Unspeakable grief and horror
Know them by their fruit
words attributed to Jesus speaking in Aramaic
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The Israelis are killing the Palestinians and in the chaos of the region unbalanced by the Western backed Israeli war machine, the Lebanese are starting to kill the Lebanese again.
In the hell that the US invasion of Iraq has created in Iraq the people there are killing each other as well.
While the Palestinians are continuing to be ground into the earth by just about every people of the world and yet Marcel Khalife sings:
We love life if we are able to find a way to it.
'The soldier told me he didn't like my face.' Mohammad said.
He had gone back to the end of the line and after an hour had reached the same soldier who told Mohammad that he still didn't like his face and he was turned back again.
And again.
Mohammad finally walked six kilometers around the perimeter of the camp to a second checkpoint and entered from there.
Mohammad Shams had watched his father bleed to death during the fighting in the camp last year.
His father had been walking up the main street and a sniper had shot him.
Mohammad had run to him but his father was dying.
Mohammad's brother had been caught in the center of a shell explosion a day later.
Mohammad used to be very excitable and full of stories.
Now he sits quietly most of the time.
He works in the day loading piping onto trucks for the rebuilding of the camp.
But rarely talks.
Only this night he told us how the soldier didn't like the look of his face.
And there were the nights in Bedawwi Camp when we played the CD the boys had made.
The kids all danced dabka to the music and taught me the steps.
As we tripped over mattresses and blankets in the tiny crowded rooms that are the homes now of the displaced Nahr el Bared refugees, we laughed until the tears ran.
We love life if we are able to find a way to it.
The boat is calling freedom
O fishermen, Haila, Haila
Pull together the will is strong
       Making Music and Laughing Till the Tears Run — Eliza Ernshire       
Wood to wood, continent to continent, in the tropical belt that circles the globe
Death and destruction of all life on our planet
all our fellow species
and soon WE, the people
Published on Sunday, February 3, 2008 by the Associated Press the Associated Press
Rain Forests Fall at ‘Alarming’ Rate
In the gloomy shade deep in Africa’s rain forest, the noontime silence was pierced by the whine of a far-off chain saw.
by Edward Harris
Uganda, Africa
ABO EBAM, Nigeria — It was the sound of destruction, echoed from wood to wood, continent to continent, in the tropical belt that circles the globe.
From Brazil to central Africa to once-lush islands in Asia’s archipelagos, human encroachment is shrinking the world’s rain forests.
The alarm was sounded decades ago by environmentalists — and was little heeded.
The picture, meanwhile, has changed: Africa is now a leader in destructiveness.
The numbers have changed: U.N. specialists estimate 60 acres of tropical forest are felled worldwide every minute, up from 50 a generation back.
And the fears have changed.
Experts still warn of extinction of animal and plant life, of the loss of forest peoples’ livelihoods, of soil erosion and other damage.
But scientists today worry urgently about something else: the fateful feedback link of trees and climate.
Global warming is expected to dry up and kill off vast tracts of rain forest, and dying forests will feed global warming.
“If we lose forests, we lose the fight against climate change,” declared more than 300 scientists, conservation groups, religious leaders and others in an appeal for action at December’s climate conference in Bali, Indonesia.
The burning or rotting of trees that comes with deforestation — at the hands of ranchers, farmers, timbermen — sends more heat—trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than all the world’s planes, trains, trucks and automobiles.
Forest destruction accounts for about 20 percent of manmade emissions, second only to burning of fossil fuels for electricity and heat.
Conversely, healthy forests absorb carbon dioxide and store carbon.
“The stakes are so dire that if we don’t start turning this around in the next 10 years, the extinction crisis and the climate crisis will begin to spiral out of control,” said Roman Paul Czebiniak, a forest expert with Greenpeace International.
“It’s a very big deal.”
The December U.N. session in Bali may have been a turning point, endorsing negotiations in which nations may fashion the first global financial plan for compensating developing countries for preserving their forests.
The latest data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) helped spur delegates to action.
