Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Climate Scientist Arrested

Nation's Top Climate Scientist, 140 Others Arrested at White House

by on 08.29.11
Business & Politics

Photos: Josh Lopez via tarsandsaction on Flickr/CC BY

NASA's Dr. James Hansen, perhaps our nation's preeminent climate scientist, was arrested with over 140 others at the White House today. Scientists, environmentalists, farmers, students, and other concerned citizens were gathered in the nation's capitol to protest the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that threatens to ruin many pristine habitats and spell certain disaster for the global climate system. Their stirring acts of civil disobedience made for yet another dramatic day in the series of scheduled protests that continue to put pressure on President Barack Obama to cancel the 1,700 pipeline.

524 people have now been arrested protesting the Keystone XL. Here are some photos from the day's protest:




For more information about the event, follow @TarSandsAction on Twitter and check out Tar Sands Action.

More on the Tar Sands Protest
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James E. Hansen (born March 29, 1941) heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has held this position since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

After graduate school, Hansen continued his work with radiative transfer models, attempting to understand the Venusian atmosphere. Later he applied and refined these models to understand the Earth's atmosphere, in particular, the effects that aerosols and trace gases have on Earth's climate. Hansen's development and use of global climate models has contributed to the further understanding of the Earth's climate.

Hansen is best known for his research in the field of climatology, his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in 1988 that helped raise broad awareness of global warming, and his advocacy of action to limit the impacts of climate change. In recent years, Hansen has become an activist for action to mitigate the effects of climate change, which on several occasions has led to his arrest.

In 2009 his first book, Storms of My Grandchildren, was published.[1]


The Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system to transport synthetic crude oil from the Athabasca Oil Sands in northeastern Alberta, Canada to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, and further to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It consists of the operational "Keystone Pipeline" and proposed Keystone XL (Keystone Expansion) pipeline. Keystone XL has faced lawsuits from oil refineries, criticism from environmentalists and some members of the United States Congress. The U.S. Department of State in 2010 extended the deadline for federal agencies to decide if the pipeline is in the national interest.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Elenin Approaches

We all have been wondering since the discovery was made only last December of Comet Elenin C/2010 X1


Where is it right now? Some people wonder. This image is the overlay from the visualization of the comet trajectories for August 29th 2011 -- approximately -- give or take a couple hundred thousand kilometers.

We don't know, really until we look at the stars and measure the distance we think we see, do a little math and have to launch a shuttle with a crew of Oil Rig workers to the comet and blast it in half with a nuclear bomb in Armageddon, or fail but still kinda have prevented it like Deep Impact with Frodo and Morgan Freeman.

Deep Impact (1998) - IMDb

www.imdb.com/title/tt0120647/ - Cached
Directed by Mimi Leder. With Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman. Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, ...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Norway Killer Complains

Norway killer calls solitary confinement 'torture' after massacring 69

Sadistic torture not to have access to television?? Give me a break.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Radioactive Toronto Canada

Radioactivity in rain 20 000cpm / sq. meter Toronto Canada!!!


Uploaded by electrosyl on Aug 14, 2011

Hi all!
This is part 3 of my measurements of the radioactivity falling on the north of GTA (Greater Toronto Area), Canada on August 14th 2011 at 17h55.
Aprox. 1 square meter of smooth surface wiped (glass, solar panels).
Measured with a Eberline HP-260 Pancake Probe and with a Eberline E-140 counter. (Sorry for the crappy video quality, I was using my cell phone camera, I guess it's alright for a first upload...)
I measured 20 000 cpm per square meter of wipe today!!! This is the all time record since I have been taking measurements since March 14th 2011 . Previous record was 10 000cpm (counts per minute).
One panel I always keep clean, but the other panels collected quite a bit of dirt which seems to increase the radioactivity collection ability. The panels were not radioactive before it rained.

The decay rate is typically 33min - 45minutes. This matches Radon decay daughter products being selectively washed out of the atmosphere, (hence the variable decay rate.)

Where is it from? Is it normal? Is it from Fukushima? Is the NWO spiking the clouds with radioactive isotopes for weather modification? Dunno. I all know, is we get cooked virtually every time it rains or snows. The levels are increasing. In the beginning the levels were roughly doubling every 2 weeks. Since the start of the summer the levels stabilized to 3500-5000 cpm per sq. meter every time it rained. But today, yikes! 20 000cpm!

Luckily the decay rate is short and I never detect any residual radiation in the wipes after a day or so. That's what is saving us from being cooked well done.

I've noticed that the worse the storm, the more extreme the weather, the higher the counts, leading me to think that this is done on purpose:

From the reasearch I did, Radon is a heavy gas that is 8 times as heavy as air, so it hugs the ground, aprox. 100 meters or less is where it tends to collect. So if this is ground Radon why does the levels increase if it rains all day?
Wouldn't it wash out of the air after 15 minutes or so and then the levels should drop?
(My area is not known for Radon collecting in basements).

I matched the highest counts with days where the storm clouds were the tallest in the troposphere. This is much too high for Radon to collect.
Is it being pumped there on purpose? Would Radon daughters charge up and seed rain and snowflakes? Dunno?

