global "alliance of civilizations", and Javier Solana is responsible for a seven year covenant with many nations (The European Neighbourhood Policy) adds to the significance of this statement.

He will head a 10 nation federation (Daniel 7:24)
He is Secretary General of the WEU, the military arm of the EU, and comprises the 10 original member states that signed the Treaty of Brussels. These are the only nations of the WEU that have official member status. Other nations have different statuses within the WEU as described in detail below.

He will be of a kingdom that will engulf the whole world (Daniel 7:23)
Although Javier Solana is Secretary General of the WEU, only a 10 nation federation, the tentacles of the WEU and the EU continue to spread throughout the world.

Of the WEU, there are 10 full members (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom), there are 8 affiliate members (Czech republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak republic, Slovenia), 3 associate members (Iceland, Norway, Turkey),  2 affiliate associate members (Bulgaria, Romania), 5 observers (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden), 2 affiliate observers (Cyprus, Malta), 1 affiliate associate partner (Croatia), 2 permanent guests (Russia, Ukraine) and 4 special guests (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM or Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro). That makes the WEU a possible alliance of 37 nations.

There are now 25 nations involved in the EU with currently 4 awaiting application for membership, and the European Neighbourhood Policy will directly influence the politics of another 16 nations outside Europe. Russia is being brought closer to Europe, along with all her Soviet satellites states, as was seen in the recent elections in the Ukraine, in which a pro-European President, Victor Yuschenko was elected after a political dispute with a Kremlin backed leader.

He will be of a kingdom that is divided, partly strong and partly weak, and shall not cleave to each other (Daniel 2:41-43)
It's easy to see how Europe is a Revived Roman Empire that is "divided". The very fact there is a WEU of 10 official members and a broader EU of 25 members shows a Europe is still divided. The WEU, under the direction of Javier Solana, was meant to transfer its powers to the EU, but this never happened. It seems instead that the WEU has taken on a new role as being the new military arm of the European Union.
For "partly strong and partly weak", the WEU nations are mainly wealthy and politically strong, while the new members of the EU are generally poor and politically weak and unstable.
And the fact that the nations "will not cleave to one another" has been played out before all our eyes in the Iraq war, the problems of ratifying of the EU Constitution, amid other disagreements which seem to come up from time to time.

He will uproot three kings (Daniel 7:24)
Britain, France and Germany (officially called the E3) have apparently been jockeying for position to hold the lion's share of foreign policy until such times that the EU Constitution is ratified and comes into force. This ambition has been brought to light by the E3's recent dealings with Iran's nuclear programme. The EU Constitution will create the official position of EU Foreign Secretary, which Javier Solana, the EU High Representative currently holds in an unofficial capacity. These three nations would need to be "subdued" in order to give Javier Solana a clear shot at being the "one voice of Europe".

All these nations are also members of the UN Security Council. Javier Solana is seeking to replace these nations' seats on the Council with just one European seat, representing the voice of Europe in world affairs. This event could also fulfil the above Scripture, if a head of the European Union were to "uproot" those seats.

Quote: "In an interview with Die Welt, the EU's high representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, offers some suggestions for how the current crisis in the European Union could be avoided in the future. A "possible cause" for the rift between the EU fifteen is the fact that the EU is not represented by one seat in the United Nations Security Council. "The EU is not represented by one seat in the United Nations. But the problems were created in the United Nations." He noted the differences of opinion ran exactly between the four members of the Security Council - the UK and France (as permanent members) and Spain and Germany (as non-permanent members). "Imagine what influence Europe could have had if it had spoken with one voice?" asked Mr Solana. Speaking with one voice is not just something for the Union in the UN but for "the EU as a whole."

Revelation 13:5
And there was given unto him a mouth (one voice?) speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

On Friday the 22nd of June, 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed the new European "treaty", an EU Constitution in all but name according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Constitution author Giscard d'Destaing and others. For the first time in history the European Union will have the right to make international treaties without the blessing of member states. The new "treaty" also creates permanent posts of EU President and EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. The EU will also be given the power to represent all European states at the United Nations Security Council, if and when Europe has common agreement on foreign policy.

Quote: "Provisions, drawn word for word from the old constitution, giving the EU "foreign minister" speaking rights from Britain's and France's UN seats will be included in a draft treaty to be presented to a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday, diplomats have confirmed. "When the Union has defined a position on a subject which is on the United Nations Security Council agenda, those member states which sit on the Security Council shall request that the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs be asked to present the Union's position," the text states.

He will grow great towards the South and the East (Daniel 8:9)
Javier Solana's European Neighbourhood Policy is aimed at developing relations with Middle Eastern and Caucus Nations, directly towards the South and East of the European Union Bloc.

Daniel 8:9-11
And out of one of them came forth a little horn (Antichrist), which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant [land] (Israel). And it waxed great, [even] to the host of heaven; and it cast down [some] of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified [himself] even to the prince of the host (he became the chief of the EU army), and by him the daily [sacrifice] was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down (Temple).

Quote: Javier Solana - "The European Neighbourhood Policy is not a policy aimed at EU enlargement; it neither foresees it nor excludes it. The policy is in the first place aimed at developing closer relations between the European Union and its new neighbours to the East and the South, making them benefit as much as possible from their proximity to the EU. There is so much work to be done and there are so many opportunities to co-operate more effectively in the fields of trade, reforms, in fighting terrorism, crime and corruption, in working more closely together in foreign and security policy that there is no real reason at this stage to think about what might happen in the longer term.

His number is six hundred threescore and six (666 - Revelation 13:18)
In 1999, Javier Solana was appointed the High Representative for Europe's Common, Foreign and Security Policy. His position is linked in two places with the number 666 in official EU documents.

The first document issued in 1998 by the European commission was called Article 666, and which called for the immediate election of a High Representative for the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy who would have a "strong political profile", and be backed by "credible operational capabilities".

Quote: "666. In December the Vienna European Council expressed the opinion that the Secretary-General of the Council and High Representative for the CFSP should be appointed as soon as possible and be a personality with a strong political profile. It invited the Council to prepare common strategies on Russia, Ukraine, the Mediterranean region and the western Balkans, on the understanding that the first would be on Russia. Welcoming the new impetus given to the debate on a common European policy on security and defence, the European Council also noted that the CFSP should be backed by credible operational capabilities

The second document, called "Recommendation 666", which was drafted by Javier Solana himself in 2000, called for special powers to be given to the High Representative, enabling him to take control of European political and military councils in the event of an emergency.

Quote: "12) Support proposals for the WEU Secretary-General and CFSP High Representative to preside over the PSC (Political and Security Committee) and civilian crisis-management machinery and give him powers to convene the Council of the European Union in the event of an emergency;

In the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease (Daniel 9:27)
In regard to this prophecy, it's not possible for me to know exactly what will happen, due to the fact that this event is scheduled to occur in the middle of the seven year tribulation period. And it's impossible for me to know if Javier Solana will be the man to fulfil this Scripture. But what is happening in Europe now could eventually become the fulfilment of these verses...

The European Union has agreed an Action Plan that seeks to upgrade the minimum standards of treatment for animals throughout the European Union, and aims to support the protection and welfare of animals throughout the world. This Action Plan will come into force for the period from 2006 to 2010, after which it will become necessary for the document to be reviewed.

Quote: "For the period 2006-2010, five main areas of action are set out to meet this objective: upgrading minimum standards for animal welfare; promoting research and alternative approaches to animal testing; introducing standardised animal welfare indicators; better informing animal handlers and the general public on animal welfare issues; and supporting international initiatives for the protection of animals. Detailed background on each area of action is outlined in the Action Plan, in the accompanying impact assessment and Commission working document, along with an indicative timetable for the planned initiatives.

The European Union currently guarantees the right of the Jewish religion to perform animal sacrifices (shechita), even though no sacrifices have been carried out since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.

Quote: "The Vice President assured the CER delegation that he regards attempts to restrict Jewish ritual slaughter (shechita) as contraventions of EU law and said he would be contacting the Belgian Interior Minister over the issue following attempts in the Belgian Senate to place restrictions on shechita in Belgium.

If the Jewish Temple is reconstructed, the Jews will be required to immediately start performing sacrifices for sin. If this agreement is reviewed by Europe in 2010, which falls in the middle of the seven year European Neighbourhood Policy (the midst of the week), it could be possible that Europe would decide to prohibit animal sacrifices for humanitarian reasons.

