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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Global Warming Might Spur Earthquakes and Volcanoes


Global Warming Might Spur Earthquakes and Volcanoes
By Andrea Thompson



Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and landslides are some of the additional catastrophes that climate change and its rising sea levels and melting glaciers could bring, a geologist says.

The impact of human-induced global warming on Earth's ice and oceans is already noticeable: Greenland's glaciers are melting at an increasing rate, and sea level rose by a little more than half a foot (0.17 meters) globally in the 20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

With these trends in ice cover and sea level only expected to continue and likely worsen if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, they could alter the stresses and forces fighting for balance in the ground under our feet—changes that are well-documented in studies of past climate change, but which are just beginning to be studied as possible consequences of the current state of global warming.

"Although they've described it in the past, nobody's thought about it in terms of future effects of climate change," said Bill McGuire of the University College London's Hazard Research Center. McGuire's speculations of increased geological activity have not yet been published in a journal, but he has written an article about them published in the Guardian Unlimited.

Rebounding crust

One particular feature that can change the balance of forces in Earth's crust is ice, in the form of glaciers and ice sheets that cover much of the area around Earth's poles plus mountains at all latitudes. The weight of ice depresses the crust on which it sits.

As the ice melts, the crust below no longer has anything sitting on top of it, and so can rebound fairly rapidly (by geological standards). (This rebounding is actually occurring now as a result of the end of the last Ice Age: The retreat of massive ice sheets from the northern United States and Canada has allowed the crust in these areas to bounce back.)

Areas of rebounding crust could change the stresses acting on earthquake faults and volcanoes in the crust.

"In places like Iceland, for example, where you have the Eyjafjallajökull ice sheet, which wouldn't survive [global warming], and you've got lots of volcanoes under that, the unloading effect can trigger eruptions," McGuire said.

With the changing dynamics in the crust, faults could also be destabilized, which could bring a whole host of other problems. "It's not just the volcanoes. Obviously if you load and unload active faults, then you're liable to trigger earthquakes," McGuire told LiveScience, noting that there is ample evidence for this association in past climate change events.

"At the end of the last Ice Age, there was a great increase in seismicity along the margins of the ice sheets in Scandinavia and places like this, and that triggered these huge submarine landsides which generated tsunamis," McGuire said. "So you've got the whole range of geological hazards there that can result from if we see this big catastrophic melting."

Roland Burgmann, a geologist at the University of California, Berkeley, agrees that changes in ice cover can have significant effects on the underlying crust, but says that more research needs to be done to determine the actual scale of the threat and where the effects are most likely to occur.

Water pressure

Ice melt can have an added consequence because all that melted ice has to go somewhere—namely, the ocean. And ice melt won't be the only factor changing sea levels: as ocean temperatures rise, the water itself expands (a process called thermal expansion). As all that extra water piles up, it could apply pressure to faults near coastlines.

"The added load of the water bends the crust, and that means that you tend to get tensional conditions in the upper part of the crust and compressional a bit lower down, just as if you bend a plank of wood or something," McGuire explained.

These compressional forces could push out any magma lying around underneath a volcano, triggering an eruption. (This mechanism is actually believed to be the cause of the seasonal eruptions of Alaska's Pavlof volcano, which erupts every winter when sea levels are higher.)

McGuire conducted a study that was published in the journal Nature in 1997 that looked at the connection between the change in the rate of sea level rise and volcanic activity in the Mediterranean for the past 80,000 years and found that when sea level rose quickly, more volcanic eruptions occurred, increasing by a whopping 300 percent.

If today's worst-case global warming scenarios of catastrophic melting of glaciers and ice sheets come to pass, sea levels could rise rapidly, wreaking all sorts of geological havoc "comparable with the most rapid increases in sea level that we've seen in the last 15,000 years," McGuire said.

Burgmann isn't too worried about sea level rise causing more earthquakes or volcanic eruptions though, noting that catastrophic rates of sea level rise in the future are uncertain and that the current rate of rise—about 0.12 inches per year (3 millimeters per year)—isn't enough to destabilize the crust. "It would take a long time to add up to a significant amount," Burgmann said—so while it's an area of research to keep an eye on, it's unlikely to have any disastrous consequences, at least for now.  