Is it coming from space? Radon has a very short half life of 8 days, I don't think it would be floating around in space and stay radioactive for billions of years waiting for the earth's gravity to pick it up...

Could it be traveling from Fukushima via the jet stream? It doesn't make sense, as the Radon gas is 8 times as heavy as air.
Could it be traveling from Fukushima via ground winds? Maybe?
Could it be Radon coming from the tailings from the Uranium mines and washing out by the rain? At these levels? Yikes we need to shut down all the mines and cover up the tailings quick!

Has anyone any insight on this? I know what I'm measuring it's real, it's no trick and the radioactivity falling in my area is real... The question is where is it from?

Thanks for your time!



Monday, August 15, 2011

Chinas Military 2011

Interceptor Cop Cars

You can try to run, but you will lose.

World War Libya

Cameraman films own death during extreme street battle- Libya
Part of channel(s): 2011 Libyan civil war (current event)

Intense street battles in Misrata filmed by a rebel, tragically ending in him getting shot and dropping the camera to inadvertantly film his own death. He died immediately after from a shot in his upper torso.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Arkansas HAARP Testing

BREAKING: HAARP Testing in New Madrid Fault Zone Could Be Related to Bird Deaths in Arkansas

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter

There is some sort of relationship emerging between the New Madrid fault zone and the bird deaths in the southern USA.

I had speculated over the past two days that HAARP testing might have had something to do with the bird deaths in the south. It turns out there has been extensive HAARP testing in the region of the New Madrid earthquake fault zone just around the same time that the birds fell dead from the sky.One alert truthers note in a video that there have been dozens of little precursor earthquakes in the New Madrid fault line region that have gone unreported in local or national news media. Here’s his video:

Add to this, some Youtube truth researchers are posting that there may be an earthquake in the New Madrid fault line region as early as 1-19-2011. Note, this is not my prediction, I am reporting what Youtubers “Bakersboyz” have alleged in a recent video post. Below are two noteworthy videos to watch:

Is there a HAARP dark science coverup RE their testing creates catastrophic earthquakes?

HAARP has deleted it’s records from 2010-1-11

Everyone who is living in the New Madrid Earthquake Zone should be thinking of emergency preparedness and post-earthquake survival and living contingencies, just in case there is a quake coming which may be imminent in that huge region. See maps of the region below.

Please also read my most recent post on precursor quake activity in the New Madrid fault zone.

There are some very suspicious dots to connect in regard to recent HAARP activity in the New Madrid earthquake zone, recent bird deaths and the historical fact that HAARP deleted their records from the day of the Haiti quake. It al smells as fishy as tons of dead fish washing up on the shorelines.



Renewed Nuclear Concerns

As Japan last weekend marked the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, concern continues to mount about new revelations of elevated radiation readings following the March 11 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Evidence of unsafe levels of radiation within the food supply chain continues to emerge, with Japanese media reporting on Wednesday that a Greenpeace study has found radioactivity exceeding government-mandated levels in four out of eight fish samples taken from the Fukushima Prefecture.

The news comes as media reports of recent weeks have highlighted spikes in radiation readings at the crippled plant. On August 3, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported potentially deadly levels of radiation in the damaged reactors, including one reading of 10 sieverts per hour. Such levels are enough to kill a person “within a few weeks”, according to the World Nuclear Association, and are 250 times the readings recorded immediately after the disaster.

The radiation findings have further called into question the response of government and industry to the crisis, with renewed allegations of incompetence and dishonesty being levelled against Japanese authorities over the transparency of information released in the months following the disaster. TEPCO only conceded that “partial meltdowns” had occurred in up to three of the Fukushima site’s reactors last month.

In testimony to Japanese parliament in late July, Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama, head of the Radioisotope Centre at the University of Tokyo, condemned the government's response to the catastrophe. His criticism centered on inadequate radiation measurement methods and the failure to properly protect communities potentially affected by radioactivity from the stricken plant, citing the example of school bus routes passing through areas, such as Iitate-Mura, with unsafe levels of radiation.

Kodama says the “uranium equivalent” of the radiation from Fukushima amounts to “20 Hiroshima bombs”, while the natural decrease in radioactivity caused by the disaster is far slower than that caused by an atomic bomb: one-tenth against one-thousandth of original levels after a year.

“We should recognize from the start that just like Chernobyl, Fukushima I Nuclear Plant has released radioactive materials equivalent in the amount to tens of nuclear bombs,” he said during his parliamentary testimony. “The resulting contamination is far worse than the contamination by a nuclear bomb.”

Further criticism was levelled against authorities this week when The New York Times revealed that shortly after the initial disaster Tokyo bureaucrats had failed to warn evacuees in the Tsushima district that wind patterns were blowing radiation spewing from the Fukushima site towards them.

Despite the recent revelations, the ongoing fallout from the catastrophe has largely slipped from the mainstream international news agenda. Australian online publication Crikey! last week denounced the poor airing of contamination and accountability issues in the Japanese press, claiming it has been left to bloggers and social media to accurately portray the still-unfolding crisis.