New World Order
Javier Solana is also a member of the Club of Rome, and frequently speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations. Javier Solana also attended the secretive Bilderberg meetings during his tenure as NATO Secretary General. He brought then-UK Defence Secretary George Robertson along with him, who later became the NATO Secretary General himself.

5  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Re: Take the Atheist Challenge! on: November 05, 2010, 09:32:30 pm
I, too, have reached the end of my tether with these fundie so called Christians
who seem to have an answer for everything.
They have NO place on a forum like GlobalGulag,

Ill keep that in mind and pass it on to all my other "fundie" friends.
6  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Russian bears treat graveyards as 'giant refrigerators' on: October 26, 2010, 03:31:28 pm
Russian bears treat graveyards as 'giant refrigerators'

A shortage of bears' traditional food near the Arctic Circle has forced the animals to eat human corpses, say locals

From a distance it resembled a rather large man in a fur coat, leaning tenderly over the grave of a loved one. But when the two women in the Russian village of Vezhnya Tchova came closer they realised there was a bear in the cemetery eating a body.

Russian bears have grown so desperate after a scorching summer they have started digging up and eating corpses in municipal cemetries, alarmed officials said today. Bears' traditional food – mushrooms, berries and the odd frog – has disappeared, they added.

The Vezhnya Tchova incident took place on Saturday in the northern republic of Komi, near the Arctic Circle. The shocked women cried in panic, frightening the bear back into the woods, before they discovered a ghoulish scene with the clothes of the bear's already-dead victim chucked over adjacent tombstones, the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomelets reported.

Local people said that bears had resorted to scavenging in towns and villages - rummaging through bins, stealing garden carrots and raiding tips. A young man had been mauled in the centre of Syktyvkar, Komi's capital. "They are really hungry this year. It's a big problem. Many of them are not going to survive," said Simion Razmislov, the vice-president of Komi's hunting and fishing society.

World Wildlife Fund Russia said there had been a similar case two years ago in the town of Kandalaksha, in the northern Karelia republic. "You have to remember that bears are natural scavengers. In the US and Canada you can't leave any food in tents in national parks," said Masha Vorontsova of WWF Russia.

"In Karelia one bear learned how to do it [open a coffin]. He then taught the others," she added, suggesting: "They are pretty quick learners."

The only way to get rid of the bears would be to frighten them with something noisy like a firework or shoot them, she said.

According to Vorontsova, the omnivorous bears had "plenty to eat" this autumn, with foods such as fish and ants at normal levels. The bears raided graveyards because they offered a supply of easy food, she said, a bit like a giant refrigerator. "The story is horrible. Nobody wants to think about having a much loved member of their family eaten by a bear."

The bear population in Russia is relatively stable with numbers between 120,000 and 140,000. The biggest threat isn't starvation but hunting - with VIP sportsmen and wealthy gun enthusiasts wiping out most of the large male bears in Kamchatka, in Russia's Far East. Chinese poachers have killed many black bears near the border, selling their claws and other parts in markets.

The Russian government is drafting legislation to ban the killing of bears during the winter breeding season.
7  General / General Discussion / Chavez SEIZES OHIO BASED COMPANY on: October 26, 2010, 03:28:47 pm
Chavez Orders Expropriation of Owens-Illinois

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday ordered the expropriation of U.S.-based glass maker Owens-Illinois Inc.'s unit in the South American country.

Chavez announced plans to expropriate the company in a televised speech, saying it operates in western Trujillo state.

The leftist leader criticized the company's practices in the country, saying it had been "taking away the money of Venezuelans" and exploiting local people. Chavez did not detail his complaints about the company.

There was no immediate reaction from the company, based in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Owens-Illinois also has operations throughout Latin America in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and the Caribbean, focusing on the manufacture of glass containers.

It was unclear how the government would handle compensation for the company's assets in Venezuela.

Chavez has nationalized or expropriated a wide range of companies, including cement makers, retail stores and steel mills, while seeking to lead Venezuela toward a socialist system.

He said in his speech that more expropriations are planned.

"There's another list around here," Chavez said, but added that he would save additional announcements for later.
8  General / General Discussion / Court overturns Arizona's proof of citizenship requirement for voter registratio on: October 26, 2010, 03:26:51 pm
Court overturns Arizona's proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement to show proof of citizenship — passed by voters in 2004 — is not consistent with the National Voter Registration Act.

Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, temporarily sitting by designation, and Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta, with chief judge Alex Kozinski dissenting, said Prop. 200 creates an additional hurdle, while the national act is intended to reduce “state-imposed obstacles” to registration.

The majority noted that Congress was well aware of the problem of voter fraud when it passed the voter act, and built in sufficient protections, including applying perjury penalties to applicants who lie about their eligibilty.

The court determined Arizona’s polling place photo identification requirement, however, is a minimal burden and does not violate the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment.
9  General / General Discussion / Re: First Mel, Now Charlie... on: October 26, 2010, 01:46:33 pm
I am finding it hard to believe any of this.  If they can't shun him from Hollywood they will destroy his character.

Really? Its not like this is the first or second or third or even fourth time this has ever happened. He has a reputation for this kind of crap.
10  General / General Discussion / Re: Voters Suspicious Of Fraud At Ballot Box on: October 26, 2010, 09:45:00 am
Voter reports problem with ballot machine

A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.

Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.

“They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”

M. Ray Wood, Craven County Board of elections chairman, issued a written statement saying that the elections board is aware of isolated issues and that in each case the voter was able to cast his or her ballot as desired.

Chuck Tyson, chairman of Craven County GOP, remains skeptical. He has been communicating with Wood about the issue and was invited to a meeting Wednesday with state elections officials. There were no further details about that meeting.

“Something is not right here,” Tyson told the Sun Journal. He said he “got two or three calls” from people describing the same problem while they were voting.

“I’ll be matter of fact, I didn’t find that press release satisfactory,” Tyson said, referring to Wood’s written statement.

Tyson reported other problems as well, including long lines waiting for just two voting machines in Havelock, and machines reporting 250 ballots cast where 400 voters had signed in to vote.

Laughinghouse cast his ballot at the county administration building at about 2:30 p.m., he said. After voting, he located a Republican worker on site and asked to speak with her about his voting machine issue. A man interrupted, he said, directing Laughinghouse to talk with him instead. That man said the machine likely needed to be calibrated, Laughinghouse said, and set about the method to do so.

“Each morning every voting unit is calibrated as per manufacturer instructions by trained election rovers,” Wood’s statement said. “These individuals are also working throughout the county each day to assist one-stop officials with any issues that arise during the course of voting.”

Laughinghouse advises voters to carefully check their ballots before confirming to ensure that the machine is logging each vote as intended.

“If you’re in a hurry, you may just push the button and not notice it,” he said.

He has become suspicious of voter fraud because of news reports he has heard. He would prefer voting machines to display an error message when they need to be calibrated, as opposed to completing ballots for the opposite party, he said.

“I’m all for our country and we know there has been voter fraud before and it continues even today,” Laughinghouse said. “So you get suspicious when something like this happens.”

The elections board also encourages voters to check their ballots carefully and to report any problems to poll staff before confirming the electronic ballot.

“It is our desire to provide the citizens of Craven County with the most honest and fair election possible,” Wood’s statement said. “With that in mind and because we seek to maintain the privacy of all voters whenever possible, we ask any voter, while in the act of voting, notify an election official immediately should they experience any difficulties in casting their ballot.”

Wood was unavailable to expand on his written comments on Friday afternoon, as he was in a conference, an elections office employee said. He did not return a phone message seeking additional comment as of press time.

Tyson said he’d like it if Craven County would scrap its voting machines.

“They never work, they’re late reporting, they screw up, they ain’t worth a damn and we ought to go back to paper ballots,” he said.
11  General / General Discussion / Voters Suspicious Of Fraud At Ballot Box on: October 26, 2010, 08:33:37 am
Voters Suspicious Of Fraud At Ballot Box

LAS VEGAS -- Some voters in Boulder City said they are concerned about fraud at the electronic ballot box.

Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid's name was already checked.

Ferrara said she wasn't alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

"Something's not right," Ferrara said. "One person that's a fluke. Two, that's strange. But several within a five minute period of time -- that's wrong."

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the screens are sensitive.

