22 April 2007

Auguries of Innocence

Some recent news items in Signs of the Times and on the web have moved me to pain and tears. An Arab woman speaks of her sorrow; Israel imprisons mothers and wives of political prisoners to pressure confessions; Guatemala's women being murdered in the thousands; children in Sudan enduring "unspeakable" abuse; Baghdad being turned into a prison; and a small disturbing example of everyday inhumanity: women laughed as they forced their toddlers to take part in a 'dog fight'. It is the Terror of the Situation: a world tormented by psychopaths.

Meanwhile, many in 'developed' countries of the Western world enjoy the comfort of their daily lives undisturbed.

The stark contrast and contradiction of human life reminds me of the last lines of William Blake's poem 'Auguries of Innocence':
Every Night & every Morn

Some to Misery are Born.

Every Morn & every Night

Some are Born to sweet Delight.

Some are Born to sweet Delight,

Some are born to Endless Night.

We are led to Believe a Lie

When we see not Thro' the Eye

Which was Born in a Night to Perish in a Night

When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light.

God Appears & God is Light

To those poor Souls who dwell in the Night,

But does a Human Form Display

To those who Dwell in Realms of day.

20 April 2007

The EU should imprison John McCain

This is not an opinion of mine. It is simple logic. European interior ministers have agreed on a new law that "makes it an offence to condone or grossly trivialise crimes of genocide - but only if the effect is incitement to violence or hatred." Turns out that US presidential contender John McCain grossly trivialises crimes of genocide and incites to violence and hatred. AP reports:
In response to an audience question about military action against Iran, the Arizona senator briefly sang the chorus of the surf-rocker classic "Barbara Ann." "That old, eh, that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran," he said in jest Wednesday, chuckling with the crowd. Then, he softly sang to the melody: "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, anyway, ah ..." The audience responded with more laughter.
You can watch the YouTube video of the grotesque moment through this SOTT article. I think I ought to send it to those EU ministers.

18 April 2007

Manufacturing Terror

Things were getting pretty warm for the administration over the past few weeks, what with the Prosecutor's purge and Bush's "Fascist Law Czar" - Gonzales - getting ready to be called on the carpet in a serious way. (If you want to know how hot it was getting, just go to SOTT and use the search to find "prosecutors".)

Thankfully, all that is over now: we have a new media feeding frenzy: the Va. Tech. Massacre.

Yes, indeedy. Who cares if Bush and Rove were stacking the courts now?! After all, it is not JUST about "terr'rists" anymore since ANYBODY can be one and they can be anywhere!

A correspondent wrote to me last night an interesting remark: "Imagine billionaires with sick and twisted minds and a warped view of government who get together to manufacture a wave of terror against the American people so they demand a dictator."

Wow! What a concept!

You could say that what we have here is the "Suicide Bombing Cycle" on our doorstep. Heck, we've had it for awhile, but those clever Pathocrats have tailored it just for us.

13 April 2007

'Very lucky' folks on Maui possibly saw meteor - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper

Ran across the following today:

'Very lucky' folks on Maui possibly saw meteor - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper: ""

In the article, there is this comment:

Mike Maberry, assistant director of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, said he was not aware of any reports of an object in the sky. But he said its description sounded like a meteor.

"Whoever got to see that was very lucky," he said, adding that chances are "very slim" of a meteor landing in the vicinity of Maui in the middle of the Pacific.

I don't know... I have really mixed emotions when reading this. If Mr Maberry really had a clue what was in store for us in the near future with fireballs and meteorites, he might be less inclined to make such a statement. For some idea on the reasons, check out our Fireballs and Meteorites blog.

The short answer is that we're going to be seeing more and more of these things. More than you would ever want.... They might well be the last thing we see...

(Via Signs Of The Times.)

10 April 2007

Media Spin, Limited Hangout, and the Melting of the American Mind or Who is Stupid Enough to Believe it is Springtime in Iraq?

We spend a lot of time gathering the news from many sources here at SOTT. We go all over the world via the Internet to bring the news to our readers. Of course, you won't find much, if anything, from Fox News, and very little from sources like USA Today, the "national" newspaper in the US of A. We can't get Fox TV so we are spared the most outrageous of the propaganda and brainwashing.

