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Say sayonara to seafood – the oceans are no longer safe to eat from in the wake of Fukushima

Posted in analysis, disaster, ecological crisis, environment, food, health, nuclear, renewable, science, sustainability, video, wellness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2013 by jtoddring

It looks like sushi time is over – seafood is no longer safe to eat after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Fukushima continues to dump 300-400 tons of radioactive contaminated water into the Pacific every hour.

Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945.

Polar bears in Alaska are losing their hair and showing skin burns from radiation poisoning.

Pacific herring from Canadian waters are hemorrhaging and bleeding from their eyes. Of the 100 herring examined, all were bloody.

Thyroid disease, thyroid cancer and testicular cancer are among the greatest risks to humans from radiation poisoning.

Stop eating seafood now – at least from the Pacific. Eat seaweed or take seaweed capsules or powder to naturally protect against radiation.

Certain herbs that have been used safely for centuries have been shown to support proper thyroid function as well: Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, lemon balm (which makes a great iced or hot tea), licorice, black walnut and the amazingly healing flax seed. It would be wise now to include these in our diets, along with sea vegetables, green tea and antioxidant-rich foods.

Sad but true: one nuclear accident, and the entire Pacific is poisoned. No more nukes. Have we learned our lesson yet?

http://banoosh.com/blog/2013/08/27/at-the-very-least-your-days-of-eating-pacific-ocean-fish-are-over/

Americans Now Primed for WWIII

Posted in American politics, Barack Obama, dollar crisis, end-game, fossil fuel, geopolitics, imperialism, Iran, nuclear, nuclear war, nuclear weapons, Obama, oil, peace, political economy, politics, politics of oil, propaganda, U.S., war with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2013 by jtoddring

(Gallup: Staggering 99 Percent of Americans See Iran’s Nuclear Program as ‘Threat’
Americans See Civilian Program as a Bigger Threat Than North Korea’s Actual Nukes
by Jason Ditz, February 20, 2013)

            “A grim new poll from Gallup shows an overwhelming majority of Americans, indeed 99 percent of them, believe that Iran’s civilian nuclear program is a threat “to the vital interests of the United States.”

            The poll reflects the near complete saturation of American opinion with politicians’ claims of the “threat” posed by Iran’s civilian program, in spite of repeated reports conceding that Iran isn’t presently developing nuclear weapons and that it may indeed never choose to do so.

            This disconnect from reality is underscored when compared with other questions in the same poll, with only 97 percent viewing North Korea’s actual nuclear weapons a threat, despite North Korea itself spending a large amount of time trying to convince people that it is a threat.

            This was the first time Gallup specifically asked about either nation’s nuclear program, and previously had only asked about their respective militaries. Past polls have showed Americans believing Iran to be their “greatest enemy,” though its military was not perceived as an enormous threat in and of itself.

            The poll will likely be a complicating matter for the P5+1 talks with Iran later this month, as Iran is hoping to negotiate a solution which will end international military threats against it, but the popular sentiment seems to be clearly averse to Iran keeping its civilian program.”

This is extremely dangerous. War with Iran would mean WWIII – as the world’s leading trend analyst, Gerald Celente has made clear – since China and Russia have an economic and military alliance with Iran, and both are, of course, nuclear super-powers. Russia and China have been conducting joint military defense operations with Iran for some time now. China in particular is dependent upon Iran’s oil, and is highly protective of Iran. Both Chinese and Russian top officials, including the Russian president, have said that they would not tolerate an invasion or attack on Iran: and all options are on the table – just as Obama has said – including nuclear weapons.

Following a massive build up of US naval forces in the region, Russia has now executed its largest naval deployment in decades, and has centred it in the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, within striking distance of most US bases and US naval ships in the Middle East. All of this is extremely foreboding – and insanely reckless and Strangelovian on the part of the aggressors who are threatening war: the Washington and Wall Street elites, and their crony allies.

See Gerald Celente, Noam Chomsky, Max Keiser, Global Research and Michel Chossudovsky for more on the issue. Only global warming and Fukushima-type nuclear disasters present as great a danger as nuclear war – although nuclear war would be slightly quicker in making the earth uninhabitable for humans – and war with Iran presents the highest risk of starting a global nuclear holocaust. Preventing war with Iran is therefore the highest priority of any issue at present, along with the fight to halt global warming, and efforts to rapidly shift away from nuclear power. Nothing compares in magnitude to these three giant threats to human safety and survival.

War with Iran must be prevented at all costs. They have no nuclear weapons program, as intelligence sources confirm, but like the lies about weapons of mass destruction that led the American people to support war on Iraq, lies may work again. And the propaganda machine is gearing up – and more disturbingly, it is winning.

As Chomsky has said, if we want nuclear non-proliferation in the region, we should make it a nuclear weapons free zone, as most nations in the region want. The problem is, the nation in the region with nuclear weapons – Israel – doesn’t want a nuclear weapons-free zone, and neither does its close ally and dominant benefactor, the United States. Attempts to create a nuclear weapons-free zone in the region have been blocked repeatedly by Washington and Israel. This is the problem. Washington has no interest in nuclear non-proliferation. If it did, it would commence disarmament itself, and also stop blocking the establishment of nuclear weapons-free zones.

