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Myths of Mass Deception
Saturnalia or Brumalia
A Winter Solstice Ritual

old print of  Saturnalia
by Apollonius Sophistes
Merry Saturnalia
Old Painting of Saturnalia Celebration


The evergreen tree is a symbol of the green to come at the re-birth of Mother Earth. In ancient Egypt they laid gifts under Palm Trees during the winter celebration. In ancient Rome they used the fir tree (called the Baal Berith) as a testimony to the Pagan messiah, Baal Tamar.


The Babylonians celebrated the birth of the God Tammuz on the Winter Solstice and God Nimrod would visit the evergreen trees of the people and leave gifts upon them.

The early Christian Church frowned upon the exchange of gifts because of its Pagan origins. People refused to give up the customs of their old Pagan religions, though. Ultimately, around 700 years ago, the Christian Church decided to attribute the gift exchange to symbolize the gifts given to Jesus by the three Wise Men. It took the Church over 1,300 years to finally "borrow" the Pagan ritual of gift exchanging and call it their own.


The Romans and Saturnalia celebrations are even credited with the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. Mistletoe was used as a means to get a pretty girl to kiss you during the celebration and ultimately instigate an orgy. The Druids in Scotland and Ireland also believed that mistletoe was a symbol of fertility; a husband and wife desiring a child would hang the mistletoe around their bed during intercourse.

Cat, with misletoe tied to tail, trying to get a Holiday KMA from a Dog


The Yule log and Yule Day have Babylonian origins. Yule is the Chaldee name for an infant or little child. December 25th was called Yule Day by Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors. The night preceding Yule Day was known as Mother's Night.


The Bible does not tell Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Bible doesn't even tell us when Jesus was born. Of course we can look for "clues" within the gospels to when Jesus might have been born, and people have done that. The assumption of course is that these "clues" are authentic and not stolen from other Pagan mythology.

When the angels appear to the shepherds of Bethlehem to advise them of the birth of Jesus, the shepherds are feeding their flocks at night in the open fields. From late October to early March in Palestine one will encounter bitterly cold weather, icy rain, and sometimes even snow. Tending the flocks, much less tending them at night, is not what one finds Shepherds doing in Palestine (Bethlehem) in the middle of winter. The climate of Palestine dictates that flocks are in the field at night no later than late-October or mid-November and no sooner than early to mid-March. If we base the birth of Jesus on that clue alone, then Jesus would have been born sometime between March and late October.

It is also interesting to note that the Qur'an in Surah 19 talks about the birth of the prophet Jesus. The mother Maryam shakes the trunk of a palm tree (Qur'an 19:25) so that ripe dates fall upon her. Dates ripen in Palestine in the summer.

The Watchtower in December of 1991 stated, "The date of December 25 does not correspond to Christ's birth but to the feast of the Natalis Solis Invicti, the Roman sun festival at the solstice."

The celebration of Jesus' birth on December 25th did not start until 354 CE when Pope Gregory proclaimed the date as that of The Nativity.. Prior to 354 the Church had even guessed Jesus' birth to be in April. After the Church changed the date to December, there were Christians that refused to worship Jesus' birth in December and continued celebrating it in April. They became known as "April's fools."

Why did the Christian Church change the date to December 25th? They changed it because they were having a difficult time converting Pagans that did not want to give up their celebrations of Saturnalia, Natalis Solis Invicti, and Mithraism (among other winter solstice celebrations). Basically the change was made so Christians could say, "Hey look! We have a party, too!"

Another reason for the change to December 25th was not just to coincide with the five-day Pagan festival but also with Hanukkah. Hanukkah occurs on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which occurs usually in December. So by creating a Christian holiday around the same times as Hanukkah and the winter solstice, the early Christian Church was able to convert Pagans and Jews with the lure of a "grand party" to replace the one that the Pagans and Jews already celebrated.

Did you know Puritans banned Christmas in England during 1552? You did read the disclaimer didn't you (-;

History of Saturnalia
How Saturnalia became Christmas
by Caitlyn

Cartoon of child telling truth about pagan holidays

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Saturnalia
By Judy Andreas

Thanksgiving is nearly forgotten, Sponge Bob Square Pants has floated off into oblivion and the Santa Maria has been replaced by the Santa Claus. The stores are a symphony of Christmas spirit orchestrated by the shopping elf. The presence of Christmas is, indeed, presents. Everyone goes "buy buy." Tis the season to run up credit card debt.

On Black Friday, the Malls became mauls as the word SALE turned the counters into grab bags. Scraggly Santas coaxed children onto laps while cameras clicked a remembrance of this special occasion.

Every year, brains are racked with the annual Christmas quandary........"who" will receive "what." How much can we afford to spend and how much will we wind up spending. Nobody wants to appear cheap. Don't give's tacky. Gift certificates are a suitable subtle replacement. And, more importantly, they can be charged.

The children, having been groomed by televisions ads, are no longer merely requesting their "two front teeth, " but rather, they have donated their lengthy Christmas "wish lists" to Santa's surrogates.....Mom and Dad. Visions of X-Boxes, rather than sugar plums, dance in their heads. Billions of dollars will be spent on gifts, wrappings, candy, decorations, and greeting cards in the frenzied spending spree that appears to begin earlier every year.

Christmas trees ride on hoods of cars en route to rooms where they will be adorned, ornamented and lit. Christmas stockings enjoy their yearly hangout by the fireplace waiting to be stuffed.

In the midst of this manic merriment and joy to the world, the more contemplative ponder "What is the reason for this season?" Is it the birth of Jesus the Christ, who was born in a manger in Bethlehem on December 25th? How did Christmas devolve into little more than a mandatory ritual of gift exchanging done under the guise of family togetherness and pleasing the kiddiepoos?

Nowhere in the Bible is there any mention of the disciples singing "Happy Birthday Dear Jesus." Nowhere in the Bible is there a command to honor this day. The Bible is strangely silent. And yet, The American Book of Days, George W. Douglas, p. 658, speaks loudly on the topic. "The observance of birthdays was condemned as a heathen custom repugnant to Christians,"

Some well placed googling reveals that the origins of this holiday date back over 4000 years, centuries before the Christ child was born. The twelve days of celebrating, the Yule log, the giving of gifts and carolers going from house to house can be traced back to the early Mesopotamians.

