Dr. Willis Harman: "No crisis in the history of civilized humanity compares with the challenge that the entire way of life of the modern world is not sustainable on a finite planet……nothing short of fundamental transformation of all our powerful institutions, and underlying that, of modern thought and prejudice, will alter the ultimate catastrophe."


DID ENERGY STAGNATION CREATE PRIORITIES OUT OF FOCUS?

After Iraq, WWIII ???? Are we really going for it?

CBS BOSTON, Dec. 3, 2002 Defense Department Targets Teens AP) A little-noticed provision in a new federal education law is requiring high schools to hand over to military recruiters some key information about its juniors and seniors: name, address and phone number. The Pentagon says the information will help it recruit young people to defend their country.


BBC: Monday, 2 December, 2002, 12:17 GMT Russia and China urge .....Powerful axis The visit to Beijing is Mr Putin's first stop on a tour that will also take him to Asia's other giant, India, on Tuesday. Before the trip, Mr Putin spoke of his desire to build a powerful axis encompassing Russia, China and India. Mr Putin said on Monday that Russia wants to "work hard together" with the new generation of Chinese leaders, who were revealed at last month's party congress. The BBC Beijing correspondent, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, says Russia and China are keen to develop a strategic partnership to balance American influence worldwide, which was boosted after 11 September. The two leaders also called for the Iraq crisis to be solved by political and diplomatic means, on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The BBC's Beijing correspondent says both China and Russia are deeply concerned about the prospect of a US-led war against Iraq.

A most successful Belief Implant - every child is mimicking the phrase

"Life is not Fair" (this is neither from Science nor Religion)

100% Success. Who Spread the belief? Look at that Economic Divide grow!

"The Rich-Poor Gap Grows -Limelight Stays on the Rich and the Politicians - Wealth and attention seem to follow the chosen few. Meanwhile, not much of the nation’s wealth is trickling down to Joe and Jane Sixpack."

Bringing Freedom Peace Democracy AND PROSPERIETY EVERYWHERE

Distributed to newspapers on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Information
U.S. Still Intervening Against Democracy in Venezuela - by Mark Weisbrot

CARACAS -- "Where are they getting their money?" asks historian Samuel Moncada, as the television displays one opposition commercial after another. Moncada is chair of the history department at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. We are sitting in one of the few restaurants that is open in the eastern, wealthier part of Caracas.

For two weeks during this country's business-led strike, the privately owned stations that dominate Venezuelan television have been running opposition "info-mercials" instead of advertisements, in addition to what is often non-stop coverage of opposition protests.

"I am sure there is money from abroad," asserts Moncada. It's a good guess: prior to the coup on April 11, the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy stepped up its funding to opposition groups, including money funneled through the International Republican Institute. The latter's funding multiplied more than sixfold, to $340,000 in 2001.

But if history is any guide, overt funding from Washington will turn out to be the tip of the iceberg. This was the case in Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, and other countries where Washington has sought "regime change" because our leaders didn't agree with the voters' choice at the polls. (In fact, Washington is currently aiding efforts to oust President Aristide in Haiti -- for the second time). In these episodes, which extended into the 1990s, our government concealed amounts up to the hundreds of millions of dollars that paid for such things as death squads, strikes, economic destabilization, electoral campaigns and media.

The Accumulated Financial Wealth of the Top One Percent of Households Exceeds the Combined Wealth of the Bottom 95 Percent - John Robbins can be contacted through his website, http://www.foodrevolution.org

For many people today, poverty takes a terrible toll on health. Although there are more millionaires than ever today, there are also far more people who are having difficulty meeting even the most basic human needs.

We need to talk about the fact that we have created an economy where the accumulated financial wealth of the top one percent of households exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 95 percent ("..... the poor will soon be storming" ......MAN, that is going to be a LOT of terrrorists), Where in the very midst of prodigious wealth, one in every four preschoolers live in poverty. Where it's easier for a Bill Gates to make another billion dollars than for a single mother to keep a roof over the head of her children.

The problem is not that Bill Gates and others like him are incredibly rich. The problem is that the amount of Microsoft stock Bill Gates owned in 1999 was worth twelve times the total amount of all the securities owned by all the 33 million African-Americans combined. The problem is not that Disney CEO Michael Eisner makes a lot of money. The problem is that in 1998 he made more than 25,000 times as much as the average Disney worker.

We are witnessing a level of inequality in wealth distribution that makes the extremes of medieval feudalism pale in comparison. We've created, in the words of Jeff Gates, "a sumptuous heaven for some, an ungodly struggle for most, and a living hell for many." Newspapers give us daily reports of stock prices, rejoicing when the stock exchanges rise, but rarely mention when consumer debt-loads become unbearably high. In 1998, at the height of the boom of the 1990s, more people filed for bankruptcy in the United States than went to college. In 1999, three men - Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Warren Buffet - had a net worth greater than the combined GDP of the 41 poorest nations and their 550 million people.

We need to talk about this because, in this sea of inequality, the rising tide isn't lifting all the boats. It's sinking a lot of them. Working people are experiencing increasing insecurity. They are no longer sure that they or their children will find decent work paying a living wage, or that anyone will help them out if they lose their jobs, get sick, or grow old. As the richer get richer and the poor get poorer and more numerous, increasing numbers of people experience feelings of powerlessness, social exclusion, chronic anxiety, low self esteem, social isolation, and the sense that life is out of control. This contributes substantially to heart disease, depression, and other debilitating and deadly ailments. A large and growing body of medical literature says that wealth inequality and the resultant insecurity are among the leading causes of disease, disability and death.