It is in this context that unofficial citizen groups have begun conducting their own measurements of radiation levels at various sites around Japan. Yesterday, Al-Jazeera reported on one such group, called Safecast, whose US and Japanese investigators have discovered disturbing readings not identified by official government agencies. For instance, on August 7 the group uncovered ground readings of 20,000 counts per minute 28 kilometres from the stricken plant, well outside the government’s 20-kilometre mandatory evacuation zone.

“Getting into this has showed us there is a lack of data everywhere,” says Sean Bonner, the group’s director.

The Al-Jazeera report also quotes Jyunichi Tokuyama, a specialist with the Iwate Prefecture Agricultural and Fisheries Department, who said he was shocked to find radioactive hotspots up to 300 kilometres from Fukushima.

"The biggest cause of this contamination is the rice straw being fed to the cows, which was highly radioactive," Tokuyama told Al Jazeera, reflecting fears about the effects of the disaster in terms of contaminated food supplies.

In the wake of the ongoing crisis, the Japanese government has pledged to reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear power, reflecting widespread public concern.

File:Devastation in Haramachi-ku, Minamisōma after tsunami.jpg

Devastation in Haramachi-ku, Minamisōma, Fukushima after the tsunami

16 April 2011(2011-04-16), 06:07:49

Dying Of Hunger

The most severe drought in the memory of Somalia's people has caused what the UN is calling the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Somalia's crisis is shared by neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, countries without their own adequate water supplies. They have been suffering from the same drought conditions. The effects of Somalia's current drought and food shortages are exacerbated by many years of internal warfare and non-functioning government, economy and infrastructure. Somalia is a severely distressed country to begin with. It's no wonder that piracy is a popular job opportunity for young men, as is the increasingly influential Al-Shebaab militia.

Outside Dadaab camp, Kenya

Hundreds of thousands have fled the interior desert to Somalia's cities and to countries across its border. Many children are arriving near death, some don't make it in time. The UN is appealing for urgent help for Somali refugees.

8 July 2011 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that the flood of Somali refugees into Ethiopia could overwhelm the ability of humanitarian agencies to help them, and called for urgent international assistance.

“Humanitarian efforts to help newly arriving Somali refugees in south-east Ethiopia are at risk of being overwhelmed without a more rapid and robust international response to the drought and displacement crisis in the Horn of Africa,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing in Geneva.

Meanwhile in neighbouring Kenya, some 1,400 new Somali refugees continue to arrive in Dadaab refugee complex every day, Ms. Fleming said, adding that 80 per cent of them are women and children.

“Our top priorities are to address the malnutrition and overcrowding in the camps. There is an urgent need for medical staff and nutritional items such as high energy and high protein therapeutic meals,” she said.

“The main challenge is to receive and rapidly stabilize Somali refugees arriving in extremely poor health conditions.”

Malnutrition rates among Somali children under the age of five arriving in Dadaab are around 30 per cent, she said.

“We estimate that a quarter of Somalia’s 7.5 million population is now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees,” said Ms. Fleming. “The drought is compounded by prevailing violence in southern and central parts of the country.”

We've all seen this before, of course, but this time it resonates as much with climate change issues as with warfare and bad government in a beleaguered region of Africa.

Habiba Osman Ibrahim, a 76-year old Somali refugee from the al-Shabab-controlled Luk region of Somalia, said she walked for three days with her two underfed grandchildren. Al-Shabab is Somalia's dangerous militant group. It had forced out all international aid groups, but earlier this month said they could return considering the desperate conditions.

"We were dependent on food aid," she said. "But because al-Shabab forced out all relief operations and there was no food we had no choice but to flee." Source

The epicenter of the drought lies on the three-way border shared by Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, a nomadic region where families heavily depend on the health of their livestock. Uganda and Djibouti have also been hit.

The World Food Program said it expects 10 million people in the Horn of Africa to require food assistance. WFP currently provides food aid to 6 million people in East Africa. Source

The two main refugee camps are in Dadaab, Kenya and Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world, with 380,000 people occupying facilities built for about 90,000, and 10,000 more arriving every week. Source.


This huge camp was originally built for Somalia's war refugees and is an impressive sight on Google Earth. There are actually three camps, easily seen in the 2009 green patches of imagery. Thousands more people are on the outskirts awaiting processing.

Dadaab camp's new arrivals


Dollo Ado

This Ethiopian camp does not show on GE as far as I can see, even though it has existed off-and-on since about 2006. One source says it consists of small compounds scattered around the village of Dolo, which is undoubtedly much bigger with the current influx of refugees.


Since the start of the year, 54,000 Somalis have crossed into [the Dollo Ado] area of Ethiopia... Rates of arrival have accelerated in recent weeks to around 1,700 people per day. Malnutrition rates are alarmingly high among the most recent arrivals. At least 50 per cent of children are either moderately or severely malnourished. Similar rates are being recorded in Kenya. Source.

UN News Centre

Somalian refugee camps.kmz (80 downloads)

Al-Shebaab has gone back on what was reportedly its word of last week. Food and other aid are not being allowed to pass through their territory to refugee camps inside Somalia. This is a full-fledged famine, with UN World Food Program airlifts finally due to begin tomorrow (Tuesday). Thousands of people, who have trekked for days or weeks, still have many more days to wait before they are processed and allowed into the camps. NGO staff at the camps cannot keep up with the flood of people. Many die as they wait at the perimeter, or if they have not died, they are too starved and dehydrated to save. Children, mostly.

Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Ibrahim warned at the emergency meeting in Rome that more than 3.5 million people "may starve to death" in his country. [My highlighting.]

Islamists, who control most of Somalia, have banned the WFP from their areas.

Al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaeda, has accused the groups it has banned from its territories of being political.

This is about saving lives now. It's not about politics”

'Scandal of century'

France's Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire told the meeting at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation headquarters in Rome that the world had "failed to ensure food security".

"If we don't take the necessary measures, famine will be the scandal of this century," AFP news agency quotes Mr Le Maire as saying.

Ahead of the Rome summit, the World Bank pledged $500m (£307m) to help.

Some $12m will be for immediate assistance to those worst hit by what the UN says is East Africa's worst drought in 60 years.

But the bulk of the money will go towards long-term projects to aid livestock farmers.

That last sentence is not encouraging, due to the doubtful sustainability of livestock - especially cattle - in much of Africa.

Additional analysis from Andrew Harding, BBC Africa correspondent.

There are dozens of experienced local aid organisations already working throughout Somalia - a fact that often gets lost in the furore over al-Shabab's hostile attitude towards some of the bigger international organisations, like WFP.

There's no doubt that the drought - and the Arab spring - have shaken up the security situation in Somalia.

Anecdotal evidence suggests al-Shabab is now seriously short of money, more divided than ever, and many of the foreign jihadist fighters who came to join it have left the country for other struggles.

Some thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu seeking aid and The World Food Program executive director Josette Sheeran said Saturday they can't reach the estimated 2.2 million Somalis in desperate need of aid who are in militant-controlled areas of Somalia.
AP via Google News.

Rains Add Misery to Somalia's Famine Refugees

Published July 31, 2011

| Associated Press

July 31: A young boy from southern Somalia takes cover in a makeshift shelter in Mogadishu.

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Tens of thousands of famine-stricken Somali refugees were cold and drenched after torrential rains pounded their makeshift structures overnight into early Sunday in the capital, leading to appeals for aid.

Rains are needed to plant crops and alleviate the drought that is causing famine in Somalia but they added to the misery of many refugees who live in structures made of sticks and pieces of cloth.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/31/rains-add-misery-to-somalias-famine-refugees/

This is a sickening situation, reported by NYTimes:
Somalis Waste Away as Insurgents Block Escape From Famine

Published: August 1, 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.
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The group is widely blamed for causing a famine in Somalia by forcing out many Western aid organizations, depriving drought victims of desperately needed food. The situation is growing bleaker by the day, with tens of thousands of Somalis already dead and more than 500,000 children on the brink of starvation.

EDIT 2 Aug:
The front page of today's NYTimes featured a photo of an emaciated Somali child, by staff photographer Tyler Hicks, and apparently shocked some readers. For some reason, Times executive editor Bill Keller was compelled to explain in an email to the Huffington Post, in what I read as barely-concealed sarcasm:
... We realize, of course, that the story du jour is the debt vote — to which we devoted the lead story and upwards of four pages this morning — but there's no reason that has to eclipse a human catastrophe in Africa. Readers can follow more than one important story at a time. Jeffrey [Gettleman, see his article above] and Tyler went to great trouble and some risk to get as close as they could to the calamity in Somalia. They sent us a harrowing story and vivid, arresting photographs. We put them before the attention of our readers. That's our job.


This hugely important and tragic situation has been off the news radar in the United States. So, my fellow Americans and friends, please...these are all highly regarded charities working, at great risk to themselves, in the refugee camps...

International Rescue Committee
Save the Children
Mercy Corps

Also see the UNICEF link in my signature.
...UNICEF Horn of Africa

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is visiting Somali refugee camps to raise awareness of the dire situation. "There is hope if people start to pay attention to this," said Ms. Biden...

More than 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The UN says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.

Meanwhile, CNN started occasional coverage of the crisis a few days ago. I see that Anderson Cooper will be in Somalia for two days.

EDIT 8/9: Kenya, of course, is included in this drought and famine crisis. One tribe, the Turkana , are suffering nearly as much as the Somalis who have taken refuge on their land. One Kenyan expert makes a point that it is especially pertinent in these times of instantaneous communication. In centuries past, the excuse could be made that drought 1,000 miles away was unknown to those with resources to share if they were so inclined.

The Turkana of Northwest Kenya are tough, desert-dwelling pastoralists, accustomed to water shortage. This time, even they are in trouble.

[T]he current dry spell was long predicted so some feel the crisis could have been prevented.

"This is a governance drought. It is a situation caused by the failure of the government to plan," said John Githongo, a well known anti-corruption activist who heads the Inuka Kenya Trust campaign group.

"Drought is an act of God. Famine is an act of man. What we are going through - it's an act of men.

The Turkana have been catastrophically let down. We have watched them melting in the sun like an ice cream for the last two years knowing this was coming," he said. [More @ BBC]


Carcasses of sheep and goats amidst a severe drought in Waridaad in the Somaliland region.

