Monthly Archives: December, 2009

Information request over President Bush’s ‘Extraordinary Renditions’ claims takes 27 months

The Freedom of Information Act gave a perfect opportunity to test President Bush’s claim that secret CIA prisons saved thousands of lives thanks to terrorists’ confessions.

His bold assertion that the covert detention centres foiled a plot to hijack planes and fly them into Canary Wharf and Heathrow put Scotland Yard in the frame.

The question phrased by The Times in July 2007 was obviously a trap. If the force said that it had no information about how the CIA’s tip-offs prevented the atrocity, Mr Bush’s defence for “extraordinary rendition” would be exploded. If Scotland Yard provided any such information, or refused to hand it over because it was too sensitive, that would reinforce the President’s case.

The force’s response, declining to say whether the information existed, prevented any conclusion from being drawn. The Times requested an internal review of the decision. “Since the President has publicly said this information does exist, I believe that the Metropolitan Police can confirm or deny it, and — if it exists — indeed provide it, without breaking the exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act,” the newspaper wrote.
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“There is also a major public interest in the release of the information since President Bush has used this information to justify the unconventional methods being used to detain individuals around the world without trial. The Government of the United Kingdom, his main ally, has declined to condemn the practice expressly in Parliament.”

Scotland Yard still refused to say anything. The Information Commissioner’s Office, after 27 months, finally backed the newspaper in an 18-page decision notice. It rejected the police’s claims that revealing whether the material existed would damage national security, betray foreign powers’ secrets, prejudice justice or damage health and safety.

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Police challenged over ‘British 9/11’ plot

Scotland Yard has been ordered to reveal whether it has any evidence to support America’s claim that Britain was saved from a 9/11-style disaster by the CIA’s secret foreign interrogation centres.

The Times has won a case under the Freedom of Information Act forcing British police to say whether the US stopped a plot to fly planes into Canary Wharf and Heathrow. The claim was made by President Bush when he first acknowledged the existence of a clandestine CIA prison network created to fight his War on Terror.

The Office of the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has upheld a complaint that the Metropolitan Police was wrong to stonewall inquiries by The Times. Scotland Yard has been given 35 days to comply or appeal. If it admits that there is no such intelligence, it would undermine any political defence for America’s strong-arm tactics in fighting terrorism. If such information does exist, it would boost supporters of the policy of “extraordinary rendition”, giving a justification for their methods.

The Information Commissioner’s Office dismissed all of Scotland Yard’s arguments for refusing even to say whether it holds any information about the CIA foiling London’s “9/11”.
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The Metropolitan Police had claimed that confirming whether it had this information might harm national security.

President Bush first admitted in September 2006 that terrorist suspects had been held in secret CIA prisons beyond America’s borders. He said: “These are some of the plots that have been stopped because of the information of this vital programme. Terrorists held in CIA custody have also provided information that helped stop a planned strike on US Marines at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti — they were going to use an explosive-laden water tanker. They helped stop a planned attack on the US Consulate in Karachi using car bombs and motorcycle bombs, and they helped stop a plot to hijack passenger planes and fly them into Heathrow or the Canary Wharf in London.”

His admission that the secret centres existed came after allegations by critics that some interrogation techniques amounted to torture. The supposed methods included waterboarding (simulated drowning), beatings, electric shocks and mock executions. The extent of any complicity by Tony Blair’s Government in the US policy of “extraordinary rendition” remains a sensitive political issue in Britain.

Ministers have twice had to go to Parliament and admit that the House of Commons had been misled.

Last year David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, admitted that two flights carrying prisoners had landed on Diego Garcia, a British territory, for refuelling despite previous denials.

John Hutton, when he was Defence Secretary, said in February this year that two terrorist suspects caught by Britain in Iraq had been transferred by the US to Afghanistan. The Government had previously given reassurances that there had been no such cases.

The case of Binyam Mohamed, a British asylum seeker questioned by MI5 in overseas US custody, where he claims to have been tortured, has led to a clash between judges and the Government. Mr Miliband is appealing to prevent the High Court from disclosing sensitive information relating to Mr Mohamed’s treatment in custody.

The Times asked Scotland Yard, based on President Bush’s public remarks, to provide information about how the Canary Wharf plot was foiled using information from CIA detainees outside America. The force refused to confirm or deny whether it held such information, citing concerns about national security, international relations, law enforcement and health and safety. It gave no explanation of its reasoning.

The Times appealed to the Information Commissioner. The police explained their reasons to his office. Denying that they had the information would reveal to the terrorist group that it was not under investigation “and so it would continue its activities”. But confirming it held the information would reveal that it was under investigation, leading it to take evasive action.

However, the Information Commissioner’s Office pointed out: “The statement made by the President of the United States that is referred to in the request makes it clear that any such group was the subject of an investigation.” So any alteration in the terrorist group’s behaviour would have already occurred.