Washington wants global hegemony, as it has proven for a very long time, over and over again. Now, the Washington political elite, and the financial elite and military-industrial-security complex, which together control Washington, are risking global thermo-nuclear war, for the sake of dollar hegemony, further astronomical profits, and the propping up of the Western corporate empire. This is beyond mad.

The risk is as extreme as it gets. War with Iran risks the entire northern hemisphere of the globe becoming uninhabitable for the next 100,000 years. And war could erupt literally any day now. The forces are all in place, and the war drums are beating.

Speak up now, or prepare to move to somewhere a lot closer to the South Pole.

JTR,
February 21, 2013

March on the Pentagon, Mar. 17: Iraq, Iran & Oil…

Posted in activism, Afghanistan, Brzezinski, Bush, Dylan, empire, imperialism, Iran, Iraq, Jefferson, Middle East, nuclear, oil, peace, pentagon, the world's other superpower, war, war crimes, War on Terror on March 14, 2007 by jtoddring

March on the Pentagon, Mar. 17:
Iraq, Iran & Oil


The coward will ask is it safe?…Vanity, is it politically expedient or popular? But conscience will always ask, is it right?

– Mahdi Bray

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

On the 4th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, and as the neoconservatives in Washington and their corporate backers plan an attack on Iran, popular opposition to such wars of empire and aggression mounts. “The other superpower” – the citizens of the world, according to the business press and the UN – is beginning to wake. Hopefully we will not be too late. The age of empires is approaching its twilight hour, but it may not die peacefully. Let us usher it out as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

As to Canadian troops in Afghanistan, about the only thing we are accomplishing is to lend legitimacy to the U.S. imperial war for oil. If we keep this up, Canada can forget about its reputation as a peace-keeping nation. Presently, we are a propaganda machine for U.S. military aggression. We are lending diplomatic cover for wars of empire. Get the troops out now! Bring them home.

“On March 17, 2007, the 4th anniversary of the start of the criminal invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around the country will descend on the Pentagon in a mass demonstration to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. The message of the 1967 march was “From Protest to Resistance,” and marked a turning point in the development of a countrywide mass movement.

“The people of the United States want an end to the war in Iraq. The elections in November were a clear repudiation of the Bush administration’s war of aggression. The new Congress, however, has no intention of ending the war. Bush and the Pentagon generals are determined to prolong the war. Tens of thousands of more troops will be sent to Iraq. We are building a massive antiwar movement on the national and local level. Only the action of the people will stop the war.

“We are returning to the Pentagon because the Iraq war has resulted in more than 655,000 Iraqi deaths (Lancet), on top of more than 1 million killed by sanctions between 1990-2003. This is genocide.

“We are returning to the Pentagon to demand the immediate closure of Guantánamo and all other torture facilities. The grotesque revelations of torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib were the tip of the iceberg. Punishing a few rank and file soldiers and counting on the mass media to tire of the story, the Pentagon has tried to conceal the reality that it engages in arbitrary detention and torture of those it identifies as “enemies.”

“We are returning to the Pentagon to demand an end to the surveillance and other spy programs conducted against the people of this country by the Pentagon and other agencies.

“We are returning to the Pentagon because it maintains 714 military bases in 130 countries to extend the influence of US transnational corporations, oil giants and banks. The slogan of national security and the war on terror stands exposed as a pretext for a global empire enforced by military might and limitless violence.

“We are returning to the Pentagon to challenge the system that is addicted to war and global domination. The Iraq war is a criminal endeavor based on lies. It was always about conquering the entire Middle East with its vast repositories of oil. While the Iraq war has been an absolute catastrophe for the entire people of Iraq and for tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, it must be remembered that many U.S. corporations are benefiting. They are the recipients of new Pentagon orders for weapons, supplies and contracts. The Iraq war costs approximately $279 million each day. That breaks down to more than $11 million every hour of every day of the year. The total cost of the Iraq war will be $2 trillion, according to the Iraq Study Group report.

“Unless the people act now, the human and economic costs of the war will only increase. Let’s unite and stand together at the Pentagon on March 17.”

– Statement from the ANSWER coalition on why we’re marching (for full text see links below)

We have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its population… In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality… We should cease to talk about vague and…unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.”

– Chief long-term strategic planner for the U.S. National Security Council,
George F. Kennan, in a 1948 State Department Brief: the now-declassified NSC 68.

Note: This is not new. Bush is only the latest of war criminals. He is the successor to empire – an empire that is in crisis and crumbling, desperate to shore itself up while it may still be possible.

“The Neo-conservative agenda under the Bush administration should be viewed as the culmination of a (bipartisan) “Post War” foreign policy framework, which provides the basis for the planning of the contemporary wars and atrocities including the setting up of torture chambers, concentration camps and the extensive use of prohibited weapons directed against civilians.

“From Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, to the CIA sponsored military coups in Latin America and Southeast Asia, the objective has been to ensure US military hegemony and global economic domination, as initially formulated under the “Truman Doctrine”. Despite significant policy differences, successive Democratic and Republican administrations, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush have carried out this global military agenda.

“What distinguishes the Bush administration in relation to the historical record of US sponsored crimes and atrocities, is that the concentration camps, targeted assassinations and torture chambers are now openly considered as legitimate forms of intervention, which sustain “the global war on terrorism” and support the spread of Western democracy.