New Shell Spill

Shell and Esso bring you; another offshore oil spill!

While industry and government downplay the size of the oil spill, this is only the latest in a string of pollution incidents, some major, from this oil rig. The Wall Street Journal confirmed:

The platform had 10 leak incidents in 2009 and 2010, according to an HSE document showing voluntarily declared spills.


Oil producer Royal Dutch Shell has confirmed that the Gannet Alpha oil platform, located 112 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, has suffered a leak from an underwater pipeline between the wellhead and platform.

Shell issued a statement regarding the incident, saying that "We can confirm we are managing an oil leak in a flow line that serves the Gannet Alpha platform. [...] We have stemmed the leak significantly and we are taking further measures to isolate it. The subsea well has been shut in, and the flow line is being depressurised." The company has thus far refused to comment on the exact size of the leak, saying that was "not a significant spill."

According to a Shell spokesperson, a remote submarine was deployed after a sheen was noticed in the water surrounding the platform; since then, a craft has been brought in to monitor water conditions in the area.

The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change has begun an investigation of the leak, with the Scottish government and Marine Scotland also involved in monitoring the situation.

North Sea oil leak 'under control'

BBC News
Belfast Telegraph - 3 hours ago
The leak was found in a flow line connecting an oil well to the Gannet Alpha platform, about 112 miles east of Aberdeen. The size of the sea surface ...
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Anti-God Virus

"essentially to turn a fanatic into a-- a normal person, and we think that will have major effects in the middle east"
"the present plan in the tests we have done so far have used respiratory viruses such as flu, and we believe that's a satisfactory way to get the exposure of the largest part of the population."

Age Of Looting

Life In An Age Of Looting:
"Some will rob you with a sixgun and some with a fountain pen"

By Phil Rockstroh

August 12, 2011 "
Information Clearing House" -- As the poor of Britain rise in a fury of inchoate rage and stock exchanges worldwide experience manic upswings and panicked swoons, the financial elite (and their political operatives) are arrayed in a defensive posture, even as they continue their global-wide, full-spectrum offensive vis-à-vie The Shock Doctrine. Concurrently, corporate mass media types fret over the reversal of fortune and trumpet the triumphs of the self-serving agendas of Wall Street and corporate swindlers…even as they term a feller, in ill-gotten possession of a flat screen television, fleeing through the streets of North London, a mindless thug.

According to the through-the-looking-glass cosmology of mass media elitists, when a poor person commits a crime of opportunity, his actions are a threat to all we hold dear and sacred, but, when the hyper-wealthy of the entrenched looter class abscond with billions, those criminals are referred to as our financial leaders.

Regardless of the propaganda of "free market" fantasists, the great unspeakable in regard to capitalism is its wealth, by and large, is generated for a ruthless, privileged few by the creation of bubbles, and, when those bubbles burst, the resultant economic catastrophe inflicts a vastly disproportionate amount of harm upon those -- the laboring and middle classes -- who generate grossly inequitable amounts of capital for the elitist of the fraudster class...by having the life force drained from them by the vampiric set-up of the gamed system.

Woody Guthrie summed up the situation in these two (unfortunately) ageless stanzas:

"Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a sixgun,
And some with a fountain pen.

"And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home."
--excerpt from Pretty Boy Floyd.

Although, at present, U.S. bank vaults contain little tangible loot for a Pretty Boy Floyd-type outlaw to boost. How would it be possible for an old school bank robber such as Floyd to make-off with a haul of funneling electrons?

Here's the lowdown: The Wall Street fraudsters of the swindler class want to refill their coffers and line their pockets (that is, offshore accounts) with Social Security and Medicare funds. That's the nature of the unfolding scam, folks. Oligarchic rule has always been a system defined by legalized looting that leaves a wasteland of want, deprivation, and unfocused rage in its wake.

Consequently, in the U.K. (and beyond): When poor people's hopes dry up, cities become a tinderbox of dead dreams, and we should not be stricken with shock and consternation when these degraded places are set aflame, nor should we be surprised when the bribed, debt-beholden and commercial media propaganda-bamboozled middle class (who helped create the wasteland with their arid complicity) cry out (predictably) for police state tactics to quell the fiery insurrection.

There have been incidents in which a fire has smoldered for years in an abandoned, sealed-off mineshaft, and then the fire, traveling through the tunnels of the mine, and up the roots of dead, dried trees have caused a dying forest to bloom into flames. The rage that sparks a riot can proceed in a similar manner -- and the insular, sealed-off nature of a nation's elite and the willful ignorance of its middle class will only make the explosion of pent-up rage more powerful when it reaches the surface.

We exist in a culture that, day after day, inundates its have-nots with consumerist propaganda, and then, when the social order breaks down, its wealthy and bourgeoisie alike express outrage when the poor steal consumer goods -- as opposed to going out and looting an education and a good job.

Under Disaster Capitalism, the underclass have had economic violence inflicted upon them since birth, yet the corporate state mass media doesn't seem to notice the situation, until young men burn down the night. Then media elitists wax indignant, carrying on as if these desperate acts are devoid of cultural context.