Every once in awhile, however, a real newspaper from the axis of evil falls into our hands. So it happened that a couple of days ago, we came across the Easter weekend edition of USA Today. We were so astonished by the lies and subterfuges it contains that we were inspired to do a podcast.

On the editorial page, we find the title: "Today's debate: How the surge is going".

Sounds promising, right? In response to the growing calls for a US exit from Iraq, drugstore fly-boy-by-night George W. decided to do the opposite and send an extra 30,000 poor blacks, latinos, and white boys from the wrong side of the tracks to Iraq to ensure that freedom wins. The media spin doctors have labelled this increase in troops, blood and violence "the surge". USA Today, never one to shy away from a phoney debate, promises to give both sides of the story. The debate to end all debates. Well, we deal with this in greater detail in the podcast, but I can't let pass a couple of comments made by the "pro" side of the debate, representative Mike Pence, who was with John McCain last week for the photo op at the Baghdad market. Remember while reading these comments that they are the arguments from the pro-Bush side of the debate.

Pence writes:

"We have a long way to go in Iraq. There is tough, difficult work ahead of us. But we are making progress, and there is reason for cautious optimism about President Bush's surge."

"Cautious optimism"??? Things are so bad that the lackeys defending the Bush "surge" can do no better than tell us there is reason for "cautious optimism"?!?! Are we soon to be told that "there is light at the end of the tunnel", the famous phrase used by the Nixon administration to justify the continued carnage during the Vietnam war?

The good representative, elected to office by the people of Indiana, who describes himself as a "Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order", offers up a couple of bits of evidence to back up his hopeful claim for "cautious optimism".

"Despite all you see and hear in the media, there is a springtime of hope beginning in Iraq."

Springtime of hope in Iraq?!?!

Springtime for Hitler and Germany Winter for Poland and France

is more like it, as the Mel Brooks' song from The Producers puts it... But what is really sinister is his placing of the blame on "the media". The media are lying about what is happening in Iraq. There is lots of good news! They just aren't reporting it! The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the news that the US media isn't reporting about Iraq would be the real numbers of deaths of Iraqi civilians, now close to 1 million since the invasion and occupation started. Add to that the million killed during the years of the embargo, mostly children, under the Democrats, and you've got both US parties responsible for killing 2 million Iraqis since 1991. But, somehow, I don't think that even a scoundrel like Pence would openly admit that these deaths are the good news to which he was referring.

So what kind of good news does he have in mind?

You're not gonna believe these....

"From the moment of our arrival, I could sense that things were different. Gen. David Petraeus met us at the airport, and, instead of boarding helicopters to the Green Zone, we drove into town. I hadn't done this since my first trip several years ago."
The man's a bloodsucking idiot. If he'd been alive in Germany under Hitler, he'd have been praising his Furher and the "freedom" brought to Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

What kind of person could wax nostalgic over those heartwarming and heady early days of the occupation when the infrastructure of the country was destroyed and US moneymen took control of the country? Oh, yeah. I forgot. They also toppled a statue of Saddam. Hooray! Unfortunately, while Pence can now drive into the heavily fortified Green Zone and feel like the clock has been turned back to the good old days, none of the Iraqi dead will rise up out of the graves and return to their families. None of the US soldiers killed to implement the imperialist dream will come back to life either. But for the pathocrats, we're all just cannon fodder.

Well, if Pence's trip throught the streets of Baghdad in armoured vehicles rather than via helicopter isn't enough evidence for continued hope and trust in the Great Leader's Surge, how about this:

"Along with a squad of military security, we spent more than an hour at a bustling, open air marketplace. While we were instructed to leave our bulletproof vests on, Gen. Petraeus took off his helmet and urged us to leave our helmets in the vehicles."
Hallyluuuujah! "Hey, Ma! I took off my helmet in Baghdad! Aren't I a brave boy?!"

Did he mention the three Apache attack helicopters hovering over the market? Did he mention the sharpshooters on the rooftops and the 100 heavily armed Marine troop on the ground? Well, sure. "Military security" covers that, right?

It truly boggles the mind. How can people like Pence get away with such glaring paramoralisms and outright stupidities? Is there no one left in the media in the United States to point out that not only does the emperor not have any clothes, but he has no brains either? And I'm not talking about making jokes about the intellectual faculties or lack thereof of Bush. There's plenty of that. But to what ends? All it does is reinforce the buffers while nothing changes. People can pump themselves up because they are smarter than the president, but then they roll back over to sleep and think that the political process will somehow put things right in the 2008 presidential elections.