To reverse the tide of war requires a massive campaign of networking and outreach to inform people across the land, nationally and internationally, in neighborhoods, workplaces, parishes, mosques, schools, universities, municipalities, on the dangers of a US sponsored war which contemplates the use of nuclear weapons. The message should be loud and clear: It is not Iran which is a threat to global security but the United States of America.

“The corporate media also bear a heavy responsibility for the cover-up of US sponsored war crimes. Until recently these war preparations involving the use of nuclear weapons have been scarcely covered by the corporate media. The latter must also be forcefully challenged for their biased coverage of the Middle East war.

“What is needed is to break the conspiracy of silence, expose the media lies and distortions, confront the criminal nature of the US Administration and of those governments which support it, its war agenda as well as its so-called “Homeland Security agenda” which has already defined the contours of a police State.”

– Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, Ottawa U.,
founder and director of the Center for Research on Globalization


Intelligent people realize that American claims to be a moral and democratic force are mere pretense behind which hides a policy of military aggression.”
– Paul Craig Roberts, former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal

“[A] plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran [is]… Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in, quote/unquote, ‘defensive’ US military action against Iran…”
– Zbigniew Brzezinski, before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, February 1, 2007 (emphasis added)

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

~ James Madison

“The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.”
– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd American President

“Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.” – Thomas Jefferson


March on the Pentagon, March 17

Transportation for March 17

March 17 Actions Across Canada

“Why I’m marching on the Pentagon”

1,500+ endorsers of the March on the Pentagon – March 17, 2007

Appetite for Oil Fuels America’s Warmongering

Al Gore: U.S. Oil Financed Harper

Criminals Control the Executive Branch

Gangsters for Capitalism

Bush Is About to Attack Iran: Why Can’t Americans See it?

The Unthinkable: The US- Israeli Nuclear War on Iran

The Criminalization of US Foreign Policy

Bill Moyers: The Secret Government – PBS Video

The Power of Nightmares: BBC Documentary Shreds the War on Terror Myth

*** Even Conservatives Hate Republicans Now

US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack

America’s nuclear ticking bomb

Evidence of US coercion of IAEA members against Iran revealed

Looking for a Gulf of Tonkin-like Incident

Why is the US press silent on Brzezinski’s warnings of war against Iran?

The Pentagon’s “Second 911”

The World Can Halt Bush’s Crimes by Dumping the Dollar

Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home – Howard Zinn

BringThemHomeNow.org

Bring ’em Home

Gold Star Famillies For Peace

Military Families Speak Out

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Veterans For Peace

NDP Petition to the House of Commons – Support our troops. Bring ’em home.

YouTube – Country Joe McDonald – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die (Woodstock 1969)

YouTube – COUNTRY JOE – Support The Troops

YouTube – Black Sabbath-War Pigs

YouTube – Blair & Bush ‘Don’t Give a Damn’

YouTube – Bob Dylan – Masters of War

YouTube – The Unversal Soldier

Peace Takes Courage

The Pernicious Price of Petroleum

Peak Oil intro – CBC 2min.

‘Living on an illusion’ – CNN video on oil depletion

Peak Oil alert – Houston Business Journal:

An Open Letter to Greg Palast on Peak Oil

Will The End of Oil Mean The End of America?

We Were Warned: Tomorrow’s Oil Crisis – CNN

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror

The War for Oil – BBC – Part 1/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 2/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 3/3

Video – Robert Newman History of oil – Google Video

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – order video

Making Sweden an OIL-FREE Society

YouTube – Bob Dylan – Masters Of War – full version

Posted in activism, Afghanistan, Brzezinski, Bush, Dylan, empire, imperialism, Iran, Iraq, Jefferson, Middle East, nuclear, oil, peace, pentagon, the world's other superpower, war, war crimes, War on Terror on March 14, 2007 by jtoddring

March on the Pentagon, Mar. 17:
Iraq, Iran & Oil


The coward will ask is it safe?…Vanity, is it politically expedient or popular? But conscience will always ask, is it right?

– Mahdi Bray

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

On the 4th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, and as the neoconservatives in Washington and their corporate backers plan an attack on Iran, popular opposition to such wars of empire and aggression mounts. “The other superpower” – the citizens of the world, according to the business press and the UN – is beginning to wake. Hopefully we will not be too late. The age of empires is approaching its twilight hour, but it may not die peacefully. Let us usher it out as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

As to Canadian troops in Afghanistan, about the only thing we are accomplishing is to lend legitimacy to the U.S. imperial war for oil. If we keep this up, Canada can forget about its reputation as a peace-keeping nation. Presently, we are a propaganda machine for U.S. military aggression. We are lending diplomatic cover for wars of empire. Get the troops out now! Bring them home.

“On March 17, 2007, the 4th anniversary of the start of the criminal invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around the country will descend on the Pentagon in a mass demonstration to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. The message of the 1967 march was “From Protest to Resistance,” and marked a turning point in the development of a countrywide mass movement.

“The people of the United States want an end to the war in Iraq. The elections in November were a clear repudiation of the Bush administration’s war of aggression. The new Congress, however, has no intention of ending the war. Bush and the Pentagon generals are determined to prolong the war. Tens of thousands of more troops will be sent to Iraq. We are building a massive antiwar movement on the national and local level. Only the action of the people will stop the war.

“We are returning to the Pentagon because the Iraq war has resulted in more than 655,000 Iraqi deaths (Lancet), on top of more than 1 million killed by sanctions between 1990-2003. This is genocide.