A mindset has been instilled in these young men and boys that they are nothing sans the accoutrements of consumerism. Yet when they loot an i-Phone, as opposed to creating economy-shredding derivative scams, we're prompted by the corporate media to become indignant.

When the slow motion, elitist-manipulated mob action known as our faux democratic/consumerist culture deprives people of their basic human rights and personal dignity -- then, in turn, we should not be shocked when a mob of the underclass fails to bestow those virtues upon others.

The commercial mass media's narrative of narrowed context (emotional, anecdotal and unreflective in nature) serves as a form of corporate state propaganda, promulgated to ensure the general population continues to rage against the symptoms rather than the disease of neoliberalism. The false framing of opposing opinions -- of those who state the deprivations of neoliberalism factor into the causes of uprisings, insurrections and riots as being apologists for violence and destruction is as preposterous as claiming one is an apologist for dry rot when he points out structural damage to a house due to a leaking roof.

Because of the elements of inverted totalitarianism, inherent within the structure of corporate state capitalism, and internalized within the general population by constant, commercial media re-enforcement, one should not be surprised when a sizable portion of the general populace is inclined to support police state tactics to quell social unrest among the disadvantaged of the population.

Keep in mind: When watching the BBC or the corporate media, one is receiving a limited narrative (tacitly) approved by the global power elite, created by informal arrangements among a careerist cartel comprised of business, governmental and media personality types who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, even if, in doing so, they serve as operatives of a burgeoning police state.

Accordingly, you can't debate fascist thinking with reason nor empathetic imagination e.g., the self-righteous (and self-serving) pronouncements of mass media representatives nor the attendant outrage of the denizens of the corporate state in their audience -- their umbrage engineered by the emotionally laden images with which they have been relentlessly pummeled and plied -- because their responses will be borne of (conveniently) lazy generalizations, given impetus by fear-based animus.

Through it all, veiled by disorienting media distractions and political legerdemain, we find ourselves buffeted and bound by the predicament of paradigm lost…that constitutes the onset of the unraveling of the present order.

"The kings of the world are growing old,
and they shall have no inheritors.
Their sons died while they were boys,
and their neurasthenic daughters abandoned
the sick crown to the mob."
--Rainer Maria Rilke, excerpt from The Kings of the World"

Yet, while there is proliferate evidence that, even as people worldwide are rising up against inequity and exploitation, the economic elite have little inclination to do so much as glimpse the plight of those from whose life blood their immense riches have been wrung, nor hear the admonition of the downtrodden…that they are weary of life on their knees and are awakening to the reality that the con of freedom of choice under corporate state oligarchy is, in fact, a life shackled to the consumerism-addicted/debt-indenturement that comprises the structure of the neoliberal, global company store.

"The rotten masks that divide one man
From another, one man from himself
They crumble
For one enormous moment and we glimpse
The unity that we lost, the desolation
...Of being man, and all its glories
Sharing bread and sun and death
The forgotten astonishment of being alive"
--Octavio Paz, excerpt from "Sunstone"

Accordingly, the most profound act of selfless devotion (commonly called love) in relationship to a society gripped by a sociopathic mode of being is creative resistance. Submission is madness. Sanity entails subversion. The heart insists on it; otherwise, life is only a slog to the graveyard; mouth, full of ashes; heart, a receptacle for dust.

Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City. He may be contacted at: phil@philrockstroh.com . Visit Phil's website http://philrockstroh.com :

Electronic ‘Tattoo’

Our Barcodes are Finally In.. Electronic Tattoos to 'Monitor Vital Signs' (..Your Arm, Please..) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC4bEWZDHuI

Electronic ‘Tattoo’ May Offer New Flexible Way to Monitor Brain, Heart
11 August 2011
, by Elizabeth Lopatto (Bloomberg)


A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a US study published Thursday.

Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses

Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses
Aug 11 03:43 PM US/Eastern

A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a US study published Thursday. The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science. "It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user." The patch could be used instead of bulky electrodes to monitor brain, heart and muscle tissue activity and when placed on the throat it allowed users to operate a voice-activated video game with better than 90 percent accuracy. "This type of device might provide utility for those who suffer from certain diseases of the larynx," said Rogers. "It could also form the basis of a sub-vocal communication capability, suitable for covert or other uses." The wireless device is nearly weightless and requires so little power it can fuel itself with miniature solar collectors or by picking up stray or transmitted electromagnetic radiation, the study said. Less than 50-microns thick -- slightly thinner than a human hair -- the devices are able to adhere to the skin without glue or sticky material. "Forces called van der Waals interactions dominate the adhesion at the molecular level, so the electronic tattoos adhere to the skin without any glues and stay in place for hours," said the study. Northwestern University engineer Yonggang Huang said the patch was "as soft as the human skin." Rogers and Huang have been working together on the technology for the past six years. They have already designed flexible electronics for hemispherical camera sensors and are now focused on adding battery power and other energy options. The devices might find future uses in patients with sleep apnea, babies who need neonatal care and for making electronic bandages to help skin heal from wounds and burns.