Wake up, people! It isn't a joke. The United States is the aggressor. If you are an American, you are the aggressor. The United States is the bad guy. You are the bad guy. The United States and its allies are the Axis of Evil. It isn't Iran. It isn't North Korea. It isn't Russia. It isn't any of the bogeymen erected as strawmen to be taken down in the puff pieces for imperialist agression that pass for editorials or opinion pieces like that written by Pence. It is you. You are the new Nazis. You are the German people condoning and benefiting from violence and aggression committed in your name against innocent people.

The people of Iraq have every right to fight against the occupier, YOU, in the same way the Poles had the right to fight against the Nazis. The resistence in Iraq is legitimate, and any American who isn't fighting against the policies of his government is complicit in the crimes. There is no neutral position in the fight against the pathocracy. There is no sitting on the fence, no standing on the sidelines. You either stand up for what is right, live by conscience, or you are part of the problem. There is no excuse.

If there is a future, you are going to be judged by your grandchildren. They will ask you what you did. They will ask you how it was that Bush and his pathological buddies were able to subvert the US constitution. They will ask you why you did nothing while innocents were tortured and brutalized in detention camps that span the globe. They will ask you how it was that you couldn't see the, oh, so obvious lies that were told to justify this violence and aggression, not the first time after 9/11, not the second time for Iraq, and not the third time for Iran.

What will you have to say for yourself?

04 April 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

The other night I went off to a showing of "An Inconvenient Truth", the Al Gore, global warming film so dear to activists the world over. True to form, the showing was sponsored by the local branch of Attac, a French association working against neo-liberalism and globalisation.

Not much to say about the film itself. There is a lot of data about the fact of global warming, a fact that I have no problems with. Yes, there are some very ugly things happening on the planet at the moment: the melting of the glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic, drought and the increasing power of hurricanes and typhoons, the increase in disease as mosquito populations increase and spread, the extinction of many species as their natural habitats are destroyed, and on and on. We have a very serious problem here.

The problem comes with Gore's explanation of the causes of global warming: manmade production of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Undoubtedly, our production of carbons is one factor, but it is not the only one, and if we look a little more closely, we might discover that our contribution is not the one that is the most dangerous for our survival.

After the film, there was a discussion moderated by a member of the local Attac group. As was to be expected, it was all about what we could do as individuals to save the planet: better insulate our houses, walk or use a bike instead of using our cars, recycle. The moderator listed about ten things that we could do that could reduce carbon emissions to below 1970 levels.

Then I raised my hand....

I said that, yes, global warming is a very serious issue and we are in deep trouble, but given that the Earth is not the only planet subject to global warming, it is happening on Mars, on Saturn, and the last time I looked, there was neither a neo-liberal economy nor a problem of globalisation on either of these planets, so maybe the real problem may be elsewhere.

Well, the moderator knew his global warming talking points, and he said that, yes, we knew that the sun was responsible for X percent of the increase in temperatures...

To which I responded, yes, but that is not what I was talking about. I asked if anyone in the audience had heard the report of the Chilean jet that had almost been hit my a meteorite that day. Murmers in the audience. I then referred to a scene in the film when Gore is explain the conveyor belt of the ocean's currents, how the warm and cold water circulates keeping Europe warm. He shows an image of North America 12,000 years ago with the glaciers of the last ice age. He explains how a large quantity of fresh water from the glaciers broke through an ice dam and flooded the North Atlantic with water, cutting off the conveyor belt and plunging Europe into an ice age. Gore didn't explain how the water was created or why the ice damn broke.

We know from the research by Richard Firestone and others, as discussed in their book "The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization", that the glacier melted because of a cometary impact in Hudson Bay. I mentioned this overlooked fact of Gore's film, and the nature of the nuclear winter we would undergo, those of us left alive, should such a meteor or comet hit the planet in the near future. I wanted to go on and further explain the nature of the cyclic catastrophes, but I only got as far as mentioning that if we are all still here in ten years to continue our activism, we'll be very lucky. Activists want problems about which they can be active, can do their busy work to find solutions, and their attitude was that if we are struck by a meteor, there isn't anything we can do about it, so let's concentrate on recycling and riding our bikes.