Baroness Ludford, the Liberal Democrat MEP who led an EU inquiry into rendition, welcomed the ruling. If Scotland Yard admitted that it had no such information, she said: “Either it’s a fabrication of the vivid imagination of President Bush and other people in Washington, or what does it say about real intelligence co-operation?”

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “The Metropolitan Police is currently considering its position.”

Source: Times online.co.uk, Dec 26 2009
By: Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor: Behind the story

Taking Liberty – Either you own property or .. You are property

Taking Liberty is a comprehensive look at the lower 48 states showing, region by region, how the Environmental Movement is rapidly abolishing Private Property.

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Antikythera Mechanism – The Discovery of World’s First Analog Computer

Discovery and artifact recovery.

In October 1900, a team of sponge divers led by Captain Dimitrios Kondos had decided to wait out a severe storm hampering their sail back from Africa on the island of Antikythera, and they began diving for sponges off the island’s coastline. In 1900, divers usually wore standard diving dresses — canvas suits and copper helmets — which allowed them to dive deeper and to stay submerged longer.

The first to lay eyes on the shipwreck 60 metres down was Elias Stadiatos, who quickly signaled to be pulled to the surface. He described the scene as a heap of rotting corpses and horses lying on the sea bed. Thinking the diver had gone mad from too much carbon dioxide in his helmet, Kondos himself dove into the water, soon returning with a bronze arm of a statue. Until they could safely leave the island, the divers dislodged as many small artifacts as they could carry.

Together with the Greek Education Ministry and Hellenic Navy, the sponge divers salvaged numerous artifacts from the waters. By the end of 1902, divers had recovered statues of a philosopher’s head, a young boy, a discus thrower, the bronze Antikythera Ephebe of ca. 340 BC (now in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens), a Hercules, a marble bull and a bronze lyre. Many other small and common artifacts were also found. On 17 May 1902, however, archaeologist Valerios Stais made the most celebrated find. When diving to search the area of the wreck, he noticed that one of the pieces of rock near him had a gear wheel embedded in it. It would soon be identified as the Antikythera mechanism; originally thought to be one of the first forms of a mechanised clock, it is now considered to be the world’s oldest known analog computer.

The ship, a Roman merchant ship of some 300 tons, had sunk on a well-used trade route from the Eastern to the Western Mediterranean. The wreck and its contents are consistent with a date of 80–50 BC. The famous Jacques Cousteau recovered Pergamese coins from about 86–67 BC, which with Ephesian coins of 70–60 BC reinforces a view that this had been a treasure ship on its way to Rome including booty from Pergamon (circa 84 BC) after the First Mithradatic War. A reasonable date for the wreck is thus 85–60 BC. The ship itself is thought to built, at least in part, from much older timber, 200±43 BC. It has been speculated that the ship foundered because of its age, and perhaps because it was overloaded with treasures including a number of particularly large statues.

Source: The Antikythera Mechanism Project
Antikythera mechanism.

Now Gordon Brown wants to police the entire world – how controlling can a freak get?

Quasimodo (aka. one eyed Scottish idiod) in Number 10, hunched, scowling over his desk, has devised yet another plan to police, to increase surveillance, to indulge his obsession with extending his short-lived control over as many people as possible. Gordon Brown, who now seems to have lost his last tenuous grip on reality, wants the European Union to police the carbon emissions of the whole world. That is the leitmotif of New Labour – and, by extension, all Westminster – government: control, bans, observation, intrusion, diktat.

Balked of a legal agreement on imaginary manmade global warming at Copenhagen, Quasimodo and Nicolas Sarkozy are working on plans to create a “European monitoring organisation” to oversee different countries’ actions on carbon emissions. Barack Obama – the leading control freak in the liberal pantheon – has suggested spy satellites could be used.

Quasimodo told reporters: “We’re in favour of transparency; we’re in favour of looking at what’s happening not just in our country and our own continent, but around the world.” That isn’t transparency: that is snooping. “We’re in favour of transparency” – from a New Labour Prime Minister! Goebbels, who always favoured the Big Lie, would have loved it.

Were Quasimodo and his colleagues in favour of transparency about weapons of mass destruction? Even now, are they in favour of transparency at the Iraq inquiry, where Tony Blair will give evidence in secret? Were they in favour of transparency when they voted to keep MPs’ expenses under wraps, until the courts overruled them?

The one fear the enforcers entertain is that their spy-in-the-sky snooping on carbon emissions might antagonise China, which resists surveillance (all those covert coal mines and other eco-naughties). When Red China begins to seem like an apostle of laissez-faire, relaxed freedom, we know that the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Meanwhile, unheeding of the coming tsunami of electoral extinction, Quasimodo lopes around his bell-tower (courtesy of Quentin Davies) and plans ever tighter restrictions on everybody else’s liberties. What a filthy regime this has been. Even now the Harridan is planning legislation effectively to outlaw Christianity. Who do they think they are?