“We are returning to the Pentagon to demand the immediate closure of Guantánamo and all other torture facilities. The grotesque revelations of torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib were the tip of the iceberg. Punishing a few rank and file soldiers and counting on the mass media to tire of the story, the Pentagon has tried to conceal the reality that it engages in arbitrary detention and torture of those it identifies as “enemies.”

“We are returning to the Pentagon to demand an end to the surveillance and other spy programs conducted against the people of this country by the Pentagon and other agencies.

“We are returning to the Pentagon because it maintains 714 military bases in 130 countries to extend the influence of US transnational corporations, oil giants and banks. The slogan of national security and the war on terror stands exposed as a pretext for a global empire enforced by military might and limitless violence.

“We are returning to the Pentagon to challenge the system that is addicted to war and global domination. The Iraq war is a criminal endeavor based on lies. It was always about conquering the entire Middle East with its vast repositories of oil. While the Iraq war has been an absolute catastrophe for the entire people of Iraq and for tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, it must be remembered that many U.S. corporations are benefiting. They are the recipients of new Pentagon orders for weapons, supplies and contracts. The Iraq war costs approximately $279 million each day. That breaks down to more than $11 million every hour of every day of the year. The total cost of the Iraq war will be $2 trillion, according to the Iraq Study Group report.

“Unless the people act now, the human and economic costs of the war will only increase. Let’s unite and stand together at the Pentagon on March 17.”

– Statement from the ANSWER coalition on why we’re marching (for full text see links below)

We have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its population… In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality… We should cease to talk about vague and…unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.”

– Chief long-term strategic planner for the U.S. National Security Council,
George F. Kennan, in a 1948 State Department Brief: the now-declassified NSC 68.

Note: This is not new. Bush is only the latest of war criminals. He is the successor to empire – an empire that is in crisis and crumbling, desperate to shore itself up while it may still be possible.

“The Neo-conservative agenda under the Bush administration should be viewed as the culmination of a (bipartisan) “Post War” foreign policy framework, which provides the basis for the planning of the contemporary wars and atrocities including the setting up of torture chambers, concentration camps and the extensive use of prohibited weapons directed against civilians.

“From Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, to the CIA sponsored military coups in Latin America and Southeast Asia, the objective has been to ensure US military hegemony and global economic domination, as initially formulated under the “Truman Doctrine”. Despite significant policy differences, successive Democratic and Republican administrations, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush have carried out this global military agenda.

“What distinguishes the Bush administration in relation to the historical record of US sponsored crimes and atrocities, is that the concentration camps, targeted assassinations and torture chambers are now openly considered as legitimate forms of intervention, which sustain “the global war on terrorism” and support the spread of Western democracy [sic].

To reverse the tide of war requires a massive campaign of networking and outreach to inform people across the land, nationally and internationally, in neighborhoods, workplaces, parishes, mosques, schools, universities, municipalities, on the dangers of a US sponsored war which contemplates the use of nuclear weapons. The message should be loud and clear: It is not Iran which is a threat to global security but the United States of America.

“The corporate media also bear a heavy responsibility for the cover-up of US sponsored war crimes. Until recently these war preparations involving the use of nuclear weapons have been scarcely covered by the corporate media. The latter must also be forcefully challenged for their biased coverage of the Middle East war.

“What is needed is to break the conspiracy of silence, expose the media lies and distortions, confront the criminal nature of the US Administration and of those governments which support it, its war agenda as well as its so-called “Homeland Security agenda” which has already defined the contours of a police State.”

– Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, Ottawa U.,
founder and director of the Center for Research on Globalization


Intelligent people realize that American claims to be a moral and democratic force are mere pretense behind which hides a policy of military aggression.”
– Paul Craig Roberts, former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal

“[A] plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran [is]… Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in, quote/unquote, ‘defensive’ US military action against Iran…”
– Zbigniew Brzezinski, before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, February 1, 2007 (emphasis added)

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

~ James Madison

“The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.”
– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd American President

“Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.” – Thomas Jefferson


March on the Pentagon, March 17

Transportation for March 17

March 17 Actions Across Canada

“Why I’m marching on the Pentagon”

1,500+ endorsers of the March on the Pentagon – March 17, 2007

Appetite for Oil Fuels America’s Warmongering

Al Gore: U.S. Oil Financed Harper

Criminals Control the Executive Branch

Gangsters for Capitalism

Bush Is About to Attack Iran: Why Can’t Americans See it?

The Unthinkable: The US- Israeli Nuclear War on Iran

The Criminalization of US Foreign Policy

Bill Moyers: The Secret Government – PBS Video

The Power of Nightmares: BBC Documentary Shreds the War on Terror Myth

*** Even Conservatives Hate Republicans Now

US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack

America’s nuclear ticking bomb

Evidence of US coercion of IAEA members against Iran revealed

Looking for a Gulf of Tonkin-like Incident

Why is the US press silent on Brzezinski’s warnings of war against Iran?

The Pentagon’s “Second 911”

The World Can Halt Bush’s Crimes by Dumping the Dollar

Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home – Howard Zinn

BringThemHomeNow.org

Bring ’em Home

Gold Star Famillies For Peace

Military Families Speak Out

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Veterans For Peace

NDP Petition to the House of Commons – Support our troops. Bring ’em home.