The Mesopotamians were polytheistic. Their chief god was Marduk. Each year, as winter arrived, it was believed that Marduk would do battle with the monsters of chaos. (I cannot help but wonder if Marduk frequented the Palisades Mall in West Nyack) To assist Marduk in his struggle, the Mesopotamians held a festival for the New Year which lasted 12 days.

The ancient Persians and the Babylonians also had a similar celebration which they called Sacaea.

As daylight grew short and the Winter Solstice approached, the early Europeans feared that the sun would not return. Rituals were held to lure back the "Prodigal Sun." In Scandinavia, the return of that warm hearted orb was celebrated with a festival called Yuletide. A feast would be served around a fire burning with a Yule log.

According to some legends, "Christmas" was invented to compete with the pagan celebrations in December. The 25th of December was a sacred day for both the Romans and the Persians, whose religion was Mithraism, one of Christianity's main rivals. The Church adopted many of the Pagan rituals in their attempt to make the religion more attractive to converts.

Google as one may, there is no record of the date of Christ's birth. However, the computer of logic reveals that it is improbable if not impossible that it would have been on December 25th. Since the Biblical account states that the child was born when shepherds were "abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night" ( Luke 2:8 ), it is unlikely that shepherds in Israel would have been sleeping outside with their flocks during the month of December.

It was not until 350 AD that the Bishop of Rome, Julius 1, chose December 25th as the observance of Christmas. This was obviously influenced by the ancient Romans year end festivities to honor Saturn, their harvest god and Mithras, the god of light. The Roman feast of Saturnalia was a seven-day festival in honor of the deity Saturn. It began on December 17. Saturnalia was considered a fun and festive time for the Romans. As Christianity spread, the Church became alarmed by the continuing practice among its flock of indulging in customs such as this Saturnalian feast. If you can't beat 'em ...join 'em. Slowly but surely, the pagan ritual of using greenery to decorate homes, moved from being prohibited as idolatry to becoming an accepted custom of the festivities. Another tradition at the Saturnalia, involved exchanging candles, clay dolls, and other small gifts.

Did someone say "small?" There's an endangered word and an endangered tradition. "Small" these days describes the size of ones bank account as the calendar flips into January of the new year and people line up at the return counters of their favorite stores.

"Here she goes again, Grinch Andreas"

Not at all. Whether the reason for the season is secular or spiritual, "giving" is a separate issue. With all due respect, however, let's not confuse runaway materialism, avarice and gluttony with the spirit of generosity. Gifts come in all shapes, sizes and elements and are not necessarily located in the material. Gifts need not break the family bank nor the family's back.

Is it difficult to imagine how the gift of time must feel to the lonely?

One year I worked in a soup kitchen in New York City. Watching the endless lines of hungry people coming for their small brown bags broke my heart over and over again. And the only thing I was giving was my time.

Websites such as Giving @ Home suggest a variety of services that provide help for people whose cries would otherwise go unheard. A gift can be something as simple and economical as "listening."

Holidays are Holy Days. There are many ways that we can honor them and one another. Perhaps a little thought might be given to how these occasions can best be spent. A trip to Walmart need not be part of the ritual. - Copyright 2004 Judy Andreas

Give Peace a Chance

Wars happen when intolerance reaches epic proportions, when the reasons for war become greater than the sanctity of peace. Wars happen when we fail to realize the value of being alive. World leaders try to bring peace, but it is not an issue of institutions. It is human beings who start wars. Before a war begins outside, it starts inside.

The war on the inside is more dangerous because it is a fire that may never be put out. Wars are being fought because peace is not being found within, because it is not being allowed to unfold. We are all searching for something, we may call it success, peace, love, or tranquility. It is the same thing. What we are looking for has many names because we do not know what we need. To find what we need, we look around us. To know where to find what we are looking for, we first need to ask ourselves where we can find it. Have we considered looking within?

Living is not an easy task, especially if we want the best of it. We have to mine for it. Mining is not easy. We have to take out what we need and leave the rest. If we want to mine for peace, then we have to seek what is precious and discard what is not. The thing that we are searching for is not outside of us. It is within us. It always has been and always will be. Contentment feels good, and it is not an accident. It is not an accident that peace feels good. Peace is already here, and it resides in the hearts of all human beings.

Peace is something that has to be felt. One of the most incredible powers we have is that we can feel. When we place peace in front of that power to feel, we feel peace. We are here to be filled with gratitude, love and understanding. We carry a lamp within so bright that even in the darkest night, it can fill our world with light. This light is waiting to be found. Peace makes no distinctions. It does not care if we are rich, if we are poor, or what religion we belong to. It does not care which country we live in.

Peace is waiting to be found. Waiting to once again feel whole, not separated by all the issues that divide our lives. Peace is when the heart is no longer in duality, when the struggle within has been resolved. When peace comes to the heart, serenity follows. Love comes flooding in, uncontrolled. Joy cannot be held back. It bursts through because it is right. That is peace. Peace needs to be felt, love needs to be felt, truth needs to be felt. As long as we are alive, the yearning to feel good, to feel joy, will always be there, and as long as it is there, there will be a need for it to be discovered.

Life is a journey. We are passengers in a train called life, and we are alive in the moment called now. The journey of life is so beautiful that it needs no destination. On this journey, we have been given a compass. The compass is the thirst to be fulfilled. The true journey of life begins the day we begin to seek to quench our thirst. This quest is the most noble one. For many centuries, a voice has been calling out: "What you are looking for is within you. Your truth is within you, your peace is within you, your joy is within you." In our hearts, peace is like a seed waiting in the desert to grow, to blossom. When we allow this seed to blossom inside, then peace is possible outside. We have to give peace a chance.

Will we give peace a chance? - Prem Rawat - India Times

Decorated home and  tree  out front = Wishing YOU A Merry Saturnalia

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people sharing all the world...You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us and the world will live as one. John Lennon



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There are some things that need seriously to be clarified concerning theory of seismometers, since there is so much confusion; not only among amateur seismologists, but also even many professional geoscientists.