He said if voters choose English (instead of Spanish) for their language of choice, the ballot pops up with Angle selected.

"Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot," Lomax said. "Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in."

Lomax said voters need to have faith in the system.

"This election, I think, more than ever," he said. "The two sides are very fractured and each side is suspicious and we're caught in the middle."
12  Mass Mind Control / Social Engineering / Corporate "News" Media / 'Government Doesn't Suck' march planned :D on: October 26, 2010, 08:26:44 am
'Government Doesn't Suck' march planned

Amid growing dissatisfaction with federal employees, a group of younger, web-savvy feds are planning to march on Saturday in defense of their coworkers on the sidelines of Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity."

Organizers of the "Government Doesn't Suck March" (their choice of words, not ours) were inspired in part by last week's Washington Post poll that revealed widespread negative perceptions of federal workers.

"We hear it day in and day out: the government sucks, federal employees are lazy and their positions are redundant," said march organizer Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop, a social networking Web site for public servants.

13  Science & Technology / Natural Disasters / Indonesia: A 7.7 Earthquake, A Tsunami, and Now 4 Volcanoes Erupting! on: October 26, 2010, 08:08:47 am
Indonesia tsunami kills 23, leaves scores missing

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A powerful, 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that pounded villages on remote islands off western Indonesia, killing at least 23 people and leaving more than 160 others missing, witnesses and officials said Tuesday.

The fault that ruptured Monday, running the length of the west coast of Sumatra island, also caused the 9.1-magnitude quake that unleashed a monster tsunami around the Indian Ocean in 2004, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

The death toll from the quake late Monday, which struck 13 miles (20 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor, was expected to climb as reports on damage and injuries began trickling in Tuesday.

Mujiharto, who heads the Health Ministry's crisis center, said a 10-foot (three-meter) -high wave washed away hundreds of houses on Pagai and Silabu, part of the remote and sparsely populated Mentawai island chain.

"We have 200 body bags on the way, just in case," he said.

Separately on Tuesday, emergency officials were rushing to evacuate several thousand residents from the slopes of the country's most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, as scientists warned that pressure building beneath its lava dome could trigger one of the most powerful blasts in years.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity due to its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire - a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.

Getting to the Mentawais, a popular surfing spot 175 miles (280 kilometers) from the Sumatra coast takes 12 hours and the islands are reachable only by boat.

A group of Australians said they were hanging out on the back deck of their chartered surfing vessel, anchored in a nearby bay, when the temblor hit. It generated a wave that caused them to smash into a neighboring boat, and before they knew it, a fire was ripping through their cabin.

"We threw whatever we could that floated - surfboards, fenders - then we jumped into the water," Rick Hallet told Australia's Nine Network. "Fortunately, most of us had something to hold on to ... and we just washed in the wetlands, and scrambled up the highest trees that we could possibly find and sat up there for an hour and a half."

By daytime Tuesday, the toll from the quake and tsunami was rising.

Ade Edward, a disaster management agency official, said 23 bodies were found in coastal villages - mostly on the hardest hit island of Pagai - and another 167 people were missing.

Water in some places reached roof tops, and in Muntei Baru, a village on Silabu, 80 percent of the houses were damaged.

Some 3,000 people were seeking shelter Tuesday in emergency camps, Edward said, and the crews from several ships were still unaccounted for in the Indian Ocean.

The quake also jolted towns along Sumatra's western coast - including Padang, which last year was hit by a deadly 7.6-magnitude tremor that killed more than 700. Mosques blared tsunami warnings over their loudspeakers.

"Everyone was running out of their houses," said Sofyan Alawi, adding that the roads leading to surrounding hills were quickly jammed with thousands of cars and motorcycles.

"We kept looking back to see if a wave was coming," said 28-year-old resident Ade Syahputra.
14  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Re: Thousands of fish just dying off around the country!! on: September 14, 2010, 08:36:11 pm
Dead whale and thousands of dead fish found near Venice, Louisiana USA
15  General / General Discussion / Re: 18 dead in Kashmir now from Quran-burning protests on: September 13, 2010, 06:49:50 pm
Iran Ayatollahs Issue Fatwas Against Koran-Burners

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Two Iranian grand ayatollahs issued fatwas calling for the killing of those who insult the Koran, including anyone who burns the Islamic holy book, the state-run Fars news agency reported.

No one was specified in the decrees, which were issued by Nasser Makarem-Shirazi and Hossein Nouri-Hamedani in response to questions asked by student groups from universities in Tehran, Fars said. Such an action against any individual could only be carried out with the authorization of an Islamic religious judge, they said.

“Undoubtedly, the blood of a person who burns the Koran should be shed,” Makarem-Shirazi was cited by Fars as saying. Everybody should “strongly condemn” such an act.

A pastor from Florida planned to hold a Koran-burning event on Sept. 11 to mark the ninth anniversary of the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on the U.S. Cleric Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, suspended and then canceled the act after an appeal by President Barack Obama.

“We feel that God is telling us to stop,” Jones said Sept. 11 in an interview with NBC’s “Today Show.” The move may open the way for talks with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who plans to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site, Jones said.

Death to Democracy

Students who protested outside the Swiss Embassy in Tehran today set fire to the U.S. flag, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The Swiss Embassy represents U.S. interests in Iran. They also destroyed a coffin that had the phrase “Liberal Democracy” written on it.

Jones, who has acknowledged receiving more than 100 death threats, said he “wasn’t scared into calling off the burning.”

Ceremonies, as well as protests for and against the Islamic center in New York, were held on Sept. 11 at the three sites where terrorists crashed the hijacked planes in 2001, killing almost 3,000 people.

A man was escorted by police from one of the protests after ripping pages from a copy of the Koran and setting them on fire, the New York Daily News reported. The man, who wasn’t identified by the newspaper, didn’t appear to have been arrested, the Daily News said.

Iran has been led by Shiite clerics since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted the monarchy. The publication of “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie in 1988 prompted Iran’s then- supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to issue a fatwa condemning him to death for alleged blasphemy. The Indian-born writer spent nine years in hiding, living with guards in various locations in the U.K.
16  Health, Family & Eugenics / Genetically Modified Organisms / MONSANTO meat, mmm, mmmm, good!! on: August 26, 2010, 05:50:33 am
MONSANTO meat, mmm, mmmm, good!!

Bacon That's Good for You?

Heart-smart" bacon? "Healthy" hamburger? Monsanto thinks it's found a way to make red meat better for you, and that's got some overseas environmental activists worried.

The biotech giant has genetically engineered a type of soybean that contains a plant-based version of omega-3, the fatty acid that has been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Omega-3 is typically found in seafood; hence, all those recommendations to eat more fish.

But what if you could ditch the salmon fillet and get your dose of omega-3 from, say, sausage instead?

That's exactly what Monsanto had in mind when it began replacing regular soybean feed with its omega-3 enhanced soybeans and feeding it to livestock. The result? Meat that contained higher levels of omega-3.

So the company did what any self-respecting multinational corporation would do: it filed patents on the "derived benefits" of feeding animals its proprietary product.

Food products normally aren't granted patent protection. According to a story filed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "the new patent applications have touched a raw nerve among those who see them as an attempt by the company to exert control over the food chain."

"There's been a much more liberal approach to patenting food, and this patent raises issues about that," Dr. Matthew Rimmer, an Australian expert in agricultural intellectual property, told ABC. "Jurisprudence in the United States takes a very expansive view of patentable subject matter."

For its part, Monsanto says it has no diabolical plans to control the world's food supply. "Monsanto does not intend to take ownership of livestock or fish or to sell company-branded milk, meat or eggs enriched with omega-3s to consumers," the company posted on its website in June.

But some activists are having a tough time taking the company at its word. As a rep from Greenpeace Australia told ABC, "As a community, we need to decide whether we want our most basic foods to be owned by chemical companies."
17  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Re: Absolute proof of evolution. on: August 25, 2010, 12:24:31 pm
I spoke out of turn. I thought the variations that occur naturally as a result of adaptation of species to various conditions were mutations. I googled mutation and apparently mutation is something different. I apologize.