ABC EXCLUSIVE: Serious Mistakes?
Long before Sept. 11, 2001, two FBI agents say they were in the process of tying Osama bin Laden to an alleged terror cell in the Chicago area, but were told to back off. One agent now tells ABCNEWS the attacks were a "direct result" of FBI incompetence

Three Items Stand as Stark Reminders of Behavior Possessing Questionable Intelligence Qualities

1. Failure to Demand Fuel Energy Upgrade, and release of new Energy technologies, suppressed in secrecy for over 50 Years. New Energy Technologies, whose outcomes: solve the severe Energy issue and causal War factor; eliminates intense economic pressure and stress; wipes out pollution and global warming; erases poverty, food and water shortages; connects the opposite ends of the spectrum coursing through science and spiritual/metaphysical doctrines. STARSTEPS http://www.fuel2000.net/starsteps.htm

2. "Climate Talks Shift Focus From Emissions to Adapt, Adjust to Changes" 'adjust to premature and early deaths in pretty hospitals, in isolation, with the exhausted overworked nurse in rare attendance (for those who can afford insurance), as Kenneth Lay/Enron and the like, enjoy the glory and fruits of the peoples' labor

Choosing, with flag waving, freaking fury, to die early, is neither intelligence nor freedom.

3. Failure to question and Demand Correction to the Economic Slowdown - Unprecedented and vaunted scientific advances in every category and subject, at Universities and Research Centers, yet consumer goods cannot seem to reach the world marketplace - a world exploding in population and needs. Where poverty, starvation, deprivation of food, water, material goods have accelerated exponentially the last 50 years.

Now this slowdown, mingled with the Kenneth Lay/Enron Style Honest Business, is encroaching upon the American Lifestyle, depleting life savings, retirement savings, salary cuts, employee cuts, quality cuts, Vacation Benefits Package sneaking into a Coffee Break, while Europe get Five Weeks first year of employment, with productivity higher…. …………as Terrorism Explodes - i.e., "cut off your air supply, food supply, water supply - and as the end approaches, and survival needs, instinct takes over - note what you would do to stay alive. Time to change current CHOICES http://www.fuel2000.net/Daily2.htm

Hopefully, this is NOT The New Look Encroaching into the United States Constitution:

"The Freedom Pyramid Scheme":

representing American Freedom - where ALL have the opportunity (any which way you can) to reach the Top. Each and Every One of us has this great, glorious freedom and opportunity to achieve the pinnacle, the heights of Power and Rule, in the various niches. But only One gets there, the rest be dammed, as the multinationals make the rules, ignoring the screams of the people around the world, now including many Americans.

For the Legal Details of the Business Climate and Structure, and the Laws passed the last 50 years enforcing corporate rule and dominance a Factual Data summary of Laws passed, presented by Ralph Nader, David Korten, Marjorie Kelly, and Charles Derber…. The Demise of Democracy: The Rise of Corporate Power , Corporation Nation , When Corporations Rule the World
http://www.divinerightofcapital.com/The%20Demise%20of%20Democracy
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Controlling_Corporations/CorporationNation.html
http://iisd1.iisd.ca/pcdf/corprule/corporat.htm

Let's Get Real: Campaign for Corporate Reform - Recipes for Reform
· CRACK DOWN ON CORPORATE CRIME Force corporate crooks to pay it back; Toughen the punishments for corporate crooks and crooked corporations; Punish all the participants in corporate fraud, not just the CEOs; Track the cost and extent of corporate crime; Crack down on international corporate bribery
· PROTECT WORKERS AND INVESTORS
· ROLL BACK THE TIDE OF DEREGULATION

· REDUCE EXCESSIVE CORPORATE POWER AND INFLUENCE OVER GOVERNMENT

· End Corporate Personhood - The Problem: Over time, U.S. courts have granted corporations - once considered mere "creatures of law" -- the status of "persons" with specific constitutional rights, such as the right of speech and protection from search and seizure. Corporations have used these rights, along with their superior economic might, to dominate various political processes and shield themselves from normal government regulatory oversight.
· Recipe for reform: Pass a constitutional amendment to define only human beings (and not corporations) as persons entitled to the privileges and immunities of citizenship.
http://www.citizenworks.org/admin/press/corpreforms.php

Pay Attention to History.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini (Common Dreams)http://www.commondreams.org/

On Homeland Security: "An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation," the leader of another country once wrote. "We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland." _______That was Adoph Hitler, writing about creation of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany.
Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views02/1121-03.htm


BBC News- Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 09:45 GMT
Hi-tech workplace no better than factories - Staff in technology jobs work in the white collar equivalent of a 19th century factory. suffering from isolation, job insecurity and long hours, research has found. Much needs to be done to ease the intense pressure, inequality and exclusion in technology jobs

Problem of Lost Health Benefits Is Reaching Into the Middle Class New York Times 11/25/02 - A changing portrait of the 41 million Americans who do not have health insurance today. Once thought to be a problem chiefly of the poor and the unemployed, the health care crisis is spreading up the income ladder and deep into the ranks of those with full-time jobs.
……………….Gee, tough manure, let's go to college and get smarties, as education costs skyrocket, corporate competitive cost cutting implodes in salaries, job cuts, and quality - and exponentially accelerates lethal doses of marketable products and services, from tires to medicine, that we, the free people, consume daily.

 

Enron Scandal Spreads To India? (4/14/02) Accumulating Evidence: See below with additional Enron items.

HARD WORKING AMERICANS

Wall Street as a Colonial Power - By Marjorie Kelly
Author, The Divine Right of Capital ...............................Stockholders are the heroes of business. Every day, we read the Wall Street Journal, not the Main Street Journal. We hear on the radio the movement of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, not the Dow Jones Wage Average. Wages are kept secret. By definition they are a "cost," and costs are to be as low as possible. Profits for shareholders are to be as high as possible. That's because shareholders are "insiders" — only they vote in corporate governance. Employees are outsiders, who are disenfranchised.
Shareholders earn their profits by "investing," but in fact little direct investing in companies goes on. According to the Federal Reserve and SEC, 99 percent of stock is "used stock;" 99 out of 100 "invested" dollars trade in the speculative market, and never reach corporations. Still, stockholders are good guys because they're "owners" of corporations. They have dropped nearly all ownership functions -- they don't manage corporations, work at them, fund them, or accept liability for them. But since they're owners, it's fine that they extract corporate wealth forever. It's the stock market that "creates" this wealth, financial media tell us. In truth, employees create it, while stockholders pocket it.