“Deforestation continues at an alarming rate of about 13 million hectares (32 million acres) a year,” the U.N. body said in its latest “State of the World’s Forests” report.
Because northern forests remain essentially stable, that means 50,000 square miles of tropical forest are being cleared every 12 months — equivalent to one Mississippi or more than half a Britain.
The lumber and fuelwood removed in the tropics alone would fill more than 1,000 Empire State Buildings, FAO figures show.
Abo, near Ikom, Nigeria, Africa
Although South America loses slightly more acreage than Africa, the rate of loss is higher here — almost 1 percent of African forests gone each year.
In 2000-2005, the continent lost 10 million acres a year, including big chunks of forest in Sudan, Zambia and Tanzania, up from 9 million a decade earlier, the FAO reports.
Across the tropics the causes can be starkly different.
The Amazon and other South American forests are usually burned for cattle grazing or industrial-scale soybean farming.
In Indonesia and elsewhere in southeast Asia, island forests are being cut or burned to make way for giant plantations of palm, whose oil is used in food processing, cosmetics and other products.
In Africa, by contrast, it’s individuals hacking out plots for small-scale farming.
Here in Nigeria’s southeastern Cross Rivers State, home to one of the largest remaining tropical forests in Africa, people from surrounding villages of huts and cement-block homes go to the forest each day to work their pineapple and cocoa farms.
They see no other way of earning money to feed their families.
“The developed countries want us to keep the forests, since the air we breathe is for all of us, rich countries and poor countries,” said Ogar Assam Effa, 54, a tree plantation director and member of the state conservation board.
“But we breathe the air, and our bellies are empty.   Can air give you protein?   Can air give you carbohydrates?” he asked.   “It would be easy to convince people to stop clearing the forest if there was an alternative.”
The state, which long ago banned industrial logging, is trying to offer alternatives.
Working with communities like Abo Ebam, near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, the Cross Rivers government seeks to help would-be farmers learn other trades, such as beekeeping or raising fist-sized land snails, a regional delicacy.
The state also has imposed a new licensing system.
Anyone who wants to cut down one of the forest’s massive, valuable mahogany trees or other hardwoods must obtain a license and negotiate which tree to fell with the nearby community, which shares in the income.
The logs can’t be taken away whole, but must be cut into planks in the forest, by people like David Anfor.
He’s a 35-year-old father of one who earns the equivalent of 75 U.S. cents per board he cuts with a whizzing chain saw.
“The forest is our natural resource.   We’re trying to conserve,” he said.   “But I’m also working for my daily eating.”
A community benefiting from such small-scale forestry is likely to keep out those engaged in illegal, uncontrolled logging.
But enforcement is difficult in a state with about 3,500 square miles of pristine rain forest — and few forest rangers.
On one recent day deep in the forest, where the luxuriant green canopy allows only rare shards of sunlight to reach the floor, the trilling of a hornbill bird and the distant chain saw were the only sounds heard.
As forestry officials rushed to investigate, the saw operator fled deeper into the forest, sign of an illegal operation.
Environmentalists say such a conservation approach may work for rural, agrarian people in Nigeria, which lost an estimated 15 million acres between 1990 and 2005, or about one-third of its entire forest area, and has one of the world’s highest deforestation rates — more than 3 percent per year.
But lessons learned in one place aren’t necessarily applicable elsewhere, they say.
A global strategy is needed, mobilizing all rain-forest governments.
That’s the goal of the post-Bali talks, looking for ways to integrate forest preservation into the world’s emerging “carbon trading” system.
A government earning carbon credits for “avoided deforestation” could then sell them to a European power plant, for example, to meet its emission-reduction quota.
“These forests are the greatest global public utility,” Britain’s conservationist Prince Charles said in the lead-up to Bali.
“As a matter of urgency we have to find ways to make them more valuable alive than dead.”
Observed the World Wildlife Fund’s Duncan Pollard, “Suddenly you have the whole world looking at deforestation.”