18  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Re: Absolute proof of evolution. on: August 24, 2010, 04:40:29 pm
That's a simplistic view of mutation and would do nothing to convince a true skeptic. Those are only mutations gone wrong. Nature is full of examples of mutations that went right. The problem is when the evolutionist makes the leap to interspecies mutation like an ape becoming a man. We don't see apes mutating into men.

could you show me a mutation that went right.
19  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Re: A Challenge to King James onlyists on: August 24, 2010, 01:46:06 pm
i showed how wrong you and him are, good day.
20  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Re: Dinosaurs found on Papua New Guinea on: August 23, 2010, 09:15:34 pm
Found the pic, still looking for the article.

21  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Re: Dinosaurs found on Papua New Guinea on: August 23, 2010, 08:53:35 pm

Call me a sucker, but I can believe it. Bizarre.

I cant find the article and pic right now, but ill post it when i do. There are actual pics of settlers in the west hunting pterodactyls in the 1800's.   
22  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Re: Thousands of dead fish reported at mouth of Mississippi... on: August 23, 2010, 08:02:18 pm
Jersey Shore: Dead Fish Wash Ashore In Thousands For Second Time This Week On East Coast (VIDEO)

NBC Philadelphia reports that tens of thousands of dead menhaden fish washed ashore Wednesday on a New Jersey beach along Delaware Bay.

The incident is strikingly similar to an occurrence from Monday, when thousands of dead menhaden also washed ashore over 200 miles away in Fairhaven, MA (see video HERE).

N.J. Department of Environmental Protection officials say initial tests show no signs of toxic phytoplankton, like red tide, in the water, and they are still examining oxygen levels. Fisheries in Massachusetts alleged low oxygen from warm waters was the cause of the mass kill in Fairhaven, according to CNN.

Strangest of all, seagulls aren't going near what would normally appear to be a free lunch for the area's birds.
23  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Re: Thousands of dead fish reported at mouth of Mississippi... on: August 23, 2010, 08:01:02 pm
Hundreds of Thousands of dead fish New Jersey Shores AUGUST 12 2010!!!

There have been odd occurrences this summer of large amounts of dead fish washing up on the beaches of the East Coast. Recently a fish kill occurred in Fairhaven, MA, reports NBC Philadelphia.

The latest occurrence of dead fish washing up on the beach happened today in New Jersey. Thousands of dead fish were found on the beach of the Delaware Bay. Gregory DeBrosse, a biologist at Rutgers and Cape Shore
Laboratory manager, told the Press of Atlantic City that there could be up to millions of dead fish on the beaches of New Jersey.

What is going on with all the dead fish and animal stories in the last few days. Here’s the latest. One of the beachings was due to a net ripping and fish then dead from shock washing ashore however that does not explain the larger fish dump.
24  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Re: Thousands of dead fish reported at mouth of Mississippi... on: August 23, 2010, 07:59:42 pm
Fairhaven, MA: Dead Fish Wash Ashore In Thousands, Lack Of Oxygen In Warm Waters To Blame (VIDEO)

 Dead Fish Fair Haven, Dead Fish Massachusetts, Dead Fish Was Ashore, Dead Menhaden Fairhaven, Fairhaven Dead Fish, Fairhaven Dead Menhaden, Massachusetts Dead Fish, Our Oceans, Thousands Dead Menhaden, Thousands Of Dead Fish, Thousands Of Dead Fish On Beach, Thousands Of Dead Fish On Island, Green News

On Monday, vacationing beach residents awoke to a foul smell when thousands of dead fish washed ashore on a small island on the east side of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, CNN reports.

Marine fisheries explained that the fish were killed due to a lack of oxygen caused by warm waters. All of the fish were Menhaden, which are especially sensitive to such changes, and they may have been dead for days prior to washing up on the beach.
25  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Thousands of fish just dying off around the country!! on: August 23, 2010, 07:56:29 pm
Thousands of dead fish reported at mouth of Mississippi...

State authorities say fish kill in St. Bernard Parish waters likely caused by low oxygen levels

t. Bernard Parish authorities have reported a large fish kill at the mouth of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, but state wildlife officials say it does not appear to be directly related to oil from the BP leak.

Randy Pausina, head fisheries biologist for the state, said Department of Wildlife and Fisheries workers are investigating the fish kill and that the initial conclusion is that it was caused by low levels of oxygen in the water.

Pausina said extreme heat can cause areas of low oxygen, especially when coupled with nutrient-rich water coming from the Mississippi River. The state opened several river diversion structures to help keep oil from penetrating the state's wetlands.

The fish were found Sunday afternoon, floating near boom that had been deployed in the area to catch oil from the BP oil leak, and washed up on the shoreline, St. Bernard Parish government said in a news release.

"By our estimates there were thousands, and I'm talking about 5,000 to 15,000 dead fish. Different species were found dead including crabs, sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout, red fish, you name it, included in that kill," St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro said.

Taffaro said there was oil in the area, but said it could not be determined at this point if it factored into the fish kill.

"We don't want to jump to any conclusions because we've had some oxygen issues by the Bayou La Loutre Dam from time to time,'' he said in the news release.

Nonetheless, Taffaro said, "It does point to the need for us to continue to monitor our waters and that's what we'll be doing."

A a thick, orange substance with tar balls and a "strong diesel smell'' was located Monday morning around Grassy Island, the news release said. Skimmers were dispatched to the area.
26  The Wall / Off Topic / Whining / Re: Dinosaurs found on Papua New Guinea on: August 23, 2010, 07:44:23 pm
A rancher holds up what appears to be a dead Rhamphorhynchoidea [long-tailed] pterosaur. This photo is from an old believe it or not type magazine from the 1950's its thought

27  Multimedia Center / Audio / Internet Radio / End Time Current Events on: August 23, 2010, 07:19:33 pm
Dr. Scott Johnson's

End Time Current Events: 8-22-10

Teaching Overview--Table of Contents:

    * ‘Blue Flu’ cases spreading around Gulf
    * Gulf Updates
    * Obama backs mosque near ground zero
    * Obama's Ramadan blessing
    * 'Ground Zero' mosque - State Dept. funds, Obama's support
    * Ground Zero Mosque Developers Refuse to Rule Out Using Funds From Iran and Ahmadinejad
    * Pelosi Suggests Probe of Funding Sources Behind Opposition to Mosque Near Ground Zero
    * Muslim Political Correctness gone Mad
    * PA town square memorial honors suicide terrorist and his attack as "heroic"
    * Illegal’s from Terrorists States Released in US- Media Silent
    * Interior Dept. documents detail Obama admin plotting to seize Western lands without congressional approval
    * U.S. Interior Department eyeing possible closure of millions more acres to off-highway riding
    * THE WILDLANDS PROJECT—The Rewilding of America
    * Breaking: Google's Plans to Takeover The Internet Exposed!!
    * Shocking U.N. Efforts to Undermine Youth Morals
    * Sodomites Tie the Knot
    * False Christ apparition attracts thousands
    *  Dattoos would be printed onto the user's skin, and would identify the user via their DNA
    * The Real Story of King James

Gulf Updates & End Time Current Events: 8-22-10–Part 1

Gulf Updates & End Time Current Events: 8-22-10–Part 2

View 8-22-10 PDF
28  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Re: Absolute proof of evolution. on: August 23, 2010, 07:13:35 pm
Ah you posted this in the atheist thread, Wow! Thank goodness! Smiley

personal beliefs.  Cheesy

evolution relies on "mutations", well theres some mutations.  Cry

I had some others but they were to sad to post, like a 2 faced kitten.

It just gos to show that mutations do not mean evolution, as these animals would not survive and mate in the wild.
29  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Re: Absolute proof of evolution. on: August 23, 2010, 07:06:02 pm
Do you believe in "evolution" Dok?

30  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Absolute proof of evolution. on: August 23, 2010, 06:52:01 pm
The mechanisms of evolution—like natural selection and genetic drift—work with the random variation generated by mutation.

heres the proof.

A two-headed calf

A five-legged bull

A five-legged puppy

Two-headed snake

Mutant piglet

Yes mutations....
31  The Wall / Personal Beliefs / Bible Thumping / Atheism / Re: A Challenge to King James onlyists on: August 23, 2010, 05:36:43 pm

make sure you read the whole thing.
32  General / International News / 13 die in Somali fighting; militia declares 'war' on: August 23, 2010, 11:20:17 am
13 die in Somali fighting; militia declares 'war'

 MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- An emergency official in Somalia says a new outbreak of fighting between Islamist militants and government forces has killed 13 people as a spokesman for Somalia's most powerful militia declares a "massive" war.

Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the al-Shabab militia, said Monday that militants were starting a new war against invaders, by which he appeared to mean the 6,000 African Union troops deployed in Mogadishu.

Fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, broke out soon after Rage held a news conference. Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu's ambulance service, said 13 people were killed and 50 injured.

Militants and government and African Union troops exchanged mortars and tank fire. The 13 people were killed in one of Mogadishu's main markets.

Somalia hasn't had a central government since 1991.
33  General / Wikileaks operation and the concept of controlled opposition / Re: Wikileaks Julian Assange accuser is CIA Operative on: August 23, 2010, 11:14:24 am
Assange says 'enemies' to blame for **** claim

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange resurfaced yesterday to dismiss as a smear a false **** claim that led to a warrant for his arrest being issued over the weekend then dropped just hours later. But as he remained under investigation in Sweden over a separate allegation of sexual molestation, one of his accusers gave her side of the story to a Swedish newspaper.

The man behind the controversial website that last month released more than 76,000 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan – and plans to release a further 15,000 in the coming weeks – had been visiting Sweden in an effort to secure legal protection for WikiLeaks.

The alleged sexual assault is claimed to have been committed in a Stockholm apartment on the night of 13 August; the discredited **** accusation centred around the nearby city of Enköping. A warrant for Mr Assange's arrest was issued on Friday, and Swedish police are understood to have been searching for him for some 18 hours before the charge was dropped on Saturday afternoon.

After becoming the public face of WikiLeaks in recent months, Mr Assange had admitted he was expecting personal attacks as part of an effort by the political establishment to discredit him. He said he had been warned about "sex traps" and believed the allegations would do "great harm".

He told the Aftonbladet newspaper: "There have been headlines all over the world about my being accused of ****. They won't just disappear. And I know by experience that WikiLeaks' enemies will continue to bandy around things even after they have been renounced. I don't know who's behind this but we have been warned that, for example, the Pentagon plans to use dirty tricks to spoil things for us."

Mr Assange refused to clarify whether he had in fact had sex during his stay in Sweden, saying he did not want to "drag people's private lives through the dirt". But he said he had "never, whether in Sweden or in any other country, had sex with anyone in a way that is not founded on mutual consent."

The anonymous woman accusing Mr Assange of molestation – a term that covers a broad range of offences involving inappropriate physical contact under Swedish law, and can result in fines or up to one year in prison – denied that she was part of a conspiracy. "The charges against Assange are of course neither staged by the Pentagon nor someone else," she said. "The responsibility for what happened to me and the other girl lies with a man who has a skewed perception of women and who has problems taking no for an answer."

Yet she seemed to contradict this by adding: "It is completely wrong to say that we would be afraid of Assange and therefore did not want to report him. He is not violent and I do not feel threatened by him."

The woman told Aftonbladet that both cases had involved mutually consensual sex which had escalated into assaults. "The other woman wanted to report ****," she said. "I gave my story as testimony to her story and to support her. I immediately believed her story, since it was very similar to the experiences I had myself."

A spokesperson for the Swedish prosecuter, Karin Rosander, told The Independent: "I'm not surprised that these rumours come up regarding this very well-known person." But she defended the move to place Mr Assange under arrest, saying the warrant was issued late on Friday by an on-call prosecutor. "The prosecutor who took over the case had more information, and that is why she made a different assessment than the on-call prosecutor."****-claim-2059354.html
34  General / General Discussion / New "Torture" Weapon Debuts in LA County Jail on: August 23, 2010, 10:47:57 am
New "Laser" Weapon Debuts in LA County Jail

Guards at the Los Angeles County jail complex in Castaic  will start using a newfangled weapon that produces a deep burning sensation -- which is not to be confused with a “warm fuzzy feeling” -- in whomever it is aimed at.

The 7 1/2-foot-tall “Assault Intervention Device,” which sheriff's deputies demonstrated Friday at the Pitchess Detention Center, emits an invisible beam that causes an unbearable sensation, reported the Daily News.

The device will be mounted near the ceiling in a unit housing about 65 inmates, sheriff's Cmdr. Bob Osborne of the sheriff' Technology Exploration Program told the newspaper.

“We hope that this type of technology will either cause an inmate to stop an assault or lessen the severity of an assault by them being distracted by the pain as a result of the beam,” said Osborne. “So that we have fewer injuries, fewer assaults, those kinds of things.”

Deputies have tested the device on themselves and say the invisible beam is painful -- especially when it's not expected.

“I equate it to opening an oven door and feeling that blast of hot air, except instead of being all over me, it's more focused,” said Osborne.

The pain stops when you move out of the beam's path, which people do instinctively.

The device, developed by Raytheon, is controlled by a joystick and computer monitor and emits a beam about the size of a CD up to distances of about 100 feet.

The energy traveling at the speed of light penetrates the skin up to 1/64 of an inch deep. No one can stand being in the beam's path for more than about three seconds, Mike Booen of Raytheon told the Daily News.

The device is being evaluated for a period of six months by the National Institute of Justice for use in jails nationwide.

Sheriff's deputies are getting to try it out for free.

About 3,700 inmates are housed at Pitchess, where 257 inmate-on-inmate assaults occurred in the first half of the year.

35  General / General Discussion / COMFORT ZONE, TWILIGHT ZONE OR DEAD ZONE? on: August 23, 2010, 07:56:50 am

By Greg Evensen

August 22, 2010

The Anatomy of the Death of America


Many of us across America have been experiencing an unusual period of heat, humidity and high amounts of rain. Unless you have air conditioning, it has been highly uncomfortable with mold and bugs emerging all around. The other sense of atmospheric closeness is the descending veil of evil in the air that is enveloping us like a wet wool blanket. Our “comfort zone” in physical terms has been disrupted. We have seen vast amounts of mold and bugs emerging in the halls of congress as well, regardless of the weather conditions. In Washington’s case, it is killer mold and scorpions. Eradication and a thorough cleaning of the house is long overdue. How much comfort are you willing to give up? How comfortable have you become being a part of this stench and rot that surrounds you and your family? Apparently, many Americans are still quite satisfied to walk in the putrefying remains of liberty and personal sovereignty. You are so used to the feel and odor of that wretched scene that you really do not remember what real freedom felt and tasted like. Comfort has given rise to fat, stupidity and waste. Time to clean house where you live as well.

Several of my good friends in the patriot broadcast and editorial arena are in the process of pulling back and “signing off” if you will, because of the utter futility they feel digging in week after week, trying their best and watching America slide into the abyss. Fighting the tide and holding on to the values many of us are willing to die for is one thing. Listening and observing America’s “leaders” justify all things evil and scorn all things righteous is just more than some of us can bear. When talented men and women of faith, honor and patriotic zeal retreat to take care of their own, you know that the ultimate moment is at hand. For the record, for those who somehow have missed all of this through intellectual deceit, dishonesty concerning the real state of affairs in America, or just plain stupidity, let this ring loud and clear one last time.



People across this nation are preparing for the worst and they are doing it in record numbers. They no longer hide their fear and they are driven by seething anger toward the traitorous bastards at all governmental levels who have stolen their peace, safety and destiny. People are watching the absurdly arrogant demands of illegals protesting in the southwest. They watch as taxes are preparing to skyrocket under “health care” and every other possible place they can sneak in a new user fee or “privilege” assessments on cars, homes, water, air and gardens—if they allow you to grow the garden at all.


Without justification or legal standing, federal, state and local governments have aligned themselves in an historic effort to take all control from the people and confine its use to government alone. That includes all banking authority, economic expansion or the denial of small businesses to compete unimpeded and without prior restraint so that employers may hire without books of regulations and taxes to make their efforts useless. These are taxes being used to insure entitlements to workers fired for incompetence or other issues. The environmental control factors (EPA) which are so glaringly absent in the Gulf of Mexico, as British Petroleum rules the land, water and air for millions of residents along that coastal region are a joke. The agenda of greed, destruction/control of people’s lives, the mountain of lies concerning the origins of the disaster and the millions of gallons of a poisonous toxic brew called Corexit 9500 is a crime against humanity. The evil minds that have brought us to this point deserve a fate far beyond simple justice.