When they crawled out from under that stone in 1997 they had just one ambition: to impose their will, their prejudices, their squalid vision of the world on the entire nation. That is always the badge of the inadequate, the owners of inferiority complexes, epitomised by the nail-biting, grimacing weirdo in Number 10. It is a pity that Scottish kirks do not go in for much in the way of ornamentation; otherwise, Gordon/Quasimodo could have built a secure career for himself as a gargoyle on a church tower, scowlingly overlooking the rest of humanity.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk, Dec 27 2009
By: Gerald Warner

Gerald Warner is an author, broadcaster, columnist and polemical commentator who writes about politics, religion, history, culture and society in general.

Stu Ostro: Can Bill Gates control hurricanes?

Yeah. And I can control tornadoes.

I have about one gazillionth the $$ that Bill Gates does, but can all the money in the world control hurricanes?

Last Friday there was an article in TechFlash about the patent application submitted by Mr. Gates and others, and attention seems to be growing now that today there was an article in USA Today.

The basic idea is to cool the water underneath tropical cyclones, depriving them of some of their energy source.

This isn’t the first time an idea to control them has been proposed. There have been others such as using high-altitude particles, hygroscopic particles, carbon black particles, silver iodide, “Dyn-O-Gel”, vegetable oil … and even nuking hurricanes!

In regard to cooling the water, this is an excerpt from Neil Dorst’s piece in the NOAA Hurricane Research Division’s tropical cyclone FAQ:
“Since hurricanes draw their energy from warm ocean water, some proposals have been put forward to tow icebergs from the arctic zones to the tropics to cool the sea surface temperatures. Others have suggested pumping cold bottom water in pipes to the surface, or releasing bags of cold freshwater from near the bottom to do this.”

There are two problems with this cool idea, by whatever the means.

PROBLEM #1

The first is the engineering challenge and the scale involved. The FAQ page linked to above addresses that with some numbers, and David Nolan, an associate professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, summed it up nicely in last Friday’s article:
” ‘Every couple of years there’s a news story that gets picked up for some hurricane-suppression idea,’ Nolan said via phone this morning. ‘They’re all kooky in their own way. Some of them are more plausible than others, but they all face an enormous problem of scale. … You would have to cover an incredible area with this effect to reduce the temperature of the ocean by a significant amount.’ ”

Let’s say for the sake of argument, though, that with enough money, it could be done.

That leads to …

PROBLEM #2

Warmth of the water is just one factor in the intensity of tropical cyclones, and usually not the most important one.

Everything else being equal — given the exact same tropical cyclone in the exact same atmospheric environment — one over much warmer water will have a better chance of becoming stronger.

But it isn’t that simple. The real meteorological world is complex and every situation is different. More importantly, the atmospheric environment in and around the cyclone is crucial. Is it stable or unstable? Moist or dry? Air rising or sinking? Convergence or divergence of low-level winds? Upper-level shear or outflow or a combination of the two? An upper-level anticyclone (high pressure system) or an upper low involved?

The Johns Hopkins website which displays tracks of tropical cyclones overlaid on maps of SSTs (sea surface temperatures) shows plenty of examples of tropical cyclones moving over warmer water and weakening, or moving over cooler water and strengthening.

Have there been hurricanes which exploded over warm water? Sure. Much has been made of Category 5s Katrina and Rita doing that in 2005 not only over high SSTs, but as they were also going across the “Loop Current” in the Gulf of Mexico, which has relatively warm water below the surface as well.

Okay, but how about Dean and Felix, two Category 5s in 2007?

These NOAA maps depict the “Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential” (TCHP), a measure of the warmth of the upper part of the sea. Orange and red shades indicate lots of deep warmth and TCHP, while green and blue shades indicate low TCHP. I’ve plotted the central pressure of Dean and Felix; the lower the pressure the stronger they were.

In each case, the main intensification phase occurred over relatively low, not high, TCHP! Why? Because water temperatures are only one factor, and the atmosphere was conducive to development.

DEAN

FELIX

I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Gates having made a fortune, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is doing wonderful things for humanity. And I’m all for trying to stop hurricane catastrophes from happening! If that can be done, great!

However, my question for him is: Are you also going to be able to control the atmosphere across a gazillion cubic miles in and around tropical cyclones from the Earth’s surface to the top of the troposphere?

Or should a better job of hurricane disaster mitigation be done by focusing on evacuation practices, building codes, etc.?

Oh, and given the problems I’m having with my new laptop, I’m wondering whether I should have bought a MacBook. Just sayin’.

Source: Weather.com, July 16 2009
By: Stu Ostro, Senior Meteorologist

Climategate: with business interests like these are we really sure Dr Rajendra Pachauri is fit to head the IPCC?

After the Climategate scandal erupted, few were quicker to dismiss the significance of the leaked emails than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In no way, he insisted, just two days after the story broke, had the integrity of the IPCC  been compromised:

“The processes in the IPCC are so robust, so inclusive, that even if an author or two has a particular bias it is completely unlikely that bias will find its way into the IPCC report,” he said.