YouTube – Country Joe McDonald – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die (Woodstock 1969)

YouTube – COUNTRY JOE – Support The Troops

YouTube – Black Sabbath-War Pigs

YouTube – Blair & Bush ‘Don’t Give a Damn’

YouTube – Bob Dylan – Masters of War

YouTube – The Unversal Soldier

Peace Takes Courage

The Pernicious Price of Petroleum

Peak Oil intro – CBC 2min.

‘Living on an illusion’ – CNN video on oil depletion

Peak Oil alert – Houston Business Journal:

An Open Letter to Greg Palast on Peak Oil

Will The End of Oil Mean The End of America?

We Were Warned: Tomorrow’s Oil Crisis – CNN

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror

The War for Oil – BBC – Part 1/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 2/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 3/3

Video – Robert Newman History of oil – Google Video

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – order video

Making Sweden an OIL-FREE Society

YouTube – Bob Dylan – Masters Of War – full version

Posted in activism, Afghanistan, Brzezinski, Bush, Dylan, empire, imperialism, Iran, Iraq, Jefferson, Middle East, nuclear, oil, peace, pentagon, the world's other superpower, war, war crimes, War on Terror on March 14, 2007 by jtoddring

March on the Pentagon, Mar. 17:
Iraq, Iran & Oil


The coward will ask is it safe?…Vanity, is it politically expedient or popular? But conscience will always ask, is it right?

– Mahdi Bray

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

On the 4th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, and as the neoconservatives in Washington and their corporate backers plan an attack on Iran, popular opposition to such wars of empire and aggression mounts. “The other superpower” – the citizens of the world, according to the business press and the UN – is beginning to wake. Hopefully we will not be too late. The age of empires is approaching its twilight hour, but it may not die peacefully. Let us usher it out as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

As to Canadian troops in Afghanistan, about the only thing we are accomplishing is to lend legitimacy to the U.S. imperial war for oil. If we keep this up, Canada can forget about its reputation as a peace-keeping nation. Presently, we are a propaganda machine for U.S. military aggression. We are lending diplomatic cover for wars of empire. Get the troops out now! Bring them home.

“On March 17, 2007, the 4th anniversary of the start of the criminal invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around the country will descend on the Pentagon in a mass demonstration to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. The message of the 1967 march was “From Protest to Resistance,” and marked a turning point in the development of a countrywide mass movement.

“The people of the United States want an end to the war in Iraq. The elections in November were a clear repudiation of the Bush administration’s war of aggression. The new Congress, however, has no intention of ending the war. Bush and the Pentagon generals are determined to prolong the war. Tens of thousands of more troops will be sent to Iraq. We are building a massive antiwar movement on the national and local level. Only the action of the people will stop the war.

“We are returning to the Pentagon because the Iraq war has resulted in more than 655,000 Iraqi deaths (Lancet), on top of more than 1 million killed by sanctions between 1990-2003. This is genocide.

“We are returning to the Pentagon to demand the immediate closure of Guantánamo and all other torture facilities. The grotesque revelations of torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib were the tip of the iceberg. Punishing a few rank and file soldiers and counting on the mass media to tire of the story, the Pentagon has tried to conceal the reality that it engages in arbitrary detention and torture of those it identifies as “enemies.”

“We are returning to the Pentagon to demand an end to the surveillance and other spy programs conducted against the people of this country by the Pentagon and other agencies.

“We are returning to the Pentagon because it maintains 714 military bases in 130 countries to extend the influence of US transnational corporations, oil giants and banks. The slogan of national security and the war on terror stands exposed as a pretext for a global empire enforced by military might and limitless violence.

“We are returning to the Pentagon to challenge the system that is addicted to war and global domination. The Iraq war is a criminal endeavor based on lies. It was always about conquering the entire Middle East with its vast repositories of oil. While the Iraq war has been an absolute catastrophe for the entire people of Iraq and for tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, it must be remembered that many U.S. corporations are benefiting. They are the recipients of new Pentagon orders for weapons, supplies and contracts. The Iraq war costs approximately $279 million each day. That breaks down to more than $11 million every hour of every day of the year. The total cost of the Iraq war will be $2 trillion, according to the Iraq Study Group report.

“Unless the people act now, the human and economic costs of the war will only increase. Let’s unite and stand together at the Pentagon on March 17.”

– Statement from the ANSWER coalition on why we’re marching (for full text see links below)

We have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its population… In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality… We should cease to talk about vague and…unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.”

– Chief long-term strategic planner for the U.S. National Security Council,
George F. Kennan, in a 1948 State Department Brief: the now-declassified NSC 68.

Note: This is not new. Bush is only the latest of war criminals. He is the successor to empire – an empire that is in crisis and crumbling, desperate to shore itself up while it may still be possible.

“The Neo-conservative agenda under the Bush administration should be viewed as the culmination of a (bipartisan) “Post War” foreign policy framework, which provides the basis for the planning of the contemporary wars and atrocities including the setting up of torture chambers, concentration camps and the extensive use of prohibited weapons directed against civilians.

“From Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, to the CIA sponsored military coups in Latin America and Southeast Asia, the objective has been to ensure US military hegemony and global economic domination, as initially formulated under the “Truman Doctrine”. Despite significant policy differences, successive Democratic and Republican administrations, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush have carried out this global military agenda.