The financial media control the narrative of business, and implicit in that narrative is the notion employee income must be kept down. Not surprisingly, nearly 30 percent of workers today make a poverty-level wage. We don't hear that. Instead we read that half of all people own stock. In truth, most own paltry amounts, and this "wealth" is eclipsed by growing debt loads. The stark fact is, the 1 percent wealthiest own half of all stock. Their income doubled between 1997 and 1999, while many earners saw income decline.

WALL STREET AND IT'S DARLINGS Happiness is............................

Bullying people from your town to China How Wal-Mart is Remaking our World
Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown - April 26, 2002
http://www.jimhightower.com

Corporations rule. No other institution comes close to matching the power that the 500 biggest corporations have amassed over us. The clout of all 535 members of Congress is nothing compared to the individual and collective power of these predatory behemoths that now roam the globe, working their will over all competing interests.

The aloof and pampered executives who run today's autocratic and secretive corporate states have effectively become our sovereigns. From who gets health care to who pays taxes, from what's on the news to what's in our food, they have usurped the people's democratic authority and now make these broad social decisions in private, based solely on the interests of their
corporations. Their attitude was forged back in 1882, when the villainous old robber baron William Henry Vanderbilt spat out: "The public be damned! I'm working for my stockholders."

Wal-Mart cultivates an aw-shucks, we're-just-folks-from-Arkansas image of neighborly small-town shopkeepers trying to sell stuff cheaply to you and yours. Behind its soft homespun ads, however, is what one union leader calls "this devouring beast" of a corporation that ruthlessly stomps on workers, neighborhoods, competitors, and suppliers.

SUMMARY: Wal-Mart and the Waltons got to the top the old-fashioned way-by roughing people up. The corporate ethos emanating from the Bentonville headquarters dictates two guiding principles for all managers: extract the very last penny possible from human toil, and squeeze the last dime from every supplier. With more than one million employees (three times more than General Motors), this far-flung retailer is the country's largest private employer, and it intends to remake the image of the American workplace in its image-which is not pretty. Behind this manufactured cheerfulness, however, is the fact that the average employee makes only $15,000 a year for full-time work. Most are denied even this poverty income, for they're held to part-time work. While the company brags that 70% of its workers are full-time, at Wal-Mart "full time" is 28 hours a week, meaning they gross less than $11,000 a year. Health-care benefits? Only if you've been there two years; then the plan hits you with such huge premiums that few can afford it-only 38% of Wal-Marters are covered. Thinking union? Get outta here! "Wal-Mart is opposed to unionization," reads a company guidebook for supervisors. "You, as a manager, are expected to support the company's position. These derring-do employees were sick of working harder and longer for the same low pay. "We signed [union] cards, and all hell broke loose," Wal-Mart is an unrepentant and recidivist violator of employee rights, A top EEOC lawyer told Business Week, "I have never seen this kind of blatant disregard for the law." Worldwide wage-depressor ...Then there's China. "We Buy American" advertising campaign, but it was nothing more than a red-white-and-blue sham. As Charlie Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee reports, "In country after country, factories that produce for Wal-Mart are the worst," adding that the bottom-feeding labor policy of this one corporation "is actually lowering standards in China, slashing wages and benefits, imposing long mandatory-overtime shifts, while tolerating the arbitrary firing of workers who even dare to discuss factory conditions and $0.13, that's cents, an hour.."


Study Says U.S. Families Working More 9/3/00

(THE PROMISE OF CLEAN CHEAP ENERGY AND MODERN TECHNOLOGY)

Martin Regalia, chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said . "We're not the rats on a treadmill; we're the rats that built the treadmill," . Richard L. Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, called Regalia's comment "absolutely ridiculous," saying several recent strikes over forced overtime show that many Americans want to spend less time on the job. "The American worker wants to spend time with their family," he said. "They value that time and they're spending more and more time on the job." Labor Secretary Alexis Herman said she has heard many of those same claims. "I hear from working Americans that they're working, often times, longer and harder, AND more family members working " she said. "I hear from working families that they need more help to balance work and family demands."

Work harder! Work harder! Work harder! Work Harder!

Obey!

Companies Do More With Less WASHINGTON, May 31, 2002

U.S. worker productivity shot ahead in the first quarter at the fastest pace in almost 19 years, the government reported Friday, as hard-pressed companies produced more with fewer workers. "All-in-all it's a win-win-win situation for the U.S. economy."
CBS MarketWatch chief economist Irwin Kellner (COMMENT INSERT: IT REALLY, REALLY, IS A WIN WIN WIN WIN FOR ALL BUT THE PEOPLE - WORKER/CONSUMER......................AAAAHH SEEE, THE WIN IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GREAT BIG INFINITE ECONOMIC DIVIDE...........for Nights, Satardays, Sundays, NO Overtime Work, does not make happy rich worker consumer feel like a winner)

MARKET NEWS: Production is INCREASING after all those enormous layoffs WITH CONTINUED SALARY SAVINGS! (NOTE: count the salaried, no overtime hours being worked daily. Saturdays. And now, lo and behold, Sundays.)

McDonalds is losing Market Share - HQ demands improved Customer Service! - from minimum wage employees? (who do not make enough money for BOTH food and rent - Solution: get in line and be a WORKING AMERICAN hunger drive RECIPIENT at XMAS? )

Give up those benefits, Sacrifice salary increases for the GOOD of the Company

Shop till you drop, as price gouging spreads like wildfire.