Control includes firearms of course, because even the rulers in Washington understand that at some point it is going to get very dicey for those who have brought us to ruination are the enforcers wearing a badge or military rank. So-called gun control, pushed for decades by the very liberal constitutional denying sell-outs, has been dressed up to resemble a pig going to the prom. Protect children was the mantra that avoided the truth at every turn. “Assault” weapons have no place in today’s society was the ultimate cry. Well, I’ve got news for you, they sure as hell do. Ever heard of criminal gangs, border assassins, drug cartels, corruptly dangerous thugs masquerading as authorities ruling over the people? Oh, that’s right. If we don’t have guns, no one can harm us. I want my weapons for protection and to engage an enemy of any kind, foreign or domestic.

Any kind of control translates into people control and national subjugation. I will not live like that. Many of you will not live like that either. Yet, still others will live like that and rely on the rest of us to pull their lazy asses out of the fire somewhere down the road. I will waste no more time trying to convince dumbed down Americans who do not recognize the name Thomas Jefferson, why they should prepare and what they should do. When the bad guys roll up, let them beg for mercy and a bag lunch. They deserve neither and will get nothing from the beast.


How many do you need? At what point will you realize that crises is the passport for government to initiate and instigate all manner of regulation and all methods of control imagined or created in the Pentagon or at the F.B.I. Crises is the sure vehicle for the implementation of freedom killing decrees and is the most dependable way to pressure the American people to accept additional authority or regulations because it is in their best interests to do so and is for the “greater good of society.” The greatest good for all of society is 90% less government and 75% less police/security forces. U.S. intervention would stop overnight with a return of all forces in the field and a residual (although not presently constitutional) force to insure our border security (what a novel idea). There remains a crises in the relationship between the people and police agencies brought on by the increase of power assumed by these agencies with little need for the power increase. An “us against them” mentality has precipitated a crises in communities everywhere and is the epicenter for a future conflagration between a society that will not take any more bullying or the bullies themselves.


The curtain on the final act of this play is going up. I do not need to replay world headlines to remind you that we are in the most catastrophic period in human history. The evil ones at Buckingham Palace, the Vatican, The White House, Teheran and Tel Aviv, are burning the lights late at night as they plot their way into the next round of war so that the money changers are assured of life after world collapse.

Where will you stand when the lights go out, the cell phones go dead and the trucks quit rolling to your local food stores? Got all of your supplies, preppers? What about the rest of you? Still need help figuring it out?

Confirming a communist lesbian to the Supreme Court is an act of treason. Passing legislation without constitutional authority is illegal and a felonious assault on the nation. Income tax, property tax and user fees are unfair, illegal and should be halted immediately. Legislating from the bench, restricting juror’s rights and daring people to challenge these acts in civil court only feeds the beast and insures defeat of the ones who risked it all to change tyranny for the rest of us. These acts alone should have brought rebellion long ago. We are cowards not worthy of freedom. Our mockery of God at every turn, abortion on demand, **** and homosexuality cloaked as righteous freedoms have insured our defeat. Our only hope is in repentance, commitment to God’s laws and a republic that will not compromise with evil of any kind or under the guise of any “good” cause.

The last soon coming great crash in the financial markets, the systemic implosion and the establishment of a lockdown grid anywhere outside of your home will take millions to their demise simply because they wouldn’t accept the fact that government became evil, began a protracted deadly war on freedom and did it all while we talked it to death. I have said to many who have written to me complaining that all we do is talk, that talking has its necessary place in the alerting of people to the catastrophe now before us. Indeed it is absolutely necessary so that when the shooting begins, EVERYONE is clear as to the reasons, the outcome, and the costs of recovering freedom that are always so incredibly high, and that they could have been much less costly had they been pursued when evil first began its ascent.


No matter where you are on the IQ scale, if you are functioning at all, you must know within your heart, mind and soul, that we are against the wall and the firing squad is at the ready. This has both figurative and literal standing. Your dreams, your future, your home, your job, your family, your church, your ethnic background and your very life are at the crossroads RIGHT NOW! There is no more wiggle room left for “debates” about which candidate will serve us best in Washington or your state’s legislature. Even the mayors and councils of local towns are loaded with morons who have bought the raw evil packaged as “necessary” initiatives so that people can’t grill out, water their lawns or grow a garden. THE BAD GUYS HAVE ALREADY WON!!!!! If this election cycle fails, then it is over. The only choice left to the once free citizens of The United States of America to reclaim our nation and our destiny will be to rebel against this tyranny and fight for freedom once again. THERE WILL BE NO OTHER CHOICE EXCEPT SLAVERY!!!! Deny this reality if you will, but remember this: Our course as a nation has been set by the most evil among us and has been for several generations. It has all been neatly debated, adjudicated, replicated over and over, and paid for by your hard labor.

If now is not the time to fight, then when is a more convenient time? As they come to get their blood money for another war, health care, property assessments, fees for guns, aid for third world Muslim nations that want to build more Mosques across from our city libraries, why do we accept it? What about intolerance for everything truly patriotic and Christian, yet totally tolerant for an illegal invasion on our borders, homosexual sex in the city park and traffic jams so that Islam can be observed five times a day? Try preaching Christianity on the sidewalks of most cities. YOU are going to jail. My God!!! What kind of a mess have we allowed?

The time is at hand. “Live Free or Die” is not an antiquated slogan. It is right now---here---in our towns. “Don’t Tread On Me” is alive now more than in 1775. I will mince no words. We must have a renewed nation. spiritually first and then governmentally. As clean and free as is possible. If it is achieved at the ballot box, then that will be a moment for the ages. As the old saying goes, the other box is the bullet box. I plead for the success of the ballot box, however, I have prepared for the bullet box.

I apologize to no one for my words or intent. Pursue this course for our children, grandchildren and all who come after us for the same reasons they died at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, and all the other battle sites. Regardless of the ultimate cause or reasons. They gave it all because they believed in fighting for freedom. We absolutely can do no less.
Steady, do NOT hesitate, aim,……………for what is necessary and right.
36  General / General Discussion / DATES THAT DESTROYED AMERICA on: August 23, 2010, 07:54:12 am

By Chuck Baldwin
August 20, 2010

The decision by Congress to socialize medicine in the US ranks among the most draconian, most egregious, most horrific actions ever taken by the central government in Washington, D.C. This bill rocks the principles of liberty and constitutional government to the core. It changes fundamental foundations; it repudiates historical principle. Oh! The same flag may fly on our flagpoles, the same monuments may grace our landscape, and the same National Anthem may be sung during our public ceremonies, but it is not the same America. The Congress of the United States has now officially turned America into a socialist state.

On March 21, 2010, Congress passed, and on March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the dreaded national health care bill into law, and as such, these dates join a list of dates that have each inflicted unconstitutional, socialistic, and sometimes even tyrannical action against the States united and have, therefore, contributed to the destruction of a free America.

April 9, 1865

This is the date when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Regardless of where one comes down on the subject of the Civil War, one fact is undeniable: Abraham Lincoln seriously dismantled the Jeffersonian model of federalism in America. Ever since, virtually every battle that free men have fought for the principles of limited government, State sovereignty, etc., has stemmed directly from Lincoln's usurpation of power, which resulted in the subjugation and forced union of what used to be "Free and Independent States" (the Declaration of Independence). In fact, the philosophical battles being waged today regarding the recent health care debacle (and every other encroachment upon liberty and State power by the central government) have their roots in Lincoln's tyranny.

July 9, 1868

This is the date when the 14th Amendment was ratified. This amendment codified into law what Lincoln had forced at bayonet point. Until then, people were only deemed citizens of their respective states. The Constitution nowhere referred to people as "US citizens." It only recognized "the Citizens of each State." Notice also that citizenship was only recognized among the "several States," not among people living in non-State territories. Until the 14th Amendment, people were "Citizens of each State." (Article. IV. Section. 2. Paragraph. 1.) The 14th Amendment created a whole new class of persons: "citizens of the United States." This false notion of "one nation" overturned the Jeffersonian principle that our nation was a confederated republic, a voluntary union of states.

February 3, 1913

This is the date when the 16th Amendment was ratified, and the direct income tax and IRS were instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of freedom principles. What began as a temporary measure to support the War of Northern Aggression became a permanent income revenue stream for an unconstitutional--and ever-growing--central government.