·                             Top 10 Surprising Results of Global Warming
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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Death By Slow Burn: How America Nukes Its Own Troops

 Death By Slow Burn 
How America Nukes Its Own Troops
What “Support Our Troops” really means




by Amy Worthington

 
On March 30, an AP photo featured an American pro-war activist holding a sign: “Nuke the evil scum, it worked in 1945!” That's exactly what George Bush has done. America's mega billion dollar war in Iraq is indeed a NUCLEAR WAR.
Bush-Cheney have delivered upon 17 million Iraqis tons of depleted uranium (DU) weapons, a “liberation” gift that will keep on giving. Depleted uranium is a component of toxic nuclear waste, usually stored at secure sites. Handlers need radiation protection gear.

Over a decade ago, war-makers decided to incorporate this lethal waste into much of the Pentagon's weaponry. Navy ships carrying Phalanx rapid fire guns are capable of firing thousands of DU rounds per minute.1 Tomahawk missiles launched from U.S. ships and subs are DU-tipped.2 The M1 Abrams tanks are armored with DU.3 These and British Challenger II tanks are tightly packed with DU shells, which continually irradiate troops in or near them.4 The A-10 “tank buster” aircraft fires DU shells at machines and people on the battlefield.5

DU munitions are classified by a United Nations resolution as illegal weapons of mass destruction. Their use breaches all international laws, treaties and conventions forbidding poisoned weapons calculated to cause unnecessary suffering.

Support the troops

Ironically, support for our troops will extend well beyond the war in Iraq [or Afghanistan or anywhere US munitions are used - N.I. Ed]. Americans will be supporting Gulf War II veterans for years as they slowly and painfully succumb to radiation poisoning. U.S and British troops deployed to the area are the walking dead. Humans and animals, friends and foes in the fallout zone are destined to a long downhill spiral of chronic illness and disability. Kidney dysfunction, lung damage, bloody stools, extreme fatigue, joint pain, unsteady gait, memory loss and rashes and, ultimately, cancer and premature death await those exposed to DU.

Award-winning journalist Will Thomas wrote: “As the last Gulf conflict so savagely demonstrated, GI immune systems reeling from multiple doses of experimental vaccines offer little defense against further exposure to chemical weapons, industrial toxins, stress, caffeine, insect repellent and radiation left over from the last war. This is a war even the victors will lose.”6  

DU

When a DU shell is fired, it ignites upon impact. Uranium, plus traces of plutonium and americium, vaporize into tiny, ceramic particles of radioactive dust. Once inhaled, uranium oxides lodge in the body and emit radiation indefinitely. A single particle of DU lodged in a lymph node can devastate the entire immune system according to British radiation expert Roger Coghill.7 The Royal Society of England published data showing that battlefield soldiers who inhale or swallow high levels of DU can suffer kidney failure within days.8 Any soldier now in Iraq who has not inhaled lethal radioactive dust is not breathing. In the first two weeks of combat, 700 Tomahawks, at a cost of $1.3 million each, blasted Iraqi real estate into radioactive mushroom clouds.9 Millions of DU tank rounds liter the terrain. Cleanup is impossible because there is no place on the planet to put so much contaminated debris.

Bush Sr.'s Gulf War I was also a nuclear war. 320 tons of depleted uranium were used against Iraq in 1991.10 A 1998 report by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances confirms that inhaling DU causes symptoms identical to those claimed by many sick vets with Gulf War Syndrome.11 The Gulf War Veterans Association reports that at least 300,000 Gulf War I vets have now developed incapacitating illnesses.12 To date, 209,000 vets have filed claims for disability benefits based on service-connected injuries and illnesses from combat in that war.13  

Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a professor of nuclear medicine at Georgetown University, is a former army medical expert. He told nuclear scientists in Paris last year that tens of thousands of sick British and American soldiers are now dying from radiation they encountered during Gulf War I. He found that 62 percent of sick vets tested have uranium isotopes in their organs, bones, brains and urine.14 Laboratories in Switzerland and Finland corroborated his findings. In other studies, some sick vets were found to be expressing uranium in even their semen. Their sexual partners often complained of a burning sensation during intercourse, followed by their own debilitating illnesses.15

Nothing compares to the astronomical cancer rates and birth defects suffered by the Iraqi people who have endured vicious nuclear chastisement for years.16 U.S. air attacks against Iraq since 1993 have undoubtedly employed nuclear munitions. Pictures of grotesquely deformed Iraqi infants born since 1991 are overwhelming.17 Like those born to Gulf War I vets, many babies born to troops now in Iraq will also be afflicted with hideous deformities, neurological damage and/or blood and respiratory disorders.18