Or face economic sanctions: job loss, no food $, no housing $, no medical

Skyrocketing Health-Care Premiums
Health-Insurance Rates Are Rapidly Increasing, With No End in Sight - By Jackie Judd April 25, 2002 — Jon Ward was stunned when a health-insurance agent told him his company's premiums were going up 48 percent this spring.

The drug industry claims its high profits are necessary in order to conduct expensive research and development. It spends more on research than any other industry. The federally funded National Institutes of Health may be the drug industry's biggest benefactor. This government agency alone will spend more than $23 billion on research this year. And much of the research benefits the drug industry. "There's no other industry in which you have so much public investment in the fundamental knowledge that enables … the development of the commercial industry itself," said Dr. Bernadine Healy, who used to run the NIH. And how important is this publicly funded research to the industry? The NIH looked at the five top-selling drugs of 1995 in a report. It found that "NIH-funded research played a critical role" in discovering each one of those drugs. Similar to Existing Drugs A closer look reveals that much of the profits from prescription sales are not derived from breakthrough drugs, but rather from drugs that are similar to already popular medications. But, adding up all the drugs approved over the past six years, 80 percent of all those drugs were deemed by the FDA to be similar to what already exists. In other words, not a significant improvement.

US media turn on corporate excess

The Enron scandal has forced a spotlight on the gross disparities in America between the earnings of top executives and their workers, writes David Teather

Friday March 15, 2002

"Chief executives cash in too easily on crumbling corporations."
No, not another angst-ridden headline from some lily-livered British newspaper but a leader column from USA Today, the American daily.
"Executives can make tens of millions regardless of the performance of their company," it railed. "The past four chief executives at Global Crossing, the fibre optic company in bankruptcy court with Enron-like problems, got signing bonuses and loans valued at more than $36m (£25m)."
The article continued: "Kmart is hoping to pay its (now former) chief executive, Charles Conway, a $6.5m bonus, despite the fact the company is now in bankruptcy court. Even disgrace doesn't seem to matter much. When Lucent Technologies fired its then chief executive, Richard McGinn, in 2000, for example, it gave him more than $12m in cash and stock. Some punishment."

GROWTH BY GOBBLE-UP MERGERS

Many of these cuts in Service and Quality have a direct and immediate impact upon both health and LIFE

WALL STREET WINS, MAINSTREET LOSES - And we cannot help but Choke and Cheer at the same time.

 

STUDY IN OBEDIENCE

ECONOMICS FOR DUMMIES

Short Term and Long Term Investment

And Profitability Standards

The Divine Right Of Capital

The Demise of Democracy:
The Rise of Corporate Power
http://www.divinerightofcapital.com/

The Divine Right of Capital shows how the corporate mandate to maximize returns to shareholders is out of step with democratic and free-market ideals.
My aim is to start a dialogue about the core problem of capitalism. The symptoms range from bloated CEO pay, sweatshops, and speculative excess to stagnant wages, corporate welfare, and environmental indifference.

 

Published on Friday, April 19, 2002 by CommonDreams.org
Toppling the Corporate Aristocracy
Marjorie Kelly Dismantles a Major Premise of Capitalism and Makes the Case for Creating More Democratic Corporations Interview by Robert Hinkley http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0419-09.htm

http://www.commondreams.org

OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC SYSTEM IS AN ARISTOCRACY, according to Marjorie Kelly. Think British rule of the American colonies. It's based on the divine right of kings: The interests of the king are paramount; the aristocracy alone has a say in government.
At the center of the economic aristocracy we have today is the corporation, its authority based on the divine right of capital. Shareholders are king and their interests reign supreme. The aristocracy's primary goal is to pay shareholders as much as possible and pay employees as little as possible. The public good is ignored.


Uh, Oh OH!

LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2002

Toxic Algae Killing West Coast Animals (AP) Birds falling from the sky. Pelicans having seizures. Dolphins dying on beaches. For two months, a growing number of marine mammals and birds have been dying along the California coast. About 70 dolphins have washed up on state beaches, while more than 200 sea lions and 200 seabirds have gotten sick or died. One of the leading suspects is domoic acid, a potent toxin that attacks the brain. The naturally occurring toxin is produced by the plankton species Pseudo-nitzschia.The toxin moves up the food chain from the slender, glass-shelled diatoms to sardines, anchovies, crabs and other shellfish that, in turn, become dinner for birds and marine mammals.

"There's dead pelicans on the beach, and then these weird ones having seizures," said Jay Holcomb, director of the International BirdRescue Research Center. "We had the public calling in, saying, 'These birds are falling out of the sky.'"

"It's a complex biological system and I don't think we have any idea of what will happen if you begin to perturb it. You might get something worse."Christopher Scholin,Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

 

AP-NY-03-22-02 0728EST Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapses
Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapses With Surprising Speed Because of Warming Trend

The Associated Press March 19 2002-
An enormous floating ice shelf in Antarctica that has existed since the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago collapsed this month with staggering speed during one of the warmest summers on record there, scientists say.
Scientists stopped short of blaming the collapse on global warming caused by human activity. But they noted that the ice shelf had persisted through previous climate changes well before civilization began altering the environment.
"It's a profound event," said geologist Christina Hulbe of Portland State University. "This ice shelf has endured many climate oscillations over many thousands of years. Now it's gone."

Air pollution strangles blood supplyFriday, 15 March, 2002, 23:53 GMT

Pollution causes changes to the body - Air pollution causes the blood vessels to narrow - even in healthy people, scientists have shown for the first time.

Nearly Half of Coastal Waters Damaged, Not Fit For Life A new EPA report says many U.S. coastal waters are so polluted the marine life has disappeared.
Polluted Coastline April 3 2002
EPA Report Finds Nearly Half of Coastal Waters Damaged, Not Fit For Life - By Bob Jamieson - Nearly half of all the waters off the coast of the United States are so damaged they cannot fully support aquatic life, an Environmental Protection Agency report released today said.