How covert military operations will stick computers under our skin
A stick-on circuit can monitor heart rate as well as conventional devices, but is weightless, wireless and inconspicuous
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Friday, 12 August 2011

The development could mark a new era in consumer electronics. The technology could be used for applications ranging from medical diagnosis to covert military operations. The "epidermal electronic system" relies on a highly flexible electrical circuit composed of snake-like conducting channels that can bend and stretch without affecting performance. The circuit is about the size of a postage stamp, is thinner than a human hair and sticks to the skin by natural electrostatic forces rather than glue. "We think this could be an important conceptual advance in wearable electronics, to achieve something that is almost unnoticeable to the wearer. The technology can connect you to the physical world and the cyberworld in a very natural way that feels comfortable," said Professor Todd Coleman of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who led the research team. A simple stick-on circuit can monitor a person's heart rate and muscle movements as well as conventional medical monitors, but with the benefit of being weightless and almost completely undetectable. Scientists said it may also be possible to build a circuit for detecting throat movements around the larynx in order to transmit the information wirelessly as a way of recording a person's speech, even if they are not making any discernible sounds. Tests have already shown that such a system can be used to control a voice-activated computer game, and one suggestion is that a stick-on voicebox circuit could be used in covert police operations where it might be too dangerous to speak into a radio transmitter.

"The blurring of electronics and biology is really the key point here," said Yonggang Huang, professor of engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. "All established forms of electronics are hard, rigid. Biology is soft, elastic. It's two different worlds. This is a way to truly integrate them." Engineers have built test circuits mounted on a thin, rubbery substrate that adheres to the skin. The circuits have included sensors, light-emitting diodes, transistors, radio frequency capacitors, wireless antennas, conductive coils and solar cells. "We threw everything in our bag of tricks on to that platform, and then added a few other new ideas on top of those, to show that we could make it work," said John Rogers, professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a lead author of the study, published in the journal Science.

TEPCO Missing 143

August 11, 2011TOKYO — Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Thursday that it has not been able to locate 143 individuals working to restore the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since May. The utility said it has no idea if the 143 have been exposed to radiation and to what level. According to a report from TEPCO given to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, TEPCO hired many of the workers through subcontractors from all over Japan for limited periods and kept no records of their addresses. On any given day, TEPCO said it has had up to 1,000 workers on rotating schedules at the stricken power plant. Asahi Geino reported in May that subcontractors were hiring day laborers to work at the plant. The daily remuneration was three times that of regular day jobs if within the grounds of the reactor complex, and 1.5 times higher if within the wider area now restricted due to high radioactivity. While safety measures are in place to keep workers’ daily exposure to radiation within safe levels, claims for compensation due to sickness from overexposure are unlikely to be paid out, the magazine reported. –Japan Today
ENENEWS Energy News
Report: 17 microsieverts/hr detected on cars from Japan — Russia rejects shipment http://bit.ly/n41Or0 #Fukushima

ABC: Japan’s nuclear agency hides children’s radiation results http://bit.ly/oA8QbU #Fukushima

Paper: Group wants radiation tests done in Canada — Health Canada calls 300 times background leve http://bit.ly/qlqtVf #Fukushima

Report: “Severe internal exposure” — 252,422 Becquerels of radioactive cesium detected in person http://bit.ly/qAtpfQ #Fukushima

166,000,000 Bq/m² of radioacttve iodine, cesium at 21.2 million detected by researchers 4 km from Fuku http://bit.ly/paHd5g #Fukushima

Krypton-85 and xenon-131m detected in samples from Reactor No. 2 — Xenon-131m has half life of only 12 days http://bit.ly/oh4o7b #Fukushima

Radar Anomalies

"The prototype Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) first flew on 22 April 2010; the second test flew 11 August 2011. Both flights ended prematurely."

Superfast Military Aircraft Crashed in Pacific Ocean, DARPA Says

File:Speed is Life HTV-2 Reentry New.jpg

An unmanned military plane billed as the "fastest aircraft ever built" crashed into the Pacific Ocean today (Aug. 11) after a malfunction caused it to stop sending signals while flying at more than 20 times the speed of sound, military officials said.

The flying prototype, called the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), plunged into the ocean after shifting into a mode that allows it to fly Mach 20, or about 13,000 mph, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which oversaw the test flight.

The rocket-launched vehicle is part of an advanced weapons program, called Conventional Prompt Global Strike, which is working to develop systems of reaching an enemy target anywhere in the world within one hour. It blasted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:45 a.m. PDT (1445 GMT). [Photos: DARPA Hypersonic Glider's Mach 20 Test]

"More than nine minutes of data was collected before an anomaly caused loss of signal," DARPA officials explained in a statement. "Initial indications are that the aircraft impacted the Pacific Ocean along the planned flight path."

The update means that today's Falcon HTV-2 test flight, the second performed by DARPA, lasted longer than the project's first flight in April 2010. That first flight lasted nine minutes and ended when an earlier hypersonic vehicle detected an anomaly and also crashed itself into the ocean.

"Here's what we know," said Air Force Maj. Chris Schulz, DARPA HTV-2 program manager, in a statement. "We know how to boost the aircraft to near space. We know how to insert the aircraft into atmospheric hypersonic flight." [10 Military Aircraft that Never Made it Past the Test Phase]

DARPA officials said that according to telemetry from today's HTV-2 flight, the hypersonic vehicle separated from its Minotaur 4 rocket booster as planned, then shifted into the proper configuration for Mach 20 flight — a major feat.