“Every single comment that an expert reviewer provides has to be answered either by acceptance of the comment, or if it is not accepted, the reasons have to be clearly specified. So I think it is a very transparent, a very comprehensive process which insures that even if someone wants to leave out a piece of peer reviewed literature there is virtually no possibility of that happening.”

And if any investigation into the affair were necessary, argued Dr Pachauri, it ought purely to be a criminal one into how the emails came to light.

Pachauri said he doubted that trust in the IPCC would be damaged by the affair. “People who are aware of how the IPCC functions and are appreciative of the credibility that the IPCC has attained will probably not be swayed by an incident of this kind,” he said.

Quite so. And I’m quite sure that no one will in any wise have their faith in the integrity of the IPCC shaken by these revelations courtesy of the mighty Richard North.

North’s tribute to Dr Pachauri’s multifarious talents is so startling I think I shall have to quote it in full:

As reported by Reuters – with a slight correction: The head of the Asian Development Bank (ADP), Haruhiko Kuroda, warned governments that a failure to reach a climate deal in Copenhagen could lead to a collapse of the carbon market, which would hit efforts to deal with climate change make carbon traders very rich.

It helps of course to know that Mr Kuroda is best known in greenie circles for setting up the ADB Advisory Group on Climate Change – chaired by millionaire businessman Rajendra K. Pachauri, part-time chairman of the IPCC.

An interesting member of that Group is Dr Klaus Toepfer, Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Studies Climate, Earth System and Sustainability Sciences and former executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). And it was UNEP, of course, which set up the IPCC – which now has as its part-time chairman millionaire businessman Rajendra K. Pachauri.

One other member is professor Hironori Hamanaka, Chair, Board of Directors, Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). The IGES claims to be “a research institute that conducts pragmatic and innovative strategic policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.” It will come as no surprise, therefore, to learn that the organisation works very closely with TERI, whose Director-General is millionaire businessman Rajendra K. Pachauri.

Yet another is Ms Huguette Labelle, also a Board Member of the UN Global Compact organisation, the very same UN to which millionaire businessman Rajendra K. Pachauri belongs. Hilariously, Ms Labelle is Chair of Transparency International, the global civil society organisation “leading the fight against corruption.” TI’s mission “is to create change towards a world free of corruption.”

The Board also includes professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University. This is the same Earth Institute which set up the Climate-Risk Center, inviting millionaire businessman Rajendra K. Pachauri to become its first Board Chairman.

One other interesting character is Dr. Emil Salim, an adviser to Indonesia’s President on environment and sustainable development issues. But he is also a member of APFED – the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development. One of its major activities is sponsoring the “Partnership Initiatives for Knowledge Network and Capacity Building” – in conjunction with TERI as a major partner, the Director General of which is millionaire businessman Rajendra K. Pachauri.

And last but not least is Professor Dadi Zhou, Director General (Emeritus) of the Energy Research Institute, which of course is otherwise known as TERI, the Director General of which is millionaire businessman Rajendra K. Pachauri.

No longer, it seems, does Rome hold a pre-eminent position. In this brave new world of climate change and sustainable development, all roads lead to Rajendra K. Pachauri.

Particularly interesting is Dr Pachauri’s connection with the “not-for-profit organisation” TERI. As we learn from its website, this used to stand for Tata Energy Research Institute, but was renamed in The Energy And Resources Institute in 2003. Nothing sinister, I’m sure, in its decision to play down the Tata connection; nor in the fact that Dr Pachauri makes no mention of the fact that he is funded by Tata on his website. And obviously, it is quite normal that TERI makes no disclosure on its website – or in its downloadable annual report (all you get is a pie chart with no figures on it) – about its financial arrangements: the pay scales of its 800 staff members and its esteemed director general are quite rightly hidden from the world’s prying eyes.

Nevertheless, as Christopher Booker has noted elsewhere, one of the global business interests which will make – and indeed already has made – large sums of money thanks to the climate doom scenarios of the IPCC, is the Indian giant Tata. By fingering CO2 as the primary driver of AGW, the IPCC has been primarily responsible for creating the market in carbon trading. Dr Pachauri was, of course, the lead author on the IPCC’s second report which paved the way to Kyoto – which in turn ushered in the world’s first carbon trading schemes.

As Booker reported, what has been great for Tata’s bottom line has not been so good for useful for the 1700 workers who recently lost their jobs in Redcar, North Yorkshire, when the owner of the Corus steelworks – Tata – decided to close its plant.

The real gain to Corus from stopping production at Redcar, however, is the saving it will make on its carbon allowances, allocated by the EU under its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). By ceasing to emit a potential six million tonnes of CO2 a year, Corus will benefit from carbon allowances which could soon, according to European Commission projections, be worth up to £600 million over the three years before current allocations expire.

