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Amazing Painted Hands

October 31st, 2008

I promised to include fun and beauty. Here it is:

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take on Zeitgeist: The Addendum (IMPORTANT)

October 30th, 2008

1) Is the Federal Reserve Engaged in Acts of Economic Warfare Against America?

“If the actions pursued by the Federal Reserve were being masterminded by Al-Qaeda, they would be denounced as acts of war. In World War II, such actions were deliberate acts of war. Targeting the economy for destruction by flooding the money supply with counterfeit currency is, by any measure, a threat to any nation.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/024427.html

2) Meet the World’s New Reserve Currency: The Chinese Yuan

“Surely, the present financial malaise which has its roots in Wall Street and at the Federal Reserve, has demonstrated that the dollar must be replaced as the world’s “reserve currency” and that America must be deposed as the de facto steward of the global economic system. Leadership implies responsibility and the US must be held to account for its failings. It’s time for a change.”

http://www.prisonplanet.com/meet-the-worlds-new-reserve-currency-the-chinese-yuan.html

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3) Zeitgeist: The Addendum

“Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other “establishment” notions of human affairs, but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are and how we align with nature, to which we are a part.”

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

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If people’s beliefs are invested in lies and delusions, how will they know the truth when they hear it? And how do you inform people when they refuse to believe the truth?

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IT’s TIME FOR an ECONOMIC COLLAPSE!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to watch ‘”Zeitgeist: The Addendum”

- the follow-up to the “Zeitgeist” video. Though the 2-hour video is

freely available on their web site, I purchased the DVD for $7.00 (which

includes postage) and after watching it – purchased an additional 10

copies for friends and family. Even if you haven’t yet seen the initial

“Zeitgeist” video – be sure to check out the sequel for a superb

behind-the-curtain look at how and why the current monetary system is in

reality a crime against humanity. And though I still believe that

technology is the product of a cosmic virus infecting our program – after

watching “The Addendum” – I can now see a theoretical cure for the

contamination. But the bottom line is still the same: All the old corrupt

institutions need to totally collapse before any new spiritual programming

can begin. And the only way to insure this result is for everyone to stop supporting these activities by refusing to pay taxes.

Cheryl

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Amerithrax:Anthrax created in US Army lab!

October 30th, 2008

I’m having difficulty grabbing this story off the Washington Post. It seems to be downplayed–even by the BBC!

 

FBI microbiologist Jason D. Bannan, shown at a lab in Quantico, worked on the investigation that identified suspect Bruce Ivins.

FBI microbiologist Jason D. Bannan, shown at a lab in Quantico, worked on the investigation that identified suspect Bruce Ivins. (By Dominic Bracco Ii — The Washington Post)

 

 

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But while bureau officials view the evidence against Ivins as overwhelming, any chance at full certainty was lost when Ivins took his own life in July, said Ed Montooth, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation the bureau dubbed “Amerithrax.”

 

“We were truly disgusted after we knew he had killed himself,” Montooth said, “because we knew the only way we’d have justice was to be in court.”

 

Ivins’s ‘Ultimate Creation’

 

It was intended for garden-variety animal experiments, but the collection of anthrax spores known as RMR-1029 was anything but ordinary. Ivins, its creator, had devoted a year to perfecting it, mixing 34 different batches of bacteria-laden broth and distilling them into a single liter of pure lethality.

 

The finished product, a muddy, off-white liquid in a glass flask the size of a small coffee pot, was the greatest single concentration of deadly anthrax bacteria in the country, FBI investigators said.

 

Ivins began work on it in 1996 with the goal of creating a large repository of highly virulent Bacillus anthracis spores that could be used by his fellow scientists at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, or USAMRIID, for years to come. To measure the effectiveness of new anthrax vaccines, the drugs have to be tested against a potent form of bacteria that remained the same from one experiment to the next.

 

The art of “spore preparation” is a tedious job often relegated to novices and technicians. But Ivins, a veteran researcher with decades of experience, was naturally good at it, according to FBI officials and USAMRIID scientists. With RMR-1029, Ivins established an anthrax gold standard.ad_icon

 

“It was his ultimate creation,” said Jason D. Bannan, an FBI microbiologist assigned to the Amerithrax case. “This was the culmination of a lot of hard work.”

 

But Ivins could not have known that RMR-1029 contained genetic mutants, in relatively high numbers. A batch of spores like RMR-1029 might be expected to contain, at most, one mutated variant. But Ivins’s flask, because of its unusual pedigree, contained five.

 

Without knowing it, Ivins had provided the FBI a rare clue that in time would lead them to his lab.