So I sat down. The people behind me started asking me questions about what I was discussing, and I explained about the binary star system, the sun's dark companion, and the increasing moons of Jupiter, Saturn, etc, as explained in our article Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step From Extinction!. They asked for the URL of the Signs page, which I happily gave them.

Four out of 150 ain't bad, all things considered.

After the discussion, we moved out to the sidewalk in front of the theatre. I was feeling really depressed. I had done what I had come to do, raise an issue that is extremely important, and, as usual, the crowd didn't want to hear the message. I was talking to one of the Attac organizers and said I thought it was because what I had to say was too depressing.

He said that, no, it wasn't that it was depressing, but that there was nothing that we could do against a meteor.

I said that the point is that all of this is known by the powers that be. They are building themselves their underground cities where they are going to hide, and they are creating chaos on the planet in order to reduce the population by at least 80% with disease, war, and starvation, and they are sowing disinformation by explaining the obvious fact that the Earth's ecology is getting more and more screwed up by saying it is our fault, thereby diverting our attention from the real issue: the pathocracy and their plans to exterminate the rest of us.

His response was that by working for a decentralized power, with power on the local level, we could get the power away from the psychopaths in the centre.

He really needs to read Political Ponerology on how social movements get infiltrated by pathological types!

Well, by then I could see his eyes glazing over, and behind his polite attitude, I could tell he was thinking, "This guy is a nutter!"

He said that psychopaths have always been in power, an easy way to dismiss the problem... or so I think.

On the way home, spewing carbon into the atmosphere from the car, it seemed hopeless. Will it really take a first or second or third meteor impact to break these people out of their sleep? And, by then, will it be too late?

Getting Started: Signs Of The Times Blog!

Over the past few days the SOTT team and I have been discussing the bizarre story about the airliner that had a close encounter with a meteorite. (See: Airliner Almost Hit: It was a meteorite, not a satellite, says Russia ). Coming so soon after the publication of my article Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step From Extinction! it struck us almost as a "sign of the times" that we really needed to pay closer attention to this phenomenon. Odds are increasing daily that the ideas presented in that piece are on the money: Humanity is facing a global cataclysm of Atlantean proportions in the near future from which very little of our modern world will emerge intact - if anything at all.

I mulled it over for a few days, considering all the angles, including the fact that most of the masses are truly blissfully asleep and unaware of the danger. Sure, I know that a lot of people - if you brought it to their attention - would just shrug and say "Well, there's nothing I can do about it, so just let me live my life as I see fit until it happens and when it does, I'll be happy that I did what I wanted." But then, there are other people who feel a sort of responsibility to the future of humanity and it is those people we are concerned about.

It is very likely that the PTB ARE thinking about their future and the future of humanity in terms of them surviving and coming out on top and making slaves of anyone else who might happen to have survived, and for some reason, that idea really irks me. If someone I loved were to survive some terrible cataclysm on earth, I certainly wouldn't want them to survive only to be made into a slave. (If you want a good idea of what such a life might be like, just read The Thrall's Tale!) If you can consider your children and your children's children living such a life and it doesn't bother you, then you obviously aren't SOTT reader material, so move along and go back to sleep!

So, thinking about it and the many difficulties we often face keeping the site online, dealing with defamers and attackers and so on (who are also frequently involved in maneuvers to force our site off the net), it occurred to me that we need to have some additional back-up systems for the information. I decided to create a new blog just for that purpose: to collect and present the data that we have been accumulating in our database for a number of years now. So, I created it and we are getting the material formatted to upload it there and soon I will announce it. It will consist of most of the material from the News Category on SOTT: Our Haunted Planet. (No, I'm not crazy about that heading, but that's the most "open" and comprehensive title I could come up with at the time. If you have a better idea, let us know.)

BUT, while I was creating the blog to host the "Signs of the Coming Apocalypse" (not trying to be dramatic here, but that does seem to fit!), it occurred to me that I could also create a SOTT blog where readers could go for information in the event that SOTT is down, where we can announce important news that really deserves focus, new features of SOTT, and also where those of us who work on SOTT can post our occasional thoughts about this Service that we perform and how we deal with it on a day to day basis. I can give you a hint: it isn't easy to observe that humanity swims in a sea of lies daily and that nowhere on the planet does there seem to be a place where Truth is actually valued as a social or cultural precept!

And so, the SOTT Blog has been born.