Will this make any difference at all to the quantities of plant food – sorry, deadly, planet-destroying CO2 – pumped into the atmosphere? Not at all, as Booker goes on to explain:

But this is only half the story. In India, Corus’s owner, Tata, plans to increase steel production from 53 million tonnes to 124 million over the same period. By replacing inefficient old plants with new ones which emit only “European levels” of CO2, Tata could claim a further £600 million under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism, which is operated by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – the organisers of the Copenhagen conference. Under this scheme, organisations in developed countries such as Britain – ranging from electricity supply companies to the NHS – can buy the right to exceed their CO2 allocations from those in developing countries, such as India. The huge but hidden cost of these “carbon permits” will be passed on to all of us, notably through our electricity bills.

Thus, at the end of the day, Redcar will lose its biggest employer and one of the largest manufacturing plants left in Britain. Tata, having gained up to £1.2 billion from “carbon credits”, will get its new steel plants – while the net amount of CO2 emitted worldwide will not have been reduced a jot.

This is the real reason why so many big businessmen, bankers, politicians, scientists – led, of course, by Al Gore – are backing stiffer, pan-global governmental legislation on carbon emissions. Because there are such stupendous quantities of money to be made.

Last year, on official figures, buying and selling the right to emit CO2 was worth $126 billion across the world. This market, now enriching many of our leading financial institutions (not to mention Al Gore), is growing so fast that within a few years it is predicted to be worth trillions, making carbon the most valuable traded commodity in the world. Forget Big Oil: the new world power is Big Carbon.Truly it has been a miracle of our time that they have managed to transform carbon dioxide, a gas upon which all life on earth depends, into a “pollutant”, worth more than diamonds, let alone oil. And many of those now gathered in Copenhagen are making a great deal of money out of it.

One thing is for certain in all this business: Dr Pachauri’s behaviour has been beyond reproach. We know this because Dr Pachauri is a fervent advocate of what he calls “sustainable consumption”. A committed vegetarian, he believes that we should all learn to fly less, be made responsible for energy use in our hotel bedrooms (”I don’t see why you couldn’t have a meter in the room to register your energy consumption from air-conditioning or heating and you should be charged for that”), eat less meat, and do without ice in our water in restaurants (”It is just an enormous amount of waste that we don’t even think about”). It would be quite outrageous to suggest that a man of such extreme ascetism could in any way be benefiting financially by the worldwide promotion of AGW theory.

Nevertheless, with the best will in the world, does the good Dr Pachauri not feel there might be certain potential conflict-of-interest issues between his role as head of the IPCC and his sundry business interests?

Oh, and while he’s mulling over that question, here are a few more of Dr Pachauri’s business interests listed below, as disclosed by Business Week.

Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is a Strategic Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. He has been a Director-General of The Energy Research Institute (TERI) since April 2001. Dr. Pachauri has been Head of Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi (now known as The Energy and Resources Institute) since April 2001.He has been the President of the Asian Energy Institute since 1992. Dr. Pachauri has been the President of the International Association for Energy Economics … since 1988. He has been Chairman and Member of the Advisory Group at Asian Development Bank since May 2009. Dr. Pachauri has been an Independent Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd., since June 26, 2006. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Pachauri serves as Director of GloriOil Limited. He serves as Director of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan. Dr. Pachauri serves as a Member of External Advisory Board of Chicago Climate Exchange, Inc. He serves as Member of the Advisory Board on Energy. Dr. Pachauri serves as a Member of the International Advisory Board of Toyota Motors. He serves as a Member of Climate Change Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG. Dr. Pachauri served as Chairman of the International Association for Energy Economics from 1989 to 1990. He served as an Independent Director of NTPC Ltd. (National Thermal Power Corp.), from January 30, 2006 to January 2009. Dr. Pachauri served as a Director of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited until August 28, 2003. He served as non-official Part-time Director of NTPC Ltd., from August 2002 to August 2005. Dr. Pachauri served as a Director of Gail India Ltd. from August 18, 2003 to October 26, 2004. He served as Director of Tata Energy Research Institute., since 1981. Dr. Pachauri serves as Member of National Environmental Council, Government of India under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of India. He serves as a Member of the International Solar Energy Society, World Resources Institute, World Energy Council. Dr. Pachauri has been Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India since July 2001. He serves as Member of the Oil Industry Restructuring Group, for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. Dr. Pachauri serves as a Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He served as an Advisor to the Government of India. Dr. Pachauri also served as Director of Consulting and Applied Research Division at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. He served as Visiting Professor, Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University. Dr. Pachauri served as a Member of the faculty of several prominent academic and research institutions and has published 22 books and several papers and articles. He received the Padma Bhushan award. Dr. Pachauri was a Senior Visiting Fellow of Resource Systems Institute, East — West Center, USA. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at The World Bank, Washington, DC and McCluskey Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University. Dr. Pachauri received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Economics from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A. and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1972.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk
By: James Delingpole

Adam Kokesh Amazing Speech to Pass Around!