Ultimately, the ONLY source of seismograph excitation (no matter the instrument design) is ENERGY. Additionally, the ONLY thing that delivers energy to the seismometer is Earth's ACCELERATION at the site of the instrument. This is true not only for the instrument's response to earthquake waves whose periods are shorter than about 300 s, but also for earth 'hum' in which the instrument responds mainly to tilt, when the periods are greater than about 300 to 1000 s. Dr. Randall D. Peters -

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Pacific Packet Radio Society - PPRS - First Packet Radio Repeater - December 10, 1980
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Pacific Packet Radio Society

December 10, 1980

28th Anniversary of Historic KA6M Digital Packet Radio Repeater
First United States Wireless Data Communications

August 11th, 1981

Dear Packet Radio Enthusiast,

Thanks very much for the letter of inquiry which you sent me. The response I've received to the initial publicity about the packet repeater has been very enthusiastic, and I have been deluged with requests from hams, both locally and from various points around the country, for more information about the repeater, for schematics, for listings, specifications, modems, proms, SDLC chips, Vancouver boards, and for talks at clubs. Needless to say, all this activity, plus continuing development on the packet hardware and software has kept me very busy, and I apologize for the long delay in responding to your letter. Let me bring you up to date on what has happened, or is happening, since the initial announcement of the repeater, which went on the air in December of 1980.

In the early months of this year, the packet repeater was operating out of my residence, and was still an experimental machine. Since then, we have installed a couple of upgrades to the control software, we have used a better CPU card, increased the power level, moved the repeater to 700 feet elevation, and integrated its operation to be 100% compatible with the protocol used by the Vancouver Digital Communications Group (VADCG). The repeater has changed from being a laboratory curiosity to a major Bay Area repeater heard from Berkeley to south San Jose, and the user community has grown from a couple of stations to a network of some 30 users. The packet system here now has a mailbox on-line 24 hours a day, several on-line personal computers, and network links (courtesy of a commercial packet network) to the other active packet radio centers in Vancouver and Ottawa. We have also just installed an HF port on 20 Meters, and are beginning some experiments aimed at establishing connection with AMRAD in Washington and with equipment located at W1AW.

Most of the original packet radio experiments were done in Canada (in part due to the Canadians' pioneering communications spirit, and in part due to less restrictive regulations up there), and three main centers were at work: Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. The technology employed by each of these groups differed, and each approach has its own merits. My thinking and ideas very closely paralleled the work started by Doug Lockhart, VE7APU, and I can best report on what is happening with groups which have adopted HDLC (High-level Data Link Control) framing as the basis of their protocol. The HDLC/ SDLC frame is a new, universally accepted standard in the data communications industry, and Doug and I feel it offers a good starting point on which to build a packet radio network. As it turns out, groups in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, El Paso, Denver, Sacramento, and Hamilton have also taken up this technology, and it is likely that we already have a sufficient number of people using this technique that it will become the defacto standard in the amateur radio community.

It would be impossible for me to completely describe the protocol and equipment being used in this letter, so I will briefly cover some of the topics and give you some pointers on where to find additional information. As you might guess, this is a new area for amateur radio, and tutorial material and handbooks simply do not yet exist. Many issues and problems remain to be discussed, and there is opportunity to make substantial contributions to the state of the art. [Snip] [Continue Reading]

Thanks again for your interest. See you on the net.

Best regards,

Hank Magnuski, KA6M

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Don Letts
12 dicembre, h: 18.30 alla Libreria ShaKe in Viale Bligny, 42 Milano
Don Letts: punk, reggae, Clash e altro...

Brixton, Londra, 1977. Una rivolta infiamma il quartiere giamaicano. Un tipo con lunghi dreadlock e uno strano cappello affronta da solo la polizia. Viene immortalato in una foto che poi comparirà sull'album Super Black Market Clash dei Clash. Quel "tipo" è Don Letts. Già dal 1975, Letts gestiva un negozio in Kings Roads, "Acme Attractions", in cui, oltre a vendere vestiti di seconda mano e dischi, suonava Dub e Reggae a tutto volume.

La musica, più che la merce, sembra attirare i clienti. A pochi metri da Acme Attraction si trova il negozio di Malcolm Mclaren e Vivienne Westwood dove si danno appuntamento i futuri Sex Pistols. Il rastafarian Letts comincia a frequentare il negozio di McLaren/Westwood e viceversa. Comincia così uno scambio di "visite" tra i frequentatori dei due negozi che porta allo sviluppo di nuove idee musicali e non caratterizzate da un comune denominatore: l'insofferenza per le regole, la mancanza di spazi, il senso di ribellione.

Letts diventa subito dopo il Dj del mitico Roxy il più esplosivo club punk di Londra, dove giovani bianchi e neri si mischiavano e dove si esibirono Clash, Pistols, Siouxie e tutta la scena "77". Armato di telecamera firma più di 400 video musicali (Clash, Elvis Costello, Bob Marley, Pretenders..) e numerosi film: Dance Hall Queen, The Punk Rock Movie, Legend (documentario su B. Marley), Westway to the world (Grammy Award 2003), One Love. Dopo lo scioglimento dei Clash si unisce con Mick Jones nel progetto Big Audio Dymamite per alcuni anni, attualmente è impegnato nel The Dub Cartel insieme a Dan Donovan ex B.A.D.

Per la prima volta in Italia, Don Letts sarà in ShaKe, per parlare della sua vita, della sua carriera, e rispondere alle domande del pubblico. Coordina Carlo Antonelli, direttore di "Rolling Stone". Con proiezione di video.

12 dicembre, h: 18.00 alla Libreria ShaKe in Viale Bligny, 42 Milano
shake punto it


Alle 21 spettacolo teatrale "clash to me" racconto punk di provincia di e con andrea merendell e dopo la shake alle 23.30 Don Letts suona al Leoncavallo.

Saturday 'Wreaths Across America' ceremony planned

Written by Editor
Tuesday, 09 December 2008

LAKEPORT – On Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m., seven Christmas wreaths will be placed at Veterans Circle at Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport.

The wreaths will be placed at the base of the flag poles that represent the five branches of our military, the POWs and Merchant Marines. Hartley Cemetery is located at 2552 Hill Road East, Lakeport.

At that exact moment, wreaths will be placed all across America and other countries at military cemeteries and U.S. ships at sea.

Wreaths Across America began more than 15 years ago, when the Worcester Wreath Co. began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our nations fallen heros at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays. [Continue Reading]:

Pigs of a Feather Should Flock Together!

Oil Companies Should BAILOUT the Automobile Industry!

Stupid Congress Should Make Oil Companies Pay for An Automobile Bailout!

Bush Should Live Up to 2000 Pledge

By Terry M. Neal Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 18, 2005; 8:04 AM

During the year and a half that I covered George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, I must have heard his stump speech a thousand times. The lines changed little over the months, and the ending almost never changed -- Bush would raise his hand, as if taking an oath, and promise to restore honor and dignity to the White House.