Air pollution heart attack link Monday, 11 June, 2001, 23:51 GMT 00:51 UK
Traffic pollution may lead to heart attacks - Inhaling tiny particles of pollution could trigger a heart attack within two hours, suggest a team of researchers
Air pollution cancer fears grow Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 00:07 GMT
Particulate pollution from cars can cause ill health
A huge scientific study has produced the clearest evidence yet that long-term exposure to air pollution causes lung cancer.

Pollution linked to birth defects Sunday, 30 December, 2001, 02:50 GMT
Women exposed to high levels of ozone and carbon monoxide may be up to three times as likely to give birth to a baby with heart defects, American research suggests.

Committee points finger at air pollution Thursday, 3 May, 2001, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Tiny airborne particles make up much air pollution. It is more likely than not that air pollution shortens life expectancy, according to a committee of scientists set up to advise the Department of Health in the UK.

Air Pollution Increases Lung Cancer Risk March 5, 2002 - By Jeanie Davis WebMD Medical News ………. The brown haze on the horizon is bad for your health -- very, very bad. Long-term exposure to air pollution is a serious risk factor for heart disease and lung cancer, says a new study. In the study, researchers compared health data and death records on 500,000 Americans, all based on information collected by the American Cancer Society over a 16-year period.
"This study is compelling because it involved hundreds of thousands of people in many cities across the U.S. who were followed for almost two decades," says researcher George Thurston, ScD, associate professor of environmental medicine at NYU School of Medicine, in a news release. The team found "the strongest evidence to date that long-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution common to many metropolitan areas is an important risk factor for [death from heart disease]," writes C. Arden Pope, III, PhD, a researcher at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. "Significant increases in lung cancer [deaths]" were also linked with air pollution, says Pope. The study is published in this week's issue of Journal of the American Medical Association.
The State of the Air Many Breathe Is a Sorry State By Daniel DeNoon
WebMD Medical News - Reviewed By Dr. Gary Vogin - It's not just L.A. any more. Three out of every four Americans now breathe air so dirty it threatens the health of children, the elderly, and even outdoor joggers.

U.N. Urges 'More Crop Per Drop' as Water Dwindles
By David Brough

ROME (Reuters) - The world's increasingly grave water shortage means farmers are going to have to produce "more crop per drop" to feed its growing population, United Nations officials said on Friday.

"Water scarcity and quality will be one of the major problems of the 21st century," Godwin Obasi, secretary-general of the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told a ceremony in Rome to mark World Water Day. "It is also the biggest threat to food security," he added.

"The global demand for water is estimated to have risen nearly sevenfold from 1900 to 1995, more than double the rate of population growth," Obasi said.

According to the United Nations, some 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.

RIVERS THAT DO NOT REACH THE SEA

Increased demand for water for use in irrigation and industry has resulted in some rivers no longer reaching the sea and declining water tables in many parts of the world. Desertification is devastating farm production and the variety of plant and animal life in many areas, U.N. bodies say.

The international community is behind target in its drive to halve the number of severely malnourished people in the world to around 400 million by 2015, the U.N. says. FAO will hold a world food summit at its Rome headquarters from June 10-13 to try to get countries back on track.

Agriculture is the largest consumer of water, accounting for 72 percent of the total usage for the world, the WMO says.

Pressure on water supplies is ever more intense as the population swells in the developing world, officials said.

The global population is forecast to grow from some six billion now to more than eight billion by 2020, food and agriculture officials say.

Fresh Water Supplies Will Be Critical Issue For Earth This Century
Melbourne - Apr 09, 2002: Dr Harris says that river degradation is an example of the problems that can arise from western-style economy's demand for a constant and secure supply of water.

Water is the biggest issue the world has to face in the next 50 years, according to CSIRO's Dr Graham Harris, the opening speaker at Australia's largest-ever environmental conference - Enviro 2002.

China sounds alarm over rising sea levels BEIJING (AFP) Apr 13, 2002
China is at risk of losing its prosperous eastern seaboard to rising sea levels caused by global warming, state media said Saturday

 

Enron Scandal Spreads To India? CBS) (NEW YORK) Apr 14, 2002 9:22 pm US/Eastern
The business editor of India's largest television network says Enron offered to pay him $1 million a year to be its corporate communications chief in an effort to silence his criticism of its plan to build a $3 billion power plant there.

Raghu Dhar of Zee TV speaks to CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon for a report that reveals how Enron - with the help of two U.S. administrations - pushed for and built the plant, even though it would quadruple Indian electricity bills while guaranteeing big profits at no risk to Enron.

"Yes, of course [the job offer was to buy silence]," says Dhar, whose criticisms included pointing out that the deal called for Enron to be paid for all the power produced, whether or not it was needed or used. "These are the kinds of things which raised our eyebrows…Absolute arrogance. It was something I had not seen American companies do abroad, really," he says.

The plant would run on liquefied natural gas shipped by tanker from the Middle East, a prospect many considered odd because India has lots of coal, a much cheaper and common fuel it has traditionally used to generate electricity. It turns out Enron was going to buy the natural gas from one of its own subsidiaries. Moreover, the central Indian government would assume essentially all risks in the venture, assuring Enron a 25 percent return on its investment.

Enron has always maintained that the power plant would be beneficial to India. The World Bank refused to invest in the project and issued a report, warning that the plant and the electricity were much too expensive, but the U.S. government backed Enron's plan.

According to Pradyumna Kaul, a management consultant evaluating the Enron project for the Indian government, "the Indian government in Delhi were told that they would have no alternative but to sign [Enron's deal]. That was the only condition for the U.S. government to continue to support India on the foreign exchange financial front," says Kaul.