Adam Kokesh’s speech (Revolution March)

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H1N1 vaccine liquidation sale now on: Hurry while supplies last!

(NaturalNews) All of a sudden, H1N1 vaccines are available all across America. Walgreens and other pharmacies are pushing the vaccines as if there were an “everything must go” liquidation sale under way. Hurry, get your swine flu vaccine today before everybody figures out they’re useless!

The marketability of vaccines has a strict time limit. They’re only in demand during the fear phase of a pandemic, and that fear phase has long since faded for H1N1. Virtually everyone who wants an H1N1 vaccine has already received one, and the rest of the population is beginning to notice something quite curious: People who got the vaccine are no better off than those who skipped it. In fact, there’s no difference in mortality between those who were vaccinated and those who weren’t, indicating yet again that the swine flu vaccine was a medical hoax to begin with.

If you don’t believe me, just ask the potentially hundreds of thousands of parents who gave their children one of the recently recalled H1N1 children’s vaccines. These vaccines were recalled because they were found to be so weak that they were medically useless. But observant parents are noticing a curious fact: Children who received the “useless” (recalled) vaccine have been no worse off than those who received a full-strength vaccine.

The strength of the vaccine, in fact, appears to be entirely irrelevant to the health outcomes of children. Vaccine or not, strong or weak, children’s reaction to the pandemic has virtually nothing to do with any treatments offered by conventional medicine.

In fact, the greatest determining factor in the health outcomes of children has most likely been their blood levels of vitamin D. But that isn’t tracked by medical professionals… nor even prescribed by them. So we’ll probably never know the exact correlation between vitamin D and H1N1 prevention.

Millions of useless vaccines

So now we have a situation where the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars acquiring H1N1 vaccines that, by the time they were delivered for consumption, were already irrelevant to public health. Does anybody really believe at this point that swine flu is a deadly pandemic that will kill you if you don’t receive a vaccine? You’d have to really look hard to find someone so uninformed (and brainwashed) that they’re making the H1N1 vaccine a priority in their life right now.
So what we’re going to end up with here is a huge stockpile of H1N1 vaccines that nobody wants. Sure, the pharmacies, clinics and hospitals will try to push as many of them as they can (even offering free vaccines sooner or later, just to get people into their stores), but in the end, they’re inevitably going to be sitting on millions of extra doses of vaccine with nowhere to inject them.

There are two solutions for this, from Big Pharma’s point of view:

Strategy #1 – Drum up more fear with the aim that it will boost consumer demand for vaccines. This can be accomplished by getting the mainstream media to highlight the few isolated cases of infants or children dying from H1N1 infections (all of whom are almost certainly vitamin D deficient, again).

Strategy #2 – Mandate mass vaccinations. This is unlikely to happen now that H1N1 appears to have fizzled out. The public won’t go for mandatory shots unless the situation gets a whole lot worse. Of course, Big Government can always force such mandates upon the public, but in the current political climate, such an effort would be met with a backlash of public protest.

So that leaves the last option: Flushing H1N1 vaccines down the drain, and this is exactly what will eventually be done with millions of unsold doses. After all the hype, all the empty promises, all the billions of dollars spent and all the fear mongering, a huge portion of these drugs are just going to be flushed down the toilet, essentially, because that’s how hospitals, pharmacies and even drug makers get rid of excess pharmaceuticals.

Polluting the environment with H1N1 vaccines

There’s a huge environmental concern in all this, of course: What’s the effect of dumping millions of doses of H1N1 DNA / RNA into the public sewer system? No one really knows. It’s yet another grand Big Pharma experiment. And how about the chemical additives, preservatives and adjuncts added to the vaccines? What impact will all those chemicals have on the environment?
It’s a startling fact that the sewage expelled by one city ends up in the public drinking water of the next city downstream. Sewage is treated, of course, to achieve EPA-regulated “safe” status before it’s dumped back into the rivers, but the EPA doesn’t regulate something called “DNA pollution.” DNA and RNA can be dumped into the sewage systems in virtually unlimited quantities, without any regulatory oversight (the FDA doesn’t regulate drug disposal either).

If you think about it, then, this whole swine flu fiasco has been a huge scam of paying money to the drug companies in order to flush swine flu genetic material down the drain. This is the brilliance of government-led health policy, by the way: Spend good money to pollute the planet with potentially dangerous genetic material that might one day end up recombining with some other opportunistic viral candidates circulating in the wild.

What a clever way to help cause the next great pandemic, huh? It’s almost a perfect recipe for vaccine repeat business: Take today’s most virulent pandemic strain, replicate it in pharmaceutical labs around the world, then dump it into the environment for mass distribution. That’s essentially what’s happening here. It sounds insane, but it’s exactly what’s about to take place when the H1N1 liquidation sales are over and medical retailers just start flushing all these vaccines down the drain.