Army health physicist Dr. Doug Rokke was dispatched to the Middle East to salvage DU-contaminated tanks after Gulf War I. His Geiger counters revealed that the war zones of Iraq and Kuwait were contaminated with up to 300 millirems an hour in beta and gamma radiation plus thousands to millions of counts per minute in alpha radiation. Rokke recently told the media: “The whole area is still trashed. It is hotter than heck over there still. This stuff doesn't go away.”19

DU remains “hot” for 4.5 billion years. Radiation expert Dr. Helen Caldicott confirms that the dust-laden winds of DU-contaminated war zones “will remain effectively radioactive for the rest of time.”20 The murderous dust storms which ensnared coalition troops during the first few days of the current invasion will have significant health consequences.

Rokke and his clean-up team were issued only flimsy dust masks for their dangerous work. Of the 100 people on Rokke's decontamination team, 30 have already “dropped dead.” Rokke himself is ill with radiation damage to lungs and kidneys. He has brain lesions, skin pustules, chronic fatigue, continual wheezing and painful fibromyalgia. Rokke warns that anyone exposed to DU should have adequate respiratory protection and special coveralls to protect their clothing because, he says, you can't get uranium particles off your clothing.

DU doublespeak

The U.S. military insists that DU on the battlefield is not a problem. Colonel James Naughton of the U.S. Army Material Command recently told the BBC that complaints about DU “had no medical basis.”21 The military's own documents belie this. A 1993 Pentagon document warned that “when soldiers inhale or ingest DU dust they incur a potential increase in cancer risk.”22

A U.S. Army training manual requires anyone who comes within 25 meters of DU-contaminated equipment to wear respiratory and skin protection.23 The U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute admitted: “If DU enters the body, it has the potential to generate significant medical consequences.”24 The Institute also stated that, if the troops were to realize what they had been exposed to, “the financial implications of long-term disability payments and healthcare costs would be excessive.”25

For pragmatic reasons, DOD chooses to lie and deny. Dr. Rokke confirms that the Pentagon lies about DU dangers and is criminally negligent for neglecting medical attention needed by DU-contaminated vets. He predicts that the numbers of American troops to be sickened by DU from Gulf War II will be staggering.26 As they gradually sicken and suffer a slow burn to their graves, the Pentagon will -- as it did after Gulf War I -- deny that their misery and death is a result of their tour in Iraq. Dr. Rokke's candor has cost him his career. Likewise, Dr. Durakovic's radiation studies on Gulf War I vets were not popular with U.S. officials. Dr. Durakovic was reportedly told his life was in danger if he continued his research. He left the U.S. to continue his research abroad.27

Naive young coalition soldiers now in Iraq are likely unaware of how deadly their battlefield environment is. Gulf War I troops were kept in ignorance. Soldiers handled DU fragments and some wore these lethal nuggets around their necks. A DU projectile emits more radiation in five hours than allowed in an entire year under civilian radiation exposure standards. “We didn't know any better,” Kris Kornkven told Nation magazine. “We didn't find out until long after we were home that there even was such a thing as DU.”28

U.S. vision of a nuclear planet

George Bush's ongoing war in Afghanistan is also a nuclear war. Shortly after 9-11, the U.S. announced it would stockpile tactical nuclear weapons including small neutron bombs, nuclear mines and shells suited to commando warfare in Afghanistan.29 In late September, 2001, Bush and Russian president Vladimir Putin agreed that the U.S. would use tactical nuclear weapons in Afghanistan while Putin would employ nuclear weapons against the Chechnyans.30

Describing the Pentagon's B-61-11 burrowing nuke bomb, George Smith writes in the Village Voice: “Built ram tough with a heavy metal casing for smashing through the earth and concrete, the B-61 explodes with the force of an estimated 340,000 tons of TNT. It is lots of bang for the buck, literally two apocalypse bombs in one -- a boosted plutonium firecracker called the primary and a heavy hydrogen secondary for that good old-fashioned H-bomb fireball.”31  

Drought-stricken Afghanistan's underground water supply is now contaminated by these nuclear weapons.32 Experts with the Uranium Medical Research Center report that urine samples of Afghanis show the highest level of uranium ever recorded in a civilian population. Afghani soldiers and civilians are reported to have died after suffering intractable vomiting, severe respiratory problems, internal bleeding and other symptoms consistent with radiation poisoning. Dead birds still perched in trees are found partially melted with blood oozing from their mouths.33