But in many ways rain forests are still a world of unknowns, a place with more scientific questions than answers.
How much carbon dioxide are forests absorbing?   How much carbon is stored there?
How might the death of the Amazon forest affect the climate in, say, the American Midwest?
Hundreds of researchers are putting in thousands of hours of work to try to answer such questions before it is too late.
© 2008 The Associated Press
Saturday, 2 February 2008
An Epoch in the making
By Roland Pease
BBC Radio Science Unit
Epoch in the making.

We may be witnessing a transformation of the Earth as profound as the end of the age of the dinosaurs, and entering a geological period as distinctive as the Jurassic - and the reason is that we are causing it.

Writing in the house journal of the Geological Society of America, GSA Today, Britain's leading stratigraphers (experts in marking geological time) say it is already possible to identify a host of geological indicators that will be recognisable millions of years into the future as marking the start of a new epoch — the Anthropocene.
We may be witnessing a transformation of the Earth as profound as the end of the age of the dinosaurs, and entering a geological period as distinctive as the Jurassic — and the reason is that we are causing it.
Writing in the house journal of the Geological Society of America, GSA Today, Britain's leading stratigraphers (experts in marking geological time) say it is already possible to identify a host of geological indicators that will be recognisable millions of years into the future as marking the start of a new epoch — the Anthropocene.
Geologists have long divided the Earth's history into distinct epochs, periods and eras — with names as familiar as the Triassic or the Carboniferous.
Transitions between them can be easily recognised, with sharp changes in the fossil record, or in the chemistry of the rocks of the time.
Sometimes the boundaries mark extreme violence.
The end of the Cretaceous Period 65 million years ago, and with it the dinosaurs, and the beginning of the Tertiary (the 'third' age of geology) came with the impact of a huge asteroid.
A force of nature
Sediments around the world from that time carry a tell-tale layer tinged with iridium, a metal more common in space than it is on the Earth's surface.
There can also be soot — the result of global wildfires that followed the catastrophe.   The fossil record either side of the boundary is quite distinct.
Plate tectonics, the slow movement of the continents, has also created dramatic changes, as huge mountain ranges are built or ocean basins are cut off or opened up.
New periods are created as the Earth system passes through a new threshold.
But the new epoch has not been shaped by these relentless forces of the deep Earth or the violence of extraterrestrial impacts.   Instead, say the scientists, it has been moulded by a single species — man — so that it should be called the Anthropocene, the time of man.
"It's extraordinary how a single species could have such an effect on the whole planet," says Leicester University's Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, who heads the Stratigraphic Commission of the Geological Society, the team that penned the new report.
"Human activity exceeds natural processes in many ways.
It's extraordinary how a single species could have such an effect on the whole planet
Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, Leicester University
"For example, humans emit more CO2 than do volcanoes by quite a long way; humans move more material across the surface of the Earth than do rivers, landslides and floods."
'Blink of an eye'
Bringing an academic rigour to a concept that has been circulating since 2000 when it was first proposed by Nobel Laureate and ozone expert Paul Crutzen, the researchers ask whether there is a worldwide signature that could be recognised long into the future as marking the start of this new epoch.
"What we're asking is what the record in the rocks of the human species is going to look like," says co-author Dr Andy Gale, from the University of Portsmouth.
"It's fascinating thinking what record future geologists will see of human activity.
"For one thing, there will be a hell of a lot of concrete.   And the disruption to the Earth's surface, stripped for farming and mining, causing a vast increase in the amount of mud and sand sediment going into the oceans."
"There are other signals," adds Dr Zalasiewicz.   "The oceans are acidifying right now.   If they acidify much further, coral reefs will stop growing.   And so reef limestone will stop being produced.   And that will be another very obvious sign in future strata."
Huge changes will occur in the fossil record.   Not just because of the mass extinction we are causing, but because of the huge number of human remains that will become melded into future rock layers.