No EPA regulations

There are no EPA regulations that limit the dumping of vaccines directly into the public sewage system, by the way. Dumping excess pharmaceuticals down the drain is routine in modern medicine. Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and patients routinely flush pharmaceuticals down the drain. This is why you can now find HRT drugs, antidepressants and blood pressure drugs in the fish near any major U.S. city. So many drugs are now dumped into the sewers that rivers have become Big Pharma runoff zones that poison the fish and destroy aquatic life. No wonder the world’s oceans are dying — they’re all being bathed in Big Pharma’s chemical waste!

But that’s not the end of this story: In places all across America, sewage waste is used to make fertilizer that’s spread on crops. The solid sewage waste is called “biosolids” or “black gold,” and it’s used by farmers and gardeners as a soil additive. What the people using this toxic sludge don’t realize is that it’s contaminated with Big Pharma’s toxic chemicals. And soon, it may be contaminated with H1N1 vaccine material from all the millions of unused doses that pharmacies couldn’t manage to peddle to consumers.

In the end, all those unused vaccines will eventually end up as crop fertilizer. It’s yet another reason to avoid monoculture crops and grow your own food using biodynamic gardening methods, huh?

Source: Natural News.com, Dec 18 2209

Aspartame alert: Diet soda destroys kidney function

(NaturalNews) Scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have revealed results from a study outlining some of the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body. Conducted on a group of 3,000 women, the results indicated that those who drank two or more artificially-sweetened beverages a day doubled their risk of more-rapid-than-normal kidney function decline.

The study accounted for various other risk factors including the woman’s age, her blood pressure, if she smoked, and if she had any other pre-existing conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. The 11-year study evaluated the effects of all sweetened drinks on progressive kidney decline and discovered that two or more diet drinks leads to a two-fold increase in rapid kidney decline incidences.

Though study results did not show any correlation between sugar- or corn syrup-sweetened drinks and the onset of rapid kidney decline, these ingredients are implicated in causing diabetes and obesity and should not be perceived as safe merely because they did not have a direct correlation in this particular study topic.

High sodium intake was also implicated in the study as promoting progressive kidney decline. Since diet soda contains excessive amounts of sodium, higher than sugar soda, it is no surprise that diet sodas were the primary offenders in the study. However it is unclear from this particular study which ingredient plays the larger role in progressive kidney decline, the artificial sweeteners or the sodium content.

Studies on aspartame

When aspartame was first approved in the 1970s under the name “NutraSweet”, studies were submitted as supposed proof that the artificial chemical was safe. The FDA initially approved the chemical in 1974 for use in a limited number of foods based upon the studies submitted by G.D. Searle Co., the company that invented aspartame.

Following a discovery made shortly thereafter by a research psychiatrist who found that aspartic acid, a primary ingredient in aspartame, caused holes to form in the brains of mice, the FDA decided to form its own internal task force to investigate the initial claims made by the Searle Co.

What the agency discovered was a series of falsified claims, compromised study results, and missing information. The claims made in favor of aspartame were so dubious and the evidence so faulty that the FDA decreed that a grand jury should investigate Searle Co.’s claims. Unfortunately, the case failed to move forward when U.S. Attorney Thomas Sullivan and Assistant U.S. Attorney William Conlon failed to initiate any legal action. Conlon was later hired by the law firm that represented Searle Co.

Investigation revealed that aspartame had caused tumors, seizures, brain holes, and death in many of the studies. All negative findings had been altered or scrubbed from the final reports delivered to the FDA when aspartame was first reviewed.

Time and time again the question over whether aspartame is safe has led to investigations that never go anywhere. Studies are continually released in support of the chemical’s safety even though they fail to address the results of other studies that show it to be harmful.

Other artificial sweeteners

A study published in the January, 2008 issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health revealed that the newer artificial sweetener, sucralose, alters gut microflora and inhibits the assimilation of dietary nutrients.

Commonly marketed as being “made from sugar”, sucralose had undergone no long-term human studies to verify its safety in humans. Like aspartame, initial studies revealed negative reactions by lab animals on whom it was tested, indicating that there could be the same potential problems in humans.

The EU Food Commission, Canadian health officials, and the U.S. FDA all rejected the initial studies submitted by McNeil Nutritionals, the marketers of sucralose, because of the negative results. However they encouraged the company to continue researching until they “got it right”. McNeil simply lowered the levels of sucralose used in their studies until an acceptable limit was found. After several tries, sucralose was finally approved.

Stevia, a safe alternative

A great many varieties of artificial sweeteners have been approved, many scandalously, despite the fact that safe, natural alternatives exist. Stevia, for instance, is a sweet herb from South America that is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Claiming inadequate safety research, the FDA has long refused the herb from being included on the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list.

Up until last year, all forms of stevia could only be sold as dietary supplements. The extract could not be labeled as a “sweetener” and it could not be included in any food items.