 

The Hunt for Mutants

 

Within days after letters laden with anthrax microbes reached New York and Washington, Fort Detrick had become the scientific epicenter of the FBI investigation. It had a resident corps of anthrax specialists as well as numerous biocontainment laboratories where deadly microbes could be handled. Dozens of the lab’s white coats — including Ivins — joined FBI scientists in the search for the culprit.

 

The experts quickly established that the attacker had used the so-called Ames strain, a virulent form of anthrax bacteria that was the strain of choice within the Army’s biodefense complex. They also concluded, by November 2001, that the attack strain had not been altered: The spores were not drug-resistant and contained no foreign additives to make them more lethal. It was a detail the FBI would not disclose publicly for six years.

 

Top FBI officials hoped that science could provide a link to the bioterrorist, but they soon grasped the difficulty of the task. They searched for traces of human DNA in the anthrax powder, and in the envelopes, but found none.

 

 

 

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PodCampHawaii.com

October 25th, 2008

I’m learning SO much about communicating on the internet!

Roxanne Darling et al are amazing. Check out  Beach Walks With Rox who, with her partner, Shane, gave me a short interview statement about doing webisodes for Hawaii Island Wellness Travel Association. As president of HIWTA.org, I plan to interview members of this fine organization–healers offering wonderful services for travelers who want to improve their health while on vacation.

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No GMO!

October 23rd, 2008

Rep. Mayor, Harry Kim is intending to veto this bill banning GMO on taro and coffee on the Big Island.

 

Thanks to Richard Daimond and his Kauai Museletter:

 Ban on GMO-Taro & Coffee Passed!

 

Mahalo from the heart! Ban on GMO-Taro & Coffee Passed!

 

following is a summary: please go to this link to read more:

 

[http://kahea.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/historic-vote-hawaii-island-says-no-thanks-to-gmo-taro-and-coffee/]

http://kahea.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/historic-vote-hawaii-island-says-no-thanks-to-gmo-taro-and-coffee/

Mahalo a nui loa !

 

Lokahi a lanakila. – Through unity comes victory.

 

Thanks to broad, resounding public support, Bill 361–to ban the growing

of genetically modified taro and coffee on the Big

Island–[http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=C6suexstNMbdn95ipSatK7e4JTzSZqLw]

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY at the Hawaii County Council meeting on Wednesday,

October 8th!!!!

 

1,000 people wrote on behalf of protecting these important heritage

plants, and over 100 testified in person.

Growers are Heard: We DO NOT WANT GMOs! 

Strong-arm Tactics by Biotech Continue.

 

* You can support our work, learn more, and get involved at:

[http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=SU%2F%2BAAzNusTiy0u6pxssO7e4JTzSZqLw]

What this GMO Ban Does

This bill effectively places a ban on the testing, propagation,

cultivation. introduction and release of genetically modified taro and

coffee on the island of Hawaii.  The penalty for violating this ban is a

$1,000 fine.

 

What is a GMO?

GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are patented plant mutants created

by inserting genes from one species into another unrelated species using

virus & bacteria to transfer the genes.  For example, forcing wheat genes

into taro, or bacteria genes into corn.  Organic food growers have rejected

GMO, and GMO foods cannot be certified as organic.  GMO food safety has

never been proven on humans. This experimental technique is crude and

imprecise, unsafe, unnatural and rejected by the governments of most

nations and the majority of the world’s population.

Natural kope & kalo are just fine, thank you. 

Together, our good work makes a difference, as has been shown with this

monumental victory on the Island of Hawai’i.

 

Thank you to all who support and continue to be vigilant in protecting

our aina.

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Noble military officer, Ehren Watada–no double jeapardy

October 23rd, 2008

Military Barred From Retrying Watada on 3 of 5 Court-Martial Charges

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by: Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times

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First Lieutenant Ehren Watada. (Photo: Jeff Paterson)

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Lt. Ehren Watada, who refused to deploy to Iraq with his Ft. Lewis combat brigade, couldn’t be retried on several of the charges against him. But the ruling still may allow the military to try him on two court-martial counts.

Citing the constitutional protections against being tried twice for the same crime, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that 1st Lt. Ehren Watada cannot face a second court martial on three of five counts resulting from his high-profile 2006 refusal to deploy to Iraq with a Fort Lewis brigade.

The ruling by Judge Benjamin Settle, however, leaves open the possibility of a second prosecution on two other counts involving conduct unbecoming an officer.

In the ruling, Settle abstained from ruling on the constitutionality of those charges, and said it was up to a military court to consider “if constitutional defects” would be present in a second court-martial on those counts.”

The ruling keeps Watada, who has been assigned a desk job at Fort Lewis since his refusal to deploy back to Iraq with his combat brigade, in a kind of legal limbo.

Settle barred the military from retrying Watada on charges of missing his redeployment to Iraq, taking part in a news conference and participating in a Veterans for Peace national convention.