He also vowed to restore civility to the poisonous atmosphere of the nation's capital, declaring at a GOP fundraiser in April 2000 that "it's time to clean up the toxic environment in Washington, D.C."

A few months later, Bush told voters at a campaign event in Pittsburgh that his administration would "ask not only what is legal but what is right, not what the lawyers allow but what the public deserves."

The latter comment in particular was a not-so-subtle slap at the legalistic parsing of words of both President Clinton, who parried with prosecutors over the meaning of the word "is," and Vice President Al Gore, who twisted himself into a pretzel with legalisms about raising money at a Buddhist temple during the 1996 presidential campaign.

Bush's speech resonated with many voters, and the themes of honesty and integrity helped propel him to the White House in one of the closest elections in decades.

Today, the president's White House and party are mired in scandal, and Washington waits breathlessly to see whether special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to the reporters, will indict any prominent West Wing staff members.

Political strategist Karl Rove, aka "Bush's Brain," and Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, are believed to be possible targets in the investigation. An indictment of either man would be a serious blow to the administration, but what many observers are watching is how President Bush will respond.

After all, back in June 2004 the president said he'd fire anyone involved in the leak of Plame's name. But Bush seemed to lower the standard this summer -- when it became clear that Rove and Libby did in fact have conversations with reporters about Plame -- saying only that if someone "committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration."

Given the opportunity on Monday to reassure the public that he meant all of those things he said back in 2000 during the campaign and specifically what he said in June 2004 about the Plame scandal, the president punted.

"There's a serious investigation," Bush said when asked by reporters during a White House photo-op with the Bulgarian prime minister. "I'm not going to prejudge the outcome of the investigation."

But Bush wasn't being asked by the press to "prejudge" the outcome. He was, essentially, being asked to define his standard of propriety. Does someone have to be indicted and convicted of a specific crime in the Plame case to deserve dismissal from Bush's staff? Or does a person merely have to have engaged in questionable, or possibly unethical, behavior?

The investigation into the Plame leak raises plenty of questions that the president may eventually be forced to answer. Among the biggest is what exactly have Rove and Libby told Bush about their roles in the leak?

Murray Waas raised just this question in a National Journal story earlier this month, writing:

"White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove personally assured President Bush in the early fall of 2003 that he had not disclosed to anyone in the press that Valerie Plame, the wife of an administration critic, was a CIA employee, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the accounts that both Rove and Bush independently provided to federal prosecutors.

"During the same conversation in the White House two years ago -- occurring just days after the Justice Department launched a criminal probe into the unmasking of Plame as a covert agency operative -- Rove also assured the president that he had not leaked any information to the media in an effort to discredit Plame's husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson. Rove also did not tell the president about his July 2003 a phone call with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, a conversation that touched on the issue of Wilson and Plame."

If reports such as those are true, Rove clearly misled the president about his role. And to make matters worse, the White House wittingly or unwittingly played along, in the form of White House spokesman Scott McClellan's denials two years ago that anyone in the administration had anything to do with the Plame leak.

There was a time when Bush's strength was the public's belief in his character and leadership. A CBS News poll earlier this month found that only 45 percent of people believe Bush has "strong qualities of leadership" (compared with 52 percent who don't).

At this point, we don't know if Rove or Libby or anyone else at the White House committed a crime. But given the president's past insistence that his administration would restore honor and dignity to our government, it's fair to ask how hard will Bush work to get to the truth? Will he confront Rove and Libby? Will he ask Vice President Cheney if he had any knowledge of what his top aide was doing or whether he played any role at all in the leak?

Bush's handling of the Plame issue could be a defining issue for him, as he seeks to get his presidency back on track.

If Rove, Libby or anyone else is indicted, the president should at minimum suspend that person without pay pending the outcome of the case. But even if no one is indicted, Bush should fulfill his promise to restore honor and integrity to the White House by assuring the public that strict legality is not the only standard he seeks to uphold.

Bush will have to resist his penchant for secrecy and loyalty and launch an aggressive internal investigation, pledging complete transparency -- with a full public accounting released at the end of that investigation.

Will the president send the message that he is serious about what he promised at that campaign event in Pittsburgh five years ago? Or will he suggest it all depends on what the meaning of "what is right" is?

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SHOES FOR BUSH: This Wednesday, 11 a.m., at White House

Please join CODE PINK: Women for Peace, AfterDowningStreet, and this Wednesday, December 17, 2008, in Washington, D.C., at Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House. We will have with us a large supply of shoes labeled with the names of Iraqis who have died in Bush's war. We encourage you to bring your old shoes as well. Come rally with us in solidarity with the Iraqi people to demand an immediate and complete end to the occupation of Iraq.

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Peace Activists Take Shoes to White House in Solidarity
with Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist

Call for his release and tribute to Iraqis who have suffered under US occupation

WHAT: Peace activists to gather with shoes in solidarity to Iraqi journalist
WHEN: 11 a.m., Weds. Dec. 17
WHERE: In front of White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush at a Baghdad press conference Sunday, peace activists will gather outside the White House with bags of shoes representing Iraqis and U.S. soldiers who have died since the Bush Administration's illegal invasion of Iraq.

They aim to show support for Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at President Bush while he spoke at the conference on his "surprise" visit to discuss the war. Al-Zaidi is currently being held by Iraqi police and questioned on his actions. The peace activists are calling on the Iraqi government to release al-Zaidi without charges and have set up a fund to support him and his family."

"It's outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis and 4,200 U.S. troops, and 5 million displaced Iraqis," says Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK. "The one who should be in jail is George Bush, and he should be charged with war crimes."

The gesture of throwing shoes is considered a major insult in Arabic culture.

"al-Zaidi's act of civil disobedience expresses the disgust that so many Iraqis and Americans feel towards a man who has caused so much pain and suffering," says Anas Shallal of Iraqi Voices for Peace. "It is indeed a fitting tribute to the end of the Bush reign of terror."

U.S. veterans who served in Iraq will also participate in the shoe action at the White House.

"Having one shoe thrown at George Bush pales in comparison to the suffering that veterans and Iraqis go through everyday," says Geoffrey Milliard of Iraq Veterans Against the War. "Perhaps if Bush can see some more of these shoes before he leaves office, he will feel some of our pain."