Many of these geological changes stretch out over generations of human history — frustrating attempts to pinpoint the kind of "golden spike" the geologists would like.   But even a thousand human generations would be but the blink of an eye in the deep geological record.
"In many rock successions a thousand years can be a millimetre or two," explains Andy Gale.
"So geologically speaking, this series of events is proceeding very fast.   I don't think the changes are going to be subtle at all — these signs would be very conspicuous"
Future geologists
Epochs come lowest in the order of geological timescale.   By current definitions, we're in the Holocene epoch ("wholly recent") that started at the end of the last ice age.   The larger timescales — the periods and eras — are driven by more powerful forces.
The question the geologists are asking is just how big a change we are wreaking on the planet.
You could say the Anthropocene started 200 years ago with the industrial revolution, or 5,000 years ago when sediments started accumulating the first signals of metalwork.   But equally interesting is when it will end.
"If humans stop, it won't be that the effects stop.   The effects will ramify through the system for a considerable time.   If the impacts are big enough, you make whole groups of creatures extinct.   And then the future life comes from the survivors, so life changes? and the Earth changes."
This happened when the dinosaurs were wiped out, heralding a new period of Earth history.   The comparison is irresistible to the report's authors, including Dr Mark Williams of Leicester University: "We are clearly changing the planet at an exponential rate.   And it's possible we could be starting a new geological period and this could be the Anthropocene Period."
Unfortunately to find out, we may need to wait tens if not hundreds of millions of years.
The bond insurers were working the same scam as the investment banks.
They found a loophole in the law that allowed them to deal in the risky world of derivatives; and they dove in headfirst.
They set up shell companies called "transformers", (the same way the investment banks established SIVs; structured investment vehicles) which they use as "off balance" sheets operations where they sell "credit default swaps , which are derivative instruments where one party, for a fee, assumes the risk that a bond or loan will go bad".
The bond insurers have written about $100 billion of these swaps in the last few years.
Now they're all blowing up at once.
       Rate Cut as Dagger — Mike Whitney       
US taxpayer spending 88 dollars on the military for every dollar spent on climate-related programmes
Iraq Conflict Has Killed A Million Iraq people
       Iraq Conflict Has Killed A Million Iraq people
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The damage we have done to Iraq and the Iraqi people makes us not just war criminals but monsters
              dlnelson7 January 31st, 2008 12:00 pm
I attack two wars that blacks are suffering from.
One, the war overseas.
In all wars minorities suffer the most.
So they join me in this position I have against the war in Iraq.
And what about the war on drugs?
What other candidate will stand up and say I will pardon all blacks, all whites, everybody who were convicted for non-violent drug acts and drug crimes.
And this is where the real discrimination is.
If you want to look for discrimination, it's the judicial system.
So I am the antiracist because I am the only candidate, Republican or Democrat, who [wants to] protect the minority against these vicious drug laws.
Ron Paul      January 10, 2008
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Brazil sees record deforestation
Aerial view of deforestation in Brazil, picture by Greenpeace

The Amazon has long been known as the 'lungs of the world'
The Amazon has long been known as the "lungs of the world"
The Brazilian government has announced a record rate of deforestation in the Amazon, months after celebrating its success in achieving a reduction.
In the last five months of 2007, 3,000 sq km (1,250 sq miles) were lost.
Gilberto Camara, whose National Institute of Space Research provides satellite imaging of the Amazon, said the figure was unprecedented.
"We've never before detected such a high deforestation rate at this time of year," he said.
His concern, outlined during a press conference in Brasilia on Wednesday, was echoed by Environment Minister Marina Silva.
Soya expensive
Ms Silva said the rise in the price of commodities such as soya could have influenced the rate of forest clearing, as more and more farmers saw the Amazon as a source of cheap land.
"The economic reality of these states indicate that these activities impact, without a shadow of a doubt, on the forest," she said.
The state of Mato Grosso was the worst affected, contributing more than half the total area of forest stripped, or 1,786 sq km (700 sq miles).
President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to attend an emergency meeting on the issue.