But the court did not rule out the possibility that the Army, after considering legal issues, could retry Watada on two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer resulting from his media interviews.

Watada’s first court martial, in February 2007, ended in a mistrial, and was halted over the objections of the defendant.

Watada’s attorneys then claimed that a retrial would amount to “double jeopardy,” the constitutional right to not be tried twice on the same charges. In his Tuesday ruling, Settle said that an Army judge “did not exercise sound discretion” in ruling a mistrial.

As a result, the Army was barred by the constitution from retrying Watada on three of the five counts.

Watada’s attorney, James Lobsenz, said that he was pleased with the federal court’s unusual decision to interfere in the Army court-martial process to protect his client’s constitutional rights.

“It’s very important and not often done,” he said.

Lobsenz said he was hopeful that the Army would dismiss the remaining two charges. If that didn’t happen, Watada could return to federal court once again and try to get the charges blocked.

An Army spokesman said it was still reviewing the court’s decision, and had yet to prepare a comment.

The Army had sought a second court-martial trial on the five counts against Watada, which could have carried a sentence of up to six years in prison.


Poor Ehren has been held for almost two years past his tour of duty.  Let us hope that the military will finally do the right thing now and release him from this virtual prison.
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20081022/NEWS01/810220382/1001

Army can’t retry Watada for refusal to serve in Iraq war

Judge blocks Army from retrying war objector on three main allegations

Advertiser Staff and News Services

SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled late yesterday that the Army cannot retry 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the Kalani High graduate who was the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the war in Iraq, on the main charges against him.

Watada was charged with missing his Fort Lewis, Wash., Stryker brigade’s deployment and with conduct unbecoming an officer after he refused to board a flight to the Middle East in June 2006.

The 30-year-old soldier contended that the war is illegal and that he would be a party to war crimes if he served in Iraq. His first court-martial ended in a mistrial in February 2007.

Watada’s father, Bob, last night said, “It’s obviously good news. It’s very good news.”

Bob Watada added that “we kind of expected this” because U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle of Tacoma ruled in November 2007 that a second trial would violate Ehren’s constitutional rights involving double jeopardy, or being tried twice for the same crime.

Settle at the time put in place a preliminary injunction temporarily halting a new court-martial.

Settle yesterday ruled that the government could not retry Watada on three of the charges because doing so would violate Watada’s double jeopardy rights.

Settle barred the military from retrying Watada on charges of missing his deployment to Iraq, taking part in a news conference and participating in a Veterans for Peace national convention.

But the court did not rule out the possibility that the Army, after considering legal issues, could retry Watada on two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer resulting from his media interviews.

“He dismissed the heart of their case,” Watada lawyer Jim Lobsenz said. “We’re very pleased. It’s taken a long time.”

Honolulu attorney Eric Seitz, who previously represented Watada and was the first to raise the double jeopardy issue, said those two charges were dismissed in the first court-martial and that the Army believes that they “theoretically, hypothetically can be brought back, but I think there’s going to be lots of problems.”

“I don’t think they can bring those back, either,” Seitz said.

In a statement late yesterday, a Fort Lewis spokesman said the base’s commanding general, Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., had not yet had a chance to review the ruling in depth.

“Once that review is complete, he will be able to make a decision on the way forward with this case,” the spokesman said.

The 1996 Kalani High graduate, stripped of his security clearance, still reports to a meaningless desk job at Fort Lewis, according to family. “He said he’s counting paper clips,” his father, Bob Watada, said in an interview last week.

“We talk every once in awhile. He lets me know that he’s OK,” said the father, who lives in Oregon. Bob Watada said his son’s term of service in the Army ended in December 2006, but that the legal proceedings have prevented his discharge.

Bob Watada, a former Hawai’i Campaign Spending Commission executive director, said that even if the charges are dismissed, he’s worried the Army might appeal the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Defense Department has a lot of money (to pursue legal action),” Bob Watada said.

Many military members opined that Watada violated his oath as an officer, and that he had no right to decide whether the Iraq War was just or unjust.

The Associated Press, Seattle Times and Advertiser staff writers William Cole and Rick Daysog contributed to this report. Reach Cole at wcole@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-5459.

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Ecuador to give legal rights to Gaia

October 22nd, 2008

 

 

Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 23:30:08 -0700

The Guardian, 24.9.08

The South American republic of Ecuador will next week consider what many countries in the world would say is unthinkable. People will be asked to vote on Sunday on a new constitution that would give Ecuador’s tropical forests, islands, rivers and air similar legal rights to those normally granted to humans

If they vote yes – and polls show that 56% are for and only 23% are against - then an already approved bill of rights for nature will be introduced, and new laws will change the legal status of nature from being simply property to being a right-bearing entity.