For more information, please call Medea Benjamin at 415-235-6517.
CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence. For more info, visit

Hi all,

Happy Holidays, Seasons Greenings and, in honor of the Glorious Bush Legacy, here's a flurry of flying-shoe one-liners:

• Bush wasn't surprised that Iraqis were throwing shoes at him. After all, his fellow Americans had already given him the boot.

• A perfect illustration of the erosion of the office of the Presidency under George W. Bush -- from "Leader of the Free World" to "Whack-a-Mole."

• Bush was just lucky that journalist was not a shoe-bomber.

• Leads me to wonder if all future Bush appearances will required "airport security" -- everyone surrenders their shoes to the Secret Service.

• Did you notice in the freeze-frames published in the Chron, while Bush was ducking for cover, Nouri al-Maliki continued to stand tall and unflapped at his podium?

• Don't you just know that, if it had been Bush Sr. at the lectern, Poppy would have stood up straight, snatched the incoming shoe in his bare hands, and fired them back at the attacker.

• What do you call this cultural clash of civilization: The Collision of Loafers?

I have to admit, that reporter is one of my new heroes. (It might have been different had one of his flying shoes drawn blood.)

I have an idea for a viral flash-mob event:
Are you planning to visit Washington, DC? If so, take a spare set of shoes.
Stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue and throw those shoes over the White House fence.
Why toss your tennies over a utility line when you can turn that toss into a resounding political statement?

Hear my cry, O Fellow Americans: Declare your solidarity with the shoe-slingers of the world! Toss your flip-flops on W's lawn!

Gar Smith

Bush Shoe Attack! - Comedy and Analysis from Kevin Williams

Enjoy this comedy clip of mine from my show and reporting on the shoe incident...... Kevin

The New/Old SS
December 17, 2007

Reuters - Bush's phone immunity demand wins initial Senate vote - America pukes!

Ben Sargent cartoon - You'd better watch out...
You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry,
You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why:

He Taps Your Phone & Reads Your E-Mail Too....

He's making a list, he's checking it twice,
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice:

He's Got A File On Everything You Do.

He sees when you are sleeping,
He knows when you're awake,
He knows if you've been bad or good,

So Be Good, For Goodness' Sake!

Followers mourn death of spiritual leader
Adi Da Samraj died at his Fijian ashram on Nov. 27, 2008
Adi Da Samraj died at his Fijian ashram on Nov. 27, 2008.

Written by Elizabeth Larson
Tuesday, 16 December 2008

LAKE COUNTY – Followers are mourning the death of a spiritual leader who founded a religious practice and several religious sanctuaries around the world, including one on Cobb Mountain.

Adi Da Samraj, 69, died Nov. 27 at his hermitage in Naitauba, Fiji, according to a statement from his organization, Adidam.

Adi Da was a spiritual master for 2,000 devotees worldwide, said Bill Dunkelberger, a spokesman for Adidam.

The man known to many followers simply as "Beloved" died of natural causes while in his art studio surrounded by devotees, said Dunkelberger.

"This was a sudden, unexpected event," Dunkelberger said.

Although a precise cause of death was not given, Dunkelberger said Adi Da often had told his followers that one day his spirit would "outshine" the body. Adi Da's physicians said his heart simply stopped.

Dunkelberger said Adi Da's body was interred at his Fijian ashram. It's not yet known if he left a parting message for his followers.

Born Franklin Albert Jones in Long Island, New York, on Nov. 3, 1939, he graduated from Columbia University in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from one of the university's undergraduate schools, and received a master's degree in English literature from Stanford University in 1966.

He studied with a succession of spiritual masters in the United States and India in 1964. In 1970, according to an account of his life by, "after a final period of intense spiritual endeavor, Adi Da spontaneously became re-established in the continuous state of illumination that was his unique condition at birth."

Adi Da was known by a number of names over the years, which are reported to have marked changes in his teaching work. Variously he went by the names Dhyanananda, Bubba Free John, Da Free John, Da Love-Ananda, Da Avadhoota, Da Kalki, Da Avabhasa and Dau Loloma, before taking the name Adi Da Samraj in the 1990s. The name, in Sanskrit, means “the radiant avatar, primordial giver, universal ruler.”

He created the religious practice he called "Adidam," and published more than 60 books, including a trilogy, “The Orpheum,” and an annotated bibliography of the world's religious traditions titled “The Basket of Tolerance.” Before his death, Adi Da completed "The Aletheon," which he designated his most important work, which Dunkelberger said is scheduled for publication in 2009.

In addition to writing, Adi Da also was a prolific artist, creating more than 100,000 works, some of which can be viewed at and

Dunkelberger said the sanctuaries he established included the hermitage in Fiji, and others in Kauai, Hawaii; Trinidad, Calif.; and Cobb Mountain's Mountain of Attention Sanctuary, housed on about 700 acres in the Cobb area.

The Mountain of Attention Sanctuary also is home to Adi Da's Fear-N-More Zoo, a sanctuary for a variety of animals including turtles, horses, birds, emus and many other creatures, said Dunkelberger.

During the 1980s, Adi Da – then known as Da Free John – was the focus of intense nationwide media coverage over allegations made by former followers involving, among other things, drug use, fraud, and financial and sexually abusive practices.

Lawsuits were filed, including countersuits by the Johannine Daist Communion, the previous name for the fellowship of Adidam, which claimed the lawsuits were attempts at extortion.

One of the lawsuits against the fellowship was thrown out, but another brought in 1986 by former devotee Mark Miller was reportedly settled out of court with nondisclosure agreements. A call to Miller's attorney, Ford Greene, was not immediately returned.

Adi Da's followers continue to maintain that mainstream media distorted the case, but Miller and others remain critical of the religious group and its leader, and steadfast in their assertions.

At the time of the allegations, the self-proclaimed avatar was said to have 1,000 followers. Despite the controversy about him and his teachings – which continues in some circles – his following has grown. Today, the group has grown to about 2,000 "formal" followers and thousands more who read his teachings and come to public events, said Dunkelberger.

Membership in Adidam requires devotees go through a process that includes being fully vetted and informed of their responsibilities, said Dunkelberger. "Then they make their free choice."

Responsibilities include practices of meditation and study, service to the group and a requirement to tithe 10 percent of their income, Dunkelberger said.

Adi Da's devotees live around the world, but Dunkelberger said the majority are in the United States, particularly Hawaii and California.