Afghanistan's new president, Hamid Karzai, is a puppet installed by Washington, D.C. Under the protection of American soldiers, Karzai's regime is setting a new record for opium production. Both UN and U.S. reports confirm that the huge Afghani opium harvest of 2002 makes Afghanistan the world's leading opium producer.34 Thanks to nuclear weapons, Afghanistan is now safe for the Bush-Cheney narcotics industry.35 ABC News asserts that keeping the “peace” in Afghanistan will require decades of allied occupation.36 For years to come, “peacekeepers” will be eating, drinking and breathing the “hot” carcinogenic pollution they have helped the Pentagon inflict upon that nation for organized crime.

As governor of Arkansas during the Iran-Contra era, Bill Clinton laundered $multi-millions in cocaine profits for then vice-president George Bush Sr.37 As a partner in the Bush family's notorious crime machine, President Clinton committed U.S. troops to NATO's campaign in the Balkans, a prime heroin production and transshipment area. DOD's campaign to control and reorganize the drug trade there for the Bush mafia was yet another nuclear project.  

Between 1995-2000, the U.S. and NATO fired DU missiles, bullets and shells across the Balkans, nuking the peoples of Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo. As DU munitions were slammed into chemical plants, the environment became hideously toxic, also endangering the peoples of Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Austria and Hungary. By 1999, UN investigators reported that an estimated 12 tons of DU had caused irreparable damage to the Yugoslavian environment, with agriculture, livestock and air water, and public health all profoundly damaged.38 Scientists confirm that citizens of the Balkans are excreting uranium in their urine.39 In 2001, a Yugoslavian pathologist reported that hundreds of Bosnians have died of cancer from NATO's DU bombardment.40 Many NATO peacekeepers in the Balkans now suffer ill health. Their leukemias, cancers and other maladies are dubbed the “Balkans Syndrome.” Richard Coghill predicts that DU weapons used in Balkans campaign will result in at least 10,000 cases of fatal cancer.41

U.S. citizens at home are also paying a heavy price for criminal militarism gone mad. DOD is a pollution monster. The General Accounting Office (GAO) found 9,181 dangerous military sites in USA that will require $billions to rehabilitate. The GAO reports that DOD has been both slothful and deceitful in its clean-up obligations.42

The Pentagon is pressing Congress to exempt it from all environmental laws so that it may pollute and poison free from liability.43

The Navy used prime fishing grounds off the coast of Washington state to test fire DU ammunition. In January, Washington State Rep. Jim McDermott chastised the Navy: “On one hand you have required soldiers to have DU safety training and to wear protective gear when handling DU...and submarines must stay clear of DU-contaminated waters. These policies indicate there is cause for concern....On the other hand the Department of Defense has repeatedly denied that DU poses any danger whatsoever. There has been no remorse about leaving tons of DU equipment in the soil in foreign countries, and there appears to be no remorse about leaving it in the waters of your own country.”44

DU has been used in military practice maneuvers in Indiana, Florida, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Maryland and Puerto Rico. After the Navy tested DU weaponry on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, one third of the island's population developed serious illness. Many people show high levels of uranium in their bodies. Hundreds have filed a class action suit against the Navy for $100 million, claiming DU contamination has caused widespread cancers.45

The Navy's Fallon Naval Air Station near Fallon, Nevada, is a quagmire of 26 toxic waste sites. It is also a target practice zone for DU bombs and missiles. Area residents report bizarre illnesses, including 17 children who have contracted leukemia within five years. A survey of groundwater in the Fallon area showed nearly half of area wells are contaminated with radioactive materials.46 The materials for DU weaponry have been processed mainly at three nuclear plants in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, where workers handling uranium contaminated with plutonium have suffered for decades with cancers and debilitating maladies similar to Gulf War Syndrome.47

Prelude to a perpetual cycle of destruction, reconstruction

Emboldened by power-grabbing successes made possible by his administration's devious 9-11 project, President Bush asserts that the U.S. has the right to attack any nation it deems a potential threat. He told West Point in 2002, “If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long.”48

It is certain that Bush-Cheney future pre-emptive nuclear wars are lined up like idling jets on a runway. Both Cheney's Halliburton Corp. and the Bush family's Carlyle Group are profiteers in U.S. defense contracts, so endless war is just good business.49

The Washington Post reported that the Pentagon will create special nuclear weapons for use on North Korea's underground nuclear facilities.50 Next August, U.S. war makers will meet to consolidate plans for a new generation of “mini,” “micro” and “tiny” nuclear bombs and bunker busters. These will be added to the U.S. arsenal perhaps for use against non-nuclear third-world nations such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon.51

The solution?

 Americans must stop electing ruthless criminals to rule this nation. We must convince fellow citizens that villains like Saddam Hussein are made in the U.S. as rationale for endless corporate war profits. Saddam was placed in power by the CIA.52 For years U.S. government agencies, under auspices of George Bush Sr., supplied him with chemical and biological weapons.53 Our national nuclear laboratories, along with Unisys, Dupont and Hewlett-Packard, sold Saddam materials for his nuclear program.54 Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton in the late 90s when its subsidiaries signed $73 million in new contracts to further supply Saddam.55 The wicked villain of Iraq was nurtured for decades as a cash-cow by U.S. military-industrial piranhas.

If America truly supports its troops, it must stop sending them into nuclear holocaust for the enrichment of thugs. Time is running out. If the DU-maniacs at the Pentagon and their coven of nuclear arms peddlers are not harnessed, America will have no able-bodied fighting forces left. All people of the earth will become grossly ill, hideously deformed and will die prematurely. We must succeed in the critical imperative to face reality and act decisively. Should we fail, there will be no place to hide from the slow burn of Bush-Cheney's merciless nuclear orgies yet to come -- or from the inevitable nuclear retaliation these orgies will surely breed.

Endnotes

1. “DOD Launches Depleted Uranium Training,” Linda Kozaryn, American Forces Press Service, 8-13-99. 2. “Nukes of the Gulf War,”John Shirley, Zess@aol.com See this article in archives at www.gulfwarvets.com. 3. BBC News, “US To Use Depleted Uranium,” March 18, 2003; U.S. General Accounting Office, Operation Desert Storm: “Early Performance Assessment of Bradley and Abrams,” 1-2-92. 4. “Nukes of the Gulf War,” op.cit. 5. Ibid. 6. “Invading Hiroshima,” William Thomas, 2-4-2003, www.willthomas.net. 7. “US Shells Leave Lethal Legacy,” Toronto Star, July 31, 1999; also “Radiation Tests for Peacekeepers in the Balkans Exposed to Depleted Uranium,” www.telegraph.co.uk, 12-31-02. 8. “Depleted Uranium May Stop Kidneys In Days,” Rob Edwards, New Scientist.com, 3-12-02; also “Uranium Weapons Too Hot to Handle,” Rob Edwards, New Scientist.co.uk, 6-9-99. 9. “Navy Seeks Cash for More Tomahawks,” David Rennie in Washington, Telegraph Group Limited, 1-4-03, news.telegraph.co.uk. 10. “Going Nuclear in Iraq -- DU Cancers Mount Daily,” Ramzi Kysia, CounterPunch.org, 12-31-01. 11. ”Depleted Uranium Symptoms Match US Report As Fears Spread,” Peter Beaumont, The Observer (UK) 1-14-01, www.guardianlimited.co.uk. 12. “Gulf War Illnesses Affect 300,000 Vets,” Ellen Tomson, Pioneer Press, www.pioneerplanet.com. See also American Gulf War Veterans Association at www.gulfwarvets.com. 13. “2 of Every 5 Gulf War Vets Are On Disability: 209,000 Make VA Claims,” World Net Daily, 1-28-03, WorldNetDaily.com. 14. “Research on Sick Gulf Vets Revisited, “New York Times, 1-29-01; “Tests Show Gulf War Victims Have Uranium Poisoning,” Jonathon Carr-Brown and Martin Meissonnier, The Sunday Times (UK) 9-3-02. 15. “Catastrophe -- Ill Gulf Vets Contaminated Partners With DU,” The Halifax Herald Limited, Clare Mellor, 2-09-01. This article is available in archives at www.rense.com. 16. “Iraqi Cancer, Birth Defects Blamed on US Depleted Uranium,” Seattle Post- Intelligencer, 11-12-02; “US Depleted Uranium Yields Chamber of Horrors in Southern Iraq, Andy Kershaw, The Independent (London) 12-4-01. 17. “The Environmental and Human Health Impacts of the Gulf War Region with Special References to Iraq,” Ross Mirkarimi, The Arms Control Research Centre, May 1992. See also Gulf War Syndrome Birth Defects in Iraq at www.web-light.nl/VISIE/extremedeformities.html. 18. “The Tiny Victims of Desert Storm, Has Our Country Abandoned Them?,” Life Magazine, November 1995; “Birth Defects Killing Gulf War Babies,” Los Angeles Times, 11-14-94; “Depleted Uranium -- The Lingering Poison,” Alex Kirby, BBC News Online, 6-7-99. 19. “Depleted Uranium -- A Killer Disaster,” Travis Dunn, Disaster News.net, 12-29-02. 20. San Francisco Chronicle, 10-10-02. 21. “US To Use Depleted Uranium,” BBC News, 3-18-03. 22. “Depleted Uranium Symptoms Match US Report As Fears Spread,” Peter Beaumont, The Observer (UK) 1-14-01. 23. “Iraqi Cancer, Birth Defects Blamed on US Depleted Uranium,” Seattle Post- Intelligencer, 11-12-02. 24. “US To Use Depleted Uranium,” BBC News, 3-18-03. 25. US Army Environmental Policy Institute: Health and Environmental Consequences of Depleted Uranium in the U.S. Army, Technical Report, June 1995. 26. “Pentagon -- Depleted Uranium No Health Risk,” Dr. Doug Rokke, 3-15-03; also “The Terrible, Tragic Toll of Depleted Uranium,” Address by Dr. Rokke before congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.,12-30-02; also “Gulf War Casualties,” Dr. Doug Rokke, www.traprockpeace.org, 9-30-02. 27.”Tests Show Gulf War Victims Have Uranium Poisoning,” Sunday Times (UK), Jonathon Carr-Brown and Martin Meissonnier, 9-3-00. 28. “The Pentagon's Radioactive Bullet: An Investigative Report,” Bill Mesler, The Nation, 5-28-99, see www.thenation.com/issue/961021/1021mesl.htm. 29. “Tactical Nukes Deployed In Afghanistan,” World Net Daily, 10-7-01. 30. Ibid. 31. “The B-61 Bomb -- The Burrowing Nuke” George Smith,Village Voice.com 12-29-02.; also “Bunker-busting US Tactical Nuclear Bombs -- Nowhere to Hide,” Kennedy Grey, Wired.com, 10-9-01. 32.”Perpetual Death From America,” Mohammed Daud Miraki, Afghan-American Interviews, 2-24-03; also “Dying of Thirst,” Fred Pearce, New Scientist, 11-17-2001. 33. Ibid. 34. “Afghanistan Displaces Myanmar as Top Heroin Producer,” Agence France-Presse, 3-01-03. This article is at www.copvcia.com.; also “Opium Trade Flourishing In the 'New Afghanistan,'” Reuters, 3-3-03. 35. “The Bush-Cheney Drug Empire,” Michael C. Ruppert, Nexus Magazine, February-March 2000; The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, Alfred W. McCoy, Lawrence Hill & Co., revised edition due May 2003; Drugging of America, Rodney Stich, Diablo Western Press, 1999; “Blood for Oil, Drugs for Arms,” Bob Djurdjevic, Truth In Media, April 2000, www.truthinmedia.org 36. ABC News, February 27, 2003. 37. Compromised, Clinton Bush and the CIA, Terry Reed and John Cummings, S.P.I. Books, 1994; The Clinton Chronicles and The Mena Cover-up, Citizens for Honest Government, 1996; “The Crimes of Mena, Grey Money,” Ozark Gazette, 1995, www.copvcia.com.) 38. “Damage to Yugoslav Environment is Immense, Says a UN Report,” Bob Djurdjevic, 7-4-99, www.truthinmedia.org. This report was submitted to the UN Security Council on June 9, 1999; also, “New Depleted Uranium Study Shows Clear Damage,” BBC News,8-28-99; also “NATO Issued Warning About Toxic Ammo,” Associated Press, 01-08-01. 39. CounterPunch.org, 12-28-01. 40. “Hundreds Died of Cancer After DU Bombing -- Doctor,” Reuters, 1-13-01. 41.”Depleted Uranium Threatens Balkan Cancer Epidemic,” BBC News, 7-30-99. 42. “Many Defense Sites Still Hazardous,” Associated Press, 9-24-02; also Old US Weapons Called Hidden Danger, Los Angeles Times, 11-25-02. 43. “Pentagon Seeks Freedom to Pollute Land, Air and Sea,” Andrew Gumbel in L.A., 3-13-03, Independent Digital (UK) Ltd. 44. “Radioactive DU Ammo Is Tested in Fish Areas,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1-11-03; Letter from Rep. McDermott to Department of the Navy: see “Navy Fired DU Rounds Into Waters Off Coast of Washington,” 1-20-03, rense.com. 45.”Cancer Rates Soar From US Military Use of DU On 'Enchanted Island,'” www.telegraph.co.uk, 2-5-01; also “Navy Shells With Depleted Uranium Fired in Puerto Rico,” Fox News Online, 5-28-99. 46. “The Fallon, NV Cancer Cluster And a US Navy Bombing,” Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch.org, 8-10-02. 47. “DU Shells Are Made of A Potentially Lethal Cocktail of Nuclear Waste,” Jonathon Carr-Brown, www.sunday-times.co.uk, 1-22-01. 48. “Preventative War Sets Perilous Precedent,” Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers, 3-20-03. 49. PIGS at the Trough, Arriana Huffington, Random House, 2003 (New York Times best seller.); also “The Best Enemies Money Can Buy, From Hitler to Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden -- Insider Connections and the Bush Family's Partnership With Killers of Americans;” Mike Ruppert, From the Wilderness, 10-10-01; also “Bush Sr.'s Carlyle Group Gets Fat on War and Conflict,” Jamie Doward, The Observer (UK), 3-25-03; also “Halliburton Wins Contract for Iraq Oil Firefighting, Reuters, 3-7-03; also “Cashing In-Fortunes in Profits Await Bush Circle After Iraq War, Andrew Gumbel, The Independent (London) 9-15-02; also “War Could Be Big Business for Halliburton,” Reuters, 3-23-03. 50. “Pentagon Seeks a Nuclear Digger,” Washington Post, March 10, 2003. 51. “Remember: Bush Planed Iraq War Before Taking Office,” Neil Mackay, The Sunday Herald (UK) 3-27-03; also “US Mini-Nukes Alarm Scientists,” The Guardian (UK) 4-18-01; also “US Nuclear First-Strike Plan -- It Keeps Getting Scarier, Jeffrey Steinberg, Executive Intelligence Review, 2-24-03. 52. Wall Street Journal, 8-16-90: The CIA supported the Baath Party and installed Hussein as Iraqi dictator in 1968. 53. “United States Dual-Use Exports to Iraq and Their Impact on the Health of Persian Gulf War Veterans,” Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, 1992, 1994; “U.S. Had Key Role in Iraq Buildup,” Washington Post, 12-30-02. 54. “US Government, 24 US Corps Illegally Helped Iraq Build Its WMD,” Hugh Williamson in Berlin, Financial Times, 12-19-02; “Full List of US Weapons Suppliers To Iraq,” Anu de Monterice, coachanu@earthlink.net, 12-19-02. 55. Huffington, op.cit.
It's a pity this isn't really an 'old story'. It never will be! Please stop electing bums and killers - VOTE GREEN!
- Ed




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Monday, 10 September 2007

Buyer Beware: Plump Greedy Shoppers Consume Entire Planet

Buyer Beware
 Plump Greedy Shoppers Consume Entire Planet


We all know times are changing, that familiar things are slowly being cut out from under us and that the future isn’t what it used to be. A couple of generations ago our current dilemmas – living poised on the brink of climate catastrophe, our debilitating exposure to chemicals and pollution overload, near-complete destruction of our forests and fish, the inexorable disappearance of fresh, clean water and the extinction of a multitude of species, ongoing rises in cancer rates and other debilitating diseases caused by toxic lifestyles, among a host of other nightmares – were problems for the future to deal with.  

Hippies and greenies warned everyone about these obvious looming hassles (and many more you may not have noticed yet) and actively explored alternative solutions; straight people kept supporting the domineering paradigm, working for the Beast so they could could go on living lifestyles that were actually global deathstyles. They knew they could go laughing to their graves and leave the mess for their grandchildren to suffer over or clean up.

 
            No longer. Now we all know where we stand - whether in self-blinded denial or an understanding that we are literally creating our own reality. We’re eating and drinking each other’s poisons, piss and shit on a spaceship with a huge but limited life support system – a system that we’re cannibalizing, like a strange bunch of primitive cargo-cultists, to make toys, trinkets and other entertainment devices.

            We’re all know it’s a good idea to cut our consumption of energy and fuel for a number of great reasons, and that cutting back on poisonous fossil fuel use is a smart move – regardless of which side you may take in arguments involving peak oil, climate change or others topics requiring careful analysis and interpretation. We’re all greenies now - or we’re irresponsible infants. Technological fixes rarely solve anything in our post-modern Millennial world; they’re designed to make money and usually cause even greater problems. For instance, we aren’t told that all those subsidised low-wattage, lousy spectrum light bulbs are actually very bad for our health – that they cause melanomas and other cancers, for instance. We don’t realise that the filters on cigarettes are carcinogenic. We don’t understand that ‘air conditioning’ makes us sick or that additives that replaced lead in petrol are totally poisonous. We aren’t aware that the very atmosphere of most urban centres is so pernicious that it’s unwise to drink water captured from its air in rainwater tanks.

We think that by spending more we can have food and water with less poison in it. We keep on polluting more, year by year, in pursuit of an easier life. We try to treat the symptoms while ignoring the disease and true cause. The cause is simple – insecurity. Fear and insecurity – the ‘need’ to be loved and admired – that’s all there is behind the hollowness, the conspicuous consumption commonly known as ‘shopping’, ‘consumerism’ and ‘progress’. These dumb time-fillers exist to fill the void of pointless modern workaholic lives, to give false meaning to people who have forgotten the point of living. Buying crap to make us feel like we’re loved and being a creative, interesting people. That’s the reason the planet’s going to hell. Sad, isn’t it? And this ‘need’ to buy things is killing the planet faster than anything else.

            In case you needed proof, a recent Australian study shows that while just 20% of all greenhouse pollution comes from our use of gas, coal, oil, electricity and firewood, about 58% comes from our consumption. Food is responsible for around 28% of greenhouse emissions - and a multitude of gee-gaws and a few essentials make up the other 30%. Most of the food component of greenhouse emissions is due to meat consumption - cattle and dairy farms. The biggest single thing we can all do to stop crapping all over the planet is to stop eating meat – which is easy, because, unlike water and air, we don’t need meat to live. We can easily do without it and be far healthier as a result. It’s a very expensive luxury, and a toxic one. And despite the lies told by industry apologists and advertisers, you certainly don’t need it at all.

            We could continue consuming at our current astronomical rates if we had leaders with brains and gumption who could hook our power systems up to clean energy sources and enforce best practice in agriculture, forestry, mining and industry. Then we could all have a great time, living aimless lives of pointless luxury forever. Or we can become a responsibly adult species at last and clean up our own mess while finding ways to do the job without making another horrible mess.Most of us are unaware that a vast number of free energy alternatives already exist – not as urban myths, as you’ve been led to believe, but as easily understood and replicated technologies and you can build or buy many of them yourself (see for instance http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.com/search/label/free%20energy ). Strangely, they remain undeveloped and in many cases are suppressed, sometimes by the murder of the inventor. I’ve seen this happen with my own eyes.  

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You can develop a healthy new life in a number of ways. The solution is simple – simplify, stop buying things, don’t work for fuckwits whose products or services make it all worse - and stop filling the emotional void with tinselly crap.Now that governments actually call their citizens ‘consumers’ the joke has gone a little too far – even ignoring, for the moment, the fact that most of these so-called ‘consumers’ actually produce things. Being called a ‘consumer’ takes away your human rights; it’s one step from being called ‘expendable’. It’s not the same as being a ‘citizen’. Stop paying the rich to poison you and your family. Buying something you don’t need is a social and environmental crime. Tell your friends and family not to buy crap for you on birthdays, father’s and mother’s days and other times of pointless mercenary hemorrhage. Have a party together instead. Buy second hand, if you must buy at all – there will still be plenty of people who buy new things, because another sucker (consumer) is born every minute. When the main stream is headed for a waterfall it’s a good idea to swim out of the undertow as if your life depends on it and explore the fringe currents. The hippies always extolled the benefits of independent self-sufficiency, too – and the wisdom of moving back to the land to create your own reality and to plant more trees. It only works if you leave ALL the poisonous crap behind in the cities and towns, where it belongs, and learn to heal the Earth if you’re to heal yourself. You can’t just buy your way out – if you try you’ll bring the worst nightmares with you. Almost everything on sale anywhere in ‘developed’ countries is useless, toxic crap. It’s not the stuff you’d take with you if the water was rising around your home, for instance. 

           Well guess what – it is.

 
“We are born of a tree scarred with the graffiti of our love.”
- R. Ayana-    
      


  



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