“What distinguishes the Bush administration in relation to the historical record of US sponsored crimes and atrocities, is that the concentration camps, targeted assassinations and torture chambers are now openly considered as legitimate forms of intervention, which sustain “the global war on terrorism” and support the spread of Western democracy [sic].

To reverse the tide of war requires a massive campaign of networking and outreach to inform people across the land, nationally and internationally, in neighborhoods, workplaces, parishes, mosques, schools, universities, municipalities, on the dangers of a US sponsored war which contemplates the use of nuclear weapons. The message should be loud and clear: It is not Iran which is a threat to global security but the United States of America.

“The corporate media also bear a heavy responsibility for the cover-up of US sponsored war crimes. Until recently these war preparations involving the use of nuclear weapons have been scarcely covered by the corporate media. The latter must also be forcefully challenged for their biased coverage of the Middle East war.

“What is needed is to break the conspiracy of silence, expose the media lies and distortions, confront the criminal nature of the US Administration and of those governments which support it, its war agenda as well as its so-called “Homeland Security agenda” which has already defined the contours of a police State.”

– Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, Ottawa U.,
founder and director of the Center for Research on Globalization


Intelligent people realize that American claims to be a moral and democratic force are mere pretense behind which hides a policy of military aggression.”
– Paul Craig Roberts, former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal

“[A] plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran [is]… Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in, quote/unquote, ‘defensive’ US military action against Iran…”
– Zbigniew Brzezinski, before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, February 1, 2007 (emphasis added)

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

~ James Madison

“The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.”
– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd American President

“Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.” – Thomas Jefferson


March on the Pentagon, March 17

Transportation for March 17

March 17 Actions Across Canada

“Why I’m marching on the Pentagon”

1,500+ endorsers of the March on the Pentagon – March 17, 2007

Appetite for Oil Fuels America’s Warmongering

Al Gore: U.S. Oil Financed Harper

Criminals Control the Executive Branch

Gangsters for Capitalism

Bush Is About to Attack Iran: Why Can’t Americans See it?

The Unthinkable: The US- Israeli Nuclear War on Iran

The Criminalization of US Foreign Policy

Bill Moyers: The Secret Government – PBS Video

The Power of Nightmares: BBC Documentary Shreds the War on Terror Myth

*** Even Conservatives Hate Republicans Now

US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack

America’s nuclear ticking bomb

Evidence of US coercion of IAEA members against Iran revealed

Looking for a Gulf of Tonkin-like Incident

Why is the US press silent on Brzezinski’s warnings of war against Iran?

The Pentagon’s “Second 911”

The World Can Halt Bush’s Crimes by Dumping the Dollar

Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home – Howard Zinn

BringThemHomeNow.org

Bring ’em Home

Gold Star Famillies For Peace

Military Families Speak Out

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Veterans For Peace

NDP Petition to the House of Commons – Support our troops. Bring ’em home.

YouTube – Country Joe McDonald – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die (Woodstock 1969)

YouTube – COUNTRY JOE – Support The Troops

YouTube – Black Sabbath-War Pigs

YouTube – Blair & Bush ‘Don’t Give a Damn’

YouTube – Bob Dylan – Masters of War

YouTube – The Unversal Soldier

Peace Takes Courage

The Pernicious Price of Petroleum

Peak Oil intro – CBC 2min.

‘Living on an illusion’ – CNN video on oil depletion

Peak Oil alert – Houston Business Journal:

An Open Letter to Greg Palast on Peak Oil

Will The End of Oil Mean The End of America?

We Were Warned: Tomorrow’s Oil Crisis – CNN

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror

The War for Oil – BBC – Part 1/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 2/3

War for Oil – BBC – Part 3/3

Video – Robert Newman History of oil – Google Video

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – order video

Making Sweden an OIL-FREE Society

YouTube – Bob Dylan – Masters Of War – full version

Global warming may cause more sudden disaster than…

Posted in climate change, collapse, conservation, disaster, drought, ecological crisis, economy, environment, flood, global warming, Katrina, Kyoto, nuclear, tipping point, West Antarctic Icesheet on December 3, 2006 by jtoddring

Global warming may cause more sudden disaster than most recognize:

If – or rather, according to scientists, when – the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapses, sea levels will rise at least 5 meters or more (over 15 feet). The West Antarctic Icesheet is approximately 2000 meters thick, holds an estimated 30 million cubic kilometers of water, and covers an area the size of Mexico. New evidence indicates that this may be a sudden transition, and not a gradual one. In other words, global warming may hit us far more dramatically and abruptly than most anticipate.

The Larsen Ice Sheet collapsed in 2002, and did so suddenly. New evidence from ice core samples taken by a New Zealand team of scientists shows that sudden transitions – from ice sheet to open ocean – have been the case in the past.

Consider how many highly populated regions and cities are less than 5 meters above sea level. A sudden rise of sea level of 5 meters or more would have global catastrophic effects. Try to envision an equivalent effect to hundreds of hurricance Katrinas hitting us simulataneuosly around the globe. This may be pretty hard to comprehend, but the research findings indicate an ecological impact from such an event to be on an order of magnitude that may cause global systems failure for human civilization. Reading more about our history, we see that this has happened to a number of civilizations in the past. The Maya, the people of Easter Island, Sumeria, Rome: for a variety of reasons, each of these saw the collapse of a civilization. Ronald Wright chronicles such trainwrecks of our collective human cultural history in A Brief History of Progress, with meticulous research, and a clear warning: it could happen to us. We would have to be pretty ignorant of our history, as well as deeply in denial as to the seriousness of our present ecological crisis, to think that such a thing couldn’t happen to us. In fact, if the West Antarctic Icesheet fell suddenly – as evidence indicates it will – we may have to rebuild from the ground up.