Those living with Adi Da were the more advanced practitioners, said Dunkelberger. He added that the Fijian ashram is open to all devotees who wish to come for a spiritual retreat.

Dunkelberger, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, became a follower in 1996 after being introduced to Adi Da's work by a friend whose daughter also was a devotee.

At the time he was 65 years old and a very "worldly" man who had served a tour of duty in Vietnam. But it was Adi Da's writing about love that affected Dunkelberger so deeply – he can remember the day, time and place where he was when he read it – that he and his wife joined Adidam and moved from their home in Vermont to Cobb.

"I thought to myself, whoever wrote this, must be the divine," said Dunkelberger.

By the time Dunkelberger joined Adidam, the controversy had passed.

"The community has long moved past that period," he said. "If there is any residual effect it's an effect among people who are not in the community."

He added, "This is not even spoken about any more."

Dunkelberger, who had international relations experience thanks to his military career, served Adi Da personally, and found that the allegations against him didn't resonate with the person he came to know., a man he called "the most loving, compassionate entity that I have ever encountered."

On a daily basis Dunkelberger gave Adi Da summaries of world news and issues. He said Adi Da was interested in everything when it came to understanding the world.

"He blessed the world daily," Dunkelberger said.

The initial reaction by followers to Adi Da's sudden death is grieving but, beyond that, Dunkelberger said they're devoted to carrying on the work he established over the last 36 years of his life.

He said no successor has been named, but a “sacred cultural authority” of Adi Da's closest followers is expected to help guide Adidam.

Dunkelberger said he believes Adi Da's greatest impact is the teaching "that love was the most powerful, indestructible force in this world."

In addition to his followers around the world, Adi Da Samraj is survived by a sister and four daughters.

Across America Holiday Decorations Are Being Replaced With Shoes
Holiday Decorations Replaced By Shoes Across America = Arrest War Criminals Bush and Cheney

Another reason to use Firefox or Safari?

Conspiracy Thoughts

This morning I read a lengthy email from Keith Lampe, a.k.a., Ro-Non-So-T, a.k.a., Ponderosa Pine, Transition Prez, titled:

WEDNESDAY, December 17, 2008 - 121708(5)_IF
An international financial, economic, political and social commentary.

and responded with the following:

On Dec 18, 2008, at 11:15 PM, prez wrote:



As we know there are two sets of rules in banking and on Wall Street - one for the anointed and one for everyone else. The anointed never go to jail for their crimes.

On Friday, it was reported that former Nasdaq stock market chairman Bernard Madoff was arrested for running a fraudulent investment business that lost $50 billion before he confessed to senior employees it was a “giant Ponzi” scheme.

Federal investigators working through the weekend to unravel Bernard Madoff’s alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme found evidence he ran an unregistered money-management business alongside his firm’s brokerage and investment-advisory subsidiaries, two people with knowledge of the inquiry said.

Clients of the undisclosed unit may have included hedge funds, according to the people, who declined to be identified or to name the funds because the probe isn’t public. Investigators from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are looking for signs that others participated in the alleged fraud and are examining why Madoff’s wife’s name appeared on documents linked to transactions under scrutiny, the people said. His wife, Ruth Madoff, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.


Yesterday i heard on the news that the SEC knew what was going on in regard to Madoff and that there may be an investigation of them.

It then occurred to me there is a slim possibility Madoff did the pre 9/11 airline trades and the reason why you got tossed between the Justice Department and SEC, without gaining useful information. ???

;-) In any case, it would be interesting to know where Madoff was on 9/11, if he had associations with the Bush Neocons pushing for an Iraq war, or knew the owner of WTC-7 (-;

I once referenced looking for the 'small items' regarding research and maybe his guilt overcame his greed, which became the reason for his getting caught ??? (It sort of looks that way.)

(chuckle) A heck of a conspiracy perspective, if one wants to pursue... (chuckle)

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Mike Wilhelm has graciously provided this song about a derelict found on the high seas taken as a salvage prize... by The Flamin' Groovies ...Merry Christmas ! [The Pirate Song will be added to Podcast page January 2009.]

Chris Wilson, lead vocal; Mike Wilhelm and James Ferrell on 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars and back up vocals; Danny Mihm, drums and back up vocal.

Song first published in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Traditional arrangement by Mike Wilhelm.

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Learn more about Chris Wilson and his new album, "Second Life"

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Peddler and His Wares by Ann Cohen
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peddler and his wares

Just before dawn Annie is sitting by the wall heater in her small wooden chair playing her harp.
There is a knock on the door.
Standing outside on her doorstep is a peddler with his musical wares.
Just as the old man knocks at the door Annie's strings sing out and fill the room.
The peddler turns around and walks back down the stone path.
On his way a triangle drops to the grass.
Annie’s strings sing to greet the morning.
The children come in and find shakers drums and the piano
And start playing the music of the room.
At nine o’clock on the dot the room becomes still.
Standing at the doorstep is the peddler and his wares.
He knocks softly on the wooden door.
Annie and the children run to the pillows stand on them and look out the window standing there is the most beautiful being we have ever seen.
Behind him on the grass is a light that sparks wonder in us all.
It is the triangle the old man had dropped before dawn.
We run to our instruments and dance with the moment
On our strings drums shakers and piano filling our hearts with joy
We sing the morning away
With out the front door opening
The peddler reaches in his bag and pulls out green blue gold and orange balls
All see and share the moment with this old man
Laughter starts in his belly and grows into a song
The green blue gold and orange balls sing as he tosses them higher
Just as his long bony fingers touch the balls
They spin round and round till songs birds appear singing For the world with all our children
Peace for all and
Share the planet softly

Love Ann

In Memory of our dear friend Allen Cohen
We miss you Allen, Peace and Love ~@~
Allen Cohen
photograph by C. Spangler
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PAPU Meets Santa Claus
PAPU Meets Santa Claus a cartoon by Xeth Feinberg
(Smashing Holiday Special) by Xeth Feinberg

Note from Karl Cohen: Christmas video that Happy Tree Friends people might like

This is a smashing statement about the holiday with Xeth's Papu. It counteracts all the sickly sweet Christmas greetings in the air in one fell swoop.

See PAPU Meets Santa Claus on - It is a Holiday Smashtacular! (that is a warning, so sit back and be surprised)


Xeth has had a long career as the Internet animator. His credits include Hard Drinkin Lincoln, Queer Duck and work for the Huffington Report..