When the project was halted by a local politician who was elected partly by promising to stop its construction, the American ambassador to India under President Clinton, Frank Wisner, came to Enron's aid. Wisner tells Simon the project was in the best interests of India's state and central governments.

Kaul says Wisner put pressure on government officials. "He would come up and explain that if India does not go along with Enron's proposal, then foreign investment and capital flows into the country would dry up. He said it not once, [but] a number of times." When asked if Wisner was just doing his job to get business for American companies, Kaul said there were other American companies doing business in India, "But the only company and the only project which Wisner supported was Enron," he says.

Wisner joined Enron as a director of one of its subsidiaries after leaving government service, a move he said was common. "There have been hundreds of government officials…who have joined private companies after leaving their offices," he tells Simon.

The project went through, but last year, the plant shut down as India's state electric company could no longer pay Enron's bills. Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay demanded a billion-dollar bailout from the central government in India, even getting the Bush administration to set up an Enron task force to push the issue.

Those efforts bogged down after the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, the war in Afghanistan and the financial collapse of Enron, but there is still pressure on India. The current ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill, publicly mentioned the debt two months ago.

Says Dhar, "To us, at the end of the day, it was one of the worst sides of American corporate culture we saw. We felt sad because we expected amazing standards."

 

http://www.texasobserver.org/

Argentina's Economic Collapse

Associations and implications: Argentina's economic collapse, Enron, IMF & the World Bank. These Rumors warrant investigation, to confirm or dismiss

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP 4/05/02) - Argentina's president said today the nation cannot withraw $1.8 billion worth of bonds being used as currencies despite demands by the IMF. Argentina, which has defaulted on its $141 billion foreign debt, is seeking $25 billion in bailout funds to prop up the failing banking system and put the country on the road to recovery. IMF officials have said Argentina must undertake more economic reforms and present a clear plan before aid can be released.

WORLD BANK SECRET DOCUMENTS CONSUMES ARGENTINA
ALEX JONES INTERVIEWS REPORTER GREG PALAST

http://www.gregpalast.com

http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=125&row=1

AP-NY-03-27-02 0433EST Enron Caution Prompts Analyst Firing
UBS PaineWebber Stock-Watcher Says Sell, Then Loses Job By Betsy Stark


N E W Y O R K, March 26 - Stock market analysts have been faulted for not knowing how bad things were at Enron, or knowing and not warning clients. But one financial adviser for a big Wall Street firm did try to warn his clients and paid for it with his job.
Last Aug. 21, one week after Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling unexpectedly resigned from the firm and months before its financial problems became painfully obvious to the world, UBS PaineWebber financial adviser Chung Wu sent this e-mail to 73 clients just after midnight:
"Financial situation is deteriorating in Enron. … I would advise you to take some money off the table. … Waiting to make a decision would cost you a fortune."
The e-mail reached Enron executive Aaron Brown. At 1:17 that afternoon, he sent this e-mail to Wu's bosses at PaineWebber: "Please handle the situation. … This is extremely disturbing to me."
Hours later, Wu's boss, Patrick Mendenhall, fired Wu. And at 7:26 p.m., Mendenhall sent this e-mail to Wu's 73 clients: "I hereby retract Mr. Wu's statements. … UBS PaineWebber has a strong buy recommendation on [Enron] stock."

http://www.house.gov/mckinney/news/index.htm

THOUGHTS ON WAR ON TERRORISM

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/portside/message/2198

Now is the time for our elected officials to be held accountable. Now
is the time for the media to be held accountable.
Why aren't the hard
questions being asked. We know there were numerous warnings of the events to
come on September 11. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, delivered one such
warning. Those engaged in unusual stock trades immediately before
September 11 knew enough to make millions of dollars from United and American
airlines, certain insurance and brokerage firms' stocks. What did this
Administration know, and when did it know it about the events of September 11?
Who else knew and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who
were needlessly murdered?

MORE ?

4/12/02: Congresswoman: Probe Bush Over 9/11………….Lawmaker: Did Bush Ignore 9/11 Warnings? ...................."Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, a conservative Democrat who has clashed before with McKinney, D-Ga., said her statement was "loony," also "dangerous and irresponsible." He said it was an example of McKinney trying to draw attention to herself.

Unrelated Trivia - CASPIAN SEA OIL COVETED

Today the real issue is the rich oil reserves of the Caspian Sea region--the prize sought by Hitler, whose drive to that area was stopped only by the tenacious Russian defence of the Volga River city of Stalingrad.

In the late 1970s, with the Soviet discovery of vast untapped oil in Chechnya, the region was ripe for exploitation but control over Afghanistan was needed to ensure the safety of a pipeline to bring the oil to world markets. But after almost 10 years of brutal, no-quarter fighting against Afghans and Arab mercenaries including Osama bin Laden, and backed by the US, the Soviets were forced to withdraw. The economic stress of this Russo-Afghan War was enough to topple communism in the early 1990s.

Now the international bankers and oilmen have a foothold in cash-strapped Russia, and the estimated $40 billion in Caspian Sea oil is again attracting serious attention. In 1997, six international companies and the Government of Turkmenistan formed Central Asian Gas Pipeline Ltd (CentGas) to build a 790-mile-long pipeline to Pakistan and perhaps on to the New Delhi area of India. Leading this consortium was Unocal Corporation, whose president, John F. Imle, Jr, said the project would be "the foundation for a new commerce corridor for the region--often referred to as the Silk Road for the 21st century".

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/ MICHAEL C. RUPPERT

JUST IN - ABC News just found it!!! 4/24/02The sun rises over oil rigs at the shore of the Caspian Sea off Baku, Azerbaijan. (Sergei Grits/AP Photo) The Next Middle East?
JACKPOT: The Next Middle East?
Vast Oil Stores Put Caspian Sea on the Political Map
By Paul Roberts April 24 — How does an obscure, minor-league dictator make the leap to major player in the world of politics and business? One word: Oil. By Paul Roberts

This week, Saparmurat Niyazov, the president-for-life of Turkmenistan, a California-sized former Soviet republic just northwest of Afghanistan, met with officials from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in an attempt to divide one of the world's richest oil and gas regions — at the bottom of the Caspian Sea.
While talks between the leaders of the five nations in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, ended today with no agreement, for Niyazov and his colleagues, the stakes remain high.