April 8, 1913

This is the date when the 17th Amendment was ratified. This amendment overturned the power of the State legislatures to elect their own senators and replaced it with a direct, popular vote. This was another serious blow against State sovereignty. The framers of the Constitution desired that the influence and power in Washington, D.C., be kept as close to the people and states as possible. For example, the number of representatives in the House of Representatives was to be decided by a limited number of voters. In the original Constitution, the ratio of "people of the several States" deciding their House member could not exceed "one for every thirty thousand." (Article. I. Section. 2. Paragraph. 3.) And when it came to the US Senate, the framers also recognized the authority of each State legislature to select its own senators, thereby keeping power and influence from aggregating in Washington, D.C. The 17th Amendment seriously damaged the influence and power of the states by forcing them to elect their US senators by popular vote. The bigger the State, the less influence the State legislature has in determining its US senator. Senators who answered to State legislators, each answering to a limited number of voters, were much more accountable to the "citizens of the several States" than those who were elected by a large number (many times numbering into the millions) of people. For all intents and purposes (at least in the larger states), US Senators are more like "mini-Presidents" than they are representatives of sovereign states.

December 23, 1913

This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. This Act placed oversight of America's financial matters into the hands of a cabal of private international bankers, who have completely destroyed the constitutional principles of sound money and (for the most part) free enterprise. No longer would the marketplace (private consumption, thrift, growth, etc.) be the determinant of the US economy (which is what freedom is all about), but now a private, unaccountable international banking cartel would have total power and authority to micromanage (for their own private, parochial purposes) America's financial sector. Virtually every recession, depression, and downturn (including the one we are now experiencing) has been the direct result of the Fed's manipulation (again, for its own purposes and with Washington's cooperation) of the market.

June 26, 1945

This is the date when the United Nations Charter was signed and America joined the push for global government. Ever since, US forces have spilled untold amounts of blood and sacrificed thousands of lives promoting the UN's agenda. Since the end of World War II, in virtually every war in which US military forces have been engaged, it has been at the behest of the UN. And it is also no accident that America has not fought a constitutionally declared war since we entered the UN--and neither have we won one.

Furthermore, it is America's involvement in the United Nations that has spearheaded this draconian push for a New World Order that George H. W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, Walter Cronkite, et al., have talked so much about. The United Nations is an evil institution that has completely co-opted our US State Department and much of our Defense Department. It is an anti-American institution that works aggressively and constantly against the interests and principles of the United States. But it is an institution that is ensconced in the American political infrastructure. Like a cancer, the UN eats away at our liberties and values, and both major political parties in Washington, D.C., are culpable in allowing it to exert so much influence upon our country.

June 25, 1962, and June 17, 1963

These are the dates when the US Supreme Court removed prayer ('62) and Bible reading ('63) from public schools. At this point, these two Supreme Court decisions were the most serious affront to the First Amendment in US history. Think of it: from before a union of states was established in 1787, children had been free to pray and read the Scriptures in school. We're talking about a period of more than 300 years! Of course, the various State legislatures--and myriad city and county governmental meetings--still open their sessions in prayer, as do the US House and Senate, and even the US Supreme Court. But this same liberty is denied the children of America. There is no question that America has not recovered from these two horrific Supreme Court decisions. In effect, the federal government has expelled God not only from our public schools, but also from our public life. And America has not been the same since.

October 22, 1968

This is the date when President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968. Before this Act, the 2nd Amendment was alive and well in the United States. The Gun Control Act of 1968 turned a right into a privilege and forever forced the American people to bow at the altar of government when seeking to arm themselves. Interestingly enough, this Gun Control Act mirrored Nazi Germany's Gun Control Act of 1938. In fact, the Gun Control Act of 1968 is almost a verbatim copy of Hitler's Gun Control Act of 1938.

Our Founding Fathers could never have imagined that governments within the "several States" would ever be allowed to deny the people's right to keep and bear arms. In fact, it was the attempted confiscation of the firearms stored at Concord, Massachusetts, that triggered the War of Independence in 1775. That the people of Massachusetts would be denied their right to keep and bear arms, as they are today, could not have been foreseen--and would never have been tolerated--by America's founders.

Yet, most of the hundreds of draconian gun control laws that have been inflicted upon the American people have all come about as a result of the Gun Control Act of 1968.

January 22, 1973

This is the date when the US Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand. These two decisions expunged the Jeffersonian principle that all men are endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to life (Declaration). Since then, more than 50 million unborn babies have been legally murdered in their mothers' wombs. Abortion is, without a doubt, America's national holocaust. It has opened the door to a host of Big Government programs and policies that have resulted in the wanton destruction of human life both in the United States and overseas. It has created an entire industry whose express purpose for existing is the destruction of human life. It has desensitized the conscience and soul of America. Furthermore, it has forced men of decency and good will to finance--with their tax dollars--the unconscionable act of killing unborn children.

And once again, another Jeffersonian principle was eviscerated. He said, "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." The Roe and Doe decisions violate this principle in the most egregious manner possible.

October 26, 2001

This is the date when President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, and the federal government's war against individual liberty began in earnest. Most of the unconstitutional eavesdropping, snooping, wiretapping, phone call intercepting, email reading, prying, financial records tracking, travel watching, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, by federal police agencies began with the implementation of the Patriot Act. The Department of Homeland Security and the "war on terrorism," which have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people worldwide, and the usurpation of federal power at home, have all come about as an outgrowth of the Patriot Act. The USA Patriot Act has forever shifted the focus of American law and jurisprudence against constitutional government and individual liberty, toward a police-state mentality. The Patriot Act is even attempting to turn our local and State law enforcement agencies into military-style "Jackboots," where police officers see themselves not necessarily as guardians of the citizenry, but, as often as not, as adversaries, where citizens are deemed to be the "enemy."

October 17, 2006, and October 9, 2009

These are the dates when President G.W. Bush signed and President Barack Obama re-signed the Military Commissions Act. This Act is the outgrowth of the Patriot Act but has, in effect, terminated the fundamental protections of individual liberty, which are found in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. For all intents and purposes, the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act eviscerated the 4th and 5th Amendments, and do serious injury to several others. The Military Commissions Act also expunges the constitutional right of Habeas Corpus.

March 21 and 23, 2010

These are the dates when Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," the so-called "health care reform" bill that we spoke about at the beginning of this column. While Social Security and various Welfare programs have toyed with socialism in the United States, this bill is the largest and most expansive endorsement of socialism in American history. This bill socializes some 18% of the US economy by socializing the health care industry in America. The fallout and ramifications of this bill are going to be horrific.

When future historians review the demise of our once-great republic, they will observe that the above dates were the dates that destroyed America. The American people have been far too tolerant for far too long.

People concerned about the future of freedom and prosperity in America should line up quickly and demand that their respective State legislatures and governors resist this new health care bill, even to the point of refusing to implement it in their states. More than 30 states are threatening to take the health care bill to court. But states must do more than that. They must pass legislation refusing to comply with it. Yes, I'm saying it: it is time for another State rebellion! If states do not stand up and draw their lines in the sand now, it will be forever too late.     

37  General / Our Right To Privacy / 'BIG SIS' LAUNCHES MORE AGGRESSIVE AIRPORT SEARCH; SLIDE DOWN BODY... on: August 23, 2010, 06:18:39 am

Logan airport security just got more up close and personal as federal screeners launched a more aggressive palms-first, slide-down body search technique that has renewed the debate over privacy vs. safety.

The new procedure - already being questioned by the ACLU - replaces the Transportation Security Administration’s former back-of-the-hand patdown.

Boston is one of only two cities in which the new touchy-feely frisking is being implemented as a test before a planned national rollout. The other is Las Vegas.

“We’re all for good effective security measures,” American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts spokesman Christopher Ott said. “But, in general, we’re concerned about this seemingly constant erosion of privacy, and we wonder whether or not it’s really going to be effective.

“Accepting these kinds of searches may keep people safer in some situations, but not in every situation, and we’re encouraging people to stop and think about what is the right balance between privacy and security,” Ott said.

A TSA spokeswoman yesterday confirmed the switch to what the agency calls an “enhanced patdown.”

“TSA is in the process of implementing an enhanced patdown at security checkpoints as one of our many layers of security,” said Ann Davis, TSA spokeswoman for the Northeast region. “Patdowns are designed to address potentially dangerous items, like improvised explosive devices and their components, concealed on the body.”

The body searches are conducted by same-gender TSA officers, and passengers can request private screenings at any time.

Previously, TSA screeners used patdown motions of their hands to search passengers over their clothes, switching to the backs of their hands over certain ’sensitive’ body areas, such as the torso.