The proposed bill states: ‘Natural communities and ecosystems possess the unalienable right to exist, flourish and evolve within Ecuador. Those rights shall be self-executing, and it shall be the duty and right of all Ecuadorian governments, communities, and individuals to enforce those rights.’

More on http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/24/equador.conservation

CommonDreams.org, NewsCenter, 25.9.08

Ecuador’s proposed constitution includes an article that grants nature the right to ‘exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution’ and will grant legal standing to any person to defend those rights in court.

The concept that nature itself can possess rights runs counter to the classical liberal theories of government that hold sway throughout much of the West, which view rights as possessed only by individual human beings. 

But Ecuador is not the first country to propose granting rights to nonhuman entities: Many countries, including the United States, have long held that corporations possess many of the same rights – such as the rights to free expression and to due process – that human beings have. 

And in June, Spain‘s parliament approved a measure to extend some human rights to nonhuman apes.

But, as an editorial in the Los Angeles Times observes, Ecuador’s extension of rights to nature may represent a larger shift in how humans view their place in the world:

No other country has gone as far as Ecuador in proposing to give trees their day in court, but it certainly is not alone in its recalibration of natural rights. 

Religious leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Constantinople, have declared that caring for the environment is a spiritual duty. 

And earlier this year, the Catholic Church updated its list of deadly sins to include polluting the environment.

Ecuador is codifying this shift in sensibility. In some ways, this makes sense for a country whose cultural identity is almost indistinguishable from its regional geography – the Galapagos, the Amazon, the Sierra.

How this new area of constitutional law will work, however, is another question. We aren’t ready to endorse such a step at home, or even abroad. But it’s intriguing. We’ll be watching Ecuador’s example.

More, including the five articles that acknowledge rights said to be possessed by nature, or “Pachamama”, the Goddess revered by Andean peoples whose name roughly translates as “Mother Earth,” at:

 http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2008/09/04-7


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Some frightening economic info

October 22nd, 2008

 

 

frightening but you should watch this

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9-tBGxVU6o

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Stealbackyourvote.org

October 18th, 2008

 

Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse or ACORN stealing the election. 

According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone 

magazine, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long 

investigation, reveal a systematic program of “GOP vote tampering” on

a massive scale.

- Republican Secretaries of State of swing-state Colorado have quietly 

purged one in six names from their voter rolls.

Over several months, the GOP politicos in Colorado stonewalled every 

attempt by Rolling Stone to get an answer

 to the massive purge – ten 

times the average state’s rate of removal.

- While Obama dreams of riding to the White House on a wave of new 

voters, more then 2.7 million have had their registrations REJECTED 

under new procedures signed into law by George Bush.

Kennedy, a voting rights lawyer, charges this is a resurgence of ‘Jim 

Crow’ tactics to wrongly block Black and Hispanic voters.

- A fired US prosecutor levels new charges – accusing leaders of his 

own party, Republicans, with criminal acts in an attempt to block legal 

voters as “fraudulent.”

- Digging through government records, the Kennedy-Palast team 

discovered that, in 2004, a GOP scheme called “caging” ultimately

took 

away the rights of 1.1 million voters. The Rolling Stone duo predict 

that, this November 4, it will be far worse.

There’s more:

- Since the last presidential race, “States used dubious ‘list

 

management’ rules to scrub at least 10 million voters from their 

rolls.”

Among those was Paul Maez of Las Vegas, New Mexico – a victim of an 

unreported but devastating purge of voters in that state that left as 

many as one in nine Democrats without a vote. For Maez, the state’s 

purging his registration was particularly shocking – he’s the county 

elections supervisor.

The Kennedy-Palast revelations go far beyond the sum of questionably 

purged voters recently reported by the New York Times.

“Republican operatives – the party’s elite commandos of bare-knuckle 

politics,” report Kennedy and Palast, under the cover of fighting 

fraudulent voting, are “systematically disenfranchis[ing] Democrats.”

The investigators level a deadly serious charge:

“If Democrats are to win the 2008 election, they must not simply beat 

McCain at the polls – they must beat him by a margin that exceeds the

 

level of GOP vote tampering.”

Block the Vote by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Greg Palast in the current 

issue (#1064) of Rolling Stone. [Media enquiries - Dave Falkenstein, 

Sunshine Sachs & Assoc, via interviews@gregpalast.com.]

Note – Kennedy and Palast are releasing, simultaneously with the 

Rolling Stone investigative report what they call, the vote-theft 

‘antidote’: a 24-page full-color comic book, Steal Back Your Vote, 

which can be downloaded or obtained in print from their non-partisan 

website, StealBackYourVote.org

For updates and video reports, go to RollingStone.com, 

www.GregPalast.com and StealBackYourVote.org.

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