What happens next, though, is a mystery.

"We do not yet know how to achieve the desired control during the aerodynamic phase of flight," Schulz said. "It's vexing; I'm confident there is a solution. We have to find it."

The Falcon HTV-2 aircraft is a wedge-shaped plane equipped with thrusters and aerosurfaces designed to provide control during hypersonic flight. It is built to withstand extreme heating since the flying at Mach 20 can subject it to temperatures of up to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit, according to DARPA officials, who called it the fastest flying vehicle ever constructed.

"To address these obstacles, DARPA has assembled a team of experts that will analyze the flight data collected during today's test flight, expanding our technical understanding of this incredibly harsh flight regime," Schulz said. "As today's flight indicates, high-Mach flight in the atmosphere is virtually uncharted territory."

To reach hypersonic speeds, the HTV-2 launched into suborbital space atop a Minotaur rocket. The vehicle then popped free of the booster and re-entered Earth's atmosphere.

During today's test flight, DARPA scientists expected the HTV-2 aircraft to use small rocket thrusters to control its re-entry, then pitch itself up to increase altitude and control. After that, the vehicle was expected to enter a long glide phase in order to perform a set of preprogrammed maneuvering tests while flying at about 13,000 mph.

Once those tests were complete, the vehicle was expected to crash itself into the ocean to end the mission. But during the actual flight, ground stations lost contact with the HTV-2 vehicle earlier than planned.

An engineering review board to analyze that data in order to help shape future global strike programs, DARPA officials said.

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these pictures are WILD! They're so crazy they almost look Photoshopped, but I'm inclined to believe they're not. Is this all just a coincidence that the morphed composite anomalies also appear and DARPA's gem, the HTV-2, crashed itself into the ocean after 9 minutes of flight when it "detected an anomaly"?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Super Congress

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction,[1] also known as the Supercommittee or Super Congress,[2] is a joint select committee of the United States Congress, created by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on August 2, 2011. The act was intended to prevent the rapid process of sovereign default that would have resulted from the 2011 United States debt-ceiling crisis,[3] and has been interpreted as a reaction to frustration over prolonged partisan political disputes during an uncertain economic struggling to recover from the late-2000s recession.[4]



The committee, which must be appointee by August 16, 2011, will consist of twelve members of Congress, six from the House of Representatives and six from the Senate, with each delegation to be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.

Democrats Republicans
Senate members
House members


Washington's first female senator

the longest-serving Senator from Montana

combat medals to include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts.

the third-ranking Democrat in the House

B.A. in economics from Stanford University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School

chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee


worked in Phoenix, Arizona as a lawyer and lobbyist before winning election to the United States House of Representatives, where he served from 1987 to 1995

Patrick Toomey Congressional portrait
elected to the United States Senate on November 2, 2010.
was hired by Chemical Bank in 1984, where he was involved in currency swap transactions. In 1986, Toomey was hired by Morgan, Grenfell & Co., where he dealt in multiple foreign currencies, interest rates, and currency-related derivatives.[5] In 1991, Toomey resigned from the firm when it was acquired by Deutsche Bank in order to avoid the decreased flexibility and entrepreneurship that the acquisition would have caused.[5] The same year, Toomey and two younger brothers, Steven and Michael, opened Rookie's Restaurant in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[5] In 1994, aged 32, Toomey was elected to Allentown's newly established Government Study Commission. During his term, Toomey drafted a new charter for the Commission requiring a super-majority for any tax increase.[6] The charter was approved by Allentown voters on April 23, 1996.

Portman served in two federal cabinet positions under the administration of President George W. Bush. From May 2005 to May 2006, he was the U.S. Trade Representative. From May 2006 to June 2007, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

A December 31, 2005 article in National Review profiled his work as the country's "budget nanny", saying that he has replaced his mentor, former Senator Phil Gramm, in this role. Hensarling's proposed legislation is said to intend to force Congress to "decide how much money they can afford to spend, and then prioritize within those limits." The article says that "the chief problem with any proposal to reform the budget process is that it excites almost nobody."

He attended the University of Sussex, Brighton, England, 1973–1974 and earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. He earned a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1978.

He served on the congressional staff of Michigan Congressman David Stockman from 1976 to 1980, and then in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1985

He led successful efforts to raise the tobacco tax, prohibit oil drilling in the Chesapeake Bay, mandate trigger locks for guns, and increase funding for education and healthcare.[1] In 2002, The Washington Post called Van Hollen "one of the most accomplished members of the General Assembly."[6]

If the committee fails to agree on a package or the full Congress fails to pass it, a so-called "trigger mechanism" would enact $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts to serve as the second installment of deficit reduction measures.[8]

A second debt ceiling increase of $500 billion would occur regardless of whether Congress passes the joint committee's proposal, but subject to a congressional resolution of disapproval if it is not passed.

Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

World Depression: Special Report


Analysis of Financial Terrorism in America
Dollar at lowest against Swiss Franc in 40 years
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Illinois Shutting Down Artisan Ice Cream Makers for Crime of Using Fresh Fruit