Thank You for the Amateur Radio Greetings !!!
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Received this morning 200812.24 from Around the World

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Evolution 2009 from Spare Parts - A Rainbow Puddle Production
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Israeli Terrorism Must Stop
You Know Who Said What About Killing...
Israeli naval ship clashes with Gaza aid boat
[Israeli Ship Fires on United States Citizens]
Martin Rowson Cartoon
Martin Rowson

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli naval ship clashed on Tuesday with a small boat carrying international activists with aid for Gaza, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Israel declared the coastal territory a closed military zone after it launched air attacks on Hamas targets on Saturday. More than 345 Palestinians have been killed in the attacks.

There were no reported casualties from the incident involving the small cabin cruiser "Dignity" that sailed from Cyprus late on Monday.

It was forced to divert to Lebanon, from where a naval vessel was sent to escort it into the port of Tyre.

Free Gaza Movement told Reuters their boat, carrying 3 1/2 tonnes of medical aid with 16 people aboard, was rammed and shot at in international waters 70-80 miles off Gaza by an Israeli naval vessel. There were Europeans and Americans on board.

Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, denied there had been any shooting although the two ships had made "physical contact."

Cyprus state radio said the Cypriot government would seek explanations from Israel over the incident. The vessel was carrying medical aid donated by Cyprus and there were at least three Cypriots on board, including a Member of Parliament.

Free Gaza is a U.S.-based organisation which has sent regular shuttles of aid to Gaza from Cyprus since August. The 60-foot cabin cruiser was "pretty damaged" and leaking water, a member of the group said.

"We are determined to go to Gaza and we are looking for another boat as we speak," Free Gaza activist Derek Graham told Reuters.

"The Cypriot government gave us this medicine to deliver, and we will deliver it."

Palmor said the boat failed to respond to Israeli naval radio contact, and that an Israeli vessel "clashed with the ship." He said no one had been hurt and that the Israeli ship escorted the aid boat back to Cypriot territorial waters.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Additional reporting by Michele Kambas in Nicosia; Editing by Giles Elgood)

Republicans & Democrats are Lying Hypocrites Who Support Selective Terrorism Against U.S. Military
Assault on the Liberty by James Ennes

U.S.S. Liberty Memorial
Remember the U.S.S. Liberty
34 U.S. Military Dead, 171 Wounded


In 1954, Israeli agents working in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including a United States diplomatic facility, and left evidence behind implicating Arabs as the culprits. The ruse would have worked, had not one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to capture and identify one of the bombers, which in turn led to the round up of an Israeli spy ring.

Some of the spies were from Israel, while others were recruited from the local Jewish population. Israel responded to the scandal with claims in the media that there was no spy ring, that it was all a hoax perpetrated by "anti-Semites". But as the public trial progressed, it was evident that Israel had indeed been behind the bombing. Eventually, Israeli's Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon was brought down by the scandal, although it appears that he was himself the victim of a frame-up by the real authors of the bombing project, code named "Operation Susannah."

It is therefore a fact that Israel has a prior history of setting off bombs with the intent to blame Arabs for them.

This is not the only example of a "False Flag" operation designed to trick the United States into attacking Israel's enemies. According to Victor Ostrovsky, a Mossad defector now living in Canada, Ronald Reagan was tricked into bombing Libya by means of a radio transmitter smuggled into Tripoli by the Mossad, which broadcast messages designed to fool the United States into thinking Libya was about to launch a massive terror attack on the west. On the basis of this fake evidence, the US bombed Libya, killing Khadaffi's daughter.

The Jews of Iraq is a story by a Jewish writer revealing yet another false flag operation where Israelis used bombs and planted the blame on Arabs

More recently, Captain Ward Boston, who served as senior legal counsel for the Navy's Court of Inquiry into the Israeli attack on USS Liberty, has come forward to report that the Court of Inquiry was ORDERED to conclude that the attack was an accident by President Lyndon Johnson. In hindsight, given the use of unmarked aircraft and boats by Israel during the actual attack, it appears that Israel intended to sink the US ship and frame Egypt for the attack, tricking the US into the war against Egypt.

So, with this established history, it is now time to re-examine some facts about the World Trade Towers:

1. There is no proof at all of who was actually on the hijacked airplanes last 9/11. Even the head of the FBI admits that the only hard evidence are the names used by the hijackers on faked IDs. At least 7 of the men whose names were on those IDs have since turned up alive. Another had died back in 1999. None of the names of the alleged hijackers were on the passenger lists of the four aircraft. We do not know who was on those planes, only that we are supposed to think they were Arab Muslims.

2. The night before the attacks on the World Trade Towers, men using those stolen identities visited bars and strip clubs, making sure they would be noticed and remembered by all they met. Students of Islam will confirm that no Muslim devout enough to be willing to commit suicide would spend the night before he was to meet Allah violating so many of Islam's laws regarding alcohol and nude women. This suggests the planting of a false trail ahead of time, doubly so because we know the identities were stolen. Coupled with the deception of the faked Osama "confession" video tape , it is beyond question that deception and fraud exists in the World Trade Towers case.

3. Contrary to early reports (including a statement by George Bush) of large numbers of Israelis being killed in the 9-11 attacks, only two Israelis died, both passengers on the airplanes. No Israelis working in or near the World Trade Towers died. The foreign press has long rumored that Israelis were given an advance warning not to go to work on 9-11, and in the case of Odigo, an Israeli company with offices located near the World Trade Towers, the existence of a warning message sent before the four aircraft had even left the ground is an established fact. That someone in Israel knew of the attacks ahead of time is beyond question.

4. There is an Israeli spy ring. As in the Lavon Affair, Israeli assets have been trying to dismiss the spy ring story (apparently with the FBI's help) while accusing those who refuse to be silent of "anti-Semitism". The lesson from the Lavon case is that Israel's strident denials and smear campaigns are a sure sign that something is indeed being covered up, even as the "art students" continue to be deported. And, as a US Official stated in Carl Cameron's suppressed story on the Israeli Spy/Bugging Ring, evidence does exist that links the arrested Israeli spies with 9-11, but that this evidence has been classified by the United States Government, probably to keep from looking like total idiots at having been so easily fooled for the Nth time.