Estimates for the oil reserves beneath this landlocked sea range from 35 billion barrels up to an optimistic 300 billion barrels. At the high end, that's more oil than even Saudi Arabia's 260 billion barrel reserve, and half as much as the entire Middle East. And while few analysts expect the Caspian to truly challenge the Middle East, its crude is already seen as shifting the global oil dynamics.

By 2020, the Caspian could be pumping out 6 million barrels of oil a day, or about 6 percent of the world's forecasted daily demand, according to the U.S. Energy Department. That, in turn, would generate about $150 million every 24 hours for the Caspian states and the Western oil companies that have partnered with them. Six percent may seem like a drop in an ocean of oil. Yet at a time when major energy consumers like the United States, Japan and Europe want to cut their dependence on the politically unstable Middle East — and when Western oil companies are desperately seeking new oil assets to put on their books — the Caspian has emerged as the petroleum equivalent of El Dorado.

"Caspian oil may eventually be as important to the industrialized world as Middle Eastern oil is today," declared former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker several years ago. Just last December, Colin Powell, the current secretary of state, described the oil reserves in Kazakhstan as being of "critical importance" to Western energy consumers in the near future. Yet as this week's contentious talks in Turkmenistan have already made clear, unlocking the Caspian's energy riches has been exceedingly difficult. Before Caspian oil can flow to Western markets, producers, consumers and oil companies must address three major issues: boundaries, pipelines and investment.

Whose Oil Is It? Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the five nations bordering the Caspian — Russia to the north, Iran to the south, Azerbaijan to the west and Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to the east — have been arguing over how to apportion the oil-rich sea floor. Pipelines in the Middle of Nowhere Even if a final resolution can be reached, there remains the daunting challenge of moving the Caspian's oil to market. The landlocked region is hundreds of miles from major shipping ports, necessitating the construction of expensive pipelines.

Last November, after years of delay and unanticipated expense, oil began to flow from the massive Tengiz fields in Kazakhstan to the Russian Black Sea port terminal of Novorossiysk, via a 990-mile, $2.5 billion pipeline built by a consortium of Western oil companies and regional governments. Yet even at its maximum capacity of 1.3 million barrels of day, this new pipeline will handle just a fraction of the total Caspian potential production. By most estimates, the region will need at least two additional pipelines — a prospect clouded in uncertainty as the United States, Russia, Iran and Turkey maneuver for control over this politically crucial part of the world.


Fossil Fuels Pollution is the Greatest Contributor to Global Warming

Denial and Deception: A Chronicle of ExxonMobil's Corruption of the Debate on Global Warming--Full Report http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/
  • ExxonMobil Wields Its Dirty Power to Block Global Warming Solutions
  • ExxonMobil Spends Millions to Avert Fossil Fuel Regulations
  • ExxonMobil Refuses to Accept Scientific Evidence of Global Warming
  • ExxonMobil Uses Political Dirty Tricks as an Arsenal Against Climate Protections
  • ExxonMobil Will Do or Say Anything to Increase the Use of Fossil Fuels Internationally

Eric V. Schaeffer, EPA Director,

Office of Regulatory Enforcement resigns

February 27, 2002 "I resign today from the Environmental Protection Agency after twelve years of service, ..................But I cannot leave without sharing my frustration about the fate of our enforcement actions against power companies that have violated the Clean Air Act. As the scale of pollution from these coal-fired smokestacks is immense, so is the damage to public health. Data supplied to the Senate Environment Committee by EPA last year estimate the annual health bill from 7 million tons of SO2 and NO2: more than 10,800 premature deaths; at least 5,400 incidents of chronic bronchitis; more than 5,100 hospital emergency visits; and over 1.5 million lost work days. Add to that severe damage to our natural resources, as acid rain attacks soils and plants, and deposits nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay and other critical bodies of water.
MOTHER JONES.COM : Environmental Protection Agency Enforcer of 12 Years Discusses Feburary Resignation by Bill Hogan / Mother Jones Magazine.........................For 12 years, Eric Schaeffer worked as chief of enforcement for the Environmental Protection Agency. That all changed in late February, when he resigned from his post, complaining that the White House was undermining anti-pollution efforts. In his resignation letter to EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman, Schaeffer wrote he had become frustrated "fighting a White House that seems determined to weaken the rules that we are trying to enforce." Schaeffer has since suggested that energy industry representatives have been allowed to shape White House policy on several environmental issues, including aspects of the 1990 Clean Air Act. "In this administration, on energy issues, it's all what the energy industry wants," Schaeffer said. "But we're talking about the Clean Air Act, not just energy policy, and the Clean Air Act is not something that should be decided by the energy industry by itself."

THE NEW ENERGY POLICY

Officials made several attempts to reach out to environmental groups, but that in many cases ``we came up with people who really didn't want to cooperate with us and they said, `check our Web site.''

THE NEW ENERGY POLICY PROMISES ANOTHER 100 PROFITABLE YEARS FOR OIL, GAS, COAL, NUCLEAR & Choking to Death - although Gaia/Earth promises a much shorter time span, before major house cleaning.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002 10:13 AM
Subject: Senate Comprehensive Energy Bill debates this week
The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth: The New Energy Policy - Oil & Gas & Coal & Nuclear http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy


Energy Dept. Defends Industry Contacts By PETE YOST
.c The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (March 27) - The Energy Department says its extensive contact with industry executives and lobbyists who are major GOP donors was a necessary part of formulating the Bush administration's energy plan last year.