Once the parent companies of both Pepsi and Coca-Cola discovered how to manipulate and patent a segment of stevia, however, it suddenly became safe to use as a sweetener and is now sold on grocery store shelves in packets similar to the artificial sweeteners. The FDA reluctantly added the natural stevia extract to the GRAS list as well.

Stick with natural and unprocessed
When it comes to health, a person’s best bet is to avoid artificial sweeteners altogether. There are plenty of preferable, safe alternatives such as stevia which will allow for a little extra sweetness without all the harmful side effects.

Sources for this story include

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a…

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009…

http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/co…

Source: Natural News.com

Increase Your Carbon Footprint

There are today on the plains of India and China men and women, plague-ridden and hungry, living lives little better, to outward appearance, than those of the cattle that toil with them by day and share their places of sleep at night. Such Asiatic standards, and such unmechanized horrors, are the lot of those who increase their numbers without passing through an industrial revolution.

– T.S. Ashton, The Industrial Revolution (1961)

Our two-year old granddaughter was at our house recently. She was joyously stomping her feet, in rhythm to some piece that had been performed in her music class. The delight with which she carried out her highly-energized dance reflected a spirit that is particularly evident among small children, an approach that the adults in their lives are often quick to squelch. Our birth certificate announces to the institutional order the arrival of another conscript to be molded into servo-mechanisms programmed to serve “obligations” that are neither of our origins or to our benefit: dancing and other joyous expressions that serve no institutional ends are to be discouraged.

As I watch my grandchildren pursue their spontaneous senses of learning, pleasure, and action that inhere in life itself and require no abstract affirmation, I am reminded of the many misanthropic humanoids who will beset them with demands to restrain their sense of well-being and to temper their happiness. Unable to find meaning within themselves, such pathetic beings endeavor to compensate for this shortcoming by seeking power over others. They do so by identifying with and becoming agents of institutions, those well-organized entities that are destructive of both individual lives and civilizations. It is on behalf of the interests of such instrumentalities that most of our social pathologies get played out.

This campaign to draw children into the vortex of personal and societal destructiveness will initially be undertaken by parents whose best-of-intentions are matched by their own lifelong conditioning in the cult of duty. Soon thereafter, the child will be brought into schools and churches for further inculcation, while the media and, ultimately, the state await with their more persistent and forceful reinforcement.

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East Anglia University eMails Searchable All In One Page

On 20 November 2009, emails and other documents, apparently originating from with the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.

The authenticity of these emails has been confirmed by most of the relevant parties including the CRU at Univeristy of East Anglia and many of the authors. These emails contain some quite surprising and even disappointing insights into what has been happening within the climate change scientific establishment. Worryingly this same group of scientists are very influential in terms of economic and social policy formation around the subject of climate change.

As these emails are already in the public domain, I think it is important that people are able to look through them and judge for themselves. Until I am told otherwise I have no reason to think the text found on this site is true or false. We provide this information as a curiosity and hopefully as a basis for better understanding of the motivations and behind-the-scenes discussions of a small but influential group of scientists who have apparently taken their scientific work beyond the realm of scientific inquiry and into the domain of political activism. Ultimately, we hope you will be the judge of that assertion yourself. If you have questions, you may email me at eastangliaemails@gmail.com

Ways to use this search:

  • Enter keywords in the search box (try not to use quotation marks, the system automatically checks the words of your phrase and returns best match first
  • See the menu below, all emails are laid out in pages of 25 or you can click on the filename (if you know what you need) to simply view a single file
  • See what keywords and phrases others have been using recently and just click on those to see what is there

I really just made this because I really couldn’t see me going through the sheer number of text files in any realistic fashion. This will help me find emails that are being discussed on forums and blogs I read.

But this page is now being hit a lot, so I feel it only fair that I tell you what I am hoping to get done – and for you to send me suggestions or ideas (or tips). I’m hoping to get the time tomorrow to also make the various Word and Excel files online and searchable, and also to do what I can with the text from the PDF files (some might be easier than others). I am also hoping to get some improvements done to the overall search box to make the results weighted to number of hits for main keywords / filter out unimportant words (you, me and I) and make the tool more useful. You may email me at eastangliaemails@gmail.com

The entire thing is running off a single mysql database and three main php scripts, the emails are parsed automatically into the database and there is also another file that I made earlier that generated hard copy html files just to get something online.

Hope you enjoy!

Source: East Anglia eMails.com

Austin Citizens Battle Water Fluoridation

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Click here for the full unedited video.
http://blip.tv/file/2933396

This video is from citizens communication in front of the Austin Environmental Board dealing with city water fluoridation on December 2nd 2009.

Austin Fluoridation Report
http://www.austinchronicle.com/media/…

MSDS Sheets on the product used to Fluoridate Austin Water
http://www.lciltd.com/lciprod.htm

Fluoride Free Austin
http://www.fluoridefreeaustin.com/

Information on Edward L. Bernays, the father of modern propaganda.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Engi…

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