But now the searches will be done using all front-of-the-hand sliding motions over greater areas of passengers’ bodies, including sensitive areas.

“The pat down just (because I) was wearing jewelry seems like overkill,” one woman wrote on Logan’s Twitter account yesterday.

But Justine Griffin, a senior vice president at Rasky Baerlein Communications and frequent flier, said yesterday, “The most important thing is to have an effective patdown. If using the back of the hand is less effective, then security trumps niceties.”

The TSA implemented the new body-search procedures at Logan and Las Vegas-McCarran because both airports are using the greatest number of the walk-through full-body scanners. Those scanners use low-dose X-rays to produce two-sided, head-to-toe images of passengers’ bodies - including discernible but not distinct images of their private parts - but blur their facial features.

Passengers who opt not to walk through the full-body scanners - which have also been assailed by privacy advocates - must instead walk through a metal detector and submit to a body search. If the full-body scanners detect an image on a person’s body that screeners can’t decipher, those passengers also are subjected to body searches.

If there is no full-body scanner at a security checkpoint, passengers go through a metal detector and are subjected to a body search if the alarm sounds. The TSA also subjects random passengers to body searches.
38  General / Free Speech / Censorship / Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license on: August 23, 2010, 06:15:00 am
Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license

It looks like cash hungry local governments are getting awfully rapacious these days:

    Between her blog and infrequent contributions to, over the last few years she says she’s made about $50. To [Marilyn] Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it’s a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

    In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

    “The real kick in the pants is that I don’t even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous,” Bess says.

    It would be one thing if Bess’ website were, well, an actual business, or if the amount of money the city wanted didn’t outpace her earnings six-fold. Sure, the city has its rules; and yes, cash-strapped cities can’t very well ignore potential sources of income. But at the same time, there must be some room for discretion and common sense.

    When Bess pressed her case to officials with the city’s now-closed tax amnesty program, she says, “I was told to hire an accountant.”

    She’s not alone. After dutifully reporting even the smallest profits on their tax filings this year, a number — though no one knows exactly what that number is — of Philadelphia bloggers were dispatched letters informing them that they owe $300 for a privilege license, plus taxes on any profits they made.

    Even if, as with Sean Barry, that profit is $11 over two years.

To say that these kinds of draconian measures are detrimental to the public discourse would be an understatement.
39  Health, Family & Eugenics / Eugenics / Depopulation / War On Family / Obama Blocks Study Showing Abstinence Education Works on: August 22, 2010, 08:45:56 pm
Obama Blocks Study Showing Abstinence Education Works

The Obama administration is, once again, entangled in controversy over sex education.

Yet this time, it is not about what the administration is trying to implement, but about what it is withholding – and apparently for political reasons.

A taxpayer-funded study that indicates parental and adolescent support of abstinence education is not being released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as it does not support the administration’s objective – or that of vocal “safe sex” activists – of eliminating all abstinence-education funding.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of HHS, funded a survey of 1,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 and their parents, in order to measure parent-adolescent communication and adolescent attitudes toward sex and abstinence.

The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) website reveals the only is results of the survey:

    “Adjusting for all other factors in the model, parent and peer factors are more consistently associated with differences in adolescent attitudes about sex and abstinence than are measures of adolescent exposure to sex and abstinence topics in a class or program.

    Additionally, parent attitudes are more important in influencing adolescent views than the level of parent communication with their adolescent.”

The executive summary revealed that:

    * 70 percent of parents agreed with the statement: “It is against your values for your adolescents to have sexual intercourse before marriage.
    * 70 percent of parents agreed with the statement: “Having sexual intercourse is something only married people should do.”
    * Adolescents had similar responses for the two questions.

During an APHA conference, researcher Lisa Rue, Ph.D., who specializes in adolescent behavior, was intrigued by the study and requested the full report. She was summarily denied access.

Rue then resorted to submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was also denied because it was “pre-decisional and deliberative” – even though it was presented in public twice.

“We have to know cultural norms and values before we ever do any kind of research, or develop initiatives,” Rue said. “If you ignore that, you’re ignoring a premise, a key premise in evaluation science and research.”

Rue wrote an op-ed piece in her local newspaper, demanding the report be released.

Chad Hills, a social policy analyst with CitizenLink, said it is unfortunate that HHS has chosen not to release this valuable study to researchers – or to the public.

“This information would better inform policymakers concerning the standard which a majority of the public wants them to uphold in public education,” he said. “If they are not fully informed, how can they establish good policies?”

Hills also said that social science research demonstrates that the healthiest, highest expected standard for sexual behavior is within the context of a lifelong marriage.

“To undermine this standard by promoting casual sex is to undermine the stability of the family and, ultimately society,” he said.
40  General / The New World Order / Global currency around the corner? on: August 22, 2010, 08:40:50 pm
Global currency around the corner?

If the International Monetary Fund gets its way, the U.S. dollar will be replaced by the "bancor" as the world's reserve currency. According to a report published April 13, the IMF would like to adopt a plan of action  that would expand the use of SDRs (Special Drawing Rights) to replace the U.S. dollar as the storehouse of value and eventually create a global currency called the "bancor."

"Bancor" is the name suggested by John Maynard Keynes, the British economist who headed the World Banking Commission that created the IMF during the Breton Woods negotiations, which preceded the United Nations.

The new global currency would be issued by a new global central bank that would have the authority to levy taxes for various infractions. The bank would have to be, according to the report writers, "accountable to member nations, but remain independent." This statement sounds much like the defenders of the Federal Reserve, which was created by Congress and is supposed to be accountable to Congress, but refuses to allow Congress to audit its activities or even to answer congressional questions about to whom it lends U.S. dollars.

A global central bank has long been a goal of those who advocate global governance. America's school system has failed to teach students about the century-long conflict between those who want a global governing authority  and those who do not. Schools barely teach that Woodrow Wilson and his colleagues created the League of Nations, or why this institution failed. Schools never explain that many of the same people who promoted the League of Nations continued their efforts through non-government organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations until Franklin Roosevelt was elected president.

Schools do credit Roosevelt with helping to create the United Nations, but they never explain that Roosevelt brought into his administration dozens of people from the Council on Foreign Relations to draft his "New Deal," as well as plans for the United Nations.

Schools do not teach that President Kennedy planned to turn over U.S. military power to the United Nations to give the emerging global government the power to enforce its policies. People who refuse to accept this statement are encouraged to read "Freedom from War: the United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World," Department of State Publication 7277, released September 1961.

The people who believe the world should be governed by a global authority have been working toward this goal for more than a century. They are relentless; they are driven; they are convinced that they know best how people should live. They believe that all nations and all societies should be controlled by an elite, benevolent intelligentsia that can ensure social justice by enforcing what has now become known as sustainable development. These people are closer to achieving their goal than at any previous time in history.

Woodrow Wilson assumed his political power would be sufficient to impose the League of Nations. He underestimated the determination of freedom-lovers such as Henry Cabot Lodge and other senators who refused to ratify the treaty that created the League. Roosevelt assumed that the devastation of World War II would be sufficient to usher in the era of world government under the authority of the United Nations – and he was right, until political reality crushed his utopian socialist dream of a global community.

Kennedy's 1961 plans for complete disarmament evaporated in 1962, when the USSR began building missile-launching sites in Cuba. It became abundantly clear that despite all the warm and fuzzy global-neighborhood talk, the Soviets fully intended to gain the military power to crush the United States. Fortunately, President Kennedy confronted Soviet military power with U.S. military power, and the Soviets backed down.

This historical fact is a powerful lesson that should teach current and future leaders that this nation cannot risk meeting military threats with anything less than superior military strength. Those who seek to dissolve threats with rhetoric and double-barrel teleprompters are a more dangerous threat to America than any external enemy.

Those who advocate global governance have changed their tactics, but not their goal. They have made great strides through a variety of treaties, and particularly through the implementation of Agenda 21 and the concept of sustainable development. The erosion of freedom that is inevitable under any system of global governance has been painted green, packaged in a bundle labeled "social justice" and sold to a generation of Americans eager to make the world a better place.

The global currency proposed by the IMF is just the latest step toward that ultimate utopian vision pursued for so long by so many. The freedom that powered America's rise to greatness cannot exist in a system of global governance. Individual freedom, granted by the Creator and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is at best diminished by global governance, and at worst completely denied.

Global governance in any form must be rejected.
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