The good news? The Maya adapted. Rome fell, but humanity carried on. Sumeria is dust, but the ongoing experiement in what it is to be human, is still alive. We need to learn from our collective mistakes. We need to learn from history.

Unfortunately, one thing we learn from history is that civilizations frequently do fall. When this happens, it is no small event, and it is certainly a great understatement to say that it is a major adjustment. We might be wise to do all we can to address our ecological crisis, and also, to address in advance the potential fallout from the crisis. If we blithely carry on and do not address the ecological crisis with the level of response it demands, we should have some idea as to what to expect. And if we do not prepare for the fallout of our self-created ecological crisis, we will quite possibly be blind-sided: like hitting an iceberg at night.

It makes no sense to be passive about the ecological crisis we’ve created for ourselves. Clearly, the intelligent thing to do is to address it: to make a rapid and intensive effort to switch to ecologically sustainable ways of living and having an economy. But while we do what is most sensible and make a dedicated and intensive effort toward a transition to a ecologically sustainable societies, communities and ways of living; we should also prepare for some unknown amount of disaster – for we have already set that in motion.

At this point it must also be mentioned that the “we” I am speaking of primarily relates to my neighbours and fellow citizens in the “leading” industrialized nations. The wealthiest 20% of the world’s populace consumes roughly 80% the world’s wealth and produces over 60% of the world’s pollution. It is the consumer society, especially in its particular form of oil-dependency and petro-chemical disposable everything, which is rapidly destroying our childrens’ future.

For example:

– The average Briton produces 126 times more carbon dioxide than someone living in Nepal

– CO2 emissions from using an electric kettle for one year in the UK are equivalent to average person’s total annual CO2 emissions in Nepal

“Lives in Bangladesh will be devastated though no fault of the people concerned. We are not causing the climate change that is killing our people. The average Bangladeshi produces .3 tons of carbon dioxide per annum; the average citizen in the world’s biggest polluting nation, the United States, produces 20 tons of CO2 each year. So as well as calling on all the world’s rich nations to reduce emissions and tackle that challenge now, we also know that a certain amount of irreversible change is upon us.”
Sabihuddin Ahmed, High Commissioner for Bangladesh

But all ethical questions aside, if we were to ask the question of appropriate response simply in terms of intelligent self-interest (if there is such a thing), what would that mean? What would be an intelligent response to such evidence regarding the ecological crisis we have created? Quite simply, face it head on. Denial and inaction will only heighten the impact later, when it becomes truly unavoidable.

Take this recent statement by Richard Jones, the vice president for engineering of the Hartford Insurance Company. “Climate change is real,” said Jones. “To me, proving that earth’s climate is changing from human actions—namely global warming—is like statistically ‘proving’ the pavement exists after you have jumped out a 30-story building. After each floor, your analysis would say, ‘so far, so good,’ and then, at the pavement, all uncertainty is removed.”

As Einstein’s protege, physicist David Bohm has said, “In the long run it is far more dangerous to adhere to illusion than to face what the actual fact is.”

Presently however, as David Suzuki put it, “We are speeding toward a brick wall at 100 mph, and everyone is arguing about where they’re going to sit.”

JTR

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Global Warming in Antarctica

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Nepal’s Farmers on the Front Line of Global Climate Change

Climate: A Stich in Time… Gwynne Dyer

How the insurance industry is putting its money on global warming

As the World Burns – MoJo report

Global Warming– Signed, Sealed, Delivered

David Suzuki Foundation: Climate Change Skeptics

Climate Change: Tipping Point

Tackle Climate Change or Face Deep Recession, World’s Leaders Warned

When It Comes to Global Warming, Market Rule Poses a Mortal Danger

It’s Hard to Explain, Tom, Why We Did So Little to Stop Global Warming

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David Suzuki News October 30, 2006: Stern warning: warmer planet, colder economy

Arctic melt may dry out US west coast – 11 April 2004 – New Scientist

Panel Sees Growing Melting Arctic Threat

Warming hits ‘tipping point’ | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

ZNet |Ecology | Siberia Melting…

David Suzuki News November 09, 2006: New report shows Ontario gaining more from conservation than nuclear power

News: The Hour: Suzuki ‘s Kyoto

Posted in climate change, collapse, conservation, disaster, drought, ecological crisis, economy, environment, flood, global warming, Katrina, Kyoto, nuclear, tipping point, West Antarctic Icesheet on December 3, 2006 by jtoddring

Global warming may cause more sudden disaster than most recognize:

If – or rather, according to scientists, when – the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapses, sea levels will rise at least 5 meters or more (over 15 feet). The West Antarctic Icesheet is approximately 2000 meters thick, holds an estimated 30 million cubic kilometers of water, and covers an area the size of Mexico. New evidence indicates that this may be a sudden transition, and not a gradual one. In other words, global warming may hit us far more dramatically and abruptly than most anticipate.

The Larsen Ice Sheet collapsed in 2002, and did so suddenly. New evidence from ice core samples taken by a New Zealand team of scientists shows that sudden transitions – from ice sheet to open ocean – have been the case in the past.