The United States has been deceived before by Israeli covert operations with the intention of harming American relations with the Arab nations. Israel has never hesitated to kill Americans (USS Liberty) or allow Americans to be killed (The bombing in Beirut that killed 241 American Marines) when it serves a purpose. And, the fact remains that Israel has exploited 9-11 from the instant when Ehud Barak appeared on the BBC moments after the attacks on the World Trade Towers (holding a prepared speech) to the aggression against the Palestinian people which has escalated non-stop ever since 9-11.

Who is responsible for the World Trade Towers attacks? We truly do not know. What we do know beyond all doubt is that someone went to a great deal of effort to provide an easy and at times all-too-obvious a target to blame. Our nation was fooled by that stunt before. The result was that our money and the blood of our children was spent to attack someone else's enemies.

There is an old saying that goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ME!"

There is another saying, "We won't get fooled again!"

[Note: On July 20, 2006 Congress gave full support to Israel, ignoring facts showing the Israel Army murdered U.S. Military (U.S.S. Liberty) and U.S. Citizen (Rachel Corrie); but then again, Congress supported the ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR, with exception to one politician (Barbara Lee) who received over 20,000 death threats because SHE WAS THE ONLY HUMAN BEING who stood behind her conviction that the IRAQ WAR was ILLEGAL and was the essence of PURE NEOCON EVIL ! ... How do they sleep knowing 'they' are responsible for the MURDER of Innocent civilians ?]

Is Ariel Sharon: The Jewish Hitler ?

"The description of Ariel Sharon as “The Jewish Hitler” is used because it is so perfectly fitting. Ariel Sharon is an evil, sadistic war criminal, an inhuman monster, as the events of today demonstrate and the following historical report makes clear. Reference is made to the fact that he is Jewish to illustrate the demented hypocrisy of racist Israeli and Jewish-American Zionists, who damn the Nazis while being virtual Nazis themselves."

In the Jerusalem Post, under the headline: US, Israel agree on disengagement terms it says, "The US administration has agreed to publish a declaration hinting at denying Palestinians the right-of-return and agreeing that the security fence surrounds some major settlement blocs in the West Bank."

Reuters, under the headline: Beset by scandal, Sharon is urged to delay U.S. trip it says, " Sharon's intention to annex large West Bank settlement blocs in the bargain has angered the Palestinians and concerned the United States for it would strip them of significant amounts of occupied territory which they seek for a viable state."

In the article, Who Won World War II it says, "Under the Bushites – whose ancestors had no scruples doing business with Hitler – Israel has become the spearhead in reviving the ideology defeated in World War II. Within a few years, Israel turned from an arrière garde fighting outdated wars for outdated causes into the avant garde of barbarism, followed closely by the USA. The whole arsenal of barbarism of Israel's occupation – the physical, tactic, strategic, linguistic, and ideological arsenal – is doing its way from Gaza to Baghdad, from Megido Prison to Guantanamo Bay, from the Jerusalem Post to the Washington Post."

In the article, Heir to the Holocaust it says, "But while President Bush publicly embraced the community of holocaust survivors in Washington last spring, he and his family have been keeping a secret from them for over 50 years about Prescott Bush, the president's grandfather. According to classified documents from Dutch intelligence and US government archives, President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. In fact, President Bush himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former president George Herbert Walker Bush."

In the article, The KKKristian KKKoalition & Pat Robertson it quotes Pat Robertson, "Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history." Pat Robertson in a 1993 interview with Molly Ivins

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As if by magic, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak appeared from BBCs main office in London with a pre written/ pre prepared speech. He Spent 30 minutes speaking about how dangerous some "Islamic" countries and terrorists are. At the end of the interview, the news reporter stated that Mr. Barak joined him an hour before it was broadcasted, meaning Barak was there even an hour earlier. In real time of events this means he was there within minutes of the blast, with a pre-written interview. He knew beforehand that the attacks would take place. It was not difficult to see that Barak came with a pre written speech as he is quick to point out all of Israel's enemies which he calls "rogue states". The answers to the interview were carefully prepared to use public sentiments created by the blast, against enemies of Israel. These could not have been developed between the time of attacks and Barak appearing on BBC. Barak's presence in UK could also not have been co-incidental at that crucial time. 11 September 2001

It appears there was a pre-written speech ready, in advance,  for the 9/11 Attack


YouTube - BBC Ehud Barak 9/11 Video

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"After what happened in New York and Washington, the whole world must now embark upon a world war against the enemies of Israel." Ehud Barak - Le Monde diplomatique [Ed. Note: Barak says "enemies of Israel" NOT 'enemies of the world, United States, OR Terrorists.] - 13 September 2001

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And why would Ariel Sharon say this less than ONE MONTH after the 9/11 Mass Murders ??? :

Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it. - Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 3 Oct. 2001.

George Bush Sitting on God's Lap
Steve Bell

God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. - George W. Bush - HAARETZ.COM

Remnant of Paradise continued


Beyond Ups and Downs

Beyond Ups and Downs using a sine wave

A sine wave can be used to represent human "Ups and Downs".

In this example a line with "Point of Ascension" is located below the lowest point of the wave which reaches above the highest point of the up and down wave; a "Point Beyond Ups and Downs", which is attainable by using the "Control (phrase): There is that one again." and personal experience.

Feminine Masculine Positive Negative Ascend De-Ascend
Feminine Masculine Positive Negative Ascend De-Ascend

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by Karl Cohen

RICHARD WILLIAMS DELIGHTED AUDIENCES AT THE BALBOA THEATRE by Karl Cohen On November 2 the Balboa Theatre had almost 500 people attend a most unlikely sounding event, a presentation on the principles of animation. What brought the audience to the theatre was the rare chance to see the presenter, the legendary British director Richard Williams. He has won 3 Oscars including two for directing the animation in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? He is also the author of The Animators Survival Kit, .the definitive book on character animation and he is presently marketing The Animator's Survival Kit Animated, a 16-disc DVD set based on master classes he presented for many years on the subject. [Continue Reading]

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Oh, I hope that I see you again I never even caught your name As you looked through my window pane -- So I'm writing this message today I'm thinking that you'll have a way Of hearing the notes in my tune -- Where are you going? Where have you been? I can imagine other worlds you have seen -- Beautiful faces and music so serene -- So I do hope I see you again My universal citizen You went as quickly as you came -- You know the power Your love is right You have good reason To stay out of sight -- But break our illusions and help us Be the light - "Message" by Michael Pinder

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