The rise in deforestation will be an embarrassment for the Brazilian president, who last year said his government's efforts to control illegal logging and introduce better certification of land ownership had helped reduce forest clearance significantly.
Even as he celebrated the success, though, environmentalists were warning that the rate was rising again.
The situation may also be worse than reported, with the environment ministry saying the preliminary assessment of the amount of forest cleared could double as more detailed satellite images are analysed.
January 18, 2008
Where Even Sharing is Prohibited
Notes from Inside a Michigan Women's Prison
A t the Woebegone (pseudonym) Correctional Facility the women are not allowed to touch one another or risk a "major infraction."
Sharing, even a small piece of candy, is against prison policy and women have been written up for lending a smoke.
Reciprocity is a no-no thus effectively constraining bounds of solidarity.
Surveillance is 24/7 and when you get the snow detail expect to awakened at 2:30 AM for a 3 hour stretch out in the freezing cold picking ice with a plastic shovel.
The Governor, a woman, ordered the Christmas lights off this year to save money.
The work is virtual slave labor with full day shifts making dental materials.
This year Christmas exploded when one prison guard brutally murdered another guard at the gas station across the street.
Many prisoners heard the fatal bullets.
It turns out the the shooter has been bullied severely by the victim and took out his recourse in this violent way.
Later he shot himself in the chest but is recovering.
Needless to say the women are highly distressed by all this.
Not only did they know the guards (and sympathies go different ways), but the killing brings back tough memories of other shootings, often of abusive husbands.
There is no counseling for the women.
We talk with jailhouse lawyers who have managed to get a first degree murder overturned to second degree, thus giving some hope after 18 years.
And we talk anthropology. . . they are the smartest undergraduates I have ever had the pleasure of, dialoguing with.
Topics include "take back the earth,"
"radical environmental anthropology"
"How we are political prisoners,"
"Are the real criminals the folks getting elected, and those underwriting the TV ads?"
and "when will the 2nd American revolution take place?"
CIA Obama the acting president
Every facial movement, gesture of the hand, word enunciated by the 44th president turns out to be a complete charade
The CIA — Obama — Illuminati
A long-term strategic CIA plan to recruit promising candidates
and steer these individuals and their families into positions of influence and power
Behavior modification
Phenomenological — structures of consciousness — programs
US policy has even less regard for human rights both abroad and at home
One of many thousands of such happenings monthly in Palestine
The is something so basically wrong in what has been encouraged to happen to the Palestine people over the last sixty years, the karma the West has brought upon itself by paying for this injustice
When the West's children are dying on the streets and the parents cry to God to help them, do you think that It will
Kewe Kewe.info
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Woman Gives Birth in Street at 3am As Soldiers Closed Checkpoint
Tel Rumeida, International Solidarity Movement
January 8, 2008
At 3am on Monday January 7th, Ahmad Sider was born in the street ten metres from an Israeli checkpoint in Hebron, after Israeli soldiers prevented his mother from passing for 25 minutes.
She went into labour during the night and shortly before 3am attempted to pass the checkpoint with her husband.
They live in Tel Rumeida, in H2, the area of Hebron controlled by Israel under the Hebron protocols.
To reach the hospital they must pass the checkpoint on foot and meet an ambulance on the other side, as Palestinians are not permitted to drive in H2.
The soldiers manning the checkpoint refused to let the couple pass, although his mother, Kifah (whose name means 'struggle’), was screaming and pleading with the soldiers to open the checkpoint, telling them she was about to give birth.
They continued to refuse, saying they required permission from their commander, even though there was no curfew in place and this checkpoint is supposedly open 24 hours a day. Kifah and her husband were finally allowed to pass 25 minutes later.
However, just ten metres beyond the checkpoint, she collapsed on the street in pain.
Residents of a nearby house brought out a mattress and Ahmad was born on the street in below-zero temperatures.
His father wrapped him in his jacket and within a few minutes a Palestinian ambulance took mother and child to the hospital.
Unspeakable grief and horror
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He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
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