Consider how many highly populated regions and cities are less than 5 meters above sea level. A sudden rise of sea level of 5 meters or more would have global catastrophic effects. Try to envision an equivalent effect to hundreds of hurricance Katrinas hitting us simulataneuosly around the globe. This may be pretty hard to comprehend, but the research findings indicate an ecological impact from such an event to be on an order of magnitude that may cause global systems failure for human civilization. Reading more about our history, we see that this has happened to a number of civilizations in the past. The Maya, the people of Easter Island, Sumeria, Rome: for a variety of reasons, each of these saw the collapse of a civilization. Ronald Wright chronicles such trainwrecks of our collective human cultural history in A Brief History of Progress, with meticulous research, and a clear warning: it could happen to us. We would have to be pretty ignorant of our history, as well as deeply in denial as to the seriousness of our present ecological crisis, to think that such a thing couldn’t happen to us. In fact, if the West Antarctic Icesheet fell suddenly – as evidence indicates it will – we may have to rebuild from the ground up.

The good news? The Maya adapted. Rome fell, but humanity carried on. Sumeria is dust, but the ongoing experiement in what it is to be human, is still alive. We need to learn from our collective mistakes. We need to learn from history.

Unfortunately, one thing we learn from history is that civilizations frequently do fall. When this happens, it is no small event, and it is certainly a great understatement to say that it is a major adjustment. We might be wise to do all we can to address our ecological crisis, and also, to address in advance the potential fallout from the crisis. If we blithely carry on and do not address the ecological crisis with the level of response it demands, we should have some idea as to what to expect. And if we do not prepare for the fallout of our self-created ecological crisis, we will quite possibly be blind-sided: like hitting an iceberg at night.

It makes no sense to be passive about the ecological crisis we’ve created for ourselves. Clearly, the intelligent thing to do is to address it: to make a rapid and intensive effort to switch to ecologically sustainable ways of living and having an economy. But while we do what is most sensible and make a dedicated and intensive effort toward a transition to a ecologically sustainable societies, communities and ways of living; we should also prepare for some unknown amount of disaster – for we have already set that in motion.

At this point it must also be mentioned that the “we” I am speaking of primarily relates to my neighbours and fellow citizens in the “leading” industrialized nations. The wealthiest 20% of the world’s populace consumes roughly 80% the world’s wealth and produces over 60% of the world’s pollution. It is the consumer society, especially in its particular form of oil-dependency and petro-chemical disposable everything, which is rapidly destroying our childrens’ future.

For example:

– The average Briton produces 126 times more carbon dioxide than someone living in Nepal

– CO2 emissions from using an electric kettle for one year in the UK are equivalent to average person’s total annual CO2 emissions in Nepal

“Lives in Bangladesh will be devastated though no fault of the people concerned. We are not causing the climate change that is killing our people. The average Bangladeshi produces .3 tons of carbon dioxide per annum; the average citizen in the world’s biggest polluting nation, the United States, produces 20 tons of CO2 each year. So as well as calling on all the world’s rich nations to reduce emissions and tackle that challenge now, we also know that a certain amount of irreversible change is upon us.”
Sabihuddin Ahmed, High Commissioner for Bangladesh

But all ethical questions aside, if we were to ask the question of appropriate response simply in terms of intelligent self-interest (if there is such a thing), what would that mean? What would be an intelligent response to such evidence regarding the ecological crisis we have created? Quite simply, face it head on. Denial and inaction will only heighten the impact later, when it becomes truly unavoidable.

Take this recent statement by Richard Jones, the vice president for engineering of the Hartford Insurance Company. “Climate change is real,” said Jones. “To me, proving that earth’s climate is changing from human actions—namely global warming—is like statistically ‘proving’ the pavement exists after you have jumped out a 30-story building. After each floor, your analysis would say, ‘so far, so good,’ and then, at the pavement, all uncertainty is removed.”

As Einstein’s protege, physicist David Bohm has said, “In the long run it is far more dangerous to adhere to illusion than to face what the actual fact is.”

Presently however, as David Suzuki put it, “We are speeding toward a brick wall at 100 mph, and everyone is arguing about where they’re going to sit.”

JTR

Massive Ice Shelf ‘May Collapse without Warning’

The Climate Disaster is Upon Us – Now

Global Warming in Antarctica

For My People, Climate Change is a Matter of Life and Death

Nepal’s Farmers on the Front Line of Global Climate Change

Climate: A Stich in Time… Gwynne Dyer

How the insurance industry is putting its money on global warming

As the World Burns – MoJo report

Global Warming– Signed, Sealed, Delivered

David Suzuki Foundation: Climate Change Skeptics

Climate Change: Tipping Point

Tackle Climate Change or Face Deep Recession, World’s Leaders Warned

When It Comes to Global Warming, Market Rule Poses a Mortal Danger

It’s Hard to Explain, Tom, Why We Did So Little to Stop Global Warming

Climate Change: Time is Running Out

David Suzuki News October 30, 2006: Stern warning: warmer planet, colder economy

Arctic melt may dry out US west coast – 11 April 2004 – New Scientist

Panel Sees Growing Melting Arctic Threat

Warming hits ‘tipping point’ | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

ZNet |Ecology | Siberia Melting…

David Suzuki News November 09, 2006: New report shows Ontario gaining more from conservation than nuclear power

News: The Hour: Suzuki ‘s Kyoto