``It should come as a surprise to no one that the energy secretary consults with energy experts, and whether or not these experts have made campaign contributions to the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is not an issue,'' department spokeswoman Jeanne Lopatto said Tuesday.

``The Secretary of Energy regularly meets with people in the energy field; that is his job that is something we have done from day one,'' Lopatto added.

The close working relationship between industry and Secretary Spencer Abraham and his top aides is spelled out in 11,000 pages of heavily edited documents released by court order this week.

Abraham's meeting schedules and the e-mail traffic of his busy aides reflect a department inundated with requests.

``After talking with you yesterday, the last thing you need is another issue to deal with,'' said an e-mail to Abraham's top adviser from someone at Southern Co., the biggest electric power provider in the Southeast.

In his first month in office, Abraham reached out to nearly every corner of the industry - meeting with lobbyists and CEOs representing electricity, oil, natural gas and coal interests. Meetings with CEOs of BP Amoco, Chevron-Texaco, Shell and El Paso Energy were on Abraham's list.

Lending a special air of urgency to Abraham's new job was the work of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force to which the energy secretary belonged.

Utilities like Southern were urging reform of an Environmental Protection Agency program then being used to force utilities and refineries to spend billions of dollars on anti-pollution equipment.

Earlier this month, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman suggested in testimony before Congress that utilities await the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the ``New Source Review'' program before committing to cleanups.

Southern gave $1.8 million to Republicans from 1999 to the present, according to the Center for Public Integrity, compared with $630,000 to Democrats. Southern also provided $100,000 for Bush's inauguration.

In connection with the energy plan, Abraham met with representatives of at least 20 energy corporations and trade associations that gave more than $3 million to Republicans from 1999 through 2001. Democrats received at least $1.1 million from the same sources in the same period.

Laying out a proposal that Bush adopted as his own two months later, the American Petroleum Institute last March suggested to the Energy Department that the president issue an executive order requiring federal officials to formally consider the impact on energy supplies before issuing regulations.

Petroleum Institute spokesman Mike Shanahan said the group's proposal grew out of the oil industry's concern that the government was not adhering to existing law. According to Shanahan, the industry spoke to Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., author of the National Environmental Policy Act, and that Dingell said the government was supposed to be assessing the impact of rule making on energy.

Abraham's schedule in the months leading up to the task force's report includes many contacts with energy industry heavyweights. The energy plan was announced last May.

A phone call with Exxon-Mobil chairman Lee Raymond on April 25 was followed by a meeting with coal producers, senior Bush political adviser Karl Rove and a White House political aide. One of the agenda items for the meeting: ``Energy Politics.''

The Energy Department says it has done its best to reach out in a number of directions.

Lopatto said officials made several attempts to reach out to environmental groups, but that in many cases ``we came up with people who really didn't want to cooperate with us and they said, `check our Web site.''

AP-NY-03-27-02 0433EST

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WHOLESOME EDUCATION AND ENERGY INFORMATION SYSTEMS have solved all the above issues - from identifying new and almost Free Energy Systems to identifying Behavioral Causes from Behavioral Products, including behavior shaping, and the creation of terror and terrorists. Low Self Esteem - greed, power, narcissism - and Poverty are closely tied to New Energy Systems Suppression and the Skewing of Scientific Information.

We now know that FUNDING guides ALL scientific research, including psychological.

THIS SKEWING OF ENERGY AND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS OUT OF FOCUS CAN BE LETHAL

IT IS TIME TO SCREEM DOLLARS FOR LIFE

What happened to the 5 year LOW SELF ESTEEM STUDY by Senator Vasconcellos?

Founder: TOWARD A NEW HUMAN POLITICS,
TOWARD A STATE OF ESTEEM http://democrats.sen.ca.gov/senator/Vasconcellos/

California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility,
Assembly Democratic Economic Prosperity Team (ADEPT)

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Some Reminders of Low Self Esteem Characteristics & Behaviorial Expressions, which can be both SELF and GROUP-DESTRUCTIVE.

WE ARE RUDER THAN EVER
Missed Manners - Americans Say We Are Getting Ruder and Ruder, Poll Finds By Oliver Libaw
April 3 2002 - Yammering on cell phones in public; driving obnoxiously; leaving people on hold; cursing and littering. Americans across the country say we are ruder than ever, according to a new survey released today.
The authors of the Public Agenda study agree. "It's about the daily assault of selfish, inconsiderate behavior that gets under [people's] skin on the highways, in the office, on TV, in stores and the myriad other settings where they encounter fellow Americans," said Deborah Wadsworth, Public Agenda's president.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION - CHILDREN ARRESTED FOR MOB ACTION

By Rick Hepp and Jill Blackman Chicago Tribune staff reporters Published April 4, 2002, 4:31 PM CST

Chicago police and public school security are posting extra personnel to two Far South Side elementary schools after at least 18 children at one school were injured today when they were attacked by about 20 youngsters armed with bats and sticks from another, authorities said.
Fifth District Police Cmdr. Michael Shields said the Songhai children were waiting in the playground and on a sidewalk in front of the school when pupils from Curtis ran up and attacked them with bats, sticks and lengths of 2-by-4 lumber.

Thirteen youths were taken to nearby hospitals, and five more were treated at the scene, according to Chicago Public School officials.
CHICAGO (AP 4/05/02) -- Nearly two dozen children were arrested for "mob action" Thursday in an attack on students at a neighboring school that left 18 children cut and bruised, authorities said.

KIDS AMBUSHING KIDS,

KIDS KILLING FOR KICKS WITH STICKS,

MOMS THROWING BABIES IN GARBAGE CANS,

MOM TRADING BABY FOR

 

WHO DONE IT? Could part of the causal factors be attributed to: Commercials that portray us, The Consumer, as possessing less